Books for an Artist’s Studio


Chardin, Vermeer, and Friends | 9×12 inches | oil on linen panel

 
I love books. Not just to use them as models, but to actually read them. I have compiled this list from my bookshelves and the recommendations from several artists friends. They are all linked to Amazon for you to learn more about each.
 
I have arranged them in broad categories of Instruction, and Inspiration. The truth is they are all inspiring.
 
Suggest your favorite books in the Comments below. Happy reading!
 
INSTRUCTION
Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting by Richard Schmid
Hawthorne on Painting
Mrs. Charles W. Hawthorne
Gruppe on Color: Using Expressive Color to Paint Nature
by Emile A. Gruppe
Composition of Outdoor Painting
by Edgar A. Payne
Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting
by John F. Carlson
An Artist Teaches: Reflections on the Art of Painting
by David Leffel
The Practice and Science of Drawing
by Harold Speed
The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study by Kimon Nicolaïdes
The Creative Call: An Artist’s Response to the Way of the Spirit by Janice Elsheimer
Artist’s Manual: A Complete Guide to Paintings and Drawing Materials and Techniques by Angela Gair
 
INSPIRATION
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John O’Donahue
The Art Spirit
by Robert Henri
Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe
Beyond the Visible Terrain: The Art of Ed Mell

Desert Dreams: The Art and Life of Maynard Dixon, Revised Edition
Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by Ted Orland
Still Life With Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy by Mark Doty
Vision in Motion by L. Moholy-Nagy

 

Categories:
  Inspiration, Instruction/Demo
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2 Comments

  • sadie says:

    Great idea!!! I’ll add mine soon, rushing to the studio now 🙂

    LOVE it!!!!

  • Oh my! Well, you have to include Aristides – Classical Painting Atelier and her Classical Drawing Atelier, and Velazquez – Techniques of Genius, and how about Da Vinci – On Painting, and for the old masters Thompson – Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting.
    Good idea

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