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Seascapes & Sunsets: Discover Techniques for Creating Ocean Scenes and Dramatic Skies in Watercolor
Seascapes & Sunsets
Discover Techniques for Creating Ocean Scenes and Dramatic Skies in Watercolor
Paperback      ISBN: 1600582524

This newest Watercolor Made Easy title combines the drama of beautiful sunsets with the splendor of oceanscapes, making a perfect guide for any aspiring landscape artist. Accomplished watercolorist Thomas Needham begins with basic watercolor techniques and tips specific to rendering seascapes and sunsets, such as preserving the white of the paper, painting soft blends, and creating realistic reflections. Then he offers step-by-step projects that guide artists from initial sketches to impressive, colorful works of art.

Paint Along with Jerry Yarnell Volume One - Painting Basics
Paint Along with Jerry Yarnell Volume One - Painting Basics
Paperback      ISBN: 1581800363

You can transform a blank canvas into a spectacular landscape even if you've never painted before. Jerry Yarnell--the master of popular painting--will show you how with his successful step-by-step painting techniques. You'll learn to create beautiful art, building your skills and having fun every time you approach the canvas. The lessons inside will enable you to produce 10 complete paintings and provide you with detailed information on subjects such as color mixing, applications, composition, value studies, depth perception and much more.

Whether you're a beginning, intermediate or advanced painter, Jerry Yarnell's 28 years of art experience will inspire and enrich your painting journey--a lifelong learning process full of discovery and wonder.

French Painting in the Golden Age
French Painting in the Golden Age
Paperback      ISBN: 0500203709

This is an introduction to one of the great periods of Western art and provides a clear, dramatic account of the French art world under Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Drawing on research that places the art of the period in its context of religious and philosophical ideas, Christopher Allen provides the means for the reader to judge the meaning, relevance, success or failure of the art of this period.

Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris
Henri Rousseau
Jungles in Paris
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810956993

A cult figure in his own lifetime, Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) produced some of the most original and recognizable artworks of the modern era. This volume provides not only a comprehensive overview of his career, but also a penetrating insight into the sources that inspired his work."

This Tranquil Land: Hudson River Paintings from the Hersen Collection
This Tranquil Land
Hudson River Paintings from the Hersen Collection
Paperback      ISBN: 0962460214

Nineteenth-century Americans responded to landscape paintings because the subject existed all around them. Unlike paintings of ancient kings or mythic goddesses that in Europe were regarded as the highest achievement but in America were considered frivolous or morally corrupt, the land was a tangible presence, sometimes tranquil and serene, often mysterious and dangerous. Before 1820, depictions of the landscape had essentially served as backgrounds for portraits or as topographic documents. Thomas Cole transformed this "useful" landscape into a transcendental vision, where the hand of God was seen enlivening every aspect of nature. Cole's example opened the eyes of countless talented artists who sought the American soul in the vistas of its landscapes.

This quest is vividly brought to life in the paintings included here, by 31 artists who painted in and around the Hudson River in the 19th century. They not only show an America that was, but an America that still exists in the core of our national consciousness.

Will H. Bradley: American Artist in Print : A Collector's Guide
Will H. Bradley
American Artist in Print : A Collector's Guide
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1555952240

A study of American commercial artist, Will H. Bradley (1868-1962). It brings together all of his finest printed work, with nearly 200 illustrations from The Inland Printer, The Chap Book, Colliers Weekly and other periodicals, books, advertising and ephemera.

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
Color and Light
A Guide for the Realist Painter
Paperback      ISBN: 0740797719
From New York Times best-selling author of the Dinotopia series, James Gurney, comes a carefully crafted and researched study on color and light in paintings. This art instruction book is the follow up to the acclaimed Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist.

James Gurney, New York Times best-selling author and artist of the Dinotopia series, follows Imaginative Realism with his second art-instruction book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. A researched study on two of art's most fundamental themes, Color and Light bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge. Beginning with a survey of underappreciated masters who perfected the use of color and light, the book examines how light reveals form, the properties of color and pigments, and the wide variety of atmospheric effects. Gurney cuts though the confusing and contradictory dogma about color, testing it in the light of science and observation. A glossary, pigment index, and bibliography complete what will ultimately become an indispensible tool for any artist.

This book is the second in a series based on his blog, His first in the series, Imaginative Realism, was widely acclaimed in the fantastical art world, and was ranked the #1 Bestseller on the Amazon list for art instruction.

"James Gurney's new book, Color and Light, cleverly bridges the gap between artistic observation and scientific explanation. Not only does he eloquently describe all the effects of color and light an artist might encounter, but he thrills us with his striking paintings in the process." --Armand Cabrera, Artist
Easy Landscapes: Easy Landcapes
Easy Landscapes
Easy Landcapes
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1581804296

With this book's no clutter approach, artists will be tackling two of their favourite subjects - watercolour and landscapes - in minutes. Reid's quick-start guide gives beginners a basic overview of materials, terms and exercises to get them off to a good start.

Capturing Nature in Watercolor
Capturing Nature in Watercolor
Hardcover      ISBN: 0823005585

Featured in this imaginative instructional are quick and easy ways to customize all kinds of glass and ceramic pieces with dashes of color to suit the style and palette of any room.

The thirty-plus projects include vibrantly colored bowls, gold-studded champagne glasses, pretty polka-dot teacups, and a spiral-design vase. Sponging, stamping, stenciling, and other simple techniques are explained in step-by-step detail so that even inexperienced painters and crafters can achieve attractive results. More than a dozen templates and a source directory complete this practical, idea-packed book.

Mediaeval Folk in Painting
Mediaeval Folk in Painting
Hardcover      ISBN: 1863511385

The Middle Ages in Europe produced great works of art in architecture, painting, drawing, tapestries and sculpture, from which artists have drawn inspiration for centuries. The author of this book has used her passion for the medieval world and for folk art to create painting projects depicting medieval subjects. All the projects depict scenes and characters from medieval times, and the book contains detailed instructions which are easy enough even for the most hesitant beginner to follow.