Painting
Birds
Birds
Paperback      ISBN: 022810128x

A stunning collection of 200 bird species painted by the world-renowned wildlife painter.

"Robert Bateman's paintings and drawings... reveal a vision of the beautiful and stark possibilities of the natural world. They are compelling and haunting."
-- The Washington Post

At a time when bird species are disappearing rapidly, the poignant beauty of Robert Bateman's paintings is more urgent than ever. It reminds us why Bateman was compelled to study and paint his subjects and why we must work to secure their futures.

Bateman has sketched and painted bird life in every corner of the globe. His special relationship with some of the planet's most beautiful and fascinating creatures is captured here in an elegant volume that will appeal to bird lovers and art lovers alike.

The paintings are organized variously into 20 groups: At Home on Salt Spring Island; In the Pribilofs; Treeline and Tundra; Above Larch Valley; A Wenatchee Field Trip; Canyons and Deserts of Arizona; The Great Plains; Spring on the Great Lakes; Immigrants; Eastern Fields and Forests; On Inland Waters; The Atlantic Coast; In the Everglades; The Tropical Americas; The Gal pagos; Old Worlds; At the Taj Mahal; A Visit to Bharatpur; The African Savannah and To the Antarctic.

Bateman's magnificent works celebrate the breathtaking range of bird life on Earth -- from the spectacular plumage of the fiery rainforest quetzel to the threatening glare of the golden eagle. And through his notes, informative diary entries and detailed sketches and studies, he shares with the reader a wealth of observations about the birds' behavior and his keen appreciation of their beauty. As the great Roger Tory Peterson said, "If I could paint like another wildlife artist, it would be Robert Bateman."

Robert Bateman began his lifelong education as an artist, naturalist and birder in the tree-filled ravine behind his boyhood home in Toronto. There he would study and sketch the birds he saw, adding them to the life list he keeps to this day. Robert has an enormous following, and his original artwork and limited edition prints are sought by collectors the world over. In 2003, the Robert Bateman Centre museum opened in Victoria, B.C. Today he lives with his wife, Birgit, and his family on one of the Gulf Islands off Canada's western coast.

Modern Indian Painting: Jane and Kito de Boer Collection
Modern Indian Painting
Jane and Kito de Boer Collection
Hardcover      ISBN: 9385360582

- The first volume to explore the staggering collection of Jane and Kito de Boer- Functions as an introduction to Indian modernism, with strong representations of several individual artists as well as major movementsModern Indian Painting presents a survey of Indian painting from the late 19th century to the present day, drawn from the private collection of Jane and Kito de Boer remarkable for its broad historical scope and wide range of artists. The book clearly delineates major developments over a long period of time, while contextualizing them with previously unpublished examples by major artists. The first part of the book features the de Boers talking about their passion for India and Indian art. The second part presents a history of modern Indian painting, with essays on the Bengal School, the so-called 'Dutch Bengal' artists, the Calcutta naturalists, the portrait painters of the Bombay School in the early 20th century, the Progressive Artists Group and the post-Independence artists of Bengal. The de Boer collection also contains strong representations of a few individual artists, such as Chittaprosad, Ganesh Pyne, Ramachandran and Broota, whose works are explored through essays and interviews. The fact that many of these chapters draw almost exclusively on the de Boer collection is a testament to its incredible size and breadth. In this volume, we hope to show how the collection takes a dispassionate view of the global status of Indian art, while at the same time revealing a commitment and long-term engagement with the country and its creativity. With contributions from Partha Mitter, Giles Tillotson, Yashodhara Dalmia, Sona Datta, Sanjay Kumar Mallik and Rob Dean.

Once Upon a Colorful Canvas: A Playful Plan for Learning to Paint--Includes an 88-Page Paperback Book Plus Two 6 (15 CM) Square Canvases
Once Upon a Colorful Canvas
A Playful Plan for Learning to Paint--Includes an 88-Page Paperback Book Plus Two 6 (15 CM) Square Canvases
Paperback      ISBN: 1631593226

Once Upon a Simple Canvas offers a simple yet sophisticated "look and learn" approach to learning to paint by the brilliant and dazzling artist Kindah Khalidy.

Painting looks like so much fun, but it's intimidating if you have never done it. How does one begin to paint? What are the rules? Here is a secret for you: there are none

Once Upon a Simple Canvas: A Visual Guide to Learning to Paint offers something completely new: a stunning and delightful visual journey of discovery Readers are treated to a simple yet sophisticated "look and learn" approach to learning to paint by the brilliant and dazzling artist Kindah Khalidy.

As she shares insights into the artistic process, Khalidy's playful compositions and clever visual clues illuminate various approaches to the art form, spark ideas for creativity, and encourage aspiring artists to take risks, allowing space for unexpected and sometimes wonderful accidents to occur.

The Story of Painting: The Essential Guide to the History of Western Art
The Story of Painting
The Essential Guide to the History of Western Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 1564586154

Not since Gombrich's Story of Art has a popular guide to painting been so accessible and influential. This stunning guide to 800 years of Western art moves effortlessly from Byzantium to Bauhaus via 750 full-color photographs and illustrations, and Sister Wendy's benchmark style: informative, conversational, engaging. Movements are highlighted, as are individual artists, and the various techniques they use as masters are brilliantly exposed.



John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood: A Portrait of Rural America
John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood
A Portrait of Rural America
Hardcover      ISBN: 0826203361
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Paperback      ISBN: 0142003697

In 1508, despite strong advice to the contrary, the powerful Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the newly restored Sistine Chapel. With little experience as a painter (though famed for his sculpture "David"), Michelangelo was reluctant to begin the massive project.
"Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" recounts the four extraordinary years Michelangelo spent laboring over the vast ceiling while the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him. Battling against ill health, financial difficulties, domestic problems, the pope's impatience, and a bitter rivalry with the brilliant young painter Raphael, Michelangelo created scenes so beautiful that they are considered one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. A panorama of illustrious figures converged around the creation of this great work-from the great Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus to the young Martin Luther-and Ross King skillfully weaves them through his compelling historical narrative, offering uncommon insight into the intersection of art and history.

How to Read Art: A Crash Course in Understanding and Interpreting Paintings
How to Read Art
A Crash Course in Understanding and Interpreting Paintings
Paperback      ISBN: 0789329166

This charmingly illustrated, highly informative field guide to understanding art history is small enough to fit in a pocket yet serious enough to provide real answers. This seventh entry in the hugely popular How to Read series is a one-stop guide to understanding the world's great artworks. The book explains the aesthetics of schools of painting from the Renaissance masters and Impressionists to the Cubists and Modernists. It enables readers to develop swiftly an understanding of the vocabulary of painting and to discover how to look at diverse paintings in detail.In the first part of the book, the author reveals how to read paintings by considering five key areas: shape and support, style and medium, compositional devices, genre, and the meaning of recurring motifs and symbols. The second part explores fifty paintings through extracted details, accompanied by insightful commentary, training the reader and viewer to understand context and discover meaning within art. How to Read Art is the perfect companion for anyone interested in paintings and a book that no art lover's home should be without.

Those Women
Those Women
Paperback      ISBN: 0882143336
Tony Couch's Keys to Successful Painting
Tony Couch's Keys to Successful Painting
Hardcover      ISBN: 0891344276

Composition is perhaps the most important subject a painter will ever master. Couch teaches artists how to use the principles of design to create powerful and unforgettable paintings -- in all mediums.

How to Draw and Paint Fairies: From Finding Inspiration to Capturing Diaphanous Detail, a Step-by-step Guide to Fairy Art
How to Draw and Paint Fairies
From Finding Inspiration to Capturing Diaphanous Detail, a Step-by-step Guide to Fairy Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0823023834

How do you draw a fairy? It's not like you can convince one to do life modeling in your studio. How to Draw and Paint Fairies confronts the fairy labor shortage directly, explaining all the techniques needed to bring fairy art to life. For beginners, explanations of basic techniques and easy-to-follow constructional drawings, plus information on materials, sketching, forms, and color make starting out easy and pleasant. As artists progress, the book offers detailed descriptions and beautiful illustrations of little people--from flower, water, and moon fairies, to nymphs and sprites, to sirens. Basic to advanced techniques on watercolor and mixed media are covered step-by-step, and finished images from leading fairy artists provide inspiration. This beautiful book will make every artist believe in fairies.