This informative and richly illustrated book by master scratchboard artist, Diana Lee, has just about everything you need to know on the subject of working in the scratchboard medium. Offering a wealth of information on tools and techniques, Starting From Scratch also contains exercises that you can use to create your own pieces, as well as detailed demonstrations that show how the author achieves the incredible realism for which her work is known.
Two As One is a collection of poems, paintings and stories describing the leap of faith love requires. The book captures the delicious tentativeness of the beginnings of a relationship: finding one another on match.com, the plunge, the spark in the eyes, the joy of acceptance. What unfolds is as personal as it is universal, as contemporary as it is timeless. The artwork is a dazzling blend of words and color.
“I Hear Always the Dogs on the Hospital Roof” by David Fisher is the winner of the first William Meredith Award for Poetry 2012. This exciting book features new and collected poems from David fisher, plus 35 wonderful full color paintings by Rita Dawley and photographs by Stella Monday, plus many other illustrations. Grace Cavalieri writes in her introduction: “It’s a sharp world you’ll enter now with David Fisher’s poetry. You’ll read of Carthage, Tiberius, The Roman conquest. Then, you’ll feel the suffering we impose on ourselves, first imposed on us by others, in the splendid poems from “The Book of Madness” (1980)… This is a book for which all the readings, meditations, and teachings have not prepared us. It is from a man who has lost everything early on, including his mind, and, now, he reclaims the search for those things sought and never found-through narrative, epic, dramatic, classic, multilingual, historical, lyrical poetry. The book is eclectic because that’s the way his mind works; but judged by what risks it took to write and publish, there are many others who comprehend and are addicted to this poet’s ironic beauty.”
Stories of personal breakthroughs and transformation show how people with little or no art background can create successful and satisfying artwork with cut-magazine collage. Through the candid and profound profiles of ten collage artists, Living into Art outlines a unique process that can be used for inner growth, activating imagination, and living a more psychologically- and spiritually-engaged life. The book makes a powerful case for art as a tool for living, and a satisfying read for both artists and armchair enthusiasts alike. Studio Clips exercises at the end of each chapter invite readers to try their hand at collage using simple and direct instructions.
The so-called California-style watercolorists, an informal but closely knit group, were most active from the late 1920s through the 1950s. They achieved national recognition for their generally large-scale watercolors painted with broad, saturated washes in a manner that was bold and expressive, yet representational. Among the best-known of the group were Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, Rex Brandt, Barse Miller, Emil Kosa Jr, and Dong Kingman. These artists celebrated their environs through images of the state’s dramatic coastline, agricultural and fishing traditions, public amusements, and bustling cities. In keeping with the populist, nationalistic mood of the era, they captured unpretentious, “typically American” subjects that transcended their regional content to appeal to audiences coast-to-coast.
The Secret of Inner Presence begins with author Lin Lipetz’s story of her spontaneous spiritual awakening in 1986. This amazing and unexpected event created an immediate awareness of a loving Inner Presence within her heart and a connection to another higher level of peace, contentment, and greater knowledge. She now knows that Inner Presence waits patiently to manifest within each person, and much of The Secret of Inner Presence is about providing the keys to bring about that shift in consciousness. As each of the eleven keys is practiced and experienced, the transformation toward a more complete understanding of the core-self will gradually evolve through the loving guidance of the conscious Universe. One of the eleven keys opens the way to intuitively listen to the many voices that will assist in this transformation – through healing, new insights, dreams, problem solving, and caring advice. Another key opens the way to deepen intuitively to the level of receiving messages from the Universe and possibly finding the guides that have been available since birth. This process is called Stream of Consciousness writing, and the powerful dialogues and inspirational poems the author has received in this way for many years are found in each chapter. Chapter by chapter, each of the eleven keys is presented, by both the spiritual Universe and the author, to help guide the reader to a higher dimension of the self.