Number 5 is a good all-around technique book for oils, watercolor and acrylics. It has some incredible basic techniques and enough exercises in here to keep you busy learning for a long time. Just apply these techniques to other subjects you are painting.
I use this as a reference in many of my workshops. It's a good one and your paintings will improve immediately.
Color mixing is essential for harmonious, beautiful colors, and John Pototschnik teaches you how to mix any color you need out of just three colors. Even if you love your tubes of color like I do, you can up your color mixing game by digging hard into this book and accompanying video.
The very first painting I painted using a limited palette sold almost immediately. What you learn in this book really works!
If you purchase only one landscape painting book ever in your life then let it be this one, Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting.
This book, originally published in 1929, is still regarded by landscape artists as THE definitive guide to painting landscapes.
It is often required reading in order to attend many landscape artists workshops around the world. The guidance is so solid and sound that instructors want their students to read it to set a baseline on which to build during the workshops. That's how I discovered it.
So start with this one.
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