View Full Version : Book Recommendations...

01-09-2001, 11:23 AM
In preparation for the warm weather and painting again outside, I thought I'd recommend a couple of books to curl up and have tea with (or to curl a tube of acrylic with):

For the beginner to acrylic:
<A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0891347100/qid=979057157/sr=1-1/ref=sc_b_1/105-3452174-7220741">"Creative Acrylic Painting Techniques"</a>
North Light Books

For the landscape painter (this new book is geared for watercolor/oil but apply in regards to landscapes):
<A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/089134974X/o/qid=979057022/sr=8-1/ref=aps_sr_b_1_1/105-3452174-7220741">"Plein Air Painting"</a>
by Frank LaLumia

And a classic in landscape painting:
<A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0944699022/qid=979057070/sr=2-1/ref=sc_b_1/105-3452174-7220741">"Composition of Outdoor Painting"</a>
by Edgar Payne

I'll offer more suggestions as I come across books/tapes of value.

Happy Painting!

2001 L. Diane Johnson Plein Air Workshops (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops)

01-12-2001, 12:50 AM
Diane: Thank you for these. I'm going to try acrylics real soon now, so I'm glad to have these recommendations. I'm going to order the first one you mentioned today.


01-12-2001, 12:57 AM
Hi Victoria,

Glad it was of help. Wishing you all the best as you work with acrylics!


01-23-2001, 06:12 PM
Thanks Diane,the second one looks really interesting to me...

01-24-2001, 01:14 PM
Thanks Artistry for the book recommendationís. I found the creative techniques at Michaelís today on my Lunch hour and even got to use my 40% off coupon! The painting studio thing turned out not be for me, so that I guess I will go it alone. I have all these inherited acrylics to tryout.

01-24-2001, 01:34 PM
Hi Grace,

So glad to hear you are going outside with your acrylics. The book by Frank LaLumia is wonderful. I just returned from a European trip and have been wanting to read through my copy for the last few months. It is an easy read, takes less than a day and is full of painting tips. Even though it was written for oil & watercolor, the principles, colors and many techniques apply to acrylic.

Happy Painting!

2001 L. Diane Johnson Plein Air Workshops (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops)

[This message has been edited by Artistry (edited January 24, 2001).]

02-07-2001, 10:21 AM

Thanks from me too for the book recommendations.

I wonder, is there anything in any of these books about the use of palette knife with acrylics?

Also, I am very interested to hear more from you about your travels in Europe ... specifically, did you paint while you were abroad, and if so what were the logistics of taking all your painting paraphernalia?
Also, did you stretch canvases to paint on and then unstretch them to bring them home?

I'm all ears because ive been trying to work that scenario out in my own mind for my next trip abroad.


"...all I thought of was making my colors sing, without paying any heed to rules and regulations"
Henri Matisse

[This message has been edited by vonorloff (edited February 07, 2001).]

02-07-2001, 11:13 AM
Hi VonOrloff,

I will check on books with palette knife instructions in acrylic.

Meanwhile, I'll photograph my current traveling painting pack and post something later this evening. Since that is a different subject than this forum on books, I'll create a new forum post called "Acrylic Plein Air Packing".

Till then,

L. Diane Johnson (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/) NAPA, PSA
Plein Air Workshops (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops/)