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Watercolor: The Creative Experience
The Creative Experience
Paperback      ISBN: 0891340661
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.

Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques
Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques
Hardcover      ISBN: 0891345736

With a seductive painting style described as "realism with a soul, " Susan Harrison-Tustain casts new light on a favorite subject among watercolorists. She captures the "essence" of flowers in their natural settings, complete with bumblebees, dew drops and other whimsical touches of life.

Artists will learn her unique priming method, along with other techniques for creating vibrant colors, realistic textures and lively light. Included are three complete step-by-step painting demonstrations and 14 mini-demos.

Just Add Watercolor: Inspiration and Painting Techniques from Contemporary Artists
Just Add Watercolor
Inspiration and Painting Techniques from Contemporary Artists
Hardcover      ISBN: 160774757x
A beautifully illustrated, easy-to-navigate guide to creating contemporary watercolors, pairing full-page paintings with insights and tips for artists.
Featuring 200 of the best works of young, modern watercolor painters, paired with bite-sized painting tips and art instruction, Just Add Watercolor gives aspiring artists access to information about--and examples of--top work in the medium. Artist and instructor Helen Birch breaks down each painting by techniques, subject matter, and tools, providing art enthusiasts and painters with a one-stop resource and gallery of the best that modern watercolor has to offer. Its small trim size with one painting per spread provides a bold, but user-friendly alternative to traditional, process-heavy painting instruction texts. Just Add Watercolor shines the spotlight on featured paintings, while still giving readers all the insights needed to get started painting in this popular medium.
Rembrandt: The Master and His Workshop : Paintings/Drawings and Etchings
The Master and His Workshop : Paintings/Drawings and Etchings
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300051913

Contains two volumes which together discuss Rembrandt's life, technique, the organization of his workshop and the critical response to him. They present studies of 51 paintings, 40 etchings and 40 drawings definitely attributed to Rembrandt and discuss work attributed to his pupils.

2 volume boxed set: vol. one is "Paintings," vol. two "Drawings & Etchings.

Draw & Paint Fantasy Art Warriors & Heroes
Draw & Paint Fantasy Art Warriors & Heroes
Paperback      ISBN: 160061969x

Learn how to bring to life the most exciting warriors and heroes. Armed with your pen and paper, let battle commence

Discover how to draw and paint male and female warrior archetypes, from the ancient legend of Thor to the valour of King Arthur. Explore anatomy, color and lighting techniques, and discover how to render combat, armor, weapons and clothing. Become a master fantasy artist with ten easy-to-follow step-by-step projects.

Renoir, My Father
Renoir, My Father
Paperback      ISBN: 0940322773

In this delightful memoir, Jean Renoir, the director of such masterpieces of the cinema as Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, tells the life story of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great Impressionist painter. Recounting Pierre-Auguste's extraordinary career, beginning as a painter of fans and porcelain, recording the rules of thumb by which he worked, and capturing his unpretentious and wonderfully engaging talk and personality, Jean Renoir's book is both a wonderful double portrait of father and son and, in the words of the distinguished art historian John Golding, it "remains the best account of Renoir, and, furthermore, among the most beautiful and moving biographies we have."

Includes 12 pages of color plates and 18 pages of black and white images.
Tom Lynch's Watercolor Secrets: A Master Painter Reveals His Strategies for Success
Tom Lynch's Watercolor Secrets
A Master Painter Reveals His Strategies for Success
Hardcover      ISBN: 1929834012

Tom Lynch's watercolors are dynamic, expressive and amazingly vibrant. In this guide, he shared his masterful techniques for achieving loose, energetic compositions through step-by-step demonstrations, inspiring examples and clear instruction. To make lessons easy to learn, Lynch breaks down his painting strategies into simple principles, including values, color, shapes, impact area, and expression and mood. Each principle features exercises designed to help artists build their skills and paint with impact.

Dramatic Light: Paint Eye-Catching Art in Watercolor and Oil
Dramatic Light
Paint Eye-Catching Art in Watercolor and Oil
Hardcover      ISBN: 1581806582

Capture the elusive nature of light, and make your paintings glow with richness and realism. Dramatic Light shows you how, blending inspiring artwork with clear, step-by-step demonstrations for working in both watercolor and oil. Your paintings will improve instantly as you follow hands-on, visual guidance for recreating the basic principles of light: transparency, translucency, luminosity and reflections. This remarkable book features:

  • 16 step-by-step demonstrations that show you how see and paint light in it many forms
  • A range of styles and subjects to admire and borrow from, including flowers, landscapes, people and still lifes
  • Detailed instruction for mastering challenging textures, such as sparkling glass, sheer fabric, moonlit skies, shimmering water and more
  • Visual comparisons that highlight common mistakes and how to fix them
You'll find the guidance in Dramatic Light very effective and accessible, even if you're new to painting. Special sections cover a range of topics, from creating good compositions to mixing colors to working with reference photos.

Take this guide, explore light's sublime possibilities, and transform your work.

Relief Painting
Relief Painting
Hardcover      ISBN: 0764165348

The newest addition to Barron's growing series of Pocket Art Guides, this book instructs in effective ways of layering paint on canvas in order to create an effect similar to low-relief sculpture. Art students and amateur painters will find practical advice and instruction in Barron's Pocket Art Guides, series. Each title treats a specific aspect of painting or drawing, and includes many tips that even experienced professionals will find helpful. These information-packed books are handy artists' companions for the reference shelf, but are also small enough to carry along with art supplies on field trips. All titles feature instructive captioned color illustrations and enlightening notes on how famous artists solved specific problems.