Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lessons in Classical Painting by Juliette Aristides

The book, Lessons in Classical Painting by Juliette Aristides is truly amazing with the simple steps to follow. It's not difficult to understand and yet this book has wonderful real live paintings inside that inspire or could inspire anyone to pick up a brush and begin painting!
The different lessons would be understanding value, form, temperature, and even color. These are broken down into easier steps and lesson to help you understand and grasp the concept before learning another. Even if in order of the lessons you'll learn, I just love that you can go right back that chapter/section and relearn or try to understand how to work with the right temperature or how to work with value on your painting without searching throughout the book for the answer. 
Also, the book is filled with some interesting words. I mean, there is one that really makes sense. You could take it as a quote when the author writes about how painting education may have a starting date, but there is no natural ending. That is so true because it's always something new or different added and art  can always be taught new with incredible techniques and ideas as time goes on. However, there are many moments in this book I felt that the words meant something so truthful about painting. 
Also, the book has just been so helpful given me an idea how to paint all types of still life and making it easier for myself, someone who never had a real class about painting and understanding how to do so with someone there to guide me.
Finally, this is an excellent book and I wished I had the other one she wrote before, Lessons in Classical Drawing. However, if it's as good as this book was for painting, I might have to pick me up one!
Information About The Author:
JULIETTE ARISTIDES is the director of the Aristides Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington. She is the co-founder of the DaVinci Initiative, which works to bring skill-based art instruction into public education. Aristides exhibits in solo and group shows nationally. Her work can be seen at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and the Art Renewal Center Living Masters Gallery online. Visit her website at

Book Information:
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (July 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607747898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607747895
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
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Palmistry, Plain & Simple by Sasha Fenton

The book, Palmistry, Plain & Simple by Sasha Fenton is super easy to understand compared to many other palm reading books! It's pretty much great for anyone, especially beginners! I love when it says on the title that it's the only book you'll ever need, well it's true! It is so straight forward, has a few examples of hands and symbols labeled on them to explain each part of the hands meaning and the differences in everybody's hand.
When I mention differences in hands, I mean the size, difference between girls and guys, the locations of major lines and minor lines, marks and so much more!
The use of this book can come in handy to predict and understand your life just a bit more. Maybe your interested in learning about someone's character, how they act in life. Maybe, just interested in finding out about the health, love, relationship interest and what type of commitment this person has in life. I mean it's very useful in the way of helping you find that special person, learn about your friends and family members and maybe even help with understanding the health of an individual and where their lives will be leading them.
Finally, if you ever wanted a simple book to understand, one that explains everything about palms, and takes less time memorizing than this is the book to take a look at! It's really super easy and now one of  my favorite books that I would
highly recommend on Palmistry! 
Information About The Author:
Sasha Fenton has been studying and practicing psychic arts for over thirty years and is the past President of the British Astrological and Psychic Society. She is a popular radio, TV, and magazine personality in the UK and has written many books on astrology, fortune telling, and tarot.

Book Information:
  • Series: Plain & Simple
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing; Reprint edition (July 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571747516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571747518
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Homemade by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson

The book, Homemade by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson is packed with creative DIY ideas you can make at home. This isn't just based on a few types of crafts, like crocheting or building, but instead it has many different decorative and creative ideas you can make with the entire family. I always loved homemade items as they are the best to give and can be a great way to have something personalized or reflect on something you've made and get to use, one of a kind!
The book covers so many fun ideas such as beautiful accessories for the house, to wear, light up the night in style, serve favorite foods into and so much more! It's covering many different places inside and outside the home. So maybe you want to create something delicious, maybe something for fixing up the home to look different and creative or even sew up a few pieces for the outdoors and personalizing your own style. Well, that is what this book really will help you with and think of it as fun ideas to give to another! who doesn't like same delicious homemade baked goods or treats or even some fun creative decoration, I know I do!
I really love that there are so many to choose from, 101 craft projects inside. Each illustrated with realistic photos and helpful step by step tips to get you started and all the way till the final product. Finally, I really loved each inside, and basically been trying to do some of the yarn projects and maybe go right into cooking up some lovely treats! Excellent book!
Information About The Authors:
Ros Badger previously owned a children's knitwear company, Little Badger. He continues to offer style advice on his Web site,, and resides in Dulwich, England. 

Elspeth Thompson is the writer for a weekly column on gardening. She also regularly writes for the "Sunday Telegraph" and the "Guardian." She is the author of several gardening books and Tricia Guild's titles. She lives in London, England.

Book Information:
  • Title Homemade 
  • Subtitle 101 Beautiful and Useful Craft Projects You Can Make at Home 
  • Author Ros Badger, Elspeth Thompson 
  • Publisher Skyhorse Publishing 
  • Imprint Skyhorse Publishing 
  • Published 7 July 2015 
  • Format Paperback 
  • ISBN-139781632204547 
  • Pages 256 
  • Dimensions 9.75 x 7.50in.
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