Oil Painting Books, Oil Painting DVDs

Oil Painting Books

Suggested Reading List

Hawthorne on Painting

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

Hensche on Painting

The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques: Fifth Edition

Color Workbook (2nd Edition) by Becky Koenig

Perspective Drawing Handbook by
Joseph D’Amelio

Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting

How I Paint: Secrets of a Sunday Painter by Thomas S. Buechner

Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting by Al Gury

Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color by Kevin MacPherson

 

Additional Books on Painting

The Birth of Tragedy and The Case of Wagner Ten books on painting by Friedrich Nietzsche. Even though it has nothing to do with painting, this book probably influenced my views on art more than any other that I’ve read.

Neoclassicism and Romanticism, 1750-1850: Sources and Documents Ten books on painting by Lorenz Eitner. An incredible collection of writings by painters and sculptors from back when artists were the only experts on art.

Pagan Mysteries In The Renaissance Ten books on painting by Edgar Wind. This book introduced me to iconography and really blew my mind when I first read it. There are more great books on the subject by Wind’s teacher, Erwin Panofsky.

Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color Ten books on painting by Philip Ball. Great book on artist’s pigments by an excellent author.

The Enjoyment and Use of Color Ten books on painting by Walter Sargent. There are a lot of books on color, this is the best one that I’ve read.

The Practice and Science of Drawing Ten books on painting by Harold Speed. The classic book on drawing.

Composition of Outdoor Painting Ten books on painting by Edgar Payne. Excellent book on landscape composition by the great plein air painter.

The Artistic Anatomy of Trees Ten books on painting by Rex Vicat Cole. The first two chapters on landscape painting in general are brilliant.

The Art of Ancient Greece: Sources and Documents Ten books on painting by J. J. Pollitt. Excellent resource for studying Greek sculpture. Also interesting to see how much art history repeats itself.

The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques by Ralph Mayer. My favorite out of the number of materials handbooks available.

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