I’ve really exhausted all the paintings I want to do from my step-by step book. Either all the others have results that are too specific (Portrait of a Random Businessman), too easy (Hot Pink Peony Closeup) or too difficult (Portrait of a Kitten Detailing Every Hair).
I like learning from books, and I think it goes way back. Below is the first art book I ever had.
It is also step-by step book, published when books cost a dollar (probably the mid-fifties). I didn’t buy “How To Do Watercolors” — it initially belonged to my artistic Aunt Dolores, who died six years before I was born. When I was six and my Grandceil realized I drew to amuse myself, she gave me all Dolores’ art supplies.
But, look at the bottom of the back cover:
Yes, both books are step-by-step books published by the Walter Foster company.
Talk about early influencers - this influence came from beyond the grave.