|Art & Fear Bayles and Orland Essential in every artist's bookshelf
Charles Rennie Mackintosh in France Robertson and Long Landscapes and a few floral watercolors by the Scottish artist and protagonist of the Glasgow Style
50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship Salvador Dali Techniques of oil painting and how to think about painting, written in the first person.
Picasso: A Biography Patrick O'Brian The definitive Picasso biography-- objective, literate, thorough.
Art Forms in Nature Karl Blossfeldt Photographs from the artist's botanical textbook.
Magritte Suzy Gablik Ever been curious about Magritte? This is a good place to start.
Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay...Eterniday One of the many good books about this artist. Includes a CD-ROM.
After the End of Art Arthur Danto The philosopher explains his ideas about contemporary art, clearly and simply
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use it for Life Twyla Tharp How to sustain regular production of creative work
Jim Dine: Flowers and Plants Marco Livingstone The artist's paintings of flowers and plants
Sensational Bouquets by Christian Tortu Christian Tortu Flower arrangements by the French floral designer
Imogen Cunningham Flora Richard Lorenz, Imogen Cunningham Classic black and white photographs of botanical subjects
Maria Sibylla Merian, 1647-1717; Artist and Naturalist ed. Kurt Wettengl Biography of the botanical artist with many beautiful illustrations
Plant Kingdoms: The Photographs of Charles Jones Sean Sexton et al Photographs by a victorian gardener, found in a trunk at a flea market years after his death.
Drawing: A Studio Guide Lu Bro The basics. .
Arts and Letters Georgia O'Keefe Illustrated book of the artist's letters.
Georgia O'Keefe: One Hundred Flowers Georgia O'Keefe Floral paintings
Hiroshige: Birds and Flowers Hiroshige Ando et al Japanese woodblock prints.
Orchids Greg Allikas and Ned Nash How-to book about growing orchids; beautifully illustrated.