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cover Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies
by Bobby Lake-Thom, Medicine Grizzly Bear
The author, a Native American healer, draws from plains, southwest and northwest Native American traditions to compile a practical and enlightening resource.
cover Medicine Cards : The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals
by Jamie Sams and David Carson
Excellent resource on Native American animal symbols. It comes with cards, but the details in the book are priceless.
cover The Druid Animal Oracle : Working With the Sacred Animals of the Druid Tradition
by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm
Excellent resource on the symbolism of animals in Celtic lore. Like Medicine Cards, it comes with cards which you may or may not choose to use. The book itself is a excellent source of Celtic animal legends.
cover Animal-Speak : The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small
by Ted Andrews
Another excellent resource. This author crosses cultures and explains the symbolism of animals (including a large catalog of birds, reptiles, and insects) from Native American (North American and South American), Celtic, Greek, African, and other traditions. Consequently, this is the only resource of animal symbols listed here that contains animals outside of North America and Europe.
cover Spirit Animals
by Victoria Covell, illustrations by Noah Buchanan
Not only filled with great information from Native American traditions, but also loaded with inspirational art.
cover The Celtic Tree Oracle : A System of Divination
by Liz and Dolin Murray
This is another book that comes with cards. It is based on study of Ogham, an ancient alphabet used by Druids and associated with various sacred trees among the Celts. Whether you use it for divination or not, the book is a great resource about Celtic tree lore. And sometimes the best symbol for a portrait is a tree rather than an animal.
cover Dictionary of Symbolic and Mythological Animals
by J. C. Cooper
Covers a wide variety of symbolism from traditions world wide.
cover The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects
by Barbara Walker
This resource deals primarily with symbols and objects related to women. Organized in an easy to use format. Great reference.
Personal Totem Pole: Animal Imagery the Chakras, and Psycholtherapy
by Eligio Stephen Gallegos, Ph.D.
A psychotheraputic process used by some therapists. While extensive training is required to use this process therapeutically, it gives the healthy seeker some useful approaches to meditating upon the chakras to find which animals, or animal symbols, govern each of the seven major chakras. For in-depth information visit the author's website at
cover Tussie-Mussies : The Victorian Art of Expressing Yourself in the Language of Flowers
by Geraldine Adamich Laufer
I've never had a situation where I couldn't find the right ancient animal or tree symbol for a portrait, but you never know. So I keep this book handy. The Victorian tradition applies an exhaustive list of meanings to flowers. This book has excellent indexes arranged by flower and by meaning. And the flower photography is outstanding.
cover The Creative Brain
by Ned Herrmann
The book that started me on my artistic career.
cover Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
by Betty Edwards
A course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence. It worked for me! If you follow the exercises in this book, you can't fail.
cover The Whole Brain Business Book
by Ned Herrmann
Think creativity is just for artists? Think again!
cover The Best of Colored Pencil 1
compiled by the Colored Pencil Society of America
Part of the Best of Colored Pencil Series. See what amazing art can be created with this medium.
cover The Best of Colored Pencil Two
compiled by the Colored Pencil Society of America
Second of the Best of Colored Pencil Series. More incredible art.
cover The Best of Colored Pencil III
compiled by the Colored Pencil Society of America
Third of the Best of Colored Pencil Series. More incredible art.
cover The Best of Colored Pencil 4
compiled by the Colored Pencil Society of America
Fourth of the Best of Colored Pencil Series. Still more incredible art.
cover Best of Colored Pencil 5
edited by Vera Curnow
Latest in the Best of Colored Pencil Series. And still more incredible art.
Creative Colored Pencil: The Step by Step Guide
by Vera Curnow
Creative applications, creative palettes, creative mixes of colored pencil artists Ann Kullberg, Maggie Toole, Sherry Loomis, Gary Green, Mike Pease, Bernard Poulin, Dyanne Locati, Vera Curnow, Karen Ann Klein, and Richard Mueller.
cover Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step
by Ann Kullberg
Terrific suggestions, tips, techniques even if you aren't a portrait artist.
cover Creating Textures in Colored Pencil
by Gary Greene
Instructions on creating natural and man-made textures with colored pencils.
cover Colored Pencil Solution Book
by Janie Gildow & Barbara Benedetti Newton
Colored pencil tips and techniques for winning results.
cover The Colored Pencil
by Bet Borgeson
Key concepts for handling the medium. A great place to start.
cover The Encyclopedia of Colored Pencil
by Judy Martin
a directory of key techniques plus an inspirational gallery showing artists how to use them.
cover The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
With a name like SymbolArt how could I not recommend a pager-turner about symbology and art. According to the author only the plot and characters are fictional, all the art history is factual.

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