Inspiration and Resources – Art

Inspiration & Resources

Inspiration is everywhere!! Some of the things that inspire me the most are nature, vintage book illustrations, and vintage quilts and housewares. In addition, there’s a huge stack of art books on my shelf that I can’t wait to dive into!

Books I’m Enjoying

20 Ways to Draw a Tree and 44 Other Nifty Things from Nature: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers by Eloise Renouf

An inspiring combination of workbook and idea book, this book gives you exercises for drawing myriad natural subjects in 20 different styles each. Perfect for a daily challenge project!

The ABC of Custom Lettering: A Practical Guide to Drawing Letters by Ivan Castro

A comprehensive study of the construction of letters, both in calligraphy and in drawing letters. Plus a groovy, midcentury aesthetic and tips on drawing several of the iconic styles of the era.

The Joy of Acrylic Painting: Expressive Painting Techniques for Beginners by Annie O’Brien Gonzales

The first painting book I brought home when I started my new journey as an artist. I found it at the library, but now on my shelf. I lovely set of ideas and exercises designed to help you develop your own style and enjoy expressive painting.

Expressive Flower Painting: Simple Mixed Media Techniques for Bold Beautiful Blooms by Lynn Whipple

This was a happy surprise! It was a recommended title from Amazon and usually I ignore them. The bright colorful flowers on the cover caught my attention and I took a chance. I’m so glad I did! Lynn’s exercises are designed to free you from restraint and preconceived inhibitions and let you explore and enjoy.

Fortune Favors the Brave: 100 Courageous Quotations by Lisa Congdon

More delicious hand-lettering eye candy from maestro Lisa Congdon, and the quotes are incredibly inspiring on their own, to boot!!

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations by Lisa Congdon

You can’t go wrong with brilliant, bold and colorful artist Lisa Congdon. Inspiring quotes and amazing hand-lettering make this one of my favorite books to flip through over and over and hope some of the talent rubs off on me.

Classes I’ve Taken

Hand Lettering for Beginners