Wednesday, 3 September 2014

De La Croix

 'I never know a moment's boredom when I have a brush in my hand.'    De La Croix

I haven't had much time to paint or sketch lately. A certain little someone has been keeping me on my toes. I have been taking little snatches of time to finish a book that I started back on maternity leave though - The journal of Eugene De La Croix  ISBN9780714833590. I have a shortened version but it is still a long read. It is however, absolutely fascinating with many insightful observations not only on art and painting but also on human nature.

One quote in particular has given me food for thought;

'As a rule marine artists do not paint the sea well.... they make portraits of waves...They are not sufficiently concerned with the effect of imagination which, by multiplicity of details - too minutely described even when they are true - is distracted from the main theme, the vastness or depth which art is capable of expressing.'     De La Croix

On The Coast   photograph ©2014Vicky Le Quelenec

I don't have too much left of the book and am wondering if anyone could recommend another for me to start on a similar vein. What is your favourite book written by an artist?


Bruce Sherman said...

Good morning Lisa!... I don't normally recommend "how to" books to fellow artists... nor do I actually read them.

But in this particular case... this artist, Philip Jamison's "How to Make Your Paintings Work" is a "Bible" for water colourists like yourself.

His book is so much more about process and "ideas"... and spiritual advice that I keep going back to when I seem out of gas.. and need refreshed.

It is a reference book that I keep nearby on our livingroom table.

You can easily and quickly acquire it online at in new or used condition.... hardcover or paperback... for really low prices.

I heartily endorse it.... he was a proficient painter in many mediums... an avid sketchbook advocate... and a wonderful teacher with a marine painting background.

Good luck with it Lisa!

Good Painting!
Warmest regards,

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Thank you so much for the suggestion Bruce. I shall look it up. Best wishes.