Color Choices, by Stephen Quiller

Color Choices – Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory, by Stephen Quiller is a visually inspiring book for painters, especially landscape and still life painters. Does it actually make “color sense out of color theory”?  I’m not so sure, but I’m also not sure if that matters. Stephen Quiller has created his own color wheel, and that helps to demonstrate the qualities of color.  However, if you’re new to… Read More »

Anthony Thieme

Anthony Thieme, by Judith A. Curtis (published by the Rockport Art Association) is an inspiring tribute to one of America’s greatest landscape painters. I bought the book partly because my mother* had studied with Thieme (as she always called him) around 1935-36  in Annisquam and Rockport, Massachusetts. However, I also fell in love with Thieme’s use of light and shadow. The cover of the book (above) is an example. Among… Read More »

Acrylic Painting Techniques

Acrylic Painting Techniques: How to Master the Medium of Our Age, by Stephen Quiller, is a juicy and inspiring book for acrylic painting enthusiasts. Many people know Stephen Quiller for his color wheel and color theory.  (If you don’t, this book may be an especially happy discovery.) In this book, Mr. Quiller applies his brilliant use of color and contrast to acrylic painting.  It’s a much-needed addition to any acrylic… Read More »

Paintings of Maine, by Carl Little

Paintings of Maine, selected by Carl  Little, is a delightful collection of paintings by a variety of artists. The subject is always Maine, from Ogunquit to Lubec and from the Bucksport mill to the lakes of Moosehead and Sebago. Over 100 paintings show readers why artists are drawn to Maine. This book — a 2006  sequel to the 1991 book of the same name — includes works as diverse as… Read More »

Art of Abstract Painting – review

The Art of Abstract Painting by Rolina van Vliet is an excellent guide for any painter who’s interested in moving in abstract directions. It’s especially helpful if you’re stuck in realism and want to break out with more juicy, vivid or personal statements. For me, this book’s interior illustrations are interesting but not inspiring.  In fact, I like the cover illustration far better than what’s inside. However, I rate this… Read More »