Suggested Reading

Here is a list of books I often bring to my workshops, including many of my favorite books exploring the creative process, plants and forests in art, and more. I hope you may find this ever-expanding list useful and inspiring:

Steven Aimone, Design! A Lively Guide for Artists & Craftspeople, Lark Books, 2004
Josef Albers, Interaction of Color, Yale University Press, 1975
Christopher Andreae, Mary Newcomb, Lund Humphries Publishers, 1996 (another more recent edition is also available)
Alexandra Anderson-Spivy, Robert Kushner, Gardens of Earthly Delight, Hudson Hills Press, 1997
Daniel Arasse, Anselm Kiefer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 2001
David Bales and Ted Orland, Art and Fear, Consortium Book, 2001
Barbara Bash, True Nature, Shambala, 2004
William Berry, 1954-1956 Alaskan Field Sketches, University of Alaska Press, 1989
Tim Biskup, 100 Paintings, Dark Horse Books, 2004
Wilfrid Blunt, Sandra Raphael, The Illustrated Herbal, Thames and Hudson, 1994
British Library, Books of Hours, Phaidon Press Limited, 1996
Kathan Brown, Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively, Crown Point Press, 2006
Squeak Carnwath, My Name is Not Tina, Chronicle Books, 1996
Brian Doyle, Mink River
Arthur Wesley Dow, Composition, University of California Press, 1997
Janice Driesbach & Susan Landauer, Obata’s Yosemite, Yosemite Association, 1993
Henry Evans, Botanical Prints, W. H. Freeman and Company, 1977
Victoria Findlay, Color: A Natural History of the Palette, Random House, 2003
Audrey Flack, Art & Soul, E.P. Dutton, 1986
Jill Duchess of Hamilton, Penny Hart & John Simmons, The Gardens of William Morris, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1998
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers, and Blink
Sangye Gyamtso, Tibetan Medicine Cards, Pomegranate Communications, Inc.
David Hansen, Jorg Schmeisser: Breaking the Ice, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 2003
Hannah Hinchman, A Trail Though Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place, W.W. Norton & Company, 1997
Anne Stevenson Hobbs, Beatrix Potter’s Art, Penguin Group, 1989
Augustine Hope & Margaret Welch, Living Colors: The Definitive Guide to Color Palettes Through the Ages, Chronicle Books, 2003
Johannes Itten, The Elements of Color, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1970
Wolf Kahn, Wolf Kahn: Continuity and Change, Paintings & Works on Paper, Meringer and Yohe Fine Art, 2003
Deborah Kellaway, Irises and Other Flowers, Watercolors by Elizabeth Blackadder, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994
Bente Starcke King, Beautiful Botanicals, North Light Books, 2004
Remi Labrusse, Henri Matisse, Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings, Ginko Press, 2002
Marco Livingston, Jim Dine: Flowers and Plants, Harry Abrams, Inc., 1994
Eric Maisiel, Fearless Creating, Jeremy Tacher, 1995
Diane Maurer-Mathison, Paper Art: The Complete Guide to Paper Craft Techniques, Watson-Guptill Publications, 1997
Patrick McDonnell, Mutts Sundays, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1999
Sara Midda, Sara Midda’s South of France : A Sketchbook, Workman Publishing, 1990
Jennifer New, Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art, Princetown Architectural Press, 2005
Mayumi Oda, Happy Veggies, Parallax Press, 1986
Mary Oliver, Blue Pastures, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1995
Thomas Padon, Nancy Graves: Excavations in Print, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1996
Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon, Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, One Pine Publishing, 1994 (more recent editions are out there, too)
Richard Preston, The Wild Trees, Random House, 2008
Duncan Robinson, Worldviews: The Watercolor Diaries of Tony Foster, Frye Art Museum, 2000
Victoria Salley, Nature’s Artist, Plants and Animals by Albrecht Durer, Prestel
Shirley Sherwood, A Passion for Plants, Cassell & Co, 2001
Keith A. Smith, various book arts instruction volumes, Keith Smith Books
Gary Snyder, Back on the Fire, Counterpoint, 2008
Nigel Spivey, How Art Made the World, Basic Books, 2005
Thomas Stream, Dandelion Morning, The Stonington Gallery, 2005
Vivian Swift, When Wanderers Cease to Roam, Bloomsbury USA, 2008
Julie Sylvester, Cy Twombly, Fifty Years of Works on Paper, Schirmer/Mosel, 2004
Mai-Mai Sze, The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting, Princeton University Press, 1977
Twayla Tharp, The Creative Habit, Simon and Schuster, 2003
Peter and Donna Thomas, More Making Books by Hand, Quarry Books, 2004
Susan J. E. Tourtillott (editor), 500 Handmade Books, Lark Books, 2008
Andy Warhol, Flowers, Little, Brown and Company, 1996
Krystyna Wasserman, The Book as Art, Princeton Architectural Press, 2007
Wendy Weitman, Kiki Smith: Prints, Books & Things, The Museum of Modern Art, 2003
Lawrence Weshler, Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin, University of California Press, 1982
Keith West, How to Draw Plants: The Techniques of Botanical Illustration, Timber Press, 1996
William Wheeler, Art Nouveau Decorative Flowers, L’Aventurine, 1996
Michael Wilcox, Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green, School of Color Publishing, 2002
Michael Wilcox, The Wilcox Guide to the Best Watercolor Paints, Artways, 1991 (later editions are also available)
Theodore Wolff, Morris Graves: The Early Works, Museum of Northwest Art, 1998