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Nita Leland New Creative Artist

THE NEW CREATIVE ARTIST - A GUIDE TO DEVELOPING YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT
BY AQUANET MEMBER ~NITA LELAND

Artists at all skill levels have enjoyed the inspirational, motivational approach and delightful exercises of the original The Creative Artist. Teachers have used the original book as a resource for class projects. The book has been a best-seller since its publication in 1990. Now Nita has made the book bigger and better than ever, including 26 more pages than the original (a new chapter, "Art and Craft: Highways and Byways," has been added), 113 creative block-busting activities and fantastic art by 102 contemporary artists in all media. Approximately 134 pieces of art were retrieved from the original and 166 new artworks added. The text has been substantially revised and reorganized with new material on the creative process, reducing stress, mind-mapping and more.

 

Annette Compton

DRAWING FROM THE MIND ~ PAINTING FROM THE HEART
BY AQUANET MEMBER ~ ANNETTE COMPTON

Is the relationship between the heart and the mind balanced? Artist, author and instructor Annette Compton explores this age-old artistic question in the book, "Drawing from the Mind, Painting from the Heart".
Creating art inevitably involves a relationship between our minds andour hearts. For some, the mind-the study of technique-plays a major role in the process of being an artist. But what happens when an artist becomes so obsessed with technique that all spontaneous expression is lost? Or, what about artists who become so lost in expression that technique is gone, and they have difficulty realizing their vision in their work?

This 12 lesson book, with a variety of mind and heart exercises using pencil, pens & watercolor explores the delicate balance between craft and passion, the technical and the intuitive as well as experienced painters will benefit dramatically from Compton¹s approach to creating visual art.

Linda Kemp

WATERCOLOR ~PAINTING OUTSIDE THE LINES
BY AQUANET MEMBER ~ LINDA KEMP

This is the only title on the market that gives readers a comprehensive look at negative painting. Linda Kemp shows beginning and advanced artists how to harness the power of these often overlooked areas around a painting's focal point.
The book is brimming with easy-to-follow, interactive elements, including:
*Step-by-step techniques, exercises and projects
*Do-it-yourself tests and worksheets
*Troubleshooting suggestions and secrets
*Straightforward diagrams for color and design

Whether they want to paint florals, landscapes or patterns in nature, readers will come away with the skills they need to make their next work more striking than ever!

David R. Becker

WATERCOLOR COMPOSITION MADE EASY
BY AQUANET MEMBER ~ DAVID R. BECKER

Every artist needs good composition in their work! No matter what medium they work in they need good composition. This book covers composition from start to finish. it is a must for every artist's book collection. There are only two new books on the market at this time that are completely about composition. It is a complicated subject and is why many authors have steered away from writing about it. I have tried to keep it as simple as possible for the beginner to understand. I also realize that most artists don't read a lot of the text in their art books, which is the reason I have kept the text simple and to the point. I hope you enjoy and learn from the book. Thanks, David R. Becker

David R. Becker

WATERCOLOR FOR THE FUN OF IT     SKETCHING: HOW TO SKETCH WITH WATERCOLOR
BY AQUANET MEMBER ~ DAVID R. BECKER

Illustrations, exercises and complete step-by-step demos show how to achieve fast results by creating sketches with drawing media as well as watercolor. With this easy "sketching" approach, artists will learn how to plan successful paintings using thumbnail sketches, value sketches, color sketches, sideline sketches, composition adjustments and experiments.

 

 

Liz Donovan
PAINTING SUNLIT STILL LIFES IN WATERCOLOR
BY AQUANET MEMBER ~ LIZ DONOVAN

Follow along with the step-by-step demonstrations in this book to learn her effective (and surprisingly simple) techniques. You'll see how to capture the rich, sunlit textures and colors of a variety of popular still-life elements including: lace, an oriental rug, satin, velvet, patterned fabric and flowered wallpaper, clear and colored glass, reflections in a mirror, stems in water, brass, copper and silver, rich wood grains and marble textures, apples, pineapple, peony, iris and various types of leaves.

You'll also find advice on every aspect of painting still-lifes--such as creating dramatic sunlit effects in your studio, setting up your arrangement, and designing a sparkling composition unified by light and shadow.

Nita Leland and Virginia Lee Williams
CREATIVE COLLAGE TECHNIQUES: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
BY AQUANET MEMBER ~ NITA LELAND AND VIRGINIA LEE WILLIAMS

One of the most popular collage books ever, it includes 52 demonstrations and the work of more than 60 artists. Collage is so much fun and is becoming more and more popular with artists at every skill level. This very thorough book contains all you need to know to get started in collage, refine your techniques and learn experimental processes, from making paper to creating unusual surfaces for watercolor and acrylic painting. The books starts with simple projects for beginners and builds up to advanced techniques. A great teacher's handbook, too, with easy projects for young children and more challenging ones for serious students.

Nita Leland
EXPLORING COLOR
BY AQUANET MEMBER ~ NITA LELAND

A detailed text on color theory, the book clarifies the properties of color and pigments by defining them (transparency, intensity and tinting strength) and then creating working palettes based on this information. If you have ever wondered how you got "mud" after you layered or mixed two beautiful colors together, this is the book for you. The book is a valuable resource for anyone working with color. Nita also provides supplementary information about color and related subjects in her website.

Nita Leland
THE CREATIVE ARTIST: A FINE ARTIST'S GUIDE TO EXPANDING YOUR CREATIVITY
BY AQUANET MEMBER ~ NITA LELAND

Choose to be creative! Whether you're a beginner or an artist who wants to break through a creative block, this book will unleash your natural creative abilities. Artists at all skill levels enjoy the inspirational, motivational approach and delightful exercises. Teachers also use this book as a resource for class projects. "A remarkable exercise book for any artist in any medium, The Creative Artist can inspire the beginner or unblock the professional." Library Journal

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