“I refuse to be fed by their discussed ridicule.
I won’t be donating my brain, to serve you worthlessly.
It will pay your bills, yes, but not your sanity and peaceful sleep”
In this world, I am convinced that nobody can avoid fake friends, coincidence and wrong doing in life. The magic is to learn how to remove you from it. It’s the main part of who we are becoming later.
“When you look into your inner self,
What is the first image your heart sees?
I have searched my soul; I invited the brightness of healing, from the fresh air”
I love being happy and to carelessly play with my kids. I believe that no other feeling can compare to motherhood. “That’s what I am, all crazy running games. That is why my life is made for; my occupied happiness”
I dedicate this book to the healthy changes, to the new inspirations, to my family here, and those who I miss dearly back home.
“In this rain, I am standing soaked, as the naked truth remaining still.
Open my soul, and read me as a book.
Tell me, what do you see?”
Have you landed in a frustrating rut? Are you having trouble selling paintings in galleries, getting bogged down by projects you can’t seem to finish or abandon, or finding excuses to avoid working in the studio? Author Carol Marine knows exactly how you feel—she herself suffered from painter’s block, until she discovered “daily painting.” The idea is simple: do art (usually small) often (how often is up to you), and if you’d like, post and sell it online. Soon you’ll find that your block dissolves and you’re painting work you love—and more of it than you ever thought possible!
With her encouraging tone and useful exercises, Marine teaches you to:
-Master composition and value
-Become confident in any medium including oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolors, and other media
-Choose subjects wisely
-Stay fresh and loose
-Photograph, post, and sell your art online
-Become connected to the growing movement of daily painters around the world
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Students of art hailed Classical Drawing Atelier, Juliette Aristides’s first book, as a dynamic return to the atelier educational model. Ateliers, popular in the nineteenth century, teach emerging artists by pairing them with a master artist over a period of years. The educational process begins as students copy masterworks, then gradually progress to painting as their skills develop. The many artists at every level who learned from Classical Drawing Atelier have been clamoring for more of this sophisticated approach to teaching and learning. In Classical Painting Atelier, Aristides, a leader in the atelier movement, takes students step-by-step through the finest works of Old Masters and today’s most respected realist artists to reveal the principles of creating full-color realist still lifes, portraits, and figure paintings. Rich in tradition, yet practical for today’s artists, Classical Painting Atelier is ideal for serious art students seeking a timeless visual education.
Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith galvanized readers with their astonishing Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography, a book acclaimed for its miraculous research and overwhelming narrative power. Now Naifeh and Smith have written another tour de force—an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable, and ultimately heartbreaking portrait of creative genius Vincent van Gogh.
Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials. While drawing liberally from the artist’s famously eloquent letters, they have also delved into hundreds of unpublished family correspondences, illuminating with poignancy the wanderings of Van Gogh’s troubled, restless soul. Naifeh and Smith bring a crucial understanding to the larger-than-life mythology of this great artist—his early struggles to find his place in the world; his intense relationship with his brother Theo; his impetus for turning to brush and canvas; and his move to Provence, where in a brief burst of incandescent productivity he painted some of the best-loved works in Western art.
The authors also shed new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Gogh’s inner world: his deep immersion in literature and art; his erratic and tumultuous romantic life; and his bouts of depression and mental illness.
Though countless books have been written about Van Gogh, and though the broad outlines of his tragedy have long inhabited popular culture, no serious, ambitious examination of his life has been attempted in more than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh’s life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius whose signature images of sunflowers and starry nights have won a permanent place in the human imagination.
Praise for Van Gogh
“The definitive biography for decades to come.”—Leo Jansen, curator, the Van Gogh Museum, and co-editor of Vincent van Gogh: The Complete Letters
“In their magisterial new biography, Van Gogh: The Life, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith provide a guided tour through the personal world and work of that Dutch painter, shining a bright light on the evolution of his art. . . . What [the authors] capture so powerfully is Van Gogh’s extraordinary will to learn, to persevere against the odds.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
This richly illustrated examination of visual arts in the European tradition shows how the great masters employed the "golden mean" and other geometrical patterns to compose their paintings. Author Charles Bouleau explores a tremendous variety of ancient and modern works: the Parthenon friezes, Italian mosaics, the Bayeux Tapestry, and Gothic stonemasons' marks of France and Germany as well as paintings by Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, and Pollock. His insightful expositions cast new light on such well-known works as Raphael's "The School of Athens," Botticelli's "Birth of Venus," Rubens' "Descent from the Cross," and Renoir's "Le Moulin de la Galette."
Advancing step by step through each painter's vast body of work, the survey highlights new contributions from each period and artist. Every analysis is conducted according to strict methods, placing the work within the intellectual atmosphere of its time. Original, informative, and stimulating, The Painter's Secret Geometry reveals the framework of art as well as its most profound and secret poetry. This new edition of the cult classic is a vade mecum for any student of art history or artistic composition.
"I found the material presented in this book to be fascinating. Though originally published in the 1960's it's tenets hold up well. It would lend itself well to an art history course or to anyone interested in the concepts outlines." — Tacoma Public Library
Just as in medieval times, Robert Mills argues, it is the threat of violence—not the reality—that continues to structure our lives. To illustrate this "aesthetics of suspense," Mills draws on extensive and disturbing examples from medieval iconography, contemporary philosophy, and even pornography, ranging from the vivid depictions of Hell in Tuscan frescoes to Billie Holiday's famously wrenching song "Strange Fruit". Mills reveals how these uncomfortable images and texts expose a modern self-deception, and he further explores how medieval images evoked a pleasure revealingly close to that found in modern depictions of sexuality. Suspended Animation also makes a fresh contribution to theoretical debates on pre-modern gender and sexuality. Mills's comprehensive analysis demonstrates that—as wartime prisoner abuse incidents at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay have recently indicated—our notions of ourselves as not-medieval (that is, civilized) not only fail to prepare us for modern torture and warfare but also lead us into complicity with self-proclaimed moral and civic leaders.
Whether considering a medieval painting of a Christian martyr or the immense popularity of grotesque historical tourist attractions such as the London Dungeons, Suspended Animation argues that images of death and violence are as pervasive today as they were in the Middle Ages, serving as potent reminders of the link between the modern and the medieval era.
Based on author Barbara Diane Barry’s popular course Art for Self-Discovery and supported by research in psychology and the science of brain function, Painting Your Way Out of a Corner guides readers through the process of overcoming blocks and expressing themselves freely in painting. Through a series of exercises that emphasize improvisation and risk-taking, readers will learn how to quiet their inner critics and strengthen their creativity. The more we learn to play and accept whatever appears on the page, the more we are able to try new things in life. Readers will be inspired by Barry’s delightful full-color paintings featured throughout the book.
Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at the painting tools, methods, and inspirations of one of the top artists working in the growing field of Pop Surrealism. For the first time, beloved best-selling author and artist Camilla d’Errico pulls back the curtain to give you exclusive insights on topics from the paints and brushes she uses and her ideal studio setup, to the dreams, notions, and pop culture icons that fuel the creation of her hauntingly beautiful Pop Surrealist paintings.
With step-by-step examples covering major subject areas such as humans, animals, melting effects, and twisting reality (essential for Pop Surrealism!), Pop Painting gives you the sensation of sitting by Camilla’s side as she takes her paintings from idea to finished work. This front row seat reveals how a leading artist dreams, paints, and creates a successful body of work. For fans of Camilla and the underground art scene, aspiring artists looking to express their ideals in paint, and experienced artists wanting to incorporate the Pop Surrealist style into their work, Pop Painting is a one-of-a-kind, must-have guide.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Wood was one of America’s most famous regionalist painters; to love his work was the equivalent of loving America itself. In his time, he was an “almost mythical figure,” recognized most supremely for his hard-boiled farm scene, American Gothic, a painting that has come to reflect the essence of America’s traditional values—a simple, decent, homespun tribute to our lost agrarian age.
In this major new biography of America’s most acclaimed, and misunderstood, regionalist painter, Grant Wood is revealed to have been anything but plain, or simple . . .
R. Tripp Evans reveals the true complexity of the man and the image Wood so carefully constructed of himself. Grant Wood called himself a farmer-painter but farming held little interest for him. He appeared to be a self-taught painter with his scenes of farmlands, farm workers, and folklore but he was classically trained, a sophisticated artist who had studied the Old Masters and Flemish art as well as impressionism. He lived a bohemian life and painted in Paris and Munich in the 1920s, fleeing what H. L. Mencken referred to as “the booboisie” of small-town America.
We see Wood as an artist haunted and inspired by the images of childhood; by the complex relationship with his father (stern, pious, the “manliest of men”); with his sister and his beloved mother (Wood shared his studio and sleeping quarters with his mother until her death at seventy-seven; he was forty-four).
We see Wood’s homosexuality and how his studied masculinity was a ruse that shaped his work.
Here is Wood’s life and work explored more deeply and insightfully than ever before. Drawing on letters, the artist’s unfinished autobiography, his sister’s writings, and many never-before-seen documents, Evans’s book is a dimensional portrait of a deeply complicated artist who became a “National Symbol.” It is as well a portrait of the American art scene at a time when America’s Calvinistic spirit and provincialism saw Europe as decadent and artists were divided between red-blooded patriotic men and “hothouse aesthetes.”
Thomas Hart Benton said of Grant Wood: “When this new America looks back for landmarks to help gauge its forward footsteps, it will find a monument standing up in the midst of the wreckage . . . This monument will be made out of Grant Wood’s works.”
From the Hardcover edition.
The colour of skin has a reputation of being a difficult colour to paint.
This oil painting guidebook aims to break down this seemingly difficult subject matter into manageable pieces.
Within you will find 10 step-by-step instructions on completing figure paintings in oil from old masters. Leaving no stone unturned, painting skin tones effectively would seem more achievable.
Each demonstration comprises an overview of a particular oil painting technique to be explored, in depth step-by-step instructions and (on average) 28 images in progress.
The old masters featured are Da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Gauguin, Ingres, Courbet, Rubens and Cezanne.
Techniques explored include sfumato, sgraffito, cangiante, scumbling, impasto, glazing, grisaille effects and more.
As well as these demonstrations a concluding section offers guidance on the art materials required. Preparing for oil painting, a personal view of rendering skin tones, a troubleshooting guide and a glossary are also included.
It must be noted, that this book does not explain the old masters’ method in painting processes such as grinding pigments or the traditional way of underpainting. Contemporary art materials and modified art techniques have been used to make these projects inclusive.
These features make this book an invaluable guide for the beginner as well as the developing artist wishing to explore oil painting.
Dimensions of large edition: 10x8in and 118 pages.
A further 10 projects on painting skin tones from old masters can be found in ‘Portrait Painting in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters.’ Artists featured include: Botticelli, Delacroix, Gauguin, Velazquez, Wright of Derby, Jacques-Louis David, Rossetti and Vermeer.
A mini ebook, ‘Oil Painting the Mona Lisa in Sfumato: a Portrait Painting Challenge in 48 Steps’ outlines one of the demonstrations within this book, due this project’s lengthy process. With extra features.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Shaving your Pastels
Various ways to blend using Pastels
Tips to prevent two colors from Mixing each other
Tips to Remember
How to render using Pastels with brush
Pastel Portrait of David’s Head
Face and Neck
Baby Girl in Pastel
Portrait of a Young Lady looking out the Window
The Couple Portrait
Welcome to the world of Pastels, first of all thank you for picking up this eBook, as it shows your genuine interest in this subject. Why Pastel? Well pastel is easy to learn with proper training which you will be learning from this eBook, it already earned its popularity during Renaissance time, also what’s good with pastel is it comes with a wide variety of colors to choose from, Famous Artists who uses this media are Leonardo Da Vinci, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and Vincent Van Gogh.
If you may ask, how do I learn this art, it started when I was learning to render Charcoal, as Charcoal was for gray tone values, I asked myself one day, if you know how to use Charcoal, why not learn Pastels? So I decided to add color to my artworks, by learning to use Pastels for my colored artworks, as what I had seen (and also adapt some of their style) in some artist who uses it and earn their living by accepting commissioned works from their clients (it’s not a bad idea if after all if that’s what you are thinking or planning in your life- So my advice to you- “be skillful and confident by learning and practice all the exercises from this eBook”). And by the way if you want to learn how to render using Charcoal after you learned everything from this eBook, check our other Charcoal Titles- Learn How to Draw Portraits of People in Charcoal for the Beginner (Learn to Draw), Learn How to Draw Landscapes In Pencil and Charcoal For The Absolute Beginner (Learn to Draw), Learn How to Draw Portraits of African Animals in Charcoal For the Beginner (Learn to Draw).
So be ready with your materials and follow the step-by-step procedures in the exercises. And after that I’m sure at the end you will have Pastel Rendering skills and you will be rewarded for that, but first “have fun doing the exercises”.
Producing still life art can be a satisfying experience, as the artist can easily paint from life without the pressures of the shifting light or inclement weather; any object can be selected and the light source modified at will.
But challenges are certain to present themselves during the journey. Examples might be why ellipses end up looking like doughnuts, why porcelain looks more like clay or why fruit looks plastic. Some of these challenges may prove more difficult than others and unchecked, might cause a creative block.
This is where this book comes in. With down to earth advice on common practices at fault, each issue is tackled in-depth: a diagnostic of the problem, suggested solutions in the form of recommended art materials and remedial painting exercises.
In total, 26 “peeves” associated with still life painting are tackled within this book. In six clear sections, a myriad of other matters relating to still life painting are explained, such as specialised painting techniques to suggest textures, composing a still life, lighting an arrangement and introductory chapters on the essentials of oil painting, in total, with countless illustrations and diagrams.
Dimensions of large edition: 10x8in and 72 pages.
The author has taught oil painting and life drawing in Warwickshire. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kingston University in Surrey and a PCET Teaching qualification from Warwick University.
complete my first oil painting step by step?
outlines 20 oil painting demonstrations featuring landscape art from the simple
to the challenging (taken from my hardback Oil Paintings from the Landscape
published by GMC Publications 2003). Subject matter include a stone circle, a
church, a cornfield, a lake, a castle, a coast, plus more exotic subject matter
as a desert, Toronto, lightning and more. Techniques such as wet-into-wet,
impasto and glazing are explored.
demonstrations have been completed with a mere 10 oil colours, 6 brush types,
artboards and a few household materials. Guidance on what to buy and how to
prepare can be found in the first section of this book.
be tackled in any order but for guidance, are divided into four levels,
beginning with level 1 progressing to level 4.
within the demonstration section of this book is clearly set out. You will
An image of
the finished painting presenting a challenge.
Between 6 and
10 step by step images of how the painting was completed.
A list of the
oil painting materials used for the project.
instructions to each image-in-progress on how the painting was done.
Tips along the
preliminary section covers the art materials required for the projects within,
as well as guidance on preparing the art materials for the demonstrations.
Troubleshooting advice is given at the end of this book if a painting does not
work out as planned.
large edition: 10x8in and 84 pages.
Garden in Oil: 18 Step by Step Guides' similarly outlines art demonstrations
sourced from inspiration from the garden.
in hard copy in pocket sized and large edition.
Featuring 200 of the best works of young, modern watercolor painters, paired with bite-sized painting tips and art instruction, Just Add Watercolor gives aspiring artists access to information about--and examples of--top work in the medium. Artist and instructor Helen Birch breaks down each painting by techniques, subject matter, and tools, providing art enthusiasts and painters with a one-stop resource and gallery of the best that modern watercolor has to offer. Its small trim size with one painting per spread provides a bold, but user-friendly alternative to traditional, process-heavy painting instruction texts. Just Add Watercolor shines the spotlight on featured paintings, while still giving readers all the insights needed to get started painting in this popular medium.
It's almost always one of the first things someone tries to paint--center, petals, stem, voila! Expressive Flower Painting's exercises have a loose, free, contemporary style the likes of which you'd see in galleries, in shops, and even on clothing and home design goods. It's not intimidating, and yet the paintings are colorful, immediate, and joyful and speak to the artist's desire to play, be loose, and to create freely.
Lynn Whipple paints wildly and in small to large formats with a combination of acrylic paint, charcoal, and colorful soft pastel. Expressive Flower Painting presents a range of creative painting exercises that help readers develop vibrant nature paintings. This exciting book is an in-depth expansion of Lynn's class called Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting, with additional content.
Expressive Flower Painting covers mark making, layering techniques, how to do "spin drawings," color methods, painted backgrounds, working from life, and how to successfully combine a wide variety of media for the maximum effect.
In a blend of outrageous egotism and unconventional humor, Dalí presents 50 "secrets" for mastering the art of painting: "the secret of sleeping while awake," "the secret of the periods of carnal abstinence and indulgence to be observed by the painter," "the secret of the painter's pointed mustaches," "the secret of learning to paint before knowing how to draw," "the secret of the painter's marriage," "the secret of the reason why a great draughtsman should draw while completely naked," and many other Daliesque prescriptions for artistic success.
Illustrated with the artist's own drawings, this volume is a fascinating mixture of serious artistic advice, lively personal anecdotes, and academic craftsmanship. It is, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, "in lay-out and clarity of design . . . a remarkable work of art in itself." Especially esteemed for its insights into modern art, 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship is indispensable reading for any student of Surrealism or 20th century painting.
This in depth painting demonstration explores a tailored approach in achieving sfumato effects when painting Leonardo da Vinci’s the Mona Lisa in oils.
Taken from my other book, Skin Tones in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters, this painting project has proved to be sufficiently lengthy to warrant a book in its own right.
The chief section of this book comprises step by step images with accompanying text that gives full instructions on how the Mona Lisa was completed via 5 stages.
Find also extra features, such as managing tonal balances, attaining soft shadowy effects, working in glazes, dry brushing, troubleshooting and making the most of simple art materials.
Learn how such a momentous project can be broken down into manageable pieces. Painting the Mona Lisa with sfumato could prove an invaluable experience for any portraitist.
Note: this book does not explain the painting processes of the Renaissance period such as grinding pigments or the old masters’ method of underpainting. Such practices may exclude artists who do not have the room or the resources to prepare in such a way.
This book’s aim is to make painting the Mona Lisa more inclusive. This means getting on with the painting with minimal fuss. Contemporary art materials and modified art techniques have therefore been used. However, this book offers a way of achieving great sfumato effects in the style of Leonardo.
Preparatory sections, a troubleshooting guide and glossary are included.
Book’s dimensions: 10x8in and 48 pages.
His appetite for invention was insatiable.
Even though he spent most of his life in France, in many ways Pablo Picasso never left Spain.
His art and his soul remained deeply rooted in the 19th century culture of his homeland.
For more interesting facts you must read his biography.
Grab your biography book now!
Experienced teacher and acclaimed artist Tom Hoffmann offers a unique, inquiry-based approach that shows you how to translate any subject into the language of watercolor. With Hoffmann as your guide, you’ll learn the key questions to ask yourself at every turn and time-tested methods to help you reach solutions.
Hoffmann’s thorough explanations and step-by-step demonstrations delineate the process of composing a painting in watercolor, while art from more than thirty-five past and present masters, including John Singer Sargent, Ogden Pleissner, George Post, Emil Kosa, Jr., Mary Whyte, Trevor Chamberlain, Lars Lerin, Torgeir Schjølberg, Piet Lap, Leslie Frontz, and Alvaro Castagnet serve to illustrate and inspire. Whether you’re a serious beginner or a seasoned practitioner, this book will guide you toward the all-important balance between restraint and risk-taking that every watercolorist seeks.
From the Hardcover edition.
This is a new title in Collins' recently relaunched 'Learn to Paint series'. It features many step-by-step exercises and demonstration paintings of seascapes in watercolour, gouache, oils and pastels.
Ray Balkwill is a popular artist and well-respected teacher, whose speciality is painting seascapes, estuaries, boats and harbours. In this book he demonstrates all the necessary techniques for painting successful coastal landscapes in watercolour, gouache, oils and pastels.
• Painting water and reflections
• Working from photographs
• Capturing movement
• Perspective and measuring
• Tonal values
• Colour mixing
There are many practical exercises and step-by-step demonstration paintings of a variety of different seascapes, featuring cliffs and headlands, estuaries, and creeks, and boats and harbours. In addition there are useful sections on painting skies and the weather.
The book introduces traditional Chinese ink painting techniques developed over a thousand years ago. In 35 simple and intermediate lessons, readers will learn to paint towering landscapes; the elegant Four Generals: bamboo, orchid, plum blossom and chrysanthemum; rugged, steadfast pine; animals from the Chinese Zodiac; and basic strokes used in Chinese calligraphy.
To better understand "the soft martial art," the book includes an introduction to the Chinese ink painting tradition and detailed discussion of brushes, paper and other tools and accessories. The lessons are instructive for artists at any level of expertise but are directed to the dedicated beginner.