Best Painting Books

Here you will get Best Painting Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Lucian Freud

Author: by William Feaver
Published at: Rizzoli; Illustrated edition (November 6, 2007)
ISBN: 978-0847829521

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This volume, with more than 400 reproductions, will be the most comprehensive publication to date on Lucian Freud, covering a span of seventy years and including many works not previously reproduced. The result is a corpus of great works that reveal him to be the premier heir today of Rembrandt, Courbet, and Czanne.

The book includes not only Freud’s paintings but also his sketches, woodcuts, and powerful etchings. While the bulk of his paintings are female nudes, his cityscapes, plant studies, and interiors, executed in his distinctive muted palette and visible brushwork, are all included.

Freud, who has lived in London ever since his family left Berlin in 1933 when he was ten, has achieved preeminence through his ruthless perception of the human form. His importance has long been recognized in England, but his present super-celebrity status dates from a retrospective at the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., in 1987.

William Feaver, painter and for many years art critic for The Observer, provides a unique account of Freud’s preoccupations and achievement. Startling, moving, profoundly entertaining, the book lives up to Freud’s advice to students when getting them to paint self-portraits: To try and make it the most revealing, telling, and believable object.


2. Oil Painting For Dummies

Author: by Anita Marie Giddings
Published at: For Dummies; 1st edition (February 5, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0470182307

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Nobody ever said that oil painting was easy. But it gets much easier and a lot more fun when you follow a step-by-step approach that starts you off on the right foot, helps you build your skills one at a time, and gives you plenty of exercises to develop your craft.

That’s what you’ll find in Oil Painting For Dummies. Completely free of arty jargon, this full-color guide has all the hands-on instruction you need to master the basics. You’ll see how to plan a painting, build an image in layers, mix colors, and create stunning compositions.

You’ll also find everything you need to know about oil paints, solvents, and pigments; brushes, palettes, and painting surfaces; and how to keep costs down at the art supply store. Discover how to: Choose the right supplies Set up your studio and care for your equipment Handle your materials safely Develop your design and composition skills Make practice sketches and studies Use broken stroke, dry brush, glazing, scraffito and other brush strokes Try out different compositions Mix any color you want Simplify tricky still-life subjects Paint landscapes and common objects out doors Paint portraits and the human form Complete with handy color chart, basic materials list, and a very useful viewing square, Oil Painting For Dummies is the fun and easy way to discover your inner artist!


3. Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style (Oxford Paperbacks)

Author: by Michael Baxandall
Published at: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (July 28, 1988)
ISBN: 978-0192821447

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Serving as both an introduction to fifteenth-century Italian painting and as a text on how to interpret social history from the style of pictures in a given historical period, this new edition to Baxandall’s pre-eminent scholarly volume examines early Renaissance painting, and explains how the style of painting in any society reflects the visual skills and habits that evolve out of daily life.

Renaissance painting, for example, mirrors the experience of such activities as preaching, dancing, and gauging barrels. The volume includes discussions of a wide variety of painters, including Filippo Lippi, Fra Angelico, Stefano di Giovanni, Sandro Botticelli, Masaccio, Luca Signorelli, Boccaccio, and countless others.

Baxandall also defines and illustrates sixteen concepts used by a contemporary critic of painting, thereby assembling the basic equipment needed to explore fifteenth-century art. This new second edition includes an appendix that lists the original Latin and Italian texts referred to throughout the book, providing the reader with all the relevant, authentic sources.


4. Oil Painting For The Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Oil Painting (Art for the Absolute Beginner)

Author: by Mark and Mary Willenbrink
Published at: North Light Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2010)

ISBN: 978-1600617843

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The quick-start guide to great results! Oil painting doesn’t have to be rocket science, although some books on the subject make it seem that way. Filled with encouraging, easy-to-follow instruction, Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner is a no-fear, no-experience-required guide to enjoyable painting and happy results.

Focusing on the needs of the first-time painter, this book covers everything from selecting brushes and setting up your palette to key principles of color and composition, presented in a way that moves you confidently from first strokes to finished paintings.

Mini demonstrations break down fundamental painting techniques in a clear, common sense way12 step-by-step painting projects progress from simple landscapes, still life and flower paintings to more challenging subjects, such as animals, seascapes and portraitsThe bonus DVD-workshop features the author creating two paintings from start to finishYou’ll learn tricks for keeping the greens in your landscapes looking fresh, advantages to working with water-soluble oil paints, simple tips for dynamic compositions and other expert advice to make your introduction to oil painting the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


5. A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic, 1585-1718

Author: by Mariët Westermann
Published at: Yale University Press; Reprinted ed. edition (March 8, 2005)
ISBN: 978-0300107234

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Newly independent in 1585, the increasingly prosperous and politically powerful Dutch Republic experienced a tremendous rise in the production of artwork that was unparalleled in quantity, variety, and beauty. Now back in print, this classic book (originally published in 1996) examines the country’s rich artistic culture in the seventeenth century, providing a full account of Dutch artists and patrons; artistic themes and techniques; and the political and social world in which artists worked.

Distinguished art historian Marit Westermann examines the worldly art of this time in the context of the unique society that produced it, analyzing artists’ choices and demonstrating how their pictures tell particular stories about the Dutch Republic, its people, and its past.

More than 100 color illustrations complement this engaging discussion of an extraordinary moment in the history of art.


6. The Art of Brusho: a guide to beautiful paintings

Author: by Carrie McKenzie
Published at: Roseforth Publishing; 1st edition (June 19, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1999714109

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THE ART OF BRUSHO will help you to discover new ways to unleash your creativity, with step-by-step guides that show you how to use Brusho’s ‘little pots of magic’ for a variety of stunning, evocative paintings. If you like colourful paintings, you will love the intense vibrancy of Brusho paint.

British artist, Carrie McKenzie, takes you on a creative journey of start-to-finish demonstrations, exciting techniques, and special effects using Brusho with starch, soap, bleach, gesso, granulation medium, acrylic ink, etc. Similar to watercolour, Brusho mixes with water, but has its own unique and delightful properties, allowing you to create striking, colour rich and impressionistic images.

As the chapters unfold, you will learn how Brusho colours work together, some simple composition strategies, and how to produce your own vibrant, colourful paintings using Brusho in a range of adventurous ways. Each chapter includes several gallery paintings that capture the essence of every theme and provide extra inspiration for your own Brusho visions.


7. Mastering Watercolors: A Practical Guide

Author: by Joe Cartwright
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (February 5, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1507770184

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Watercolor is a magical and often challenging medium. Once mastered, it will reward you with the pleasure of creating striking works of art of infinite variety. This book is a culmination of many years of teaching. Through it, I set out to clear up widespread misconceptions about painting with watercolors.

These common confusions hold watercolor artists back from achieving their full potential. Full of practical advice and techniques, my aim is to simplify watercolor painting to assist you in your personal watercolor adventure.Enjoy the journey!


8. The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor: Master techniques for painting spectacular sea animals in watercolor (Collector's Series)

Author: by Maury Aaseng
Published at: Walter Foster Publishing; 1st edition (March 1, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1633220881

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With helpful tips and easy-to-follow lessons, The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor will teach readers everything they need to know to create beautiful works of art in watercolor. The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor opens with a guide to essential information on the necessary tools and materials for both sketching and painting, including pencils, paints and brushes, palettes, supports, and mediums.

In addition to learning about basic drawing and painting techniques and color theory, readers will learn how to create compelling compositions, achieve depth, and render realistic textures. This new title in the Collector’s Series features a large variety of stunning sea life, from an adorable sea otter to an magnificent whale.

With a fresh, modern spin on this majestic subject, The Art of Painting Sea Life in Watercolor is a comprehensive and indispensable resource, packed with beautiful illustrations and expert instruction, for all artists smitten with the animal kingdom.


9. How To Draw & Paint Botanicals + Flowers: A Step-by-Step Guide To Illustration & Gouache Painting

Author: by Philip Boelter
Published at: Independently published (December 1, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1790615032

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Illustrating and Painting Come Together For All Flower and Botanical Enthusiasts. From whimsical flowers to more detailed botanicals, learn how to draw and paint your favorite florals using gouache and various paint and brush techniques. Southern California artist Philip Boelter has grown a following on Instagram with his inked illustrations and time-lapse paintings of flowers, cacti, and landscapes.

Through his following, he has found that his posts have inspired people to jump into art. This book is to help others find inspiration and use it as a helpful guide to begin creating their own.

10. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms, Revised Edition (Looking At)

Author: by Michelle Brown
Published at: J. Paul Getty Museum; Second Edition, Revised and Expanded Edi (December 4, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1606065785

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What is a historiated initial? What are canon tables?What is a drollery? This revised edition of Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms offers definitions of the key elements of illuminated manuscripts, demystifying the techniques, processes, materials, nomenclature, and styles used in the making of these precious books.

Updated to reflect current research and technologies, this beautifully illustrated guide includes images of important manuscript illuminations from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum and beyond. Concise, readable explanations of the technical terms most frequently encountered in manuscript studies make this portable volume an essential resource for students, scholars, and readers who wish a deeper understanding and enjoyment of illuminated manuscripts and medieval book production.

11. DIY Acrylic Paint Pouring: How to Make Beautiful, Fresh, Funky and Trendy Acrylic Paint Pour Art – The Essential Beginner’s Handbook for Fluid Art Tips, Tricks, and Techniques.

Author: by Laura Collins
Published at: Independently published (September 1, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1689849241

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DIY Acrylic Paint Pouring How to Make Beautiful, Fresh, Funky and Trendy Acrylic Paint Pour ArtThe Essential Beginner’s Handbook for Fluid Art Tips, Tricks, and Techniques Learn 5 FAST, QUICK & EASY MethodsMaking beautiful, colorful messes is so much fun! Have you ever wanted to tap into your creative side but thought you lacked artistic talent?

Do you love the look of modern, abstract artwork but are afraid to take the leap of making your own? Are you a perfectionist? Are you scared to create artwork because you’ll feel you will have to do and re-do and RE-DO it over and over again?Don’t worry!

This book holds the answers for you! Now you can learn to create beautiful works of art with your own two hands! It’s cheap, easy, and fun! Literally, anyone who can spill a cup of milk can make a masterpiece.

Acrylic poured artwork is funky, fresh, and totally on-trend right now. You can use this method to paint to just about anything around your house to create that spectacular conversation piece. Even if you think you lack artistic talent, in this book, I show you that YOU can unleash the artist inside you.

12. Paintings in the Vatican

Author: by Carlo Pietrangeli
Published at: Bulfinch; 1st English-language ed edition (November 1, 1996)
ISBN: 978-0821223161

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A magnificently illustrated volume brings together a myriad of the extraordinary paintings from the collection of the Vatican, offering an unprecedented array of treasures and world-famous masterpieces, all arranged in chronological order and featuring essays by members of the Vatican staff.

13. Paint Charming Seaside Scenes With Acrylics

Author: by Jacqueline Penney
Published at: North Light Books; 1st edition (December 17, 2008)
ISBN: 978-1600610592

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Paint 16 scenes that conjure the romance of the seaSeagulls cawing, the meeting of sky and sea, the hypnotic ebb and flow of waves breaking on the shoreit’s no wonder artists are drawn to the magic of the sea. Jacqueline Penney has lived near the water and been inspired by its many moods for over 30 years.

In this book, she shares her favorite techniques and expert tricks for capturing the atmosphere and romance of the ocean in acrylics. 16 gorgeous painting projectsfrom beautiful sunrises and a romantic walk along the beach, to scenes featuring lobster boats and lighthouses Step-by-step instruction for painting a wide range of seascape elements including waves, skies, sand dunes, reflections, driftwood, grasses, rocks, sailboats, fishing shacks and more Techniques for painting pebbly beaches, ocean spray, weather-worn rocks and other realistic textures Creative variations to explore, including two-piece artworks, painting with a palette knife and moonlit scenesComplete with a gallery of finished paintings that deliver waves of inspiration to water-loving artists of every skill level.

14. Interior Design Illustrated: Marker and Watercolor Techniques

Author: by Christina M. Scalise

Published at: Fairchild Books; 2nd edition (August 6, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1609019174

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In an age of reliance on CAD programs, the skill to express your creativity and vision with a hand-rendered drawing gives an interior designer a distinct advantage in communicating with clients and will set you apart from other designers. Develping strong hand visual communication skills without the aid of a computer are especially important to concept development in the interior design profession, and ideation flows rapdily when drawing manually.

Building on the success of the First Edition, Interior Design Illustrated helps students develop this powerful marketing tool, making them invaluable to their employers. The step-by-step approach, with simple, uncomplicated illustrations and instructions that progress from beginner to intermediate skill levels, teaches students how to visualize interior space, perspective and details (such as pattern and texture) and to render their vision with markers and watercolors.

Since the lessons are structured around small tasks, students will become proficient with one rendering skill before moving on to another. The text and numerous illustrations reinforce each other to make the lessons easily accessible to visual learners. The comprehensive coverage includes architectural features, wall and floor finishes, furniture, and design enhancements such as artwork, plants, tabletops, and accessories.