I frequently ad small articles about great art books to the reading list and art studio work advice.
I do a lot of studies and get a lot of knowledge from peer artists and great tutors. I like to share advice for artists at all levels and to give clients a nice insight in the work methods that can be applied. Finding the right knowledge and the right tools is like secrets that are being unfolded, thats why learning stays so exciting. Art is not only a person with a considerable talent but also someone that develops constantly by study, practice and observing. Art is also a science of connection with a wide range of mediums and knowledge and has a sense of developing your own relationship with these tools. This makes it so diverse and exciting, there are so many ways of looking at it and perceiving it, this makes it of endless possibilities, yet you as an artist have to articulate and be specific in what you want to achieve.
Mark Carder, ambassador of Geneva paints is giving a tutorial on how to make your very own colour checker. A great tool for when you are colour matching.
kM - KunstMateriaal / Art Materials. Academic information on technical material developments in the Art Industry.
Mark Carder, ambassador of Geneva paints is giving a tutorial on how to make your very own Proportion Divider. A great way to check if your scale and proportions are correct.
Taking your work serious in every aspect will make you more confident and professional.
This book I consider a real treasure, full of great and crazy stories of famous artist. Anecdotes of modern art ISBN 0-19-503813-4
I Constantly look at expanding myself by aiming to always improve on work, this keeps it exciting. I consider myself always as a scholar.
This book is a great guide to exploring all mediums that are commonly used. Drawing and Painting ISBN978-0-500-23927-8
Naming and numbering your pieces of art makes book keeping easy for you, gallerists and buyers. Numbering Machine, Ebay, Car boot sales +/- 20.-.
This book explains every stage of the Alla Prima style painting. Alla Prima ISBN978-0-8230-9834-7
The Mill 'Verfmolen 'De Kat' is situated in North Holland - Zaanse Schans, showing national heritage. Worth a visit!
Social Media serves a great purpose, knowing what is happening in your industry is very important. This means Companies, Galleries, Artists, people, every one whom is involved in your industry.
Artistic movement, practices and Ideology of Art History and Modern Art. These two books have great short descriptions of pretty much every art movement. ...ISMS Understanding art ISBN0-7136-7011-8 ...ISMS Understanding art ISBN978-1-4081-7178-3
A bit of an understated tool, but the desk brush is daily used by many creatives in all industries, to keep work space clean. Important enough to mention. Desk brush, Art&DIY stores, +/- 5.-
Understanding different types of approaches gives an opportunity for new influences on your work ethics. Wabi-Sabi ISBN978-0-9814846-0-0
This book feels like an all in one guide, explaining all media options in oil painting. The oil painting book ISBN0-8230-3274-4
These video's are developed by Vicki Norman representing the pigment supplier Micheal Harding. Demonstrating extending colour mixing palette's.
Brush Soap is to clean oil brushes and hands instead of spirits, conditions and gives more longevity. It is also completely safe in comparison to toxic spirits. Art Soap, Art Stores, +/- 2.-
One should always consider that you are representing the work as much as being the creator. This book talks about presenting and talking about your work. Talk Like TED ISBN978-1-4472-6113-1
Instead of tissues, I have an old tea towel to clean brushes, pallet knives and palette surface. Tea towel, home stores, +/- 2.-
Keeping track of what you do and what you have come across is most essential in every industry and aspecially as an independant entrepreneur. This makes planning and keeping track of your book keeping explicit. Excel Spreadsheet or Google Docs.
I like to personally know a lot about what I have as a subject in my paintings. This is something that should extend constantly, studying is limitless and it is inspirers.
Colour Theory is a science, this website is wonderful, introducing 59 Theories. It is in German and you can click an English button, how perfect is this site! Great visual index and list of names of scientists.
Being consistent in work ethic on a daily basis and presentation gives you achievable goals and you set a sense of quality in place that is reliable to you and how your work is perceived.
The 140 Characters text is about two or three short sentences, clearly stating what your work is about. This is something that you need to give time and takes several rewrites to get there. This is what you stick to when you explain what you do. Knowing this by hart is key for other people to understand what you do.
I constanty write about my work and develop and improve it with my ghost writer, whom edits and clarifies what I want to communicate. Talking about your work is as important as the work itself.
Instead of a wooden palette you can also use a marmor or glass palette, it is easy to clean and has longevity. Marmor, home stores sell them as coasters and tiling stores sell them as tiles. Ask Glass Cutter to sand the edges. Marmor 18cm, home or tiling stores, +/- 5.- Glass, 20cm, +/- 5.-
A good airtight container and a pipette reduces the presence of toxic and unpleased fumes. Pipette, Art stores, +/- 0.50cents.
I believe there is surprisingly little written about Creativity so a must have! Big Magic ISBN978-1-4088-6673-3
This book is great for understanding old masters techniques, showing every stage. How to paint like the old masters ISB978-0-8230-2671-5