Monday, January 26, 2015

Currently on my Bookshelf


One of my New Year's goals was to read more. This has been my New Year's goal for the past few years and I've always fallen short. I've started with good intentions, but y'all-- I still haven't finished East of Eden. It's been like a year and a half.

I have this friend that can breeze through a book in a day or two. Last year she read 45 books. That's one book every eight days. I so envy her ability to read like she does. She reads different books than I do, but she reads nonetheless. She starts a book and finishes it. Her vocabulary is amazing. And her conversation is deep and thoughtful.

(Yep, I'm talking about you, Beth.)

So this year, my goal is to read one chapter a night of any book. Just one chapter.

Right now I'm digging into Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon. I love this book so far. It's about taking your art and making it lucrative so you can live a fully artistic lifestyle. That's every artist's dream! Within the pages, she has short bios and interviews from various artists who are making a living through their art. It's full of great advice, and I'm finding some new artists that I really like.

Mary Kate McDevitt's book, Hand-Lettering Ledger, has been on my shelf for a little over six months, and I'm still working through the pages. She gives you the history of lettering styles, and then gives you space to do your own practice. She also teaches hand-lettering classes on Skillshare.com (find her classes here, here, and here.)

Lastly, I got Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe for Christmas this year from my mother. I have referenced it at least fifty times this month I'd say. She is a really great teacher because she breaks down her craft. She's studied the history of calligraphy and teaches about finding your calligraphic style instead of teaching one strictly classical variation. I love that she believes in calligraphy as a living, breathing, developing art instead of just an ancient practice. You can take her calligraphy class on Skillshare.com by clicking here. I highly recommend it.

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What are you reading lately?
Is there a book you'd recommend I add to my to-read list?