Now is the time to pursue creative fulfillment! Annie O'Brien Gonzales felt a passion for art from an early age. But not until 30 years later--after raising a family and working "a real job"--did she get serious about painting. Along the way, she experienced the pleasures and the pitfalls of learning to paint. In these pages, she channels it all to help others discover (or re-discover) The Joy of Acrylic Painting. This guide offers an engaging, streamlined approach for any beginner, but especially those who--due to life detours or lack of time--had previously postponed their artistic aspirations. In a fun, instantly gratifying style, Gonzales combines the forgiveness of acrylics with the approachability of expressive painting. With special emphasis on the elements of color, pattern and texture, these lessons give you a jump-start on painting with feeling. If now is your time to pursue creative fulfillment, then this is the book to ease your way. • Strategies for gathering resonant ideas and inspiration • Practical advice, such as when to splurge and where to save on painting supplies • Mixed-media techniques for creating character in your paintings • Inspiration from Expressionist masters, including ways to use their work as a jumping-off point for your own original paintings • PLUS 8 fabulous start-to-finish painting projects--landscapes, still life, figures and abstracts
Acrylics are famous for their versatility. They can be used straight from the tube to look like oil paints. They can be thinned with water or painting medium and used like traditional watercolors. Or they can be used with techniques unique to acrylics. Instructive and inspirational, this book brings together the diverse styles of seven top acrylic painters to illustrate the versatility and creative excitement of acrylics. You'll learn their tips, tricks, and techniques in 28 step-by-step demonstrations. Each artist's section ends with a brilliant gallery of finished work.
Presents brief articles on 1,500 modern British painters, citing their credentials and associations, exhibit and award histories, and genres and descriptions of their work. Also describes schools and movements, foundations, galleries, and other topics of interest. A portable handbook for dealers and viewers. Many advertisements. No index. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
The Handbook of Modern British Painting and Printmaking 1900-1990 has been designed for people who enjoy, study and buy British art. The only portable dictionary-style guide to the life and work of modern British painters and printmakers, the book provides information on some 2,000 artists, as well as entries on schools of art, on museums, galleries and collections, on societies and groups, and critics and patrons who have influenced the development of modern art in Britain. Artists are included if they (at one end of the timescale) had finished their training by 1900, and were truly beginning their professional career in the twentieth century, and (at the other end of the timescale) had established themselves professionally on the national scene by 1990. If the artist was foreign born, he or she is included if they resided in Britain, and exhibited or worked here long enough for their presence to be of significance for British art.
Learn to Paint Abstracts forms part of the best-selling Collins Learn to Paint series, providing a clear and simple introduction to a truly dynamic style of painting that is attracting more and more interest among amateur artists.
An Inspired Collection of the Best of Abstract Art! Abstract art is a visual language--a riot of color, a profound explosion of texture and shape, a quiet collision of forms. Dynamic works of art can showcase pastel painting, showcase watercolor flowers, or even build off pen and ink drawings. Abstract artists are limited only by their imagination. And through instinct, composition and an inspired color palette, they translate emotions, ideas or experiences into immersive images you want to explore again and again. This book is a stunning volume of more than 100 award-winning abstract works showcasing the colorful and expressive nature of contemporary abstract art. Pieces have been hand-selected from the Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 competitions and The Artist's Magazine's annual competitions, hard-bound to provide years of beauty and enjoyment. Each painting is accompanied by an insightful critique from the artist. You may discover oil painting tips, watercolor techniques, details about creative process, artistic inspiration, and revelations on why abstraction is an important art form. "You need passion and dedication to do abstract work and that is really my best advice to aspiring artists. You have to let your heart and emotion lead you to where you want to go." --Denise Athanas, page 11 "For me abstract art can teach us about the beauty that lies deep within all our experience, often unseen until we change our perspective, remove our usual filters and allow our hearts and minds to open to the wonders of life." --Patricia Bevan, page 15
From Ajanta To Yantra, With Over 1300 Entries On Painting, Drawing, Prints Sculpture, Galleries And Institutions, Including More Than 300 Colour Illustrations, Dictionary Of Indian Art & Artists Presents A Comprehensive Picture Of The World Of Art In Indi
Instead of treating art as a unique creation that requires reason and refined taste to appreciate, Elizabeth Grosz argues that art-especially architecture, music, and painting-is born from the disruptive forces of sexual selection. She approaches art as a form of erotic expression connecting sensory richness with primal desire, and in doing so, finds that the meaning of art comes from the intensities and sensations it inspires, not just its intention and aesthetic. By regarding our most cultured human accomplishments as the result of the excessive, nonfunctional forces of sexual attraction and seduction, Grosz encourages us to see art as a kind of bodily enhancement or mode of sensation enabling living bodies to experience and transform the universe. Art can be understood as a way for bodies to augment themselves and their capacity for perception and affection-a way to grow and evolve through sensation. Through this framework, which knits together the theories of Charles Darwin, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Jakob von Uexküll, we are able to grasp art's deep animal lineage. Grosz argues that art is not tied to the predictable and known but to new futures not contained in the present. Its animal affiliations ensure that art is intensely political and charged with the creation of new worlds and new forms of living. According to Grosz, art is the way in which life experiments with materiality, or nature, in order to bring about change.