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Books and videos in the SRJC Libraries relevant to the work of artist Mary Black.


Encaustic Art 1Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax

This book is a complete resource for artists who wish to learn to create fine art with wax. It features step-by-step techniques with easy-to-understand instructions and detailed illustrations, stunning examples of encaustic works of art, along with practical advice and thoughtful aesthetic observations from more than 60 professional artists working in the encaustic medium. With a history that stretches back to the hauntingly beautiful mummy portraits of Greco-Roman Egypt, encaustic art is now enjoying a renewal of popularity among artists and art lovers alike. The word encaustic is taken from the Greek and means “to burn in.” In the encaustic process, pigmented wax is applied and then fused to a surface with heat. The result is a broad range of surface effects and a luminous translucency that is unique to the encaustic medium.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND2480 .R36 2010


The Artist's HandbookThe Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques

Since 1940, when it was originally published, The Artist's Handbook has become indispensable for thousands of practicing artists and art students. The book has remained continually in print through many editions and has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. A detailed index makes a wealth of information readily available. Charts and line drawings throughout. Includes sections: Pigments -- Oil painting -- Acrylics -- Tempera painting -- Grounds for oil and tempera painting -- Watercolor and gouache -- Pastel -- Encaustic painting -- Mural painting -- Solvents and thinners -- Gums, casein, glues, waxes -- Chemistry -- Conservation of pictures.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1500 .M3 1991


Encaustic Art 2Jasper Johns : An Allegory of Painting, 1955-1965

Jasper Johns is one of the most significant figures in the history of postwar art. His work from 1955 to 1965 was pivotal, exercising an enormous impact on the subsequent development of pop, minimalism, and conceptual art in the United States and Europe. This publication approaches Johns' work of this ten-year period through a thematic framework. It examines the artist's interest in the condition of painting as a medium, a practice, and an instrument of encoded meaning through several interrelated motifs: the target, the "device," the naming of colors, and the imprint of the body.

Mahoney Library Call Number: ND237.J66 A4 2007


Textures Textures

This Red Series title shows the craft involved in creating varied textures in different graphic media. Tools for creating differing textures are described, including brushes of different sizes and shapes, palette knives, razor blades, and applying paint with sponges, tissue paper, and other instruments. Additional methods include adding sand or similar substances to paint before applying it to canvas or paper.

Doyle Library Call Number: N7430.5 .T4913 1997


Egypt: Paintings from Tombs and TemplesEgypt: Paintings from Tombs and Temples

Material assembled by experts from UNESCO and the New York Graphic Society. This work includes an overview of Egyptian paintings, with an in-depth analysis of the history, cultural significance, and production techniques of hieroglyphics with strong emphasis on painting. Contains several color plates of different examples of hieroglyphs.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND75 .U5


The Art of Encaustic PaintingThe Art of Encaustic Painting

Encaustic is a waxed-based painting medium characterized by luminous color and a lush surface. In The Art of Encaustic Painting, readers will learn ways to achieve vibrant color and create surfaces that look as light as a wash or as densely textured as impasto. They will see how to produce effects from abstract to figurative to minimal. Finally, they will discover dozens of clear, step-by-step directions detailing how to use these various encaustic techniques in their own art. This reference also includes 200 attractive full-color photographs of the author's own work, as well as stunning examples by such premier encaustic artists as Jasper Johns, Arthur Dove, and Nancy Graves. One of the few authoritative books available on this ancient art of painting with wax Includes a comprehensive index of suppliers, encaustic art galleries, and websites.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: ND2480 .M38 2001


New ScratchboardThe New Scratchboard: Clay-Surface Techniques and Materials for Today's Artists

Artists looking for a fresh approach to their work will enjoy this rich resource offering complete instruction on the dynamic art form known as scratchboard. The book outlines the long history of the art, from petroglyphs, sgraffito, and scrimshaw to the state of the medium today, pointing out new surfaces, tools, and methods. Basic techniques are explored, such as scratching on an ink-blacked surface and applying ink or acrylics on a white clay surface. Other methods are reviewed: airbrush, gouache, watercolor, oils, tempera, and colored pencils.

Mahoney Library Call Number: NC915.S4 E84 2001



This book surveys the work of the celebrated Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies. Born in Barcelona in 1923, he rose to prominence in the 1950s as an exponent of matter painting, building up large surfaces with combinations of paint, varnish, sand, and powdered marble to create the effect of bas-relief. Increasingly immersing himself in Zen and Taoism, he created an art of deliberate surface ambiguity, suggesting a highly spiritual content with an economy of means. Major canvases from each decade of his body of art are analyzed and reproduced in this volume, revealing the range and genius of one of the twentieth century's greatest artists.

Doyle Library Call Number: N7113.T3 C63 1990


Encaustic Painting: Arts and Lectures 2010 Spring Semester

Mark Perlman, professor of art at Sonoma State University since 1989 and a two-time NEA grant recipient, is a prominent encaustic painter whose paintings have been widely exhibited and collected throughout the United States. His work is visually complex and displays a sensuous quality of surface and depth. Perlman gives an overview of encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, including a history of the technique and a description of the process, and shows examples of his work.

Doyle and Mahoney Media Services DVD Call Number: LD-1827