STORES: Nice for browsing and an emergency item. Look for sales, coupons, etc... again the websites have the cheapest
- 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).
www.northlightbookclub.com - 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/
* Carlson's 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.
• Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards: Many of my students say the 'old' version is better
than the 'new' one.
• Making Color Sing by Jeanne Dobie: This is the 'gold standard' of color theory and composition in watercolor.
A really excellent book for all levels of painters. (Don't use her dated color palette suggestion of Rose Madder Genuine,
PINTEREST is a great way to collect your favorite images and see other's too.
handprint.com (extensive watercolor information on supplies, click on the color wheel or go directly to: http://handprint.com/HP/WCL/water.html)