Review: 101 Textures in Oil and Acrylic: Practical techniques for rendering a variety of surfaces by Mia Tavonatti

101 Textures

Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
Author: Mia Tavonatti
Released: December 18th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of 101 Textures in Oil and Acrylic through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

101 Textures in Oil and Acrylic is such a fun and fascinating art book. I’d have to put it in my top ten list for art books for 2018. You know, if I actually had a list like that going.

This is one of those art books that is very focused on one particular subject. In this case it’s all about textures, but that’s a bit obvious, isn’t it? Textures is an easy thing to overlook, but it can honestly make or break a painting. Think about all the classic paintings out there and how much time those masters spent learning everything. Suddenly this book seems a lot more important, right?

I personally love how well formatted this book is. This was a huge bonus, in my mind. It made for easy reading the first time through, but better than that; it makes for a perfect reference book. Trying to paint something specific and struggling? Time to look it up! It’s perfect.

There are six categories in total, not counting the introduction. Included we have guides on people, animals & insects (this was my favorite category), fabrics & textiles, glass & other surfaces, food & beverages, and finally nature.

I’m really happy that somebody took the time to talk about textures and how to paint them. It’s something I’ve always been fascinated by, and it’s nice to see others feeling the same way about it. I hope others find this book as useful as I did.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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