ARC REVIEW: Urban Watercolor Sketching

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Are you interested in watercolor? Do you sketch? Then check out this awesome book.

I received this book from bloggingforbooks for review, this is my honest opinion.

For those of you who don't know I'm an artist, I work in a graphic design field, but I really prefer to paint and draw. I have been interested in getting into watercolor more, because it's such a difficult medium I have always been a little afraid of it. I own a lot of watercolor supplies, just like book, I also hoard art supplies. I requested this book to get a little inspired and learn more.

I like this book a lot, and it's not the type of book you read front to back and then review. I flipped through it, and read a little here and there. Mostly I looked at the art and go some inspiration, some ideas for what I want to paint. I like the way it's laid out, it's fun and creative. The book offers a lot of information on color, hue, technique and a little bit of history, of paint as well as art itself. Everything in this book is sketched, it really shows that the author is serious about what he does. Also the book itself is a good size, as soon as I opened it I was wowed.  I will definitely keep this book on my table andgo back to it when I need some info. I recommend it anyone who is a painter, and artist, looking for inspiration and education. Go check it out!

If you are interested you can check out my art

 

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The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer us a powerful way to transform our lives for the better. A way to achieve personal freedom.
Be Impeccable With Your Word
Don't Take Anything Personally
Don't Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best
The Toltec were knows as men and women of knowledge, their knowledge has been embodied and passed through the generations. It is not a religion, it is a way of life. As children everything is taught to us, we don't choose where we live, what things to eat, which God to believe in. Those are agreements we made, because we we trained to, yes I said trained. People train their children just like you would a cat or dog. As a little kid you would get rewarded for good behavior or punished for bad. That's how we learned to agree with what was taught us. But how do we know that that is the way to live, maybe it's the right way for others, but what about yourself, when will it be your turn to make your own decision that isn't influenced by anyone or anything else.
In this book you will learn how to transform your life into your own heaven, your own spiritual happiness.
Yes it's common sense that everyone should know, but so is what they teach you in any Religion, yet people still go to church.
This book is more spiritual than religious, (so if you are a die-hard believer you might not agree with the last chapter), it gives some great insight into a different way of living, a way that seems to be more fulfilling and joyful. For me this book is perfect, I couldn't agree with it more, and will be recommending it to others.

For the Love of Cats

I loved it.

Cats, cats, cats, yes you guessed it I love cats, mine more then others, and I can't get enough of them. And this book is just one way for me to love them even more. This book has many facts and interesting stories about cats. Poems, stories, funny information as well as cute pictures. It's great for any cat lover who wants to learn a little more about their little fur balls. It's funny as well as informing, has some history on cats and how they uses to be worshipped in Egypt and how they became household pets. Although any cat lover like me worships their cats. I'm pretty sure I'll get this for a couple people I know who share my crazy cat world. I was reading it and laughing out loud, because everything it said about cats I could relate to mine. I think this would be great for kids too. Has more pictures then actual reading.

90 Minutes In Heaven by Don Piper

Ok, so the message of the book is great for anyone who is a believer in God, also might make some believe in God, but the writing not that great. I understand that Don is telling his story as it happened, but he repeats himself over and over. By the middle I was frustrated with him telling me how he realized he was taken to heaven and then back to earth to teach and inspire others over and over. I get it. But I pushed through and finished it.

The events and all that he went through are inspiring, maybe a little more for people who went through something traumatic, for others maybe not so much. I'm not saying don't believe what he experienced isn't true, but it doesn't hit the spot for people who haven't been through something life changing. And I won't discuss any more due to religion, and offending someone. Read it and you'll find out. Overall it was a good book, and teaches you to not take life for granted and love others, and that if you believe you can do anything.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls - REVIEW

Compelling and detailed look on the authors childhood memories of poverty and neglect certainly makes you think about life's hardships. 

The Glass Castle is a memoir of Jeannette Walls who along with her siblings survive a harsh and dysfunctional childhood. 

Her parents were dreamers, but lacked the motivation to achieve those dreams. Her father was a genius, he taught them science, math, physics, everything one wants to know. But when he drank there was no stopping him, he was destructive and careless. Her mother was an artist, but never made a sale. She was tired of raising kids and would refuse to provide for them. The children had to take care of themselves, and each other, eventually they made their way to New York where they were able to find success. Their parents followed, but refused help and preferred to be homeless. Describing it as an adventure.

You can't help but sympathize with the children, and get angry at the parents for being so oblivious to their children's needs. 

The authors writing is detailed in way that you can picture yourself there, her memories are truly astounding, and vivid. Describing every member of the family, what they went through, and how they lived.  I loved this bookat times I was surprised at the things the parents would do, even angry, and then I was amazed at how the kids dealt with it. They vere strong and resilient. Even being able to relate on some level to each person. And then I look at my life, and how many things I take for granted, this really opens your eyes. I will never look at a homeless person the same way. I would recommend it to anyone who has children, and a family the most. This story will make you consider all that you have and how much you should be thankful for it. 

The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs - REVIEW

This book is funny and inspiring, I loved it.

A.J. Jacobs does a great job of not only following the Bible and other religious books but also his view on the world adds a nice perspective.

He is a secular Jew and decided to follow the Bible as literally as possible for 12 months. Both the old and the New Testament. It's amazing how far he gets into it, but he does admit that it's not easy, mostly because people don't act like that anymore and society has changed. So talking a certain way and the way he looks doesn't necessarily please everyone.

Nonetheless, he does a great job, plus the humor helps too. I was laughing as well as rethinking my own religious views, even though I'm Catholic and he mostly focused of Judaism.

I definitely enjoyed this book, even recommended it to some people, one of which is my mom, a huge Catholic believer. Hope she will enjoy it too.