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The acrylic painter : tools and techniques for the most versatile medium

Van Patten, James, 1939-2016
A complete course on acrylic painting, covering classic approaches and new innovations for a medium that's widely embraced by both beginners and experienced artists for its versatility, quick-drying properties and non- toxicity. Noted artist and School of Visual Arts instructor James Van Patten shows how acrylics can provide all painters with a vast range of possibilities for producing highly expressive art. Readers will learn how to use acrylics to create a wide variety of effects in everything from non-representational works to painterly realism to photorealism. Van Patten offers guidance on materials, tools, processes, balance, and composition and focuses on effectively using colour in painting. Replete with detailed step-by-step technical demonstrations and a catalogue of inspiring works by notable past and contemporary artists, as well as the author and his students, The Acrylic Painter provides a classic art instruction manual for painters of all abilities.
First Edition.
Berkeley Watson-Guptill Publications, [2016]
165 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Includes index.Includes bibliographical references and index.
Machine generated contents note: 01.Acrylic Paints and Additives -- Types of Acrylic Paint -- Additives -- 02.Palettes, Brushes & Other Painting Tools -- The Palette: Dry or Wet? -- Brushes -- Other Studio Supplies -- Keeping Clean and Cleaning Up -- 03.Surfaces for Painting -- Prestretched Canvases -- Stretching Your Own Canvas -- Gesso -- Panels -- Paper and Board Grounds -- 04.Visual Experience -- Really Seeing What You're Looking At -- The Elements of Visual Experience -- 05.Color -- Color Theory Basics -- Mixing Colors -- 06.Your Vision as a Painter -- Choosing a Style -- Choosing a Subject -- 07.Acrylic Painting Techniques -- Underpainting -- Using Photographs -- Overpainting -- Painting Hard Edges -- Blending -- Glazing -- Impasto Painting -- Letting the Painting Communicate with You -- 08.Finishing and Presenting a Painting -- Protecting the Surface -- Matting, Mounting, and Framing Under Glass -- Framing Works on Canvas or Board.
9780385346115 (paperback)
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