I recently joined a wonderful group of Portland Area artists called Alla Prima Portland. They meet each Thursday morning at O'Connors in Multnomah Village just down the road from me. The people are friendly, knowledgeable, and most importantly, fun! I love the format of the meetings. They start with a discussion of a specific preselected topic, which is followed by a show and tell of paintings by the artists in attendance, and they wrap up with an exchange of news about upcoming shows, exhibit opportunities, paint outs, and workshops. They also post minutes of each meeting and images of the artwork shared during the session. These books were recommended by one of the artists. I may have to take a trip to Powell's Books and add them to my library!