Sunday, June 12, 2016

THE ACRYLIC PAINTER, by James Van Patten

A complete course on acrylic painting for beginners and experienced artists that covers classic approaches and new innovations 

Embraced for versatility, quick-drying properties, and non-toxicity, no medium offers a wider range of effects forcreating highly expressive art than acrylics. With its flexibility and ease of use, acrylic paint is a must-try for painters—no matter your skill level.

Here noted artist and School of Visual Arts instructor James Van Patten draws from years of experience to show you how to use acrylics to achieve a variety of results—from watercolor-like transparency and the flatness of tempera and gouache to the buttery quality of oils. He presents an insider’s look at the most up-to-date tools, materials, and techniques used by top painters in the medium to produce highly expressive art.

Van Patten offers guidance on materials, processes, balance, and composition, and focuses on effectively using color in painting. Replete with detailed step-by-step technical demonstrations and a catalog of inspiring works by notable past and contemporary artists, as well as the author himself and his students, The Acrylic Painter provides a complete, classic art instruction manual for painters of all abilities in one of today’s most popular types of paint.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (April 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385346115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385346115

I am an acrylic painter/artist and I very much enjoyed this informative book.  Everything you need to know about starting your painting adventures!  I loved the section on color theory basics. There are clear instructions with great pictures for reference. A must-own book for the beginner painter all the way to the seasoned one. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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