Summer Reading

Posted June 17 2016

It’s summer! We hope your days are filled with early morning painting and lazy afternoons under a lovely tree, maybe with a book in your hand. We can dream right? Here are my five current favorite art books. What are yours? Share on Facebook or below in the comments! We'd love to hear your suggestions!

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

David Bayles & Ted Orland

All those thoughts only you thought you felt? Nope. They are more common than you think, and it’s so comforting to have a fellow creative put language to them. This short book is a must read for all artists. I received my copy as a gift and I’m buying more to also give as gifts. It’s that good.

Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Victoria Finlay

Color covers the history that lives on your palette. Part travelogue part historical non fiction, you’ll have trouble not interrupting those reading around you to tell them what you’ve learned. You will also never look at your palette the same again.

The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism

Ross King

This book looks into the life of one of the most famous painters of our time, Manet, and parallels his life to one of the most famous painters of his time. As painters, it’s fascinating to know some of our history and this book shows how what is popular often has more to do with culture than anything else.

Making Your Creative Mark: Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals

Eric Maisel

Being a professional artist is about so much more than just painting. It’s about navigating issues like stress, relationships and identity. Maisel breaks the chapters up into 9 keys and covers the areas around making art that have an affect on your art and art career.

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

Twyla Tharp

Filled with thought provoking ideas and calls to creative action, you’ll want to keep a notebook by you. This book is a fascinating look into the habits of a world famous choreographer and ideas on how you can strengthen your own creative habits.


Artist Kelly Anne Powers is always looking for the perfect reading tree. She writes about the art books she's reading at her blog.