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Arlene Mcloughlin's must have's for the serious artist

Arlene Mcloughlin
The list author says: "A professional artist for over 20 years, I have enjoyed many art books and managed to accumulate quite a library of my own, here are a few of my tried and true favorites for techniques and inspiration"
Bouguereau
Bouguereau
"A fabulous collection of paintings by the French master, full color photos, and a brief history of the artist if you paint or want to paint portraits this book is a must have for the texture. color and light studies of human skin.."
Festa Veneziana a Ca'toga: The Imaginative World of a Venetian Artist in Napa Valley
Festa Veneziana a Ca'toga: The Imaginative World of a Venetian Artist in Napa Valley
"Amazing book with vivid photos of fabulous trompe l'oeil murals  ,architecture grottesca and furniture a real feast for the eyes, and a lifestyle thats enviable"
Treasury of Victorian Designs and Emblems CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)
Treasury of Victorian Designs and Emblems CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)
"These dover books are great, they have a ton of visual aides , in ornamental muraling this one is a keeper full of cartouches, emblems, lionheads, roseetes and more"
Revisiting the Painted House: More Than 100 New Designs for Mural and Trompe L'Oeil Decoration
Revisiting the Painted House: More Than 100 New Designs for Mural and Trompe L'Oeil Decoration
"Graham Rust is a must for any muralsts library , this book in particular has many panels, fabric, and floral studies, I use the first book more but this book does have some great inspiration"
The Painted Ceiling: Over 100 Original Designs and Details
The Painted Ceiling: Over 100 Original Designs and Details
"Great book for inspirational designs and detailed sketches of his famous muraled ceilings, setting up sketches and color schemes for skies"
Painted Illusions
Painted Illusions
"One of my absolute favorites when it comes to creating exciting finishes, clear concise directions, gorgeous photos, lots of inspiration utilizing stencils, plasters, and different textures"
The Art of Faux: The Complete Sourcebook of Decorative Painted Finishes (Crafts Highlights)
The Art of Faux: The Complete Sourcebook of Decorative Painted Finishes (Crafts Highlights)
"a must for marbling and wood grainig, clear concise directions, step by step help"
Great Book of Fairy Patterns: The Ultimate Design Sourcebook for Artists and Craftspeople
Great Book of Fairy Patterns: The Ultimate Design Sourcebook for Artists and Craftspeople
"great books for patterns and sketches of fairies"
The Art of Pencil Drawing: Learn how to draw realistic subjects with pencil (Collector's Series)
The Art of Pencil Drawing: Learn how to draw realistic subjects with pencil (Collector's Series)
"for any artist who does sketch work this book is helpful for composition, light, shading, and shape"
Michelangelo (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
Michelangelo (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
"I like this because the book includes alot of his life drawing sketches"
Domus: Wall Painting in the Roman House (Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum)
Domus: Wall Painting in the Roman House (Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum)
"This is a rare jewel in the books on fresco. The pictures, textures, and techniques are a must have for any artist, and aspiring plasterer"
Tiepolo: The Complete Paintings
Tiepolo: The Complete Paintings
"An amazingly beautiful book, filled with pictures, and explanations, to arguably one of the greatest painters of the rennaissance era. Truly insprational works of architectural trompe painting as well as figures, movement and drapery reference"
Castillos del Mundo (Spanish Edition)
Castillos del Mundo (Spanish Edition)
"This is an amazing panoramic look at the interiors and exteriors of some of the world grandest castles"
Spectacular America
Spectacular America
"If landscape inspiration is calling this book is gorgeous, pages of lovely panoramic views of Americas "jewels""
Palazzi of Rome
Palazzi of Rome
John William Godward: The Eclipse of Classicism
John William Godward: The Eclipse of Classicism
"Finally after much waiting I have added this book to my collection. I am a crazed fan of Godward's style, the book has been reviewed many times as having not enough info about the man, I could care less, i want the photos, this book has pages upon pages of his beautifully crafted paintings in full color, with sketches and black and white renderings."
Portuguese Decorative Tiles: Azulejos
Portuguese Decorative Tiles: Azulejos
"I love this book, it speaks to me in colors, my 2 favorites - yellow and blue, great photos, lots of inspiration."
The Great Masters of European Art
The Great Masters of European Art
"An  A to z type of chronological "best of" paintings from ssome of the greats in European painting, great photos,  similar collections in every other artbook on the same subject."
Histoire de la caricature et du grotesque dans la littérature et dans l'art: Précédée d'une notice par Amédée Pichot et illustrée de 238 gravures intercalées dans le texte (French Edition)
Histoire de la caricature et du grotesque dans la littérature et dans l'art: Précédée d'une notice par Amédée Pichot et illustrée de 238 gravures intercalées dans le texte (French Edition)
"beautitiful photos if you don't mind not being able to read it, unless of course you are fluent in french"
Salvador Dali 1904-1989 (2 Vols.)
Salvador Dali 1904-1989 (2 Vols.)
"Incredable 2 huge volume complete history of his interesting life, lifestyle and  amazing and inspiring works"
Castles of the World
Castles of the World
"Get swept away to another time...sprawling panoramic photos of castles in the mideival day...."
America's Artists: The Artists of Wyland Galleries (Standard Edition)
America's Artists: The Artists of Wyland Galleries (Standard Edition)
"For marine inspiration this book is second to none"
French Scenic Wallpaper 1795-1865
French Scenic Wallpaper 1795-1865
"I waited a very long time to get this book, it was worth the wait, there is no other book published with the array of photos and inspirations for these types of panoramic murals"
Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Graphic Works
Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Graphic Works
"I love this book, I love his work. Great big photos  lots of 'em"