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If you're a beginning painter and don't know where to start, here are few books I've found helpful over the years. Whether you are painting portraits, landscapes, or still life, the basic principles of virtually any medium can be applied. There are hidden gems in each book!
Painting and Drawing Specific:
Radiant Oils - Glazing Techniques for Paintings that Glow by Arleta Peck
Painting Flowers A to Z by Sherry C. Nelson MDA
Capturing Radiant Color in Oils by Susan Sarback
60 Minutes to Better Painting by Craig Nelson
Seeing the Light: An Artist's Guide by Betty Carr
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Daily Painting by Carol Marine
Basic Still Life Techniques by Rachel Wolf
Landscape Painting by Mitchell Albala
Classical Still Life Painting by Jane Jones
Landscape Painting Inside & Out by Kevin Macpherson
Portraits from Life in 29 Steps by John Howard Sanden
Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color and Light by Chris Saper
Color Mixing Recipes For Portraits by William F. Powell
Color Palette and Design Ideas:
Pattern + Palette Sourcebook -- Compiled by Anvil Graphic Design, Inc., this book is "A complete guide to choosing the perfect color and pattern in design". The pages contain five design blocks with harmonious color combinations for each sample. The categories include: Fashion, Pop, Deco, Asian, Natural, and Industrial. Place it next to your easel and match paint colors with ease.
For Creative Inspiration:
Every now and then, you may need to jump start your creativity, stir motivation, and regain that inspirational spark. A constant flow of positivity is just what we need! These books and magazines are on the top of my list:
The Other 90% by Robert K. Cooper
Linchpin by Seth Godin
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts
Professional Artist -- for "art news, business advice, resources, education and tutorials"
Creative Catalyst Productions -- ccpvideos.com
YouTube -- Watching art videos on YouTube is another great option for learning how to paint. It's as simple as searching the medium and subject matter. And it's free!
JerrysArtarama --There are excellent free painting tutorials on JerrysArtarama.com. They also offer advanced level painting videos for sale. Go to the main website and look for the tab at the top, "Video Art Lessons". The best part about their free videos is that you can review many of their products, before making a purchase.
Art Products / Frame Suppliers
Sifting through art suppliers on the web can be a little overwhelming at times, especially when you're trying new products. Here are suppliers I recommend :
DickBlick.com -- Art supplies. Since 1911!
JerrysArtarama.com -- Art supplies. "Empowering Artists since 1968"
TexasArt.com -- Painting panels - Mona Lisa Brand
JFM Enterprises -- Picture frames. Since 1974
Ampersand -- Painting panels / Gessobord / Made in the USA
Printed Products / Packaging
VistaPrint.com -- Business cards, brochures
Shutterfly.com -- Prints, greeting cards, custom gift products
Uline.com -- Shipping boxes, packaging tape, greeting card boxes
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FineArtViews -- faso.com
Artspan.com -- "Artspan provides websites for painters, photographers, artisans, crafters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists, fiber artists, illustrators and more". Easy to use templates, with checkout, social media links, and personalized domain names.
FASO.com -- "The Easiest Art Websites, Blogs & Newsletters for Professional Artists."
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Artists Helping Artists
Rather than playing music while painting, I will often listen to the online show, "Artists Helping Artists" on blogtalkradio.com. Talented California artist, Leslie Saeta generously hosts this (free) show every week! It is filled with fresh new topics, beneficial to both beginning and professional painters. Hear interviews with artists across America, learn about new painting products, and explore the technical aspects of running an art business. Gain motivation and so much more!
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