for browsing and an emergency item. Look for sales, coupons, etc... again the websites have the cheapest prices.
- Utrecht - Has good
sales. They also have a catalog and web site.
- Plaza Art - Has
good sales and gives students (of any age!) a discount.
- Pearl Art
- Michael's (the most
expensive way to get supplies, and a very limited selection of materials). Look for the Sunday circular 40% off coupon
(good for only 1 item).
- Discounts on many artist books. Join for the introductory deals and then quit so you avoid the monthly selections.
Amazon.com - New or
used art books.
ABE used books - http://www.abebooks.com/
Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson. An in-depth, indispensable guide to all prior knowledge of landscape painting
presented with clear, simple drawings and b/w examples. Much text and a bit dated (no color step-by-step), but that is okay.
This is the gold standard of landscape books, and you will see all modern plein-air artists cite this as their favorite book.
This book will be confusing to the new artist (so much information!), but for intermediate-advanced artists, or those eager
to learn, there is no book that can compare to this one.
* Fill Your Oil Paintings With Light and Color by Kevin Mcpherson. Great examples,
terrific explanation of process; and thoughtful ways to improve skills, such as 'ways of seeing' and color isolation. One
of the best books for beginners - advanced.
• Beginner Painting Course by Alwyn Crawshaw. Great primer on watercolor: brush handling,
technique, and some wonderful lessons from beginner landscapes, to more advanced cityscapes, figures and animals.
• Creative Illustration by
Andrew Loomis. A fantastic book every artist should read. Not just for illustration.
• The War on Art by Steven Pressfield.
• All Prima by Richard Schmid.
on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards: Many of my students say the 'old' version is better than the 'new' one.
Color Sing by Jeanne Dobie: A really excellent book for all levels of painters. (Don't use her dated color palette
suggestion of Rose Madder Genuine, however!)
PINTEREST is a great
way to collect your favorite images and see other's too.
watercolor information on supplies, click on the color wheel or go directly to: http://handprint.com/HP/WCL/water.html)