1. Art & Fear
Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
by Ted Orland and David Bayles
This small classic book is still vital and relevant as it was when it was first published almost 20 years ago. Many books on creativity emphasize the spiritual views of creativity, Art and Fear deals with more practical aspects. The book is about overcoming the challenges that all artists face—-the challenges of becoming an artist and staying an artist.
The book's primary thesis is that the artist must develop an artistic routine, and find pleasure in that routine. When we take pleasure in our routine, we relax and the fears associated with art-making disappear. This is a must read book for anyone who is considering a life as an artist and for the person who has become paralyzed in their artistic pursuits.
1. Investing in Art
by RL Foster
Investing in Art in the Digital Age details how the art market has evolved over the last decade. Art buying strategies that were relevant a few years ago no longer efficient and economical way to secure and sell art. Most collectors acquire art from galleries and dealers, which is the most costly alternative to purchase art. Although auction houses are a less expensive alternative, even these prices can be twice what the collector should have to pay. So what is the best way to acquire art? Directly from the artist.
The internet has opened up the opportunity for artists and collectors to connect for their mutual benefit.The book offers several examples how this can be achieved.
1. The Agony and he Ecstasy
by Irving Stone
The greatest art fiction ever written. There are few books of 776 pages that leave you wishing for more. Thirty years after its publication, the book continues to be a best seller. Rarely does a book succeed so well in creating a dynamic and compelling relationship between its two main characters. The focuses on the artistic and religions passions of Michelangelo and Pope Julias the II. Stone stays away from Michelangelo's other passions, but why detract from the greatest artist the world has ever produced. As an artistic accomplishment, there is no single project that rivals the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel."
The book was made in a film with Charlton Heston, who viewed the role as his finest of his career.
Raphael: Painter in Rome
by Stephanie Storey
Raphael, Painter in Rome is a great counterpoint novel to the classic Agony and Ecstasy by Irving Stone. In Stone's book there are allusions to Raphael, but in Storey's tale we learn about the great competition between the two Renaissance masters. Post Julias II is a compelling partner of this fascinating triad.
Much like the Stone classic, we get fascinating portrayal of one of the other brilliant Renaissance geniuses. Both artists were tormented souls, but with different torments. Raphael feared that he may be less than perfect while Michelangelo had different demons. Of course we know how this all unfolds, but the story beneath the story is gripping..