Category Archives: Fine art

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 »

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 »

Expressive Oil Painting: An Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes

Expressive Oil Painting: An Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes,  by George Allen Durkee is a good, instructional book for oil painters.  Artists working with acrylics will learn great tips from it as well. From the start, I was impressed.  Instead of using the usual photos of art supplies as he talks about what he paints with, Durkee actually painted pictures of his art supplies. That’s pretty cool. Then, he… Read More »