Like almost any artist, I have quite a collection of art books. Some of them are technical, focusing on techniques and materials. Some are inspirational. They are filled with photographs of work I find inspiring and / or challenging. The following books are ones I have in my studio that fall in to the latter category. Not a complete listing, but ones I find myself coming back to frequently.

Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, Margret MacDonald
This is a collection of etchings and pastels. I love the delicacy of the line work and the sparse touches of color in the pastels. Like much of Whistler’s work, atmosphere plays an important part, with careful manipulation of plate tone in the etchings.

The Complete Etchings of Rembrandt, Dover Press
The master of the etched line.

Impressions of New York: Prints from the New-York Historical Society, Marilyn Symmes
A wealth of etchings, drypoints and lithographs. Many of the earlier ones are commercially produced. I find the later ones are of more interest.

Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of Art
If you want to gain a greater understanding of mark making, this is a revelation. Lines, dots, squiggles, dashes pour out on the page forming one beautiful image after another.