"The Artist's Book of Excuses (and How Not to Need Them)" by Jim and Narda Wilcox (Soft Cover, 106 pgs.): $15.95
This book is a cleverly illustrated laugh-out-loud funny book that teaches some tried-and-true principles along the way. Written by landscape artist Jim Wilcox and his wife, Narda, and illustrated by John Potter, this look on the lighter side of excuses artists come up with makes a great gift for any artist on your list.
All 52 excuses (one for every week of the year) were compiled by Jim as he heard them from 20 years worth of workshop students. This book was Jim's way of combatting the excuses he was hearing so often; everything from trouble with values to a bear eating the titanium white paint (true story). Each excuse is illustrated on one side by the talented cartoonist and artist John Potter, and mirrored on the other side by wise advice from Wilcox about how to avoid using the excuse. Jim's 40 years of painting show through in the many wonderful tidbits he shares with practicing artists of all levels.