I found this book very useful. The artist gives good advice on painting and materials. I have numerous books on painting this is one of the better ones. I enjoyed reading it and have used it as a reference on more than one occasion.
Teaches you not just how to paint, but how to think like an artist. Sensitively and humbly, the writer shares his own inner workings as well as his experience of the questions students will have, and the practical and encouraging answers they need. The book is also exceptionally well illustrated and laid out.