Stephen Taylor spent over 3 years studying a majestic oak tree and the crops around it in a farmer's field. The result is a collection of paintings and Oak, a book documenting the experience. Throughout the seasons and the varying times of day, Taylor took photos and make sketches of an ever-changing, yet constant, setting. The 250-year-old oak taught Taylor how to see and how to connect with the world around him. He says, "The natural world is constantly changing, visually unpredictable, and often very hard to see clearly. So I use painting to help me discover what is there." This is a lovely book for both painters and anyone who appreciates this visual art. And fans of oaks, of course.
Hardback, 112 pages. Princeton Architectural Press, 2011. $19.67 at Amazon.