This list includes books that are in my own library. I’ve found all of them to be very useful in developing my own work and in considering new perspectives.

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition, by Betty Edwards

Keys to Drawing, by Bert Dodson

Watercolor Painting

Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting (Dover Art Instruction), Edgar Whitney

Watercolor (Dover Art Instruction), John Pike

Watercolor Book: Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artist (Materials & Techniques), David Dewey

Painting Trees and Landscapes in Watercolor (Dover Art Instruction), Ted Kautzky

Watercolor Energies: A No-Nonsense Approach to Watercolor Painting, Design and Esthetics, Frank Webb

Watercolor Painting: A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium, Tom Hoffman

Watercolor: You Can Do It!: From Concept to Finished Painting (Dover Art Instruction), Tony Couch

Ways with Watercolor (Dover Art Instruction), Ted Kautzky

Master Class in Watermedia: Techniques in Traditional and Experimental Painting, Edward Betts


Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting (Mastering (North Light Books)), Ian Roberts

Strengthen Your Paintings With Dynamic Composition, Frank Webb

The Simple Secret to Better Painting: How to Immediately Improve Your Work with the One Rule of Composition – Greg Albert

Painting and Art

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (James Gurney Art), James Gurney

Illuminated Landscape, Peter Poskas & J. J. Smith

The Art Spirit, Robert Henri (*)(D)

Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars by Camille Paglia (16-Oct-2012) Hardcover, Camille Paglia

Useful Online Articles and Resources

The Limited Color Palettes Artists Can Use To Excel At Painting, Ingrid Christensen, on watercolor color theory, Bruce MacEvoy on