The story of Thomas Cole, considered the founder of American’s art movement, is told in the pages of Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art by Hudson Talbott. While Hudson does touch on some of the highlights of Cole’s life (how he immigrated to America, his walking across Pennsylvania, traveling Europe) he mostly tells how the art came to be and how Cole was considered not only a great artist but how he was considered one of Americas first artists that was truly “an American artist.” The Hudson River school of painting came because of Cole and […]
It is not often that a three (almost four) year old recommends a book to me. Okay, technically his mother did, but she said to me that her son enjoys this book. In fact, asks for it by name: “The horse book, Mama!” (Okay, not exactly by name…) All joking aside, I must agree that young Master F has good tastes in illustrations. Unfortunately, the text, does not speak to me the same way it must have to him. However, as many books that do not fit me perfectly, I was thinking, “Customer X will like it.” Or, “If we […]
Over the last five years, I’ve made a renewed effort at writing, something I loved as a kid but let slip in favor of more practical pursuits. [Translation: I gave up what I really wanted in favor of what others wanted for me.] Having no idea what I’m doing, I’ve read a lot of books on writing and creativity, trying to avoid specifics on writing and storytelling mechanics in favor of tips and tricks on the creative process. This book caught my eye on Amazon, and after having it on my wishlist for several months, I finally went for it. […]
I picked up this book for a multitude of reasons. Mainly because the cover was brilliant, the physical size of the book is perfect for twisting in your hands and it’s beautiful enough that I wanted to be seen with it. The first page is remarkable. It starts with one sentence “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it speaks.” And then whitespace. I’m such a sucker for whitespace. This book should have had more whitespace. It’s set in a bold Univers font which is weird for the eye to read. And it’s all black and white. […]
This is a hard book to review as I have been sketchnoting for years. I picked this book up because I was teaching the technique and I wanted to give some more tangible resources to my students without going through the trouble of making too much of my own stuff. The book is beautifully constructed with lots of lovely sketchnotes and some exercises. He covers techniques, materials, supplies, rudimentary layouts and encourages you to get on sketchnoting. Reading this book took me a year, on/off (I literally finished to try and get to 52 this year) because it is focused […]
In which Siege returns to ramble aimlessly about a museum visit and her new favorite poet.
Best for: People not that familiar with architecture who are interested in learning about it in a philosophical way. In a nutshell: Author de Botton takes the reader through a lovely journey exploring how the buildings we inhabit can help fill missing pieces in our lives, and impact how we feel. Line that sticks with me: “The buildings we admire are ultimately those which, in a variety of ways, extol values we think worthwhile.” (p 98) Why I chose it: I bought this long ago. It’s survived multiple book purges and moves, but I finally opened it up because I’m […]
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber from Goodreads, and I really mean it when I say I was lucky to win that giveaway. The Velveteen Daughter is a lovely, charming book. It’s well-written and gives a wonderful sense of time and place. It’s easily the best book I’ve read all year and one of my favorites ever. It’s not actually released until July 11th, but I highly recommend getting it as soon as it’s available. It’s so very, very good. It tells the story of both Margery Williams (Bianco), author […]