Art Talk | Library Resources | Kathleen Youngquist

Books in the SRJC Libraries on oil painting relevant to the work of artist Kathleen Youngquist

Painting people: Figure Painting TodayPainting people: Figure Painting Today

After a century in which the lexicon of artists' materials expanded from the classic oil, canvas, stone and plaster to include photography, film, performance, found objects and concepts, the spotlight has finally swung back. A new generation of artists--as well as some who never abandoned figurative painting in the first place--is relishing the solitary, slow, subtle set of processes involved in not just painting, but painting people. They are choosing paint's unique ability to distill a lifetime of events rather than photography's glimpse of a frozen moment. This book unites and contrasts the work of a key group of artists from around the world, and investigates their richly varied accomplishments in lucid text with detailed commentaries, accompanied by more than 150 reproductions.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: ND1290 .M85 2006


Figure DrawingFigure Drawing: The Structure, Anatomy, and Expressive Design of Human Form

Providing a concise but comprehensive survey of all matters pertaining to drawing the human figure, this well-illustrated and accurate guide demonstrates the interplay of structure, anatomy, design and expression in sound figure drawing, and shows how the careful integration of these four factors is essential in drawing the figure in a compelling and lucid manner.

Doyle Library Call Number: NC765 .G64 1981


The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting TechniquesThe Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques

Many would-be painters are intimidated by oil paints -- the medium of masters like Rembrandt and Picasso. However, oils are a very forgiving medium, ideal for the beginning painter. Learn how to build up a painting, how and when to work "wet into wet", and how to make your brushwork describe forms and textures. Discover the secrets of mixing oil with other media, mixing paint with sand and sawdust, and applying it with rags, knives, or your fingers. Then watch artists apply these techniques in a section of demonstrations, where step-by-step photographs show you approaches to themes like architecture, still-life, figures, and landscape.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1500 .G34 1997


Artist's Manual: A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and TechniquesArtist's Manual: A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and Techniques

This is a hands-on guide to hundreds of techniques for painting and drawing. For anyone who has ever had the urge to create art, this easy-to-use manual explains the artist's essential tools and materials -- how to choose them, how to use them, and how to care for them. Packed with information on myriad techniques, from color use and composition to subject choice, and including tips from the professionals, here's everything painters and illustrators need to begin, develop, and perfect their craft. Over 500 color photographs, 200 original works of art, and an extensive list of suppliers complete the most comprehensive, inspirational, and affordable artists' instruction book available today.

Doyle Library Call Number: N7430 .A739 1996

Notan: The Dark-Light Principle of DesignNotan: The Dark-Light Principle of Design

A guiding principle of Eastern art and design, focusing on the interaction between positive and negative space, demonstrated in six art lessons of progressive difficulty. Solutions will fascinate artists and designers of every calling and level of expertise, from painters and sculptors, potters and textile designers to architects and interior designers. 101 illustrations.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: NK1510 .B67 1991



Big Book of Painting Nature in OilThe Body in Three Dimensions

Throughout history the human figure has been central to art making, and three-dimensional sculpture has played a particularly dramatic role. Here the author surveys the human body in Western sculpture from prehistory to the present, focusing on the ways representation of the human body has changed in style, in meaning, and in function. 112 illustrations, 95 in full color.

Doyle Library Call Number: NB1930 .F59 1998



Learning to Paint in OilLearning to Paint in Oil

The emphasis in this book is not on completing a finished painting, but on how to select and use the right materials for the right project, along with practical solutions to common artists' problems. Topics are treated in the form of easy-to-follow step-by-step directions. These volumes are valuable reference sources, both for the art classroom and for use by self-teaching hobbyists. Twenty-six concise sections describe oil paints, canvases, brushes, palettes, palette knives, easels, paint boxes, and related tools. Other topics covered in these sections include paint mixing and thinning, use of different brushes to achieve various effects, selecting pigments for a balanced palette, blending colors on the canvas, as well as controlling line and shape with brushwork.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1473 .P3713 1997