Painting Badge

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Searching For Inspiration

Oh, what to paint…?
A Portrait? A Landscape? Still Life, Perhaps?
 
Deciding what to paint can be a challenge.
 
Our Bancroft Brownies will search for inspiration to meet the requirements for their Painting Badge (beginning in March).
 
Here are 14 books that may inspire.

The list features artists and their search for inspiration and includes examples of art subjects & styles to tickle the imagination.

An Artist’s Search For Inspiration (4 Titles)

Bridget's Beret by Tom Lichtenheld

JUV E LICHTENHELD
When Bridget loses the beret that provides her with artistic inspiration like other great artists, she thinks she will never be able to draw again.

By Word of Mouse by Kate Spohn

JUV E SPOHN
A field mouse decides to live in the big blue house with two sisters who are artists, and is so happy with what she finds there that soon all of her relatives join her. Based on the true story of Caldecott Award winner Dorothy Lathrop's inspiration for her first book, The Littlest Mouse.

Morgan and the Artist by Donald Carrick

JUV E CARRICK
An artist paints a tiny man who walks out of the painting and announces that he is the painter's inspiration.

Honoring Our Ancestors: Stories and Pictures by Fourteen Artists

JUV 759.13 HONORING
Fourteen artists and picture book illustrators present paintings with descriptions of ancestors or other sources of inspiration that have inspired them.

Painting Portraits (6 Titles)

Look At Me!: The Art of the Portrait by Claudia Strand

(JUV 704.94 STRAND)
Introduces historical portraiture through the ages, explains how various details are created, and provides activity suggestions for painting faces, drawing cartoons, and creating face-themed collages.

Self-Portraits by Peggy Roalf

JUV 757 ROALF
An exploration of painting through 2,000 years of art history, focusing on self-portraits by such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gorky, and Picasso.

Here's Looking At Me: How Artists See Themselves by Bob Raczka

Fourteen famous artists' self-portraits illustrating their different styles and views of themselves.

Just Like Me: Self-Portraits and Stories

JUV 704.94 JUS
Fourteen artists and picture book illustrators present self-portraits and brief descriptions that explore their varied ethnic origins, their work, and their feelings about themselves. 

Remy and Lulu by Kevin Hawkes

JUV E HAWKES
A down-on-his-luck painter with poor eyesight teams up with a dog with a knack for painting portraits.

The Mare's Nest by Gary Bowen

JUV E BOWEN
In 19th-century Vermont, an itinerant artist who travels the New England countryside painting portraits of livestock and pets discovers a mystery involving some stolen animals.

Painting Landscapes (4 Titles)

Landscapes by Claude Delafosse

JUV 750.11 DELAFOSSE
Features die-cut and transparent pages introducing landscapes as portrayed in art.

Landscapes by Peggy Roalf

JUV 758.1 ROA
An exploration of painting throughout 2,000 years of art history, focusing on paintings of landscapes by various artists.

Sketching Outdoors in Winter by Jim Arnosky

JUV 743.831 ARN
Provides drawings of landscapes, plants, animals, and other aspects of nature, accompanied by comments from the artist on how and why he drew them.

Sketching Outdoors in Spring  by Jim Arnosky

JUV 743.83 ARN
Provides drawings of landscapes, plants, animals, and other aspects of nature, accompanied by comments from the artist on how and why he drew them.