Classical Painting

Anyone who has taken a course in classical painting can tell you all that you want to know (or don’t want to know) about form, texture, and symbolism.
Lessons in Classical Painting by Juliette Aristides discusses all of these and more. From form to temperature to color to value pattern, it covers most of what painters need to know in order to get started in classical painting.
Though I myself am not a highly experienced painter (my middle-school classes in art hardly count toward classical painting), I recommend this book to those who are curious about the matter.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Much into Manga?

I’m not one who is into Manga much. My only exposure has been the wonderful Japanese children’s version of the New Testament Manga Messiah. But when it comes to coloring books–even Manga ones–count me in! The detailed drawings of Manga (the little specific twists and turns and flows of fabric) lend themselves well to the coloring book format, and this is exactly the style you will find in the Pop Manga Coloring Book. However, on the flip side, these details can also be intimidating–especially if one is a perfectionist or new to coloring books.
I recommend this book to coloring enthusiasts and Manga enthusiasts of all ages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Do Hard Things

Today, I revisit a book that I read years ago. When I was in high school, Alex and Brett Harris shook the Christian teenage world with their first book, Do Hard Things. I clearly remember listening to an audio recording of that book while I finished my math homework and being awed by the stories of young heroes and heroines who seemed undaunted by the measure of strength and perseverance that some tasks took.
Though my reading of this book happened several years ago, I believe that today’s teenagers can benefit just as much from the words of the Harris twins. I recommend this book to them and commend its vision to their hearts.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Punny

For years, the phrase “That’s so punny!” has annoyed English speakers.
But, done rightly, puns can be great–even funny.
Or so the game “Punderdome” seeks to prove. And, by including a group in the pun-making, I think the game has the potential to successfully do it.
I recommend this game for families–especially families with young children (who can be surprisingly great pun-makers sometimes)–and groups of good friends. Because it works best with people who have a high level of trust and vulnerability with each other, I do not recommend it for work get-togethers or get-to-know-you social events.
I received a complimentary copy of this game from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Taste and See

John Piper.

Anyone who is familiar with American evangelicalism will recognize that name. And anyone who has heard one of his sermons will agree: If there is one idea to which Piper has dedicated his life, it is that God is infinitely good and that, in enjoying and glorifying Him, we are eternally satisfied.

Piper’s new book Taste and See falls in line with this common thread, urging readers through daily devotional readings to experience and enjoy God.

I have often been challenged and encouraged by Piper’s messages, and I look forward to reading this book over the course of a year. And I am sure that I will recommend it to others…starting with you. 🙂

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Painting

When I was in middle school, a local Christian college offered free art lessons–an opportunity that my family (with 7 little children) gobbled up. And I am sooo glad we did. One skill that I never quite developed during those classes, however, was oil painting. Getting the oils to mix right and dreading large smears of thick oil paint on the canvas were two of my most dreaded parts of painting with this medium.

For anyone wanting to review (or be introduced) to the realm of oil painting, the book Oil Painting Essentials will serve as a
helpful tool. Covering all the basics (as “essentials” would imply), it also provides sample paintings.

I recommend this book for those who are serious about oil painting.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.