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!
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
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John O’Donahue
The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
Maxfield ParrishMaxfield 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