Art Books Under The Christmas Tree

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With Christmas fast approaching, choosing the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list is high on your to-do list.

When it comes to getting creative, you’ll find a wealth of art instruction books that will delight every budding Picasso.

So put your Santa Hat on and let’s dive into Books that are perfect for the Artist…

Daily Painting

Daily Painting: Paint Small And Often To Become A More Creative, Productive, And Successful Artist by Carol Marine ASIN: 0770435335
This book should be on every artist’s bookshelf. Whether you’re a watercolorist, oil painter or acrylic artist, you’ll find inspiration and a renewed sense of joy in Ms. Marine’s latest offering.

Integrating painting as a daily part of your routine, even if it’s only an hour, sparks your creativity and gives you the freedom to experiment with all sorts of techniques, mediums and subject matter. Give this book to every artist you know – it’s sure to be the season’s best gift.

Drawing For The Absolute Beginner

Drawing For The Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide To Successful Drawing by Mark Willenbrink and Mary Willenbrink ASIN: B003YJEYDS
Starting at the beginning with a basic drawing book is a great way to introduce a budding artist to the world of creativity. Drawing is the least costly way to get started with an art education, and learning the core principles this book provides can give a novice artist the tools he needs to spread his artistic wings.

Broken down into six chapters, the Willenbrinks cover everything from tools and materials to composition, value, perspective and principles. This book is filled with easy to understand information and loads of tips and suggestions to give the reader a solid, step-by-step foundation in one of the basic tenets of art.

DK Art School

DK Art School: An Introduction To Acrylics by Ray Smith ISBN-10: 0789432870
DK has been publishing educational books for years on topics from Art to Zoology and has become one of the most popular educational series for students of all ages. It’s diversity and solid educational principles make DK’s library of books a trusted name in instructional texts.

Introduced in 1998, this book has been used by countless students and adults to learn the principles of acrylic painting. It covers all the basics, from tools to techniques, and is filled with colorful photos and illustrations. It’s a perfect primer for anyone interested in exploring the popular medium of acrylic paint.

Color Mixing Recipes For Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor

1,500 Color Mixing Recipes For Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor by William F Powell ISBN-10: 1600582834
This spiral-bound book is a great addition to any artist’s studio. Whether you work in oil, acrylic or watercolor, this mixing guide will help you find, create and use every color imaginable.

It also includes instruction on color theory and delves into hues specific to landscape and portrait painting. Mr. Powell covers color mixing for all three of the most popular painting mediums – oils, acrylics and watercolors. There’s also an oil/acrylic conversion chart for those who dabble in both mediums.

Color and Light

Color and Light: A Guide For The Realist Painter by James Gurney ISBN-10: 0740797719
Color and light are the main tools a painter uses to convey his message. Mr. Gurney takes the artist through choosing basic colors to setting up a palette and then the different ways he can use those colors to create various lighting schemes and atmospheric conditions.

The text is approachable and understandable. It makes sense for both novice and professional. The chapters are set up so you can go directly to the issue at hand, and it’s filled with beautiful paintings to illustrate every type of scenario. This book will be a most welcome gift to any artist.

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