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Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics
Why Cats Paint
A Theory of Feline Aesthetics
Paperback      ISBN: 0898156122

An unprecedented photographic record of cat creativity that will intrigue cat lovers and art lovers alike.

The Sound of Paper: Starting from Scratch
The Sound of Paper
Starting from Scratch
Hardcover      ISBN: 1585422886

In this landmark book on the creative process, the bestselling author of "The Artist's Way" reveals the intricate soul work artists must undertake in order to find inspiration.
In "The Sound of Paper," Julia Cameron delves deep into the heart of the personal struggles that all artists face. What can we do when we face our keyboard or canvas with nothing but a cold emptiness? How can we begin to carve out our creation when our vision and drive are clouded by life's uncertainties? In other words, how can we begin the difficult work of being an artist?
Drawing upon her many years of personal experience as both an artist and a teacher, Julia Cameron guides readers to a place where they can find the strength and courage to create. Demonstrating how this involves a process of constant renewal, of starting from the beginning, she writes, "When we are building a life from scratch, we must dig a little. We must be like that hen scratching the soil: 'What goodness is hidden here, just below the surface?' we must ask."
With exercises designed to develop the power to infuse one's art with a deeply informed knowledge of the soul, this book is an essential artist's companion from one of the foremost authorities on the creative process. Julia Cameron's most illuminating book to date, "The Sound of Paper" provides readers with a spiritual path for creating the best work of their lives.

Geometry and the Visual Arts
Geometry and the Visual Arts
Paperback      ISBN: 048624458x

The origins of geometry are rooted in the ancient civilization of Egypt and Babylon. The Greeks developed its primitive beginnings into a science changing forever man's concept of space and proportions. In this lucid work, noted professor of mathematics Dan Pedoe (University of Minnesota) takes a provocative look at the crucial importance of geometry in the development of Western aesthetics. The author traces the effects of geometry on artistic achievement and clearly discusses its fundamental importance to artists, scientists, architects, philosophers, and others.
Special chapters focus on Vitruvius, Albrecht D rer, and Leonardo da Vinci, clearly outlining the interrelationship of their own artistic development and the guiding principles of geometry. 136 figures illustrate the text in addition to 24 plates. This wide-ranging survey addresses a broad expanse of intellectual territory, covering: projective geometry, mathematical curves, theories of perspective and architectural form, concepts of space and much more; making precise and perceptive references to the works of Plato, Walt Whitman, Pythagoras, Shakespeare, Einstein, Michelangelo, Swift, van Gogh, and other great minds.
Exercises are given at the end of each chapter for those who wish to experience the aesthetic appeal of geometry by carrying out simple constructions, inventing patterns, drawing and stitching curves and envelopes, and finally, venturing into the students, teachers, and all those who delight in the beauty of geometric forms, the work is an indispensable addition to your bookshelf and a lasting delight to the mind and eye.

Modeling the Head in Clay
Modeling the Head in Clay
Hardcover      ISBN: 0823030989

Creative techniques step-by-step. This book offers the reader an opportunity to watch one of our foremost contemporary sculptors at work, to see not just highlights of the creative process, but every step from beginning to end.
In order to recreate the immediacy of an actual workshop situation, Bruno Lucchesi takes a single life-size head through all the stages of roughing in, modeling, refining the surface, and finishing and texturing, so that the reader can see exactly how he positions and models every detail.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."



First printing, 1979.

The Artist's Bible
The Artist's Bible
Hardcover      ISBN: 0785830189

The Artist's Bible is a wonderful reference for any experienced or novice artist. Whatever medium you prefer ?¬ ?pastel, watercolor, oil, acrylic, multimedia ?¬ ?this book, with its themed sections, provides tips, trade secrets and time and money savings advice that you can't afford to be without.

Crammed with over 400 ingenious solutions to every conceivable painting problem, our team of experienced professional artists, all with many years of painting behind them, share their invaluable advice on subjects as diverse as speeding up slow drying washes, making tricky paint behave itself, creating convincing skin tones and capturing the delicacy of flower structures.

Each tip is fully illustrated with both step-by-step sequences and exemplary finished works, making this book a resource that will have a place on your shelf for many years to come.

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.

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.

Watercolor Tricks & Techniques
Watercolor Tricks & Techniques
Paperback      ISBN: 0891344470

More than 150 full-color illustrations demonstrate how a watercolorist can turn an ordinary painting into an extraordinary one.

Brilliantly Vivid Color-By-Number: Birds and Butterflies: Guided Coloring for Creative Relaxation--30 Original Designs + 4 Full-Color Bonus Prints--Ea
Brilliantly Vivid Color-By-Number: Birds and Butterflies
Guided Coloring for Creative Relaxation--30 Original Designs + 4 Full-Color Bonus Prints--Ea
Paperback      ISBN: 1589239466

Beauty in flight: Original artwork numbered for coloring provides creative relaxation.

Each book in the Brilliantly Vivid Color-by-Number series presents 30 pieces of numbered original artwork by Italian artist F. Sehnaz Bac, renowned for the stunning palettes of her whimsical painted rock designs. Birds and Butterflies includes songbirds, owls, butterflies, moths, dragonflies, and other winged marvels, all numbered for vibrant coloring in markers, colored pencils, crayons, or paints, along with coloring instruction (with a color key) and four bonus full-color prints. Simply color in each numbered space with the corresponding color in the color key, or explore your unique creative path and fill the spaces with your own palette. Relax, unwind, and be creative as you color in these lovely pieces of art. Once you've enjoyed these designs, you'll want to try Sehnaz's two other Brilliantly Vivid Color-by-Number books: Animal Friends, which feature her endearing cats, bunnies, and elephants, along with many other marvelous creatures frolicking on land and under the sea; and Flowers and Mandalas, which include her dazzling mandalas and fun and fanciful blooms.

Composition
Composition
Hardcover      ISBN: 156458612x

Step through the canvas with the Eyewitness approach to the world's greatest artists and movements. Each volume is filled with wonderful full-color reproductions, and packed with background information on the lives of artists, their times, and the influences which combined to create their memorable artworks.