Ok, now I realize not all of you are into reading books like I am, but if you want to better yourself as an artist, you need to GROW as an artist. How can you do that? Well, taking a class, going to art galleries, and yes .... read about the art medium you have chosen. You don't have to stick to books, the Internet is an unlimited source of information. If you don't like to read books or the Internet, see if your local library has DVDs you can check and out watch. The point is, the more you understand about the "craft" of your art medium, the better you will be able to make that medium do what you want it to. Happy painting!!!