I suppose I should share May’s Books of the Week before we get into July! It’s just been that kind of month. We can’t keep all of the spinning plates in the air all the time, right?
It’s been great to dig into projects, though, and it’s okay that it’s distracted me a little.
So, here are my picks for May…
I purchased this book when it first came out and it is absolutely fantastic for those interested in oil or acrylic painting. I bet it covers more material than you would get in a college class. It is so thorough, yet approachable.
It’s not just filled with information, but step-by-step demonstrations that show a variety of classical techniques.
Yes, art has a strong artistic component (hence the name), but it is also highly technical. If you learn and study the techniques your skill as an artist will improve.
It is a thick, meaty book, which is a good thing in my opinion. I just take it in bits and pieces. I am planning to do a study of these figs from the book and can’t wait to approach that. It’s just a pretty painting.
Cozy Minimalist Home
I’ve been a fan of Myquillyn (aka The Nester) since I first tripped across her blog, The Nesting Place, over 11 years ago and I have loved watching her grow and evolve as a designer, writer, and entrepreneur. She is the real deal. She is that great combination of business-savvy and heart.
In Cozy Minimalist Home, she outlines how to get more style with less stuff in your home. It’s good advice and inspiring no matter what your style is.
And she features her very real home. It’s pretty, imperfect, and liveable, making it all the more relatable for everyone else.
I’ve had this book for ages and I’ve always loved it. Since I dream of living in an old house and Jeff isn’t as into the idea of restoring and maintaining an old house as I am, building or customizing a new home to look old might be the perfect compromise. Who knows if we’ll ever go in that direction, but I’ve looked at this book over the years as we’ve kicked that idea around.
I like that it shows interiors, but it also digs deeper into traditional floorplans and finishing touches that give a new house old soul.
If it didn’t say so in the title or text, you would have no idea these homes were new.
If you’re into old homes and interiors, I’m betting you’ll enjoy this book, too!
As with many out-of-print books I’ve shared int he past, my Instagram followers have snapped up the inexpensive used copies and the price is very high! Try searching for it on other used book sites, add it to a wishlist and wait for a reasonably-priced copy to surface, or check your local library.
I’ve shared this book before, but I had to include it as a Book of the Week at some point. It’s so, so good.
I read this book at a time when I was feeling stuck and it did the work the author intended… I was inspired to keep going. It gives so many easy, actionable things to do to keep creating through the plateaus, downturns, and droughts. And, more than that, it makes you feel normal for having them. It’s inevitable and even vital to have slow periods.
He also addresses the tactics we use to get in our own way, like waiting for everything to be just perfect before starting or continuing or saying yes to a good opportunity.
So, if you’re feeling stuck creatively, this book should be at the top of your list. It’s an easy, quick read that I go back to regularly.
Have you read any good books lately?
Here are the previous books of the weeks…
Making a Life | Martha Stewart’s Organizing | Essentialism | Slipcover Style | Daily Painting
City Farmhouse Style | A Place for Everything | Color: A Visual History | Conscious Creativity
The Life of a Bowerbird | New Americana | Making Winter | Painting Clouds & Skies in Oil
The Art of Beatrix Potter | BHG New Cookbook | Nora Murphy’s Country House Style | BHG Trade Secrets | Simply Living Well