Top Ten Art Books to Inspire Artists

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I'm a hoarder of books. I believe that you can never have too many and continuing education, especially art education, is essential to staying current, growing and learning what you need to be successful at doing what you love. I average about one new book a week. Some really give me the kick I need and others are duds. I take what I can from all of them and then form my own opinions and plan of action for what I want to accomplish. Sometimes i need help with business and other times I'm searching for new techniques or important fundamentals of painting. In either case, I have listed the books I've the loved the most over the last couple years. Maybe one of these will be just the thing you need to boost your creativity?

Favorite Inspiration or Business Art Books

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The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

Art, Inc. by Lisa Congdon

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

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An absolute MUST for color lovers. Probably the most thorough and well explained book on color theory and mixing that I've seen. 

Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors by Betty Edwards

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Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications

Urban Watercolor Sketching

Daily Painting by Carol Marine

Pastel Innovations by Dawn Emerson

Mastering Composition by Ian Roberts

Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language by Jane Davies

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