I have a lot of incredible art books -- lots of first editions and lots of signed by the artists books -- and I love them. I love looking at the paintings in the books and learning from them and most enjoying them. I love the smell of books -- each one has its own unique aroma!
As I am planning to move, I know that I have to “glean” down the size of my book collection -- I do have a lot of large books and they are way toooooo heavy to move -- before I sell or give away a book, I look at it and remember why I bought it. As I was looking through one of my books on Monet, (I have a lot of his books), I found a painting that truly caught my eye -- it is entitled “The Cliffs At Etreat” 1885 -- what a painting - what color and depth -- I was enraptured and pictured him painting it so many years ago. And, as I was looking at this painting, I learned more and more about color. He was such a master of color.
One of my favorite paintings of his is “The Boat At Giverny” which uses so many beautiful greys to capture a peaceful moment on the water. Every time I look at this painting, I learn something new.
Books do serve us -- they teach us, they give us entertainment and they do bring joy to our lives -- I love books. When you get in a slump, or need to learn something new or just want to read, pick up a book -- they have been around for centuries -- and they are so amazing.
Here’s to loving books!
"My Summer Place" (study)
10 x 8 Oil on Linen