Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fine Art Books: Brushwork Essentials

Available from North Light
There aren't too many books out there specifically on brushes, though there are multiple great books on art materials with chapters on brushes and even more books on using brushes. This book published by North Light recently came to my attention and I have to say I'm quite impressed.  The artist and author, Mark Christopher Weber, is phenomenally talented as you can see from his art throughout the book, but it is the lessons he shares in the book that highlight his skill as a true master with the brush.

He covers the basics of brush care and quality, noting how to choose high quality brushes for the style and medium.  Since Weber focuses on oil painting, he directs the book in that light, using brushes with stiffer bristles or synthetic hair to hold heavier bodied paint.  However, his lessons would work well for acrylic artists, too.

Weber shares how to load paint, make different strokes with a brush, and create paintings with softer atmospheric effects or heavy emotional movements.  He explains how the brushwork is essentially the heart of the piece, and how using brushes correctly will improve artwork with practice and thoughtfulness.  Weber wraps up the book going through specific projects step by step, outlining all of the materials and showing process photographs.

If you are looking for a user friendly, well illustrated book on how to become a better painter with your brushwork, this is the book for you.


Keep Painting, 
Karyn 

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.