Ideal Bookshelf 741: Isabel Allende (Spanish editions)
© Jane Mount 
2014 / 20x24” / gouache & ink on paper

Ideal Bookshelf 742: Isabel Allende (English editions)
© Jane Mount 
2014 / 20x24” / gouache & ink on paper

Very honored to paint all of Isabel Allende’s beautiful books, in both the English and Spanish editions! I first read The House of the Spirits in high school and was completely blown away by it. Personally, I think the Spanish versions are the lovelier of the two; they have such distinctive spines.

Ideal Bookshelf 728: Oz

© Jane Mount 
2014 / 13x19” / gouache & ink on paper

A new print of the full set of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, in the 1960s white cloth hardcover editions, with an awesome picture on every spine.

Get 20% off a peck of prints and custom paintings perfect for moms, dads, and grads, now till Wednesday!

Times•Haiku Turns One

tiffehr:

Here are some of my favorites from the first year of our Times Haiku project:

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So many great collections! The Believer documents the disheveled and decorated bookshelves of poets on their Tumblr believermag:

Poets’ Bookshelves. An ongoing series of posts documenting some of the books collected by our favorite poets. This week: Dorothea Lasky, most recently the author of Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012). Her website is dorothealasky.tumblr.com

See the rest of the series.

Ideal Bookshelf 702: Janet Mock
© Jane Mount 
2014 / 11x14” / gouache & ink on paper

Janet Mock just wrote a New York Times bestselling memoir which sounds amazing, and her best friend Mai commissioned me to paint it, alongside her favorite books ever, for her birthday.

Ideal Bookshelf 696: Rachel Renee Russell
© Jane Mount 
2014 / 8x10” / gouache & ink on paper

Apparently dorkiness is universal

and now we take a short break from books for a picture of a cat

janemount:

working on a painting of ONE HUNDRED books, while listening to One Hundred Years of Solitude to see if I still love it as much as when I was 17. (at Ideal Bookshelf HQ)

Ideal Bookshelf 657: Nick Miller
© Jane Mount 
2014 / 8”x10” / gouache & ink on paper

The lovely books of writer Nick Miller !

Also, I painted this twice (and took forever at it, sorry Nick!), because the &^%$!* USPS lost the first one, argh.

explore-blog:

Lena Dunham's favorite books, from the Ideal Bookshelf project. How delightful to see The Letters of Edna St. Vincent Millay among them, an infinitely delightful out-of-print gem.

Possibly slightly more elegant (but a little more cumbersome) than just lining your favorite books up on a shelf? ;)

erikkwakkel:

Six books, one binding
Here’s something special. You may remember a blog I posted about dos-à-dos (or “back-to-back”) books. These are very special objects consisting of usually two books, which were bound together at their, well, backs. When you were done with the one book, you would flip the object and read the other. The dos-à-dos book you see here is even more special. Not only is it a rather old one (it was bound in the late 16th century), but it contains not two but six books, all neatly hidden inside a single binding (see this motionless pic to admire it). They are all devotional texts printed in Germany during the 1550s and 1570s (including Martin Luther, Der kleine Catechismus) and each one is closed with its own tiny clasp. While it may have been difficult to keep track of a particular text’s location, a book you can open in six different ways is quite the display of craftsmanship.
Pic: Stockholm, Royal Library. See the full image gallery here.
Possibly slightly more elegant (but a little more cumbersome) than just lining your favorite books up on a shelf? ;)

erikkwakkel:

Six books, one binding

Here’s something special. You may remember a blog I posted about dos-à-dos (or “back-to-back”) books. These are very special objects consisting of usually two books, which were bound together at their, well, backs. When you were done with the one book, you would flip the object and read the other. The dos-à-dos book you see here is even more special. Not only is it a rather old one (it was bound in the late 16th century), but it contains not two but six books, all neatly hidden inside a single binding (see this motionless pic to admire it). They are all devotional texts printed in Germany during the 1550s and 1570s (including Martin Luther, Der kleine Catechismus) and each one is closed with its own tiny clasp. While it may have been difficult to keep track of a particular text’s location, a book you can open in six different ways is quite the display of craftsmanship.

Pic: Stockholm, Royal Library. See the full image gallery here.

Home sweet homes.

heythereyouare:

Poets and their homes 

a set from the holiday rush…

janemount:

and with that lovely (the selfish gene!) I conclude this year’s xmas commissions and will now go have a 🍸🍹🍷🍺 (at Ideal Bookshelf HQ)

what becomes of Ideal Bookshelf paint rags

janemount:

battle with a barbarian horde

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