Over the years, art books have played an important role in my education and development as an artist. I’m always on the lookout for those large format books that contain full page, color reproductions in order to study from. These are the books that help to motivate and inspire me to paint each time that I open them up. They also serve as tools for helping to solve problems in my own paintings. If I’m having difficulty with a particular area of a painting, I’ll pull a book off the shelf which contains images of paintings with similar subjects and lighting situations to the one that I’m working on. This gives me the opportunity to see how master painters have solved these same problems in their own work and gives me clues as to how I can go about solving them as well.
When putting together the Grand Prize package for the new You be the Judge art contest, I wanted to include some of my favorite art books that have inspired me over the years so that you, too, can experience the value and inspiration that comes with owning one of these incredible books.
In addition to the Alla Prima book that I wrote about a few days ago, master painter, Richard Schmid, has also donated a copy of his newest book, The Landscapes, as part of the Grand Prize.
This amazing hard cover edition is 268 pages and contains over 300 images! It’s the largest collection of Richard Schmid’s landscape paintings ever compiled in a single book.
When it comes to the subject of landscapes, Richard Schmid is a modern master at capturing every season on canvas. His commitment and dedication to excellence can be seen in every painting that is showcased in this beautiful book which measures 11” x 14”.
“Fort Collins Winter”
“Adele In Our Garden”
I’m honored to have the opportunity to share Richard’s inspiring work with you as part of the You be the Judge art contest. In addition to his books, Richard has also produced a series of instructional DVD’s that I highly recommend. To learn more about Richard Schmid and his work visit www.richardschmid.com.
Click here for more information about how to enter the art contest for your chance to win this incredible book!