Art Talk | Library Resources | Will Collier

Books in the SRJC Libraries relevant to the work of artist, Will Collier.


All About Techniques in OilAll About Techniques in Oil

This book discusses silhouette, single and double light sources, and shading, and demonstrates various techniques for portraying light and shade. It illustrates and explains the fundamentals of art theory, then proceeds to step-by-step advice on how to create complete, highly finished artworks. This volume is filled with full-color photos and art illustrations, the latter in some cases showing reproductions of well-known paintings. This book starts with advice on choosing pigments, canvas, and equipment, then instructs on the use of brushes, knives, and other artist's tools. The theory of color and its combinations is treated in detail, and then the art student is guided step-by-step through the creation of landscapes, portraits, nudes, still-lifes, animal illustrations, and more.

Doyle and Mahoney Libraries Call Number: ND1500 .T6313 1997


Seeing the LightSeeing the Light: An Artist's Guide

This successful artist shares her time-tested secrets for capturing the awe-inspiring qualities of light on canvas. Whether readers paint in their kitchens or backyards, they'll learn how to use light to create depth, form, mood and atmosphere. Artists of all levels will master light with: Exercises in watercolor and oils, 12 complete step-by-step demonstrations, Close-up painting and more. The wide variety of innovative techniques and exercises makes it easy to understand this often confusing topic.

Doyle Library Call Number: ND1484 .C37 2003


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


Shadows: The Depiction of Cast Shadows in Western ArtShadows: The Depiction of Cast Shadows in Western Art

In this book, one of the foremost art historians in the world traces how cast shadows have been depicted in Western art through the centuries. E.H. Gombrich discusses the way shadows were represented by seventeenth-century artists and then describes how Romantic, Impressionist, and Surrealist artists exploited the device of the cast shadow to enhance the illusion of realism or drama in their representations.

Mahoney Library Call Number: NC755 .G65 1995


Big Book of Painting Nature in OilThe Big Book of Painting Nature in Oil

This book provides 135 demonstrations in painting trees, skies, and water from beautiful photographs by one of the world’s leading nature photographers. The 600 illustrations and engaging text cover the entire range of oil painting techniques and give the artist in-depth instruction in painting beautiful images of the natural world in all seasons, weather, geographical variety, and at every time of day. Many of the lessons are followed by assignments designed to help you apply what you have just learned to new situations.

Mahoney Library Call Number: ND1500 .S2425 1991


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