Joseph Nordmann shares his wonderful sketches in new book

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‘Sketchbook Ideas’ presents delightful array of color, form in sketch collection

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The purpose of this work is to encourage those who have sketched little in the past to take up the sketching habit

Joseph Nordmann during his long career of painting kept meticulous records of his sketches used in his final oil paintings. He is a great believer in sketching as a first step to original art unlike the accepted current practice of beginning with brush and canvas. His sketchbooks are also a record of his career and a reminder of his progress over a period of time. Add to this is a wonderful collection of inspirational and humorous quotations.

From cover to cover, “Sketchbook Ideas” (published by Xlibris) is a delightful array of color and form perfected by Joseph Nordmann. This book is divided into categories of subjects: landscapes, still life, marines and skies all taken from nature and intended as a guide for art enthusiasts whether they plan to paint or just enjoy the visual.

“The purpose of this work is to encourage those who have sketched little in the past to take up the sketching habit,” says Nordmann. “With this book, readers will develop the sketchbook habit. Practice will improve all their artwork and also provide a source of useful material for years to come. “

“Sketchbook Ideas” is a look at the impressionistic art of today by a learned scholar. It serves as a reminder of where one was and evidence that one is moving onward to more serious creativity.

“Sketchbook Ideas”
By Joseph Nordmann with Frances Ramsey
Hardcover | 8.5 x 11in | 248 pages | ISBN 9781499073966
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 248 pages | ISBN 9781499073973
E-Book |248pages | ISBN 9781499073980
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Joseph Nordmann is professor emeritus of chemistry. Born in Decatur, Illinois he grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio, graduating from Bowling Green State University as chemistry major. He did his graduate work in organic chemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Southern California and Purdue University. During World War II he was employed in national defense-related science and taught V-12 program chemistry to future military officers. After the war he taught at Los Angeles Valley College where he published chemistry texts, co-owned and operated an environmental laboratory and won the national award for excellence in college chemistry teaching. During weekends, he studied oil painting with artists Paul Conner and Nicolai Fechin. During summer vacations he worked as a coach’s assistant with the Los Angeles Rams and co-authored a nonfiction book on football.
When he retired from teaching, he moved to California’s Monterey Peninsula. There he is a writer and professional artist-member of the Carmel Art Association.

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