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Books in the SRJC Libraries relevant to the work of artist, Maurice Lapp.

Color: A Natural History of the PaletteColor: A Natural History of the Palette

In this journey through the colors of an artist’s palette, Victoria Finlay takes us on an adventure around the world and through the ages, illuminating how the colors we choose to value have determined the history of culture itself. How did the color blue travel all the way from remote lapis mines in Afghanistan to Michelangelo’s brush? What is the connection between brown paint and ancient Egyptian mummies? Why did Robin Hood wear Lincoln green? The author explores the physical materials that color our world, such as precious minerals and insect blood, as well as the social and political meanings that color has carried through time. The book is full of extraordinary people, events, and anecdotes.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1488 .F56 2003


 

Picasso--The Early Years, 1892-1906Picasso--The Early Years, 1892-1906

Picasso's early career was far more than a prologue to the phenomenal artistic achievement that followed. In the years from 1892 to 1906 the artist produced complex and compelling works that relate in fascinating ways to his later oeuvre and development. This book focuses on that early work: paintings that reflect Picasso's close allegiance with the Catalan modernista movement in turn-of-the-century Barcelona; art of the Blue period, named for the monochromatic palette the artist used to represent figures drawn from the socio-economic underclass in Barcelona and Paris; works of the Rose period, dominated by the motif of the saltimbanque, an itinerant fairground performer whom Picasso observed firsthand in Paris; and the imposing series of drawings and paintings from 1906 devoted to the male and female nude.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: N6853.P5 A4 1997


 

The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting TechniquesThe Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques

Many would-be painters are intimidated by oil paints -- the medium of masters like Rembrandt and Picasso. However, oils are a very forgiving medium, ideal for the beginning painter. Learn how to build up a painting, how and when to work "wet into wet", and how to make your brushwork describe forms and textures. Discover the secrets of mixing oil with other media, mixing paint with sand and sawdust, and applying it with rags, knives, or your fingers. Then watch artists apply these techniques in a section of demonstrations, where step-by-step photographs show you approaches to themes like architecture, still-life, figures, and landscape.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1500 .G34 1997

 


 

Artist's Manual: A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and TechniquesArtist's Manual: A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and Techniques

This is a hands-on guide to hundreds of techniques for painting and drawing. For anyone who has ever had the urge to create art, this easy-to-use manual explains the artist's essential tools and materials -- how to choose them, how to use them, and how to care for them. Packed with information on myriad techniques, from color use and composition to subject choice, and including tips from the professionals, here's everything painters and illustrators need to begin, develop, and perfect their craft. Over 500 color photographs, 200 original works of art, and an extensive list of suppliers complete the most comprehensive, inspirational, and affordable artists' instruction book available today.

Doyle Library Call Number: N7430 .A739 1996

Giorgio Morandi: Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, EtchingsGiorgio Morandi: Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, Etchings

In the history of 20th century figurative art, the Italian painter Giorgio Morandi stands out as an individual artist, capturing the simple beauty of light on forms through deft brushwork and subtle coloration. This volume brings together some 110 of his most important works, executed in a variety of techniques. While other artists moved to Paris, Morandi rarely left his native Bologna. For his needs, a limited number of simple, everyday objects were sufficient. His initial fascination for Impressionism, Cezanne's still lifes and landscapes and Cubism, melted into a poetic world of his own. By concentrating on the same objects and subtly modifying the compositions and soft colours, he created delicate pictures and an abstract, almost dematerialised figurativeness.

Doyle Library Call Number: N6923.M6 A4 1999

 


 

Big Book of Painting Nature in OilThe Big Book of Painting Nature in Oil

This book provides 135 demonstrations in painting trees, skies, and water from beautiful photographs by one of the world’s leading nature photographers. The 600 illustrations and engaging text cover the entire range of oil painting techniques and give the artist in-depth instruction in painting beautiful images of the natural world in all seasons, weather, geographical variety, and at every time of day. Many of the lessons are followed by assignments designed to help you apply what you have just learned to new situations.

Mahoney Library Call Number: ND1500 .S2425 1991


 

Learning to Paint in OilLearning to Paint in Oil

The emphasis in this book is not on completing a finished painting, but on how to select and use the right materials for the right project, along with practical solutions to common artists' problems. Topics are treated in the form of easy-to-follow step-by-step directions. These volumes are valuable reference sources, both for the art classroom and for use by self-teaching hobbyists. Twenty-six concise sections describe oil paints, canvases, brushes, palettes, palette knives, easels, paint boxes, and related tools. Other topics covered in these sections include paint mixing and thinning, use of different brushes to achieve various effects, selecting pigments for a balanced palette, blending colors on the canvas, as well as controlling line and shape with brushwork.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1473 .P3713 1997