Free Expression in Acrylics

Author(s): Robin Capon

Art - Techniques

An important book that gives artists the best advice on freely expressing themselves in acrylics. It is not enough to learn just the techniques but to understand how to choose the right technique to express what you feel or how to interpret what you see. It is also important to paint the right element of what you see to give real impact. Using your instinct to simplify and exaggerate, the book shows you how to have freedom of expression with a paintbrush. Leading acrylics painter John Hammond focuses on an increasingly popular medium which has terrific potential to deliver images with impact. One of the key elements of the book is the "picture analysis" at the end of each chapter. A single painting is dissected to highlight -- in summary -- all the major points made within that chapter. Richly illustrated throughout with finished paintings, close-up details and step-by-step instructions, the book covers: 1: Starting Points: inspiration * a visual language * travel * scope and variety 2: Reference material: working on site * sketches and drawings * photographs * plein-air paintings 3: Design: instinct and discovery * essential elements * colour and design 4: Painterly qualities: colour * translucency and opacity * texture 5: Interpretation: personal response * simplification and exaggeration * a sense of place 6: Creating impact: balance and contrast * the whole picture * resolving objectives.

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Robin Capon is an experienced author and art journalist, having written several books, including with co-authors, David Curtis: Light and Mood in Watercolour 9780713489552 and Abstract and Colour Techniques (with Claire Harrigan) 9780713490558. He is a regular contributor to The Artist and Leisure Painter. He lives in Lyme Regis, Dorset. John Hammond studied at Wimbledon School of Art and Bath Academy of Art. He began working as a professional artist in 1982, and his paintings have attracted interest ever since, with sell-out exhibitions in the UK's best galleries.

The book covers: 1: Starting Points: inspiration * a visual language * travel * scope and variety 2: Reference material: working on site * sketches and drawings * photographs * plein-air paintings 3: Design: instinct and discovery * essential elements * colour and design 4: Painterly qualities: colour * translucency and opacity * texture 5: Interpretation: personal response * simplification and exaggeration * a sense of place 6: Creating impact: balance and contrast * the whole picture * resolving objectives.

General Fields

  • : 9780713490435
  • : Anova Books
  • : Batsford Ltd
  • : July 2008
  • : 281mm X 221mm X 15mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robin Capon
  • : Hardback
  • : 751.426
  • : 128
  • : 100 illustrations