Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Project: Drawing, Painting, and More!

Summertime...and the living is easy.
~George Gershwin

The seeds of creativity live in everyone. Some individuals are fortunate that their sprouting imagination was nurtured and grown into strong creative thinking abilities...Creative people invent, imagine, problem-solve, create, and communicate in fresh, new ways... Those with the ability to "think outside of the box" will lead the future and make special things happen.
~"Importance of Creativity" from

What are you doing to unwind this summer? Well, you might be doing extra reading to take part in our Summer Reading Program, or taking a trip somewhere, or taking part in outdoor activities (Zoo Music?  Farmers' Market? Summerfest? Isotopes? Check out the City of Albuquerque's Summer page for more).  But if you are at a loose end, and looking for something a little different, why not try taking up art?  Whether you are a newbie or someone looking to hone your drawing or painting skills, the library catalog is chock-full of suggestions of how to get more creative!

Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces: A Mixed-Media Portrait Workshop by Jane Davenport 

Advanced Airbrush Art: How To Secrets From the Masters by Timothy Remus

Painting Your Way Out of a Corner: The Art of Getting Unstuck by Barbara Diane Barr

The Art of Mistakes: Unexpected Painting Techniques & the Practice of Creative Thinking by Melanie Rothschild 

A-Z of Painting Bird Portraits: An Illustrated Guide to Painting Beautiful Birds in Acrylics by Andrew Forkner 

IPad for Artists by Dani Jones 

Electronics for Artists: Adding Light, Motion, and Sound to Your Artwork by Simon Quellen Field
Street Scene: How to Draw Graffiti-Style by John Le [eBook]

Amp up your creative game with these exercises!

Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises From 18 Artists by Jenny Doh  

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory

 Know a kid who likes to draw...sports?  Try the Drawing with Sports Illustrated Kids series! 


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