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Drawing wildlife  by J. C. Amberlyn

Drawing wildlife

J. C. Amberlyn

Book

Presents fully illustrated instructions to drawing over sixty species of wolves, foxes, bears, deer, and other woodland creatures in a variety of mediums that include pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, and colored pencil.

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New Orleans  by Geoffrey H. (Geoffrey Howard) Baker

New Orleans

Geoffrey H. (Geoffrey Howard) Baker

Book

Sometimes, the vocation of a place is hard to understand. New Orleans, like Venice, is built in a location that at first sight seems curious in the extreme. How could it be that these cities, built so precariously in the face of a watery threat, were...

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The figurative artist's handbook  by Robert Zeller

The figurative artist's handbook

Robert Zeller

Book

"At a time when renewed interest in figurative art is surging throughout the art world, author Robert Zeller presents The Figurative Artist's Handbook, the first comprehensive guide to figure drawing and painting to appear in decades. Illustrated with...

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Leonardo da Vinci  by Pietro C. Marani

Leonardo da Vinci

Pietro C. Marani

Book

This classic volume on Leonardo's paintings captures the magical qualities that make him one of the most beloved painters in the history of art. Pietro Marani's definitive text is accompanied by hundreds of reference images that immerse the reader in...

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Big ideas for small houses  by Catherine Foster

Big ideas for small houses

Catherine Foster

Book

"A look at a range of small houses around New Zealand, and the strategies the owners used to get a toehold in the tight housing market. From building a secondary dwelling on an existing family section, to tiny houses on pocket handkerchief pieces of ...

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The Laws guide to nature drawing and journaling  by John Muir Laws

The Laws guide to nature drawing and journaling

John Muir Laws

Book

In straightforward text complemented by step-by-step illustrations, dozens of exercises lead the hand and mind through creating accurate reproductions of plants and animals as well as landscapes, skies, and more. Laws provides clear, practical advice...

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Geometry and art in the modern Middle East

Geometry and art in the modern Middle East

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In a groundbreaking volume about the use of Islamic geometry in modern and contemporary art from the region, Middle East art expert and Sothebys Deputy Chairman Roxane Zand, and Dr Sussan Babaie professor of Islamic arts at the Courtauld Institute of...

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RHS botanical illustration  by Charlotte Brooks

RHS botanical illustration

Charlotte Brooks

Book

RHS Botanical Illustration - Gold Medal Winners' represents a cross-section of recent gold medallists from around the world. The RHS only award their gold medal to the most outstanding exhibitions, encouraging the international artistic community to perform...

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Museum Schnütgen

Museum Schnütgen

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The new guide to the collection of the Museum Schnütgen offers a compact, chronological overview of the internationally famous, high-quality and multi-faceted collection of the museum. The volume presents 280 works from the various sections of the co...

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Digital SLR photography  by Robert Correll

Digital SLR photography

Robert Correll

Book

It doesn't matter if your camera says Canon or Nikon or Sony on the outside. This reference focuses on what makes all digital SLRs alike. It offers guidance on how to take control of exposure, color, and focus to create better photos. You'll also discover...

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Color lab for mixed-media artists  by Deborah Forman

Color lab for mixed-media artists

Deborah Forman

Book

"Create the very best mixed media with 52 inspiring exercises! Strenthening your understanding and use of color will make your mixed-media art shine as you complete 52 labs that span painting, collage, drawing, assemblage and more. In Color Lab for Mixed...

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The principles of uncertainty  by Maira Kalman

The principles of uncertainty

Maira Kalman

Book

The Principles of Uncertainty is an irresistible invitation to experience life through the psyche of Maira Kalman, one of this country's most beloved artists. The result is a book that is part personal narrative, part documentary, part travelogue, pa...

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Scent magic  by Isabel Bannerman

Scent magic

Isabel Bannerman

Book

In Scent Magic, a book which is at once romantic and extremely practical, plantswoman, designer and garden-maker extraordinaire Isabel Bannerman immerses the reader in the luscious smells of the fragrant garden through a warmly written account of her...

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Great paintings

Great paintings

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Features works from great artists through the ages including Zhang Zeduan, Rothko, and Botticelli; examines the story behind each piece; and explores the social context of each.

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Contemporary cottages  by Molly Hyde English

Contemporary cottages

Molly Hyde English

Book

The homes featured in Contemporary Cottages update beach and mountain cottages with fresh, modern appointments, magical entryways, updated and repurposed rooms, open ceilings, custom floor plans and unique lighting--all without disturbing the timeless...

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Bird photographer of the year. Collection 4

Bird photographer of the year. Collection 4

Book

This beautiful book accompanies the photographic competition celebrating some of the best bird photography of the year. The Bird Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the artistry of bird photography, and this large-format book is lavishly....

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Wild elephants  by Art Wolfe

Wild elephants

Art Wolfe

Book

Legendary for their size and intelligence, elephants are one of the most charismatic of megafauna. That they are under siege from poachers is no secret, and the rapidity of their declining numbers is horrifying. However, amidst the steady stream of bad...

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History of art in Japan  by Nobuo Tsuji

History of art in Japan

Nobuo Tsuji

Book

In this book the leading authority on Japanese art history tells the fascinating story of the country's exceptional cultural heritage. Tsuji Nobuo sheds light on how Japan has nurtured distinctive aesthetics, prominent artists, and movements that have...

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Positive energy homes  by Robin Brimblecombe

Positive energy homes

Robin Brimblecombe

Book

"A guide to how positive energy living can be achieved, through homes that power themselves and empower their occupants. Positive energy homes enable people to live healthy and comfortable lives with energy left over to share. Creating a house you love...

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Lessons in landscape  by Peter Watson

Lessons in landscape

Peter Watson

Book

If you have ever wondered how the top photographers manage to produce such stunning landscapes, this book has all the answers. It presents a collection of 80 practical lessons that have been tried and tested in the field, creating a complete course i...

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Acrylicworks 5. Bold values

Acrylicworks 5. Bold values

Book

There's an old saying among artists that "value does all the work, while colour gets all the credit." AcrylicWorks 5 gives value its due, showing how--in the hands of today's top artists--it brings drama to everyday subjects, conveys emotion and commands...

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Acrylicworks 6. Creative energy

Acrylicworks 6. Creative energy

Book

The 6th competition book in the AcrylicWorks series, this volume delivers another show of the best in contemporary acrylic painting, selected from an international call for entries. A rousing blend of instruction and inspiration, these pages feature:...

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Stone

Stone

Book

A fascinating, visually rich collection, 'Stone' explores the appeal of this essential material through 170 structures from the last 5,000 years. Organized into such themes as Texture, Juxtaposition, and Light, it highlights stone's range and unique ...

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Creative watercolor  by Ana Victoria Calderon

Creative watercolor

Ana Victoria Calderon

Book

Creative Watercolor offers beginners a fun, modern, and practical approach to a timeless medium with instructions on how to paint simple motifs and lettering and embellish projects beautifully.

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Hadeda la land  by S. (Stephen) Francis

Hadeda la land

S. (Stephen) Francis

Book

A satirical strip, it started in 1992 and was based around the theme of a middle-class white woman, Gwen Anderson ("Madam"), and her black maid, Eve Sisulu, coming to terms with the new South Africa as the Apartheid era drew to a close. Theirs is a.....

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Madam & Eve  by S. (Stephen) Francis

Madam & Eve

S. (Stephen) Francis

Book

A satirical strip, it started in 1992 and was based around the theme of a middle-class white woman, Gwen Anderson ("Madam"), and her black maid, Eve Sisulu, coming to terms with the new South Africa as the Apartheid era drew to a close. Theirs is a.....

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Watercolour lakes & rivers  by Stephen Coates

Watercolour lakes & rivers

Stephen Coates

Book

With 3 colours, 3 brushes and this practical advice, you can start painting water scenes in watercolour with just 9 projects. Even if you have never picked up a paintbrush before, professional watercolour teacher and artist, Stephen Coates, shows you...

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If you can doodle, you can paint  by Diane Culhane

If you can doodle, you can paint

Diane Culhane

Book

"Doodle your way into a big painting. Doodling is really just mark making; marks that happen when you are otherwise occupied. These intuitive marks that flow from you naturally while you are doodling are an expression of your true style, like your ha...

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Drawing perspective  by Tim (Artist) Fisher

Drawing perspective

Tim (Artist) Fisher

Book

Tim Fisher gives a masterclass in perspective drawing, from one-point, two-point and multiple point right through to curvilinear perspective. Tim Fisher shows how to create convincing perspective in all aspects of drawing, from facial features to boa...

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Drawing and sketching secrets  by Donna Krizek

Drawing and sketching secrets

Donna Krizek

Book

"Just like having an art teacher on call 24 hours a day, this book is packed with hints and tips that will guide and inspire both beginners and more experienced artists alike. Both inspirational and practical, this book includes over 200 tips and ste...

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#Nofilter  by Natalia Price-Cabrera

#Nofilter

Natalia Price-Cabrera

Book

If you want to inject more excitement into your photography than just applying a filter in an app, this book is for you. It will inspire you to take your photos further, with ideas aimed at all levels of ability. Easy techniques like shooting through...

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Anatomy

Anatomy

Book

A visually compelling survey of more than 5,000 years of image-making. Through 300 remarkable works, selected and curated by an international panel of anatomists, curators, academics, and specialists, the book chronicles the intriguing visual history...

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Home extended  by Francesc Zamora Mola

Home extended

Francesc Zamora Mola

Book

"Architectural remodels that involve extensions and additions expand the usable size of a home and boost its value. An undersized home and the need for upgrading non-functional amenities are motivating factors aimed at transforming a home into a perfect...

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Artist's painting techniques.

Artist's painting techniques.

Book

Whether you are trying your hand at painting for the first time or honing your artistic ability, this is the handiest guide to teach you how to paint. Starting with the basics such as observational skills and learning how to draw, this book will guide...

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150 best cottage and cabin ideas  by Francesc Zamora Mola

150 best cottage and cabin ideas

Francesc Zamora Mola

Book

Showcases the latest in successful small house design from some of today's most distinguished international architects and designers. Bursting with ideas for designing, building, and decorating, this outstanding compendium features an extensive collection...

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Voyaging out  by Carolyn Trant

Voyaging out

Carolyn Trant

Book

Consider for a moment the history of modern art in Britain; you may struggle to land on a narrative that features very many women. On this journey through a fascinating period of social change, artist Carolyn Trant fills in some of the gaps in traditional...

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Ways of drawing

Ways of drawing

Book

Ways of Drawing' brings together a sophisticated, exciting range of reflections on markmaking by practising artists, teachers and writers. From explorations of how it feels to draw and personal accounts of artistic development, to short, imaginative....

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Warhol and the West  by Andy Warhol

Warhol and the West

Andy Warhol

Book

Andy Warhol's 1986 print portfolio Cowboys and Indians represents an important milestone in both the artist's late career and a shift in the conception of contemporary western American art. One of the last major projects he completed prior to his dea...

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Art against empire  by Samuel Alexander

Art against empire

Samuel Alexander

Book

What role might art need to play in the transition beyond consumer capitalism? Can 'culture jamming' contribute to the necessary revolution in consciousness? And can art provoke social change in ways that rational argument and scientific evidence cannot?...

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Edvard Munch  by Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

Book

Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is best known today as a painter, but his reputation was in fact established through his prints, which were central to his creative process. His printmaking was experimental and innovative, and he continually revisited the subjects...

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Beyond the face

Beyond the face

Book

Presents sixteen essays by leading scholars who explore the subtle means by which artists - and subjects - convey a sense of identity and reveal historical context. Examining a wide range of topics, from early caricature and the political vandalism o...

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Pop manga drawing  by Camilla D'Errico

Pop manga drawing

Camilla D'Errico

Book

An easy-to-follow, step-by-step manga drawing instruction book from fan favorite manga artist and painter Camilla d'Errico, featuring 32 lessons on illustrating cute, cool, and quirky characters in the Pop Surrealist style with pencils.

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Concrete houses  by Joe Rollo

Concrete houses

Joe Rollo

Book

Concrete has conviction, strength and directness. It has plasticity, too, which makes the possibilities for form-making almost endless. Concrete Houses explores the sculptural possibilities of concrete as the material of choice in landmark contemporary...

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Joseph Banks' Florilegium  by Joseph Banks

Joseph Banks' Florilegium

Joseph Banks

Book

Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768 to 1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and J...

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How Turner painted  by Joyce Townsend

How Turner painted

Joyce Townsend

Book

This authoritative visual guide to the artistic materials and painting techniques of J. M. W. Turner brings to life the skills of one of the world's greatest artists. Details of his watercolours and oil paintings, usually only available to small numbers...

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Bruegel  by Elke Oberthaler

Bruegel

Elke Oberthaler

Book

Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his work have attained a legendary status in our collective consciousness. The most important Netherlandish painter and draughtsman of the 16th century had already achieved great fame during his own lifetime, but was larg...

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Impressionism in the age of industry

Impressionism in the age of industry

Book

This generously illustrated book examines the relationship between 19th-century Impressionism and industry in Europe. The late-19th century was a time of new technology, industry, and modernity. People were enthralled with their changing world and a...

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One year drawn  by Pete Bossley

One year drawn

Pete Bossley

Book

As a young architect, Pete Bossley journeyed from New Zealand to the other side of the world on a watershed 12-month voyage that helped to shape his approach to architecture. With 10 ragtag sketchbooks as his companions, he drew the buildings he expe...

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Watercolor lettering  by Jess Park

Watercolor lettering

Jess Park

Book

This comprehensive how-to guide includes step-by-step instructions for basic and advanced watercolor techniques, expert tips to improve your lettering, and inspiring DIY project ideas to practice pulling it all together.

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Snap  by Neil Mackenzie Matthews

Snap

Neil Mackenzie Matthews

Book

The first in our SNAP Music photography series. Volume I features the work of Eighties and Nineties photographer Neil McKenzie Matthews. Having started out shooting Spandau Ballet in the early Eighties, Neil’s numerous commissions from record companies...

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Impressionist & post-impressionist drawings  by Christopher Lloyd

Impressionist & post-impressionist drawings

Christopher Lloyd

Book

Manet, Pissarro, Morisot, Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh and their colleagues made some of the most beautiful drawings in the history of art. This book sets drawings by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists in the context of late nineteenth-...

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Courtyard living  by Charmaine Chan

Courtyard living

Charmaine Chan

Book

Courtyards have long played an important function in residential design, regulating light, shade and the use of space. With centuries of tradition as inspiration, contemporary architects are now realizing courtyard living afresh. This lavish survey of...

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Colin McCahon : Vol. 1, 1919-1959  by Peter Simpson

Colin McCahon : Vol. 1, 1919-1959

Peter Simpson

Book

"The extraordinary first volume of a two-volume work chronicling forty-five years of painting by our most important artist, Colin McCahon. Colin McCahon (1919–1987) was New Zealand's greatest twentieth-century artist. Through landscapes, biblical pa...

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MoMA highlights

MoMA highlights

Book

This new edition of 'MoMA Highlights' presents 375 works from the Museum of Modern Art's unparalleled collection of modern and contemporary art. Featuring 170 new selections - a greater representation of women, artists of color and artists from around...

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The Marvel book  by Stephen Wiacek

The Marvel book

Stephen Wiacek

Book

The Marvel Book is an exhilarating journey through the endlessly fascinating, ever-dynamic, and awe-inspiring Marvel Comics universe. From iconic Super Heroes such as the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the Black Panther, to amazing technology like Iron Ma...

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Eden revisited  by Umberto Pasti

Eden revisited

Umberto Pasti

Book

A lovingly photographed tour of internationally renowned writer Umberto Pasti's famous hillside garden in Morocco. Italian writer and horticulturist Umberto Pasti's passion for the wild flora of Tangier and its surrounding region led him to create hi...

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Rākau = Trees  by Erin Forsyth

Rākau = Trees

Erin Forsyth

Book

"Rakau, Trees, A-Z is the second journal in the Tauhou series combining refreshed information & contemporary natural history illustrations of plants, animals & ecosystems - the biological diversity - of Aotearoa, New Zealand. As the name of this jour...

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Alphabeatz  by 1972- author. Woshe

Alphabeatz

1972- author. Woshe

Book

Graffiti writing was born in the streets of Philadelphia in the late 1960s. But it was in New York in the early 1970s that it became a full-fledged urban art, gradually taking over the landscape of the city, from its walls to its subway cars. In these...

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Graphic design  by Stephen Eskilson

Graphic design

Stephen Eskilson

Book

For the third edition of Graphic Design Stephen Eskilson has, with the aid of 540 new and existing images, updated key parts of the book. Most notably he has expanded the introduction to begin with the origins of writing and added a new chapter 11 th...

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Superhero thought experiments  by Chris Gavaler

Superhero thought experiments

Chris Gavaler

Book

What if there's an alternative universe with a different moral code? What if we are being deceived by an evil genius? Examining the deep philosophical topics addressed in superhero comics, this entertaining book reads plot lines for the complex "thou...

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Manet and modern beauty

Manet and modern beauty

Book

An examination of the last years of the artist Édouard Manet's life and work.

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Australasian nature photography

Australasian nature photography

Book

The bioregion that encompasses Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea possesses a unique natural heritage stretching back more than 80 million years, to the break-up of the great southern continent of Gondwana. The South Australian Museum ...

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Photography  by Tom Ang

Photography

Tom Ang

Book

Introducing you to the art, history, and culture of photography, this fascinating all-in-one guide shows you how to take better pictures. A comprehensive guide to all things photographic, Photography opens with a gallery of more than 30 of the key figures...

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In bloom  by Rachel Reinert

In bloom

Rachel Reinert

Book

"Rachel Reinert is the perfect artist to explain the intricacies of drawing flowers. With the straightforward, step-by step instructions that are the hallmark of her teaching style, In Bloom covers more than 30 flowers from around the world, from bel...

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20 projects for alcohol inks  by Karen Walker

20 projects for alcohol inks

Karen Walker

Book

Using your creativity and the vibrant medium of alcohol inks, create these 20 beautiful representational paintings. With a broad range of painting subjects including florals, animals, landscapes, and more, they demonstrate a variety of approaches to ...

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Why my cat is more impressive than your baby  by Matthew Inman

Why my cat is more impressive than your baby

Matthew Inman

Book

Collects comics written and drawn by Matthew Inman from the website TheOatmeal.com.

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Uffizi & Pitti  by Mina Gregori

Uffizi & Pitti

Mina Gregori

Book

The painting collections in the state museums of Florence are unequalled for their quality, historical significance, and for the sheer number of works; never before have they been presented in a publication of such splendid technical quality. The Uffizi,...

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Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield

Book

"The avant-garde creativity, innovation, lifestyle, physical appearance, and ambition of Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) is a continuing source of inspiration for artists. Beginning with Anne Estelle Rices now famous 1918 portrait, this exhibition tracks...

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Human archipelago  by Teju Cole

Human archipelago

Teju Cole

Book

With Cole's words and Sheikh's photos of displaced humans, we are confronted with fundamental and newly necessary questions of coexistence: who is my neighbor? Who is kin to me? Who is a stranger? What does it mean to be human?

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Advanced pottery  by Linda Bloomfield

Advanced pottery

Linda Bloomfield

Book

Advanced Pottery describes and illustrates the latest pottery techniques, particularly for making large or complex pots, with examples from leading potters from the UK and abroad.

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Mirka & Georges  by Lesley Harding

Mirka & Georges

Lesley Harding

Book

Illustrates the Moras' extraordinary story, with the couple's classic French recipes, photographs from family albums.

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Tokyo tattoo 1970  by Martha Cooper

Tokyo tattoo 1970

Martha Cooper

Book

In 1970, as a young photographer, Martha Cooper moved from the USA to Tokyo and became fascinated with Irezumi, the art of Japanese tattooing. Searching for an artist, she found Horibun I, a respected master working in the traditional Okachimachi District...

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Family traits  by Thomas Romain

Family traits

Thomas Romain

Book

Discover the boundless creativity of a family passionate about artwork, where animator Thomas Romain adapts the drawings of his two young sons into beautiful watercolor illustrations. Family Traits features dozens of original character designs, creat...

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Pilgrims of Woodstock  by John (Professor of media arts) Kane

Pilgrims of Woodstock

John (Professor of media arts) Kane

Book

In the summer of 1969, 400,000 people from across the country came together and redefined the music scene forever. Though the legacy and lore of Woodstock lives on in the memory of its attendees, a new generation can experience the real and unedited ...

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Renoir  by Auguste Renoir

Renoir

Auguste Renoir

Book

Best known as part of the influential vanguard of Impressionist artists that experimented with new painting techniques in the late 19th century, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was deeply inspired by classical traditions and returned again and again...

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Always song in the water  by Gregory O'Brien

Always song in the water

Gregory O'Brien

Book

"Beginning in Northland and heading into the blue beyond, Always Song in the Water is a book of encounters and epiphanies, a dinghy ride through New Zealand's oceanic imagination. With creative spirits such as Janet Frame, Ralph Hotere, Robin White, John...

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100 sculptors of tomorrow  by Kurt Beers

100 sculptors of tomorrow

Kurt Beers

Book

How do you find the most promising emerging artists at work in a rapidly transforming medium? Bypassing traditional art world channels, '100 Sculptors of Tomorrow' is the culmination of a major, democratic open call for up-and-coming sculptors. From ...

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Naomiki Sato's origami roses  by Naomiki Sato

Naomiki Sato's origami roses

Naomiki Sato

Book

Decorate your desk, home, wedding or next get-together with these professional looking paper blossoms! This stunningly photographed book presents detailed instructions for eleven beautiful and lifelike paper flower projects that will enhance any home...

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Bacon and the mind  by Christopher Bucklow

Bacon and the mind

Christopher Bucklow

Book

The Estate of Francis Bacon published the five-volume catalogue raisonne of Bacon's paintings in 2016. In line with its intention to facilitate original research and writing on Bacon, The Estate will launch a series of books, 'Francis Bacon Studies',...

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30/30, landscape architecture  by Meaghan Kombol

30/30, landscape architecture

Meaghan Kombol

Book

30 internationally renowned landscape architects showcase their own work as well as that of 30 of the best of a new generation of forward looking and innovative designers. This up-to-date overview of contemporary landscape architecture offers student...

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