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Favorite Resources

Here on this resource page, you'll find links to all my favorite things, from books, art supplies, and tools, to software and picture frames, with links to all of it.

Just so you know ... This page may contain "affiliate" or "referral" links to various products and resources that I love (or the new improved versions of them), I've also included items that I think you might find helpful. Although I may receive a small commission for purchases made through these links, please know that this does not change the price that you would pay for any items purchased via these links. I recommend these products as they've been useful to me, and I hope they'll be useful to you too. 

 


 Art Supplies


I've been using Liquitex paints for years. I like the consistency and wide selection of colors. If you're just starting out painting this set of 12 would be perfect.

Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Set of 12

I've been using Liquitex paints for years. I like the consistency and wide selection of colors. This set of 12 would be perfect.

Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tube 48-Piece Set

My husband is just starting back into painting after giving it up in his youth. He just bought this set as he didn't know what colors he would like to use. So far he seems very happy with it.

 


Art & Framing | Tech | Tools 


 

Fiskars Portable Scrapbooking Trimmer, 12 Inch  

I have a mini paper trimmer that I use all the time. I find it's so much easier and quicker than using scissors. If you have an excess of white paper to trim, the cuts made with a trimmer look much cleaner and leave a much straighter edge.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera + Full Accessory Bundle

I use my Canon rebel for photographing my larger artworks as well as any other special photography. The full bundle kit has everything you need to get started with taking photos.

WhiBal G7 White Balance Pocket Card

I use this Whi-Bal card whenever I'm photographing artwork. It helps me to color correct my photos afterwards. Very useful!!

X-Rite ColorMunki Display and ColorChecker

I've been using the color-munki for a couple years now to calibrate the settings on my monitors. As an artist, having the correct color to print from or send to manufacturers is very important.


Books | Magazines


Ok, so I think I own every art book ever known to mankind. I have been collecting art books for at least 30 years. I can't put them all here unfortunately, so will try to pic some of my favorites. These are also links to buy them on amazon...unfortunately many of the books I own are no longer in print so not available for purchase.

Art Learning & Reference Books

Nature Drawing: A Tool For Learning

My mom bought me this book when I was a teenager and I just love it!! The pages are curled from repeated, obsessive thumb-ings during many camping trips. I've found by drawing what you see in nature it really helps you appreciate and connect to the environment. If you want to draw small animals and plants to create a journal of the natural world then this book is for you!!

Drawing on the Artist Within: An Inspirational and Practical Guide to Increasing Your Creative Powers

A fantastic guide on how to draw. It starts by assuming you know nothing about drawing and leads you step by step on how to re-learn to see in order to draw. Couple this with Betty Edwards other book, Drawing On The Right Side of The Brain, and you'll be drawing like an artist in no time. Highly recommended!!

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Deluxe Edition

This book coupled with Betty Edwards other book, Drawing On The Artist Within, will teach you how to draw like an artist. She guides you through the brain shift that has to happen to see the world in a way that you can draw it. I highly recommend both books!

The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study

This book is like a course on drawing the human figure. It leads you through how to create contour line drawings all the way to the fully shaded complete drawings by using a series of timed exercises. A very good book but I would go with the Betty Edwards books first. Would be excellent paired with, An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists, (on this resource page)

The Artist's Way Workbook

The subheading is, A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity, and that's what it really is. This book leads you through a series of exercises designed to help you see yourself in a more nurturing way and overcome negativity in your surroundings that could block your creativity. Useful exercises in self development for artist and non-artists alike. 

The Artist's Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing, Watercolor, and Oil Painting

The book is a series of twelve exercises, one per chapter. Each chapter explains a different art concept and then has a step by step instruction on creating an art piece utilizing that concept. A wonderful book that I would suggest is good for an intermediate artist.

An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists (Dover Anatomy for Artists)

A very useful collection of anatomy studies from old masters artist like  Da Vinci  and Michelangelo, as well as photographs of models in various poses paired with musculature drawings. Also includes close ups of eyes and hands, feet etc. Perfect resource paired with the book, A Natural Way to Draw,(also on this resource page) Highly recommend for all figurative artists!!!

Perspective for Artists (Dover Art Instruction)

Another very useful guide for artists, especially landscape artists. This book provides lots of examples of how perspective works in pictures. Not only does the book show buildings buy also how to use perspective with oddly shaped objects. A must have reference book for any artist! Highly recommend for all landscape artist!!!

The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy (Dover Anatomy for Artists)

This guide for artists is geared towards larger animal anatomy,  like horses, big cats, cows, dogs. Illustrations show muscular and skeletal breakdowns of various poses. Absorb this book, then do a trip to the zoo with a sketch pad. Great coupled with, Nature Drawing, also on this resource page. as well as Animals Copyright Free Illustrations Reference (also on this resource page)

Animals: 1,419 Copyright-Free Illustrations of Mammals, Birds, Fish, Insects, etc (Dover Pictorial Archive)

Such a cool book, depicting animals of every type, beautifully rendered. A wonderful reference for any artist who works with wildlife. The drawings are exquisite and a valuable study for new artists. I would couple this with the Animal Anatomy (on this reference page) and Nature Drawing (also on this page).

Books on Artists

Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe

I love Georgia! If there's a Georgia book I don't own, then I've taken it out of the library..repeatedly and with great fervor! I woman ahead of her time in many ways other than just art. Self possessed and totally devoted to creating art. A true inspiration!

Andrew Wyeth: Autobiography

I was a realist painter for several years and during that phase  Andrew Wyeth was one of my fave artists. I obsessively absorbed every book I could find on him. I love his dark moody subjects, use of textures, minimal color palette and fantastic dry-brush technique.

Monet

Lots of full color plates spanning Monet's life. This little fat book packs a lot of punch if you love this artist.

Van Gogh

Wonderful book full of color plates of Van Gogh's unique art. A great overview of his paintings. 

Dalí

This artist is an enigma and his art is such a wonderful combination of artistry and dream-scape. This book is full of lovely color plates. If you're a Dali fan this book is a treasure.  

Georgia O'Keefe: An Eternal Spirit (American Artists)

As I said, I love Georgia! This book has lots of great color plates of her amazing colorful abstract floral art. 

Art History & General Art Books

Surrealist Painting: Colour Library (Phaidon Colour Library)

A great overview of surrealist art including lots of full color plates. Covers everyone from Miro to Magritte to Dali and Ernst

The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists: Seventh Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)

This is an actual dictionary of artists and art movements. It has been reprinted and updated many times over decades. No pictures but a useful reference for quick look-ups.

Modernity and Modernism: French Painting in the Nineteenth Century (Modern Art Practices and Debates)

An overview of how french painting developed, and the society and influences of the time that effected artists.

Books on Canadian Art & Artists

Emily Carr: An Introduction to Her Life and Art

I love Emily Carr! She painted the Canadian west coast landscape at a time when there weren't many women artists. She was quite the character, animal lover and an inspirational landscape painter.

Tom Thomson: The Silence and the Storm

Tom Thomson is one of my favorite painters! He painted the rugged nature in Algonquin Park Canada in the early 1900's. He lived off the land as a park ranger till his premature death. Hi unique short lived vision still impacts Canadian art.

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson

The group of Seven (and Tom Thomson) were a group of Canadian artists that formed in the 1920's. Their art changed how people saw the Canadian landscape. The artwork that I, and tonnes of of Canadian artists, create is directly inspired by their work.

Birds

Robert Bateman is a Canadian favorite. His animal paintings, in a magic realism style, capture the majesty of each creature he portrays. He is a true animal lover and conservationist. I have several coffee table books of his art with stunning color plates.

Kindle Learn to Draw & Paint Books- Under $10 (Digital Download)

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Drawing (The Complete Book of ...)

Have you ever found yourself just doodling? Now you can turn those doodles done on bits of paper by the phone into an art project. 

 

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Drawing (The Complete Book of ...)

When I was a kid I had a collection of Walter Foster how to draw books. I remember them fondly as they set me on my way to being an artist. This is a beefy informative book for a great price!

How to Draw a Portrait: The step-by-step guide on how to draw portraits in the three-quarters view

Curious how to draw faces, this book will give the basics.

Drawing Class

This books gives all the basics for a beginner to start drawing. Great reviews.  

Drawing Lessons (Teach Yourself To Draw Book 1)

Book one from this author is as close to free as you can get, but still packed with value when it comes to learning to draw .

How To Draw Outlines (Teach Yourself To Draw Book 2)

This book continues where the first one leaves off, again great value.  

Drawing and Sketching Nature (Teach Yourself To Draw Book 3)

This is book 3 of the series from artist author Kate Berry. Pick up all three for under $5 and get started on drawing. 

 

Drawing Dimension - Shading Techniques: A Shading Guide for Teachers and Students (How to Draw Cool Stuff)

Once you've got all your outlines figured out you'll need to shade it all in. This book goes into the techniques of shading and filling out your drawing.


Electronics & Printing 


Brother MFC-9330CDW All-in-One Color Laser Printer

I currently have a color laser printer and found the quality to be great. I like the fact that the ink doesn't smudge if it gets moist, plus laser printers don't have the problem of clogged inkjets.

HP Premium Presentation Glossy Laser Paper

I've used many different types of papers, a great all-purpose glossy paper for laser printers is this one.The price is affordable and you get great results.

 

WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive

I have a couple of these desktop drives that I picked up on sale. A real lifesaver when it comes to backing up all my large artwork files and important stuff.

 

Toshiba Canvio 1TB Portable External Hard Drive

Even though I have a couple larger desktop storage devices this little pocket drive is useful for quick backups from any device or to take on the road.


Home Decor



Software | Services | Apps | Courses


CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2018 for PC

I've been using coreldraw since it was in version 8 in the 1990's. It's often considered Adobe Illustrators's lesser cousin. I've used both programs and find coreldraw has several features that illustrator doesn't, it also plays well with a wide range of file types.

 

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