View Full Version : Win a North Light book of your choice!!!

02-14-2008, 10:41 AM
Alright - this contest is going to be just a TAD bit different. :)

From now through the first week of March (March 5th to be exact) - if you post a link to your favorite North Light book (or even just talk about it!) you will be entered to win a North Light title of YOUR choice. (Max dollar amount is $40) I will be giving away TWO prizes if our responses hit more than 75 replies, so please let your other WC friends know. You can enter as many times as you want - so go through your stash, post your reviews and let other artists know what has helped you, etc. (Plus, you never know - this lets our editors know what works for you so that we can create even better titles the next time!)

Looking forward to hearing from everyone! :clap:


02-14-2008, 10:46 AM
Great idea. Here is one of my favorites https://www.northlightbookclub.com/catalog/product.cfm?category=65&product_id=232382&rl=y

It is a terrific book... I have the video too



02-14-2008, 03:09 PM
It's hard to choose between my two favorites, but I'm gonna have to say "Paint Realistic Animals in Acrylic" by Lee Hammond (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/1505/art-instruction) would have to be my tops at the moment. She goes into little details like noses and eyes and the best ways to acheive good results, as well as explaining the 'awkward' stage that has helped me in ways I just can't explain.

Not only has it helped me with painting animals, it has helped in a LOT of different subjects by helping me look at painting in a little different light, so to speak.

02-15-2008, 06:20 PM

Please instruct me on how to post a 'link' and I will only be to happy to comply - I have a 'library' of North Light Books!

'great artist', lousy computer operator - that's 'bluefish' :angel:

02-16-2008, 09:15 PM
One of my favorites is "Painting beautiful skin tones with color and light" (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/294/art-instruction)
This book has step by step demos and is a great guide for portraiture.

Lady Carol
02-17-2008, 01:32 PM
I recently acquired Acrylics: The Watercolour Alternative. (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/611/art-instruction)

It is a phenomenally informative book on how to use acrylics like watercolour and beautifully presented as well. The author, Charles Harrington, introduces 9 basic techniques to achieving watercolour effects and then follows with 10 demonstrations.

The jacket on the back sums up this book very nicely by saying
With Acrylics: The Watercolor Alternative, discover how to take advantage of the flexible, forgiving nature of acrylics for surprisingly watercolour-like results. Whether you are an acrylic painter who's after the luminous effects of watercolour or a watercolourist seeking the same with fewer hassles, this is the book for you!

Lady Carol
02-17-2008, 01:45 PM
Actually I am very passionate about books, so I will review another one that I have :D

Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reyner (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/1429/art-instruction) covers 101 tricks and techniques for using acrylics. It is very informative and the book is useful for new acrylic users.

Lady Carol
02-17-2008, 01:52 PM
Oh, what the heck, I have this book too...

Painting the Drama of Wildlife Step By Step (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/414/art-instruction) by Terry Issac. This man is talented in drawing wildlife. He covers techniques to render fur, feathers, clouds waterdrops, rocks and snow, etc and there is a little bit of airbrushing in there too. He has 12 step by step demonstrations and covers in the demos how to integrate the animal into the scene, creating depth, colour, and lighting.

02-23-2008, 07:27 PM
I would recommend Landscape Painting Inside & Out. Excellent book by Kevin MacPherson.


Cheers, Tim

02-23-2008, 07:29 PM
Another good book by Kevin MacPherson is Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color.


Cheers, Tim

02-25-2008, 10:03 AM
So excited to see everyone's reviews! Keep them coming! :)

02-25-2008, 01:43 PM
Hi All,
I've read through these posts and see some North Light Book Club members out there--A Big Hello to you!

I wasn't able to get your links to work though--since they link to the North Light Book Club member Web site, only the member who creates the link can see what it links to...may want to try saving a copy of the book cover and linking to that...or finding the title at the North Light Book consumer store site (http://www.fwbookstore.com/category/north-light)and linking there.

All best,

02-25-2008, 02:01 PM
My post may have been one.... the book I love is


Lady Carol
02-25-2008, 07:36 PM
I love this book Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil (https://www.northlightbookclub.com/catalog/product.cfm?category=63&product_id=313512&rl=y) by J.D. Hillberry (yup! have this one too :o). I love drawing in graphite, well actually I am quite passionate about graphite so this book is very informative for composition and textures. His explanation about textures is excellent. His drawings are amazing.

Lady Carol
02-25-2008, 07:43 PM
I enjoy using this book Painting Flowers A to Z (https://www.northlightbookclub.com/catalog/product.cfm?category=64&product_id=315344&rl=y)with Sherry Nelson. It is a good reference book for various flowers.

Lady Carol
02-25-2008, 07:43 PM
I think that is it for my North Light books :lol:

02-26-2008, 08:25 PM

I purchased, "Paint Watercolors that Dance with Light" last year and have done one painting, so far, that was inspired by the colours and instructions. Check it out at:



02-28-2008, 01:21 PM

I have this book, it's one of my favorites, get examples and teaching on what makes a good design.

02-28-2008, 01:22 PM
This is a book I have on my wishlist


02-28-2008, 01:22 PM


I also have this book, it is a great resource for anyone who paints flowers in watercolor.

03-01-2008, 03:26 AM
Here is one I just got and am starting to work my way through. It's a good one.
Watercolor in Bloom (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/1498/162)

03-01-2008, 10:01 AM
One book that I keep referring back to is "Painting Flowers in Watercolor with Louise Jackson" (1997). It's one of the first books I purchased when I started painting in 2001.


Even though it was listed in the 'decorative painting' category, it's a wonderful reference on flower painting. There are detailed, step-by step instructions for many techniques. One thing I like about this book is that Ms. Jackson gives you permission at the front of the book to copy the pages, enlarge the drawings, and even enter them into shows (giving her credit as original artist). She *wants* you to learn from this book. One of the paintings I did from this book took a first place in watercolor at a monthly show!

There's a chapter on negative painting that is very helpful, and makes it easy to visualize negative painting (something that is not easy).

I have many North Light books, but I have a special fondness for this one.

03-02-2008, 06:38 PM
This is a beautiful book, which simplifies lighting ideas with many helpful suggestions.


03-02-2008, 10:26 PM
Have to link from Amazon since I'm not part of the book club. :)

Painter's Quick Reference: Trees & Foliage (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/631/art-instruction) is one I picked up rather recently, and have found it very helpful for doing landscapes. Lots of good pictures and steps, as well and a good variety.

03-02-2008, 10:28 PM
Another recent purchase is Painter's Quick Reference: Landscapes (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/778/art-instruction). Felt it was another good one to have since landscapes are one of my regular subjects, and I haven't been disappointed by this book at all.

03-02-2008, 10:31 PM
And then... this one I've had for quite a while, and used it a LOT.... didn't realize until recently (as I was organizing my books) that it's a North Light book.... :)

The Polymer Clay Techniques Book. (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/218/craft). I LOVE it! It helped me out so much with how to get what I want out of clay, I don't know that I could live without it.

03-02-2008, 10:31 PM
I've also got Acrylic Revolution.... haven't had a chance to try out all the techniques in it, but it's another must have for me... (I think I'm a book hound. :D :o)

karma kat
03-04-2008, 01:50 PM
Ok, well since the links didn't work, I am going to re-do a couple of mine... :D

A recent favorite of mine is Paint Realistic Animals in Acrylic with Lee Hammond. (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/1505/1)
It has really great techniques for painting fur and really great color mixes using a limited palette. I refer to it all the time!

karma kat
03-04-2008, 01:54 PM
:wave: Me again. :D
I just got Colored Pencil Explorations by Janie Gildow last week (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/311/1) and I am in love with it! I really like the chapters on combining colored pencil with other mediums like watercolor and pastel, and the artwork throughout the book is very inspiring. I would definitely recommend this to anybody who does colored pencil work.

karma kat
03-04-2008, 01:59 PM
Paint Radiant Realism in Watercolor, Ink & Colored Pencil by Suellen Ross (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/525/1) is also a new staple to my book shelf. I am still really new to watercolor and colored pencil, but this book showed me how to dive right in and get started and also how to accurately plan a drawing before the paint ever goes onto it. I've already completed a painting using the techniques in the book and I am really happy with the results. :)

karma kat
03-04-2008, 02:14 PM
Ok, since I could do this all day (I have bought waaaaay too many books since joining NLBC...:lol: ) I am doing just one more:
Acrylic Painting With Lee Hammond. (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/705/art-instruction) This is a really awesome book that showed me how to work with a limited palette. It also has some useful exercises on shading and blending as well as how to draw using a grid. The subjects range from animals, to landscapes, to still lifes, to people, and the instructions for each project are very detailed and have step-by-step pictures of what is going on in each stage.

Lady Carol
03-06-2008, 09:04 AM
I enjoy using this book Painting Flowers A to Z (http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/222/art-instruction) with Sherry Nelson. It is a good reference book for various flowers.

03-07-2008, 07:41 AM
Hi to all,

I just found this thread and would like to take part. The first book on my wish list would be "Painting flowers A to Z" by Sherry C. Nelson (Recommended by Lady Carol). I think I am worth to win :wink2: because my second name when I was not yet married has been "Winner".

Ciao Brigitte

03-10-2008, 07:51 PM
Hi Everyone:

A favourite book of mine is ' Light Up Your Watercolors Layer by Layer'.
The demos are excellent and her method is different from many other painter's. I am using the book to help me paint the beautiful west coast ocean scenes that I enjoy so much out here. Here is the link:



03-10-2008, 07:53 PM
Another book that I like is: "Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolors" . I even went to China Town in Victoria, BC and purchased the brand of paints used in the book. Here is the link:



03-14-2008, 04:13 PM
I have over 50 some books from Northlight Book Club that I've purchased over the last several years but the one I LOVE is this one


It's hard to pick any one as I LOVE all of my books and they are treasures to me. I pour over them and just LOVE how they feel when I run my hand over their covers. There are so many wonderful artists who share their expertise with us. I love all the Basic books too and have them....they are no longer available I think.

03-14-2008, 04:24 PM
I have been enjoying Exploring Watercolor by Elizabeth Groves. There are good exercises and wonderful examples in her exuberant style.

03-17-2008, 10:40 PM
Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reyner totally opened my eyes to the possibilies of Acrylic painting... I took it out from the library, read ten pages, got in my car and drove to the book store so I could own my own copy! It's on my night stand, when it isn't beside my palette.

03-26-2008, 05:26 AM
Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces by Carrie Stuart Parks. It really breaks down ways to see differently

03-27-2008, 04:45 PM
Hey everyone! I realize that I'm a bit late in selecting a winner here. I had a car wreck the last week of February (actually, the 28th) and things have been crazy the past few weeks.

However, I do want you to know that I will be selecting TWO winners since I was late. Hope everyone has had a great time reading the reviews and it's nice hearing what you enjoy about our books. :)

Please let me know if you have any questions. You have one more evening to post any reviews. :D


03-27-2008, 04:48 PM
Oh - and I have to tell you - I met Nancy Reynor (Acrylic Revolution) and she is just FABULOUS and amazing to watch. I was just in awe!

03-27-2008, 06:47 PM
Hey everyone! I realize that I'm a bit late in selecting a winner here. I had a car wreck the last week of February (actually, the 28th) and things have been crazy the past few weeks.


Hope it wasn't too serious, and that you're ok!


03-28-2008, 08:41 AM
Thanks ML! I'm good - it wasn't too bad. Just enough to strain my back, etc. But, I'm back to about 99% so I'm good!

Ok - I have winners!!!

Please private message me with your address and which North Light book you would like. If you want to browse our titles, please visit www.fwbookstore.com and you'll find our entire library there! :)

The winners are...


Thank you everyone for entering and I promise to post another contest soon!

In the meantime - is there anything else that I can be providing for you?


03-31-2008, 12:00 PM
:( I was worried about ya, ginger... hoped everything was ok. Glad to hear you're fine, despite the accident.

Congrats KarmaKat and AMuse!