ABC’s of Leatherwork by Tandy Leather Company

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by Randolph on December 26, 2019 @ 12:28 pm

This is a minimal primer for leatherworking. It introduces the reader to a few basic tools and techniques, that’s about it. It doesn’t mention maintenance or care of the tools, nor safety. It may be decent for a user who needs a quick introduction and has access to a teacher or someone who can help through any difficulties. It is cheap and a quick read. The company has several better books.

Painting Sunlight and Shadow with Pastels by Maggie Price

Filed under:Art — posted by Randolph on December 16, 2019 @ 5:52 pm

This book is an instructional text for pastels. It’s focus is an using light and shadow to create form, addressing different lighting and shadow conditions. The author specifically addresses the predominant sky conditions, sunny, cloudy and rain. She also talks about color under these conditions, reflections and shadows. In each, the changes of color are discussed addressing the conditions affecting the light color and intensity.

Each section starts with a detailed description of what is going on with the light and why. Then proceeds to a number of step-by-step painting instructions that you can work through.

In addition, the paintings used as reference are very good, after working through the book, it still serves as a nice book to flip through for the images.

A few of the work-through paintings are done by different artist, giving a fuller study than the author (presumably) could provide on her own.

Although some of the instruction was rather obvious, I still enjoyed reading through the comments and the example paintings.



image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace