The Acrylic Painter by James Van Patten


Book description:

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.

My review:

The best part about this book is that it has something to offer beginners or experienced painters alike. I found the chapter on stretching your own canvas particularly informational, because it is something I have never done before. However, Van Patten offers such detailed and easy-to-follow directions that anyone can do it.

There is something in this book for everyone, whether it is your first attempt at acrylic painting, or if you are comfortable with advanced techniques. One of the most motivating parts of the book is the many pictures that show how acrylic paint can be used to create trubly beautiful works of art. Some of the pictures are so perfect that they look like photographs. I know I will never be able to paint like that, but it is inspiring to know that it can be done.

This is a book that I will refer to time and time again, when considering materials and techniques. If you are looking for a go-to reference to further your painting abilities, look no further than this one!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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