Artist Book Club

Let’s read & discuss one great art book every month.  Some will be novels centered around art, others might be critiques examining the life and work of a particular artist, some might be books on technique written by a particular artist we are interested in.  Questions will be provided to draw us deeper into the ideas presented in the book. No drawing or painting skills required.  Come and enjoy the discussion even if you did not finish the book.



Please bring a show and tell of creative projects inspired by the reading. The projects may be exercises directly taken from the book, or inspired by what you read.  This is just for fun and to deepen our understanding.  



Meet monthly on third Thursday from 6:30-8:00 pm


Zoom Room.  The link provided with sign-up. 



Suggested donation $10 

Lark Keeler is co-hosting the book club with me.  Lark is past president of the Florida Art Educators Association, she is a lower school art teacher at St Andrews School and an art instructor at the NSU Art Museum.


Artist Book Club Selections


January 2021

The Creative Habit














by Twyla Tharp

All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone.


February 2021

Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa

by Marilyn Chase

This is the story of a woman who wielded imagination and hope in the face of intolerance and who transformed everything she touched into art.


March 2021

Find Your Artistic Voice

by Lisa Congdon

Develop and embrace your unique creative perspective with genuine confidence.


April 2021

The Accidental Creative

by Todd Henry

Have better ideas, faster, without the stress and burnout


May 27, 2021

The Night Portrait

by Lisa Morelli

An exciting, dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings, Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, and the woman who fought to save it


June 2021

Ways of Looking


by Ossian Ward

Any encounter with a challenging work of contemporary art need not be intimidating or alienating but rather a dramatic, sensually rewarding, and thought-provoking experience.


July 2021

The Gifts of Imperfection

by Brene Brown

A powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough


August 2021

Craft a Life You Love

by Amy Tangerine

Infuse Creativity, Fun & Intention into your everyday


September 2021

Mindfulness and the Art of Drawing

by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

This is not a book of drawing techniques. It is, instead, a book about the experience of drawing.

October 2021

Light in the Dark


Edited by Joe Fassier

What inspires you? That’s the simple, but profound question posed to forty-six renowned authors in LIGHT THE DARK. Each writer begins with a favorite passage from a novel, a song, a poem—something that gets them started and keeps them going with the creative work they love.


November 2021

The World to Come

by Dara Horne

A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles' cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents' living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family's startling history--from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam.


December 2021

The 12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark

by Don Thompson

The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art and Auction Houses


Future Book Selections:

  • Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind - Scott Barry Kaufman

  • Follow the Meander: An Indirect Route to a More Creative Life - Andrew Dietz

  • Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars - Camille Paglia

  • Broad Strokes - 15 Women Artists who made art and history - Bridget Quinn

  • Clear Seeing Place: Studio Visits - Brian Rutenberg
  • Art Money Success - Maria Brophy

  • What I Loved  - Siri Hustvedt

  • Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees - Lawrence Weschler 

  • Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life - Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

  • Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

  • The Heart to Start: Stop Procrastinating & Start Creating - David Kadavy

  • The Lady and the Unicorn - Tracy Chevalier

  • The War of Art - Steven Pressfield

  • Do the Work - Steven Pressfield

  • 9th Street Women - Mary Gabriel

  • 7 Days in the Art World - Sarah Thornton

  • The Accidental Masterpiece, on the Art of Life and Vice Versa - Michael Kimmelman

  • The Painted Word - Tom Wolfe

  • What Are You Looking At? 150 years of Modern Art in a Nutshell - Will Gompertz

  • Lady in Ermine — The Story of A Woman Who Painted the Renaissance: A Biographical Novel of Sofonisba Anguissola - Donna DiGiuseppe

  • The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

  • Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture - Ross King

  • How to Be Both - Ali Smith

  • The Garden of Earthly Delights - Robert Dodds

  • Theft - Peter Carey

  • The Vein of Gold - Julia Cameron

  • The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron

  • Steal Like an Artist - Austin Kleon

  • An Object of Beauty - Steve Martin

  • Chasing Cezanne - Peter Mayle 

  • How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci - Michael J. Gelb

  • Art & Fear - David Bayles & Ted Orland

  • Leonardo's Swans - Karen Essex

  • The Passion of Artemisia - Susan Vreeland

  • The Birth of Venus - Sarah Dunant

  • Leonardo and the Last Supper - Ross King

  • Secret Knowledge - David Hockney

  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue - Diana Vreeland


  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life - Twyla Tharp

  • Night Portrait -  Laura Morelli digs into the past for tale of a Da Vinci portrait that spans more than 500 years

  • Ways of Looking - How to experience Contemporary Art - Ossian Ward

  • Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa - Marilyn Chase

  • Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic - Lisa Congdon

  • The 12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark: The curious economics of contemporary art - Don Thompson, Adam Verner

  • Mindfulness and the Art of Drawing - Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

  • The World to Come - Dara Horne

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