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Hands-on knowledge at one’s fingertips

When you’re painting, do you find yourself wondering what color to use next?  Do you have problems mixing colors to get the exact hue you want?  If so, this book is for you.  No matter where you fall on the skill level spectrum – beginner to professional – Exploring Color Workshop, 30th Anniversary Edition by […]

October 2016 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Paint Box Section,Reviews - Books,Two Sisters Bookmart | Read More »

A visual trip inside the City of Lights

“The Tall Trees of Paris” is a book by Matt Wagner that is a collection of artists and their work from the magnificent city of Paris, France. The book is a fun read and visual experience.        Included are questions asked to each artist by author Wagner. Three of the nine are: What […]

October 2016 | Posted in Reviews - Books,Two Sisters Bookmart | Read More »

Ho! Ho! Ho! ‘Santa Nita’ stopped by

For me, Nita Leland’s art books have always been a wonderful source of information; in fact, her newest, the 30th Anniversary Edition Exploring Color Workshop, was also like experiencing the joys of Christmastime.      The beautiful art leaps from the pages whereas I could not stop flipping until I reached the end. After that excitement, […]

September 2016 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Marketplace Guide,Art-to-Art Palette Journal,Art-to-Art Palette NewsWire/AAPNW,Global,News (Time related),Northwest Passage Record/NWPR,Palette News Arts Network/PNAN,PaletteBoards Section,Reviews - Books,Two Sisters Bookmart | Read More »

Leland: A definite ‘colorful educator’

When viewing this book, I think of Julie Andrews in that mountaintop scene as she twirls and echoes the “The Hills Are Alive” in the Sound of Music movie – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fH2FOn1V5g and as I turn the pages, also comes to mind is “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”  song by Justin Timberlake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYEZWw – Exploring Color Workshop […]

September 2016 | Posted in Archives,Art-to-Art Marketplace Guide,News (Time related),People and Places,Reviews - Books,Two Sisters Bookmart | Read More »

A childhood memory of love and lols

     Records in print, whether they be books, journals, photographs or paintings are visual aids by which the eye and the heart join in a recollection of a reality that was and is, uniting them as one, granting them an instant snapshot of a once; somewhat in an outer body experience, yet in person to […]

May 2016 | Posted in Archives,Reviews - Books | Read More »

His art has risen

In my review of “The Art of William Emboden” published by Premium Modern Art, its written text, as I see, a collaboration among William Emboden, Peter Shire and Chevalier Tony Clark speaks exceptionally highly, right on the mark, in regards to Emboden’s artistic style.   I found his work to illustrate similarities to the art […]

March 2016 | Posted in Art-to-Art Palette NewsWire/AAPNW,Bugle Section,Educator's Row,Northwest Passage Record/NWPR,Palette News Arts Network/PNAN,Reviews - Books,Two Sisters Bookmart | Read More »

A modern ‘masterpiece’ in print

As an artist and educator, I was hugely impressed with the book, “Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Foundation” by art historians William C. Agee and Lewis Kachur with contributions also by Rick Kinsel and Emily Schuchardt Navratil.      Modernism began in the late 19th century and included many talented artists such as, Arthur […]

February 2016 | Posted in Reviews - Books,Two Sisters Bookmart | Read More »

She wrote about falsies

Written in an approachable and amenable style, however not only aimed at the layman, but also  a recommended reading for non-specialists, art historians, curators and scientists alike, Jehane Ragai’s new book, “The Scientist and the Forger” released by Imperial College Press and World Science Publishers, takes the reader down the fascinating and ever more turbulent […]

November 2015 | Posted in PaletteBoards Section,Reviews - Books,Two Sisters Bookmart | Read More »

A ‘rare’ experience

I will never forget a lecture series in April 2013 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio. National Geographic nature photographer, Joel Sartore gave an inspiring talk with numerous visuals, and his twenty years experience, which has taken him all over the globe, was undoubtedly evident.      Sartore spoke with genuine enthusiasm and […]

February 2015 | Posted in Reviews - Books,Two Sisters Bookmart | Read More »

A treasured time

One of my greatest anticipations during the summer is a journey to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts with my sister. The Clark is located on rolling lawns nestled in a beautiful wooded area. Before you even enter the building, you can sense a feeling of peace and the need to […]

January 2014 | Posted in Archives,Reviews - Books,Reviews-other,Two Sisters Bookmart,Video | Read More »

‘War boy’ story needs told on the big screen

     There is no surrealism in my findings in this Holocaust survivor’s life, other than the word or a form of it has been used so many times in this book; I began to choke! Ivan Z. Gabor’s autobiography as told to and written by Jeffrey Beal, “Echoes of My Footsteps” became, on one hand […]

June 2013 | Posted in Archives,Reviews - Books | Read More »

Sam´s book is a chef´s palette

     I find it amazing how several hefty handfuls of wheat grains can take on other visual forms in a variety as food staples, especially breads. I find it amazing how hands of mankind when anointed with their touch; the outcome multiplies, thusly producing a thought of ´inquiring minds want to know´ while at the […]

June 2013 | Posted in Reviews - Books | Read More »

A novel with a forever touching spirit

“Petey” is a young adult book which is about children born in the early 1900s with “deficiencies” and are thought to be idiots, morons or imbeciles; thusly they were put in a mental institution. In actuality, Petey’s condition was Cerebral Palsy, in brief terms, a brain muscle weakness.      As Petey spends his life in […]

September 2012 | Posted in Reviews - Books | Read More »

A new ‘bouquet’

     There is a saying that deals with fine wine from Othello, II. iii. (315) by William Shakespeare (1564-1616):  It goes, “Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.” Nita Leland’s newest book, New Creative Collage Techniques, which is a power-packed fresh updated version of the original Creative Collage Techniques, who […]

July 2012 | Posted in Archives,Reviews - Books | Read More »

Nashville! Nashville! ´Little Giant´ tells it his way

     Stan Hitchcock´s “At The Corner of Music Row and Memory Lane” is a book that recants the many paths he has journeyed on, covering a span of over four decades from the 1960s and through the 1990s, in this book of some 50 plus chapters of stories, his travels records the ins, the outs, […]

June 2012 | Posted in Reviews - Books | Read More »

New book should come with warning

     Nita Leland’s art books are informative, adventurous and fun. Her latest accomplishment, “New Creative Collage Techniques” is another jewel in her crown.      Each page is a wealth of knowledge along with visual excitement with lots of colorful images and just enough words for clear explanation. Also, the spiral bound book lays flat and […]

June 2012 | Posted in Reviews - Books | Read More »

Award-winner talks on Leland book

At the beginning of her book “New Creative Collage Techniques,” Nita Leland says, “Collage is like an amusement park with something for everyone…Anyone can do it, regardless of age or skill level.”  Indeed, after reading this colorful, exciting book, you may find yourself “hooked on collage.”       This book contains a wealth of easy-to-understand information […]

January 2012 | Posted in Archives,Reviews - Books | Read More »

They rode on angelic wings

     Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry are two faithful women, who decided to bring a better life and a little hope to those in need. “Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Freedom in Afghanistan” is the story of their work in Afghanistan, the people they love and would serve. The book reveals […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Reviews - Books | Read More »

‘Historian´ spotlights legendary songster of rhythm

     Francesco Paolo LoVecchio aka “Mr. Steel Tonsils”,”Old Leather Lungs”, and “Mr. Rhythm”, but mostly known as Frankie Laine (1930-2007) has been given a posthumously validation by the authorship of Richard Grudens in his 2009 book entitled: “Mr. Rhythm-A Tribute to Frankie Lane.” Grudens, who has been tagged as “the musical historian of our time” […]

December 2011 | Posted in Reviews - Books | Read More »

Fiction I really felt

     Author Melody Carlson creates such believable characters; I could actually feel their trials and triumphs, such as in “Christmas at Harringtons” where Lena is penniless and down on her luck, but when she receives the gift of a red coat, wonderful changes happen, opening her world to new opportunities.      Carlson’s words flow from […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Reviews - Books | Read More »

Could be a multi-cultural film starring the Pitts

     Guardianship of life in a civilized society is a monumental responsibility, especially for those whose window to the world has blinds on both sides that shields the Good, the Bad and even the Pangals. They only have a cloistral view that offers no real education by application: a tried and tested experience of the […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Reviews - Books | Read More »

Storyteller ‘crumbs’ are delicious

     I have this friend who is quite an exceptional artist with a specialty in cartooning. After reading “Precarious” by Al Riske, I envisioned myself as a general practitioner in family medicine. One of my patients – let us call him Casey, who has a genetic history of hypertension that has brought on erectile dysfunction. […]

December 2011 | Posted in Archives,Reviews - Books | Read More »

A book with many revelations . . . . . .

Some books are read because the already words expressed serves as an endorsement about what we found in the first several pages. There are also other visual reasons that come into play, including the cover, the inside pages as they are fanned, and the title. Of course, there is mainly one reason why lovers of […]

March 2011 | Posted in Archives,Reviews - Books | Read More »