Painting the Spirit of Nature

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FIRST EDITION – FIRST PUBLISHED, 1984, in New York by Watson-Guptill Publications, Inc., a Division of Billboard Publications, Inc. Hardcover with dust jacket. Author, Maxine Masterfield. Has cloth boards and shows some yellowing or aging on the board color. The spine is tight and straight, the pages are clean and free of tears and marks. Total 144 pages. Approximate size is 8.25 x 11. Contains 50 black and white illustrations and 120 color plates. Manufactured in Japan. Edited by Bonnie Silverstein. There is a couple light tan soil spots on the inside front two pages, not bad. The dust jacket flaps are taped to the inside boards by the previous owner. The only other negative is that the dust jacket shows some partially crackle look where the mylar has aged, does not affect the illustration on the dust jacket nor the book itself. Very minor shelf wear. Contents include: Demonstrations of basic techniques; Materials and equipment; color and composition; abstract naturalism; form and texture; painting out – simplifying the foreground by painting out; collage and monoprint; finding new directions; experimenting with new materials; letting a painting create itself and much more! A very good art book! Priced quite reasonable for its worth too! *3BC2

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1st Ed. edition (May 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823038610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823038619
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

Customer Reviews

A perennial favorite in my reference library

42 people found this helpful.
 on April 4, 2000
By Nancy
I also frequently recommend this book to other artists, beginning or advanced. I’ve had this book for years, and am awed everytime I open it up. It’s perfect for jumpstarting the creative juices because almost every page contains an inspiring thought, image or technique. Her photos of natural elements, together with paintings by herself and other artists shows everyone how to use nature as a springboard for creativity. You will LOVE this book!

Art Library

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 18, 2013
By Jo W.
As an artist, I have a cache of art books and this book was recommended to me. I seldom “read” an art book, but had rather digest sections at the time and try out some new techniques. This book is full enough of ideas to keep me company for quite a while. Maxine Masterfield seems to be one of the first to jump out of the “purity” box, thank goodness!

… a friend loned me her copy which I always liked. When my friend died she willed her massive …

 on February 22, 2016
By Michael E. Murray
Masterfield wrote this book some years back and a friend loned me her copy which I always liked. When my friend died she willed her massive art library to our watercolor group and I borrowed the book but then decided just to aquire my own used copy – this came quickly and was in nice shape for about 1/3rd of its original price.

A very revealing book

9 people found this helpful.
 on July 31, 2010
By betsybee
I have been stuck in a rut with my painting. This book has given me a new outlook on how I can express myself. The book is easy to understand and gave me detailed advise on how to accomplish my goals. I paricularly enjoyed her descriptions of her thought process involved in her paintings.

Great price! Product received exactly as described

 on January 13, 2017
By E E.
Great price! Product received exactly as described, in perfect condition and on time. Thank You

Five Stars

 on January 13, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Arrived timely.

A classic in experimental painting

 on November 19, 2014
By Nina A. Freeman
Maxine Masterfield defined Experimental painting and in this book describes many of her techniques with inks on paper. It is a classic and a must for any artist who paints in an experimental way.

Four Stars

 on October 10, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Good book! Arrived on time


 on October 9, 2015
By cara
A+++++very happy with everything. Great postage and packaging- great item-thank you

Five Stars

 on November 2, 2015
By melanie adams
i LOVE this book. the instruction is really good.

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