Cat Bennett’s new book isn’t really about actual pipes, even if the title is Making Art a Practice: 30 Ways to Paint a Pipe (How to be the Artist You Are). Instead, the title is a reference to Magritte’s famous “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” painting, where a pipe is used as a vehicle for understanding the meaning of art. In that way, Bennett’s book is a lot like Magritte’s pipe, and with it, Bennett will help you discover the meaning of your own art.
The book opens with 8 points that promote an individual search for what art means to you, with an inspiring quote at the beginning of each. Those are followed by 30 practices, each with a tip and a reflection, that both experienced and not experienced artists can do to improve their work. Also included is an appendix with additional information, and an artists section that gives small bios for the artists whose beautiful work is included throughout.
Bennett puts little emphasis on technique, focusing instead on the reasons behind the art. For artists, it’s like a trip to the doctor’s office that results in a root cause diagnosis instead of treating the symptoms, except this trip will be one you’ll want to revisit often!
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