These are some of the art and painting books that I have acquired over the last few years that have been a great help in furthering my knowledge of painting. Every time I go back and read through any of these, I feel I have a greater understanding of painting.
My all-time favorite book for painting landscapes. A must have and luckily it’s an affordable book. Some photographs [black & white] with tons of information to help you improve your landscapes. I’ve read most of the chapters multiple times and I find something new and helpful every time I read it.
One of the first books I bought when I first started painting. Ironically, at the time I was using acrylics but this helped me see things differently and take different approaches when using acrylics. Great book for learning to paint landscapes.
Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist
Great book for painting small still lifes in your own little studio. Many images for inspiration. It takes you through the process of painting a still life, gives many tips and talks about becoming successful.
Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting
One of the best books I’ve read on composition. Covers all kinds of topics: color, lines, edges, values, etc. dealing with composition. Mine also came with a CD in the back cover that covers a lot of what the book discusses, just in video format. Very helpful.
One of my favorites. This one goes through much of Sorolla’s life, career, and travels as an artist. The story is broken up with many great images of Sorolla’s work, which is quite inspiring. A must have if you like Sorolla’s paintings.