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 »

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 »

Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art – review

Collage, Assemblage and Altered Art by Diane Maurer-Mathison is a good book for a school, the library of an art organization or club, or a public library. It’s a thorough book about collage and assemblage, and it demonstrates altered art as well.  Though readers may not be able to find the exact items used in this project book, I think the ideas can be adapted to other materials, if your… Read More »

Caffeine for the Creative Mind

Caffeine for the Creative Mind is on the very short list of books I rate with the full five stars.  It’s that good. Subtitled “250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain,” this book offers some tremendously fun and stimulating exercises to get you un-stuck as an artist… in minutes. This book suggests things I’ve never seen anywhere else.  For example: Write down 20 things that smell great when they are… Read More »