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Landscape Painting Essentials with Johannes Vloothuis eBook

Format: eBook and Paperback

SKU# T1873

You will love this landscape book if:
  • You enjoy the teachings of Johannes Vloothuis
  • You want to learn expert tips and advice for painting beautiful landscapes
  • You are looking for successful painting techniques for acrylic, oil, pastel, and watercolor

Experience the fun and rewarding process of capturing nature’s splendor with this landscape painting book. Popular art instructor Johannes Vloothuis teaches you the ins and outs of painting landscapes in acrylic, pastel, watercolor and oil. Learn how to make the shift of painting what you see to painting as an artist sees it. Discover how to strategically edit, rearrange, and enhance color to turn nature’s beauty into inspired, original, and stunning landscapes. With just a few brushstrokes you will learn to capture the grandness and majesty of the landscape in Landscape Painting Essentials.

In Landscape Painting Essentials you will learn:

  • Easy-to-follow strategies to make your paintings more interesting and dramatic
  • Discover specific techniques for painting mountains, water, foliage, snow and more
  • Seven step-by-step demonstrations walking you through techniques to create successful landscape paintings

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Your Artist’s Brain

Improving your drawings and paintings can be as simple as learning how to trust your eyes. Learn to portray even the most complex subjects by focusing on what you really see—not what you think you see.

Expert art instructor Carl Purcell shows you how to overcome dependency on the “intellectual brain” and listen carefully to the more observant “artist’s brain”. This compilation of the best tips and techniques from his previously published books will show you how to overcome artistic obstacles.

You’ll learn visual skills and techniques that will make you a better artist, no matter what your medium. Easy examples, fun exercises, and lots of demonstrations focus on shapes, values, designing great compositions and more.

This is definitely a must have book. One of my all time favorites. This book will help you overcome producing boring shapes and make them exciting. Click on link below.

Price: $17.81  

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Mastering Composition

Better design = better painting. Following the principles in this book will eliminate repainting, overworking and frustration by creating harmonious, unified, powerful paintings. All elements of composition are covered. You will learn how to use a viewfinder to determine cropping and framing to create the best relationship of value masses.

Also learn to analyze paintings in terms of color shapes of value, hue, and intensity (also color temperature)—the elements that make a painting. Roberts uses master works as examples to show how the eye moves through a painting. He will include before/after examples to illustrate how using the rules for good composition can improve paintings. Create compositionally successful paintings through 68 demonstrations.

Includes a bonus 40minute instructional DVD

This is the third ace in the hole. The book comes with a DVD. Simplifies general landscape Composition. Click on link below to purchase.

Price: $19.79  

 

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Landscape Painting Inside & Out

What do you want your landscape paintings to say about the place, the moment? Kevin shows you how to create personal, poetic landscapes that capture the feeling of being there. You’ll get seasoned advice on capturing the spirit of place in sketches, field studies and reference photos. Back in your studio, explore ways to relive the outdoor experience, enlarge your ideas, and refine your compositions without losing the vitality associated with painting outdoors. Oil.
Price: $24.99  

 

 

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Powerful Watercolor Landscapes

Banish boring watercolors forever! This guide gives you the “power tools” you need to transform dull, flat landscapes into robust, colorful expressions of your artistic vision. Each chapter focuses on a specific strategy for tackling tough challenges, complete with inspiring examples, hands on demonstrations and instructional diagrams to make these strategies easy and fun to learn. Following this guide’s masterful visual instruction, you’ll learn how to:

  • See beyond “what you see” to develop strong foundations in every composition
  • Avoid repainting, overworking and frustration by focusing on a composition’s unifying elements
  • Become decisive with your values for heightened interest and impact
  • Quickly and easily mix a huge range of clean, rich colors—including vibrant grays and greens—with no more mud!
  • Put it all together following detailed step by step demonstrations of complete paintings from start to finish

Whether you’re new to watercolor painting or not, this guide will empower you to push shape and color into exciting new territory. Experience the satisfaction of painting with “power tools” and enjoy immediate results in your work.

I have not read this book but I saw an excerpt from the artists in the Artist Magazine and from what I saw she wrote I would trust this book. Click on the link below to purchase.

Price: $23.99  

 

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Brushwork Essentials

Knowing how to use a brush properly is essential for effective oil painting. In Brushwork Essentials Weber makes mastering each technique easy. He provides detailed, easy to follow instructions, step by step demonstrations and complementary artwork that highlight each brushstroke as it appears on the canvas. You will also learn how to use different strokes to achieve specific effects, such as lighting, shadowing and more.

This book will help you with brushstrokes and paint application. Click on link below to purchase.

Price: $16.49

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The Art Of Perspective

Many artists are intimidated by perspective. However, creating an illusion of depth in your work is actually far easier than color or design when explained correctly. With this book, readers will learn how to create perspective on a flat surface using a variety of mediums. Starting simple, the book covers the theory behind perspective and gradually introduces more and more challenging subjects. Before long readers will be taking on such complex scenes as stairways, curves, and nonrectangular objects.

Price: $14.99

 

 

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Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes

After years of watching watercolorists fumble through their paintings, reworking them over and over until they’re muddy and dull, Sterling Edwards has developed an easy 4step process that shows artists of all skill levels how to create and preserve the luminous qualities of transparent watercolor.
Rather than painting formulaic and predictable landscapes, you will discover that working within a consistent 4step structure makes for easier starts and stronger finishes, complete with rich darks and sparkling highlights. Includes step by step illustrations for painting rocks, skies, foliage, water and more along with eight complete painting projects.
A 30 minute bonus DVD includes a demo of the 4step process!

Price: $17.99  

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Pastel Pointers Value Pack

Save extra on this book and companion videos value pack!
Pastel PointersThis book covers everything from the fundamentals to get you going (how to lay out your palette, create an underpainting, evoke luminous effects) to inspirations that will keep you growing. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced painter, this is your guide to making the most of pastels.
Three Stages for Successful Pastel Paintings DVD. Break up your paintings into three stages—sensitivity (concept), serendipity (underpainting) and solve (response and resolution)—for beautiful results. Richard takes you through the three stages as he paints a lush canal scene. 115 minutes.
Bold Underpaintings for Lively Pastel Landscapes DVD. Learn how to use underpainting techniques to set up a pastel painting with exciting results! Watch as Richard demonstrates a wide variety of methods, then follow along as he applies a watercolor underpainting with pastels to create a landscape scene. 120 minutes.

Price:  $59.99  DVD format

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Marine Painting – Art Of The Wave

Fine tune your practice with plein air studies, and learn how to complete your vision home in the studio. Join renowned seascape artist Don Demers in a step-by-step demonstration beginning with dynamic on-site instruction and finishing in the studio at New York City’s historic Salmagundi Club.
Get an exclusive look into a master’s process and apply his techniques in your own work. Discover seascape painting secrets revealed, including how Don initiates his vision for realistic and impactful seascapes.Enhance your skills and your artwork as you learn how to:
Create authentic seascapes—learn to paint every element of the wave, including the linear structure, foam tracings, and more!
Learn the art of quick-study sketches with Don’s tips on capturing a vision on site and combining studies into one powerfully designed piece.
Paint natural lighting effects convincingly with tips on illuminating with warm, emotive color.

And more!
Capture the identity and sense of a seascape with essential plein air and studio instruction.
Download your copy of this must-have plein air resource today!

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Portraits From Life In 29 Steps
by John Howard Sanden

Format: Paperback

Sanden’s method, perfected over 30 years of painting and teaching, will help you create convincing, lively portraits. You will learn to execute a finished portrait in a single sitting. Featuring two demos, this is the clearest, most comprehensive instruction on painting portraits in oil!

           
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Carlson’s Guide To Landscape Painting

The why’s and how’s of the various aspects of landscape painting: angles and consequent values, perspective, painting of trees, more. 34 black and white reproductions of paintings by Carlson. 58 explanatory diagrams.

This is the artist’s bible and it is on the coffee table of my top artists. Click on link below to purchase.

Out of print but recommending any so it can be bought as used.

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An Artist Teaches Reflections on the Art of Painting

Format: Hardcover

Capture the reality of everyday with extraordinary brushwork.

Discover art instruction from oil painting expert David A. Leffel as he shares his secrets to successful fine art paintings: for oil portrait, landscape, and still life painting.

Take your artwork from basic to brilliant with master oil painting techniques you’ll use again and again.

Be inspired to evolve as an artist, transform your painting techniques, and expand your skill set.

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• Make a statement with your entire oil painting—learn to develop the structure and framework of your oil art before you pick up your brush.

Master balance in your compositions for more dynamic pieces when you learn Leffel’s “more is less” approach to design.

• Create crisp color and avoid chalkiness in your work using Leffel’s flattening techniques for even more color definition. Expand your oil painting techniques repertoire—Leffel gives his best advice to expressing movement, light, and space in every oil painting.

• Accurately capture the depth and breadth of skin complexion with oil portrait painting techniques for using complimentary color tones.

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Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow

You’ll Love This Watercolor Painting Book If:

  • You want to take your watercolor flowers from ordinary to truly extraordinary
  • You want to pick up watercolor painting tips for mixing glazes & more
  • You love working with watercolor & want to learn more about floral composition & color

In Painting Watercolor Flowers that Glow by Jan Kunz you’ll join in on a celebration of light & watercolor flower painting. Bring your watercolor flowers to life with the step-by-step techniques and demonstrations. Every page includes new techniques as well as how composition, color theory, and other elements affect your results. Read along as experienced artist & author, Jan Kunz, shares years of experience and passion for painting flowers.

Through the classic approaches covered in Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow soon you’ll be including a great glowing quality to your watercolor paintings. From lilacs in a vase to daisies popping up along a picket fence, youo’re sure to find a great source of inspiration. This watercolor painting book includes 6 demonstrations and preliminary drawings. Spend less time reading and more time at your easel with Jan Kunz and Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow.

In Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow You’ll Learn:

  • 20 special floral painting techniques
  • About color with a comparison chart of 21 pigments and their special uses for the flower painter
  • How to select the right materials and arranging flowers to create pleasing compositions

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