Alla Prima II by Richard Schmid

A full description step by step of painting with the detailed eye and life experiences and insights of a real master painter.  It has many wonderful illustrations of his art work.  He paints in the style of John Singer Sargent.  It is a delight to see his fine art used to demonstrate how to paint (especially compared to other instruction books where illustrations are much less inspiring).   He has many recommendations (how to start, pallet of colors, brushes, etc).