For Christmas this year, I bought two books with overviews on architecture and some nice photographs. I am planning to use them with the Towers Art Journal that I made several years ago.
Originally I had planned to study Tower cards from tarot decks with another woman, but she was a busy person who soon moved on to something else, so I completed the journal and here it sits. You can read more about that journal here and here.
I do have a fascination for architectural towers though, particularly old ruins overrun with vines and trees and such, so I thought I could use this journal finally for some sketching and fun creative things pertaining to towers. I like medieval and renaissance architecture so I’ll probably stick to things like that.
DK Eyewitness Companions: Architecture by Jonathan Glancey
Dorling Kindersley publications always have such exquisite full-colour photographs and close-ups. This overview goes from ancient times to the present, so lots of varied buildings and settings and countries. Just the thing for a drawing reference.
Oxford History of Art: Early Medieval Architecture by Roger Stalley
This reminds me of several of the Thames and Hudson publications in their World of Art series. There is a second book on mid-medieval architecture but I didn’t have the money to buy both. Feudalism, pilgrimage, monasticism, basilicas and such; I prefer this period to any other and there are lots of photographs for reference in both black and white and colour.
Even though I bought these books with Christmas money from my Dad, my husband got angry about me purchasing anything which kind of ruined the books for me, so I am letting them sit for a time until I can go back to the journal with a fresh eye and enthusiasm.
One day soon!