Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year and a great new read


Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a great time last night and were able to be somewhat productive today. Hard to believe that 2007 is over all ready, but am anxious to see what 2008 brings. Hopefully it will see more production done in the studio and also more projects with the illustrations. I am also happy to have found a new and interesting book from Phaidon called "30,000 years of art" thanks to a gift from my Mentor Martin Skoro. Now I know you are probably thinking not another art history book, but the thing that really stuck out to me was the fact that it traces history as a whole to current date rather than jumping back and forth between cultures and timeframes. I know that doesn't lend itself to a complete history of a time period and all the cultures within it, but it really creates a nice new look at the history of art in general. Another cool thing about this book that makes it stand out against the others is the fact that it is nearly 1100 pages and weighs an astonishing 14 lbs. Such a huge book makes for one that you rest on the table to read rather than hoisting it onto your lap. Believe me when your legs start to go numb, time to put the book down! Anyways, just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and hope all of your resolutions are broken already!

6 comments:

Christina E. Rodriguez said...

"...it is nearly 1100 pages and weighs an astonishing 14 lbs."

That's still better than 14 lbs. of fruitcake, for sure! Nice recommendation, I'll have to check that one out sometime... if my string-bean arms can lift it, that is!

Happy New Year to you, too, Shawn!

Shawn McCann said...

No problem Christina. Hope you find it a good read(or visually pleasing for us artists that is).

Janvangogh said...

Looks like you would need a forklift to read it :-) 30,000 years. That is a few.

Shawn McCann said...

No Kidding Janet. Even the mailman complained when he delivered it :-)

Cynthia said...

Happy New Year - and what a nice gift!

That's the kind of book that you'll never get tired of and can refer back to forever.

Shawn McCann said...

Happy New Year to you as well Cynthia! I will definitely utilize the book for resource here and there.