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|Geninne's Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink: A field guide to art techniques and observing in the wild
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Author: Geninne D. Zlatkis
Santa Fe nature artist Geninne D Zlatkis is well-known on Instagram and Pinterest for her charming paintings and collages of birds. In Geninne's Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink, for the first time, she offers her fans a field guide to her art process. A skilled nature photographer as well as artist, Geninne begins her work in the field by observing and photographing birds and flowering plants. Then takes her observations back to the studio, where she turns them into works on paper.
Readers will discover, step-by-step, how Geninne selects her materials and then creates her personal imagery. What makes Geninne's work so successful is her imaginative and colorful interpretation of the birds she has observed so closely. Her work is approachable, and her fans will love to see how she does it, so that they can try it too.
To get them started, the book will include a selection of collage papers that can be removed from the book. Geninne brings a wide and ready audience with her to this project.
|Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice
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Author: Mitchell Albala
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Because nature is so expansive and complex, so varied in its range of light, landscape painters often have to look further and more deeply to find form and structure, value patterns, and an organized arrangement of shapes. In Landscape Painting, Mitchell Albala shares his concepts and practices for translating nature's grandeur, complexity, and color dynamics into convincing representations of space and light. Concise, practical, and inspirational, Landscape Painting focuses on the greatest challenges for the landscape artist, such as: • Simplification and Massing: Learn to reduce nature's complexity by looking beneath the surface of a subject to discover the form's basic masses and shapes.• Color and Light: Explore color theory as it specifically applies to the landscape, and learn the various strategies painters use to capture the illusion of natural light.• Selection and Composition: Learn to select wisely from nature's vast panorama. Albala shows you the essential cues to look for and how to find the most promising subject from a world of possibilities. The lessons in Landscape Painting—based on observation rather than imitation and applicable to both plein air and studio practice—are accompanied by painting examples, demonstrations, photographs, and diagrams. Illustrations draw from the work of more than 40 contemporary artists and such masters of landscape painting as John Constable, Sanford Gifford, and Claude Monet. Based on Albala's 25 years of experience and the proven methods taught at his successful plein air workshops, this in-depth guide to all aspects of landscape painting is a must-have for anyone getting started in the genre, as well as more experienced practitioners who want to hone their skills or learn new perspectives.
- 2009, first edition
- 192 pages
- 200 full-color and 30 b&w photographs
|Making Color Sing, 25th Anniversary Edition: Practical Lessons in Color and Design
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Author: Jeanne Dobie
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In the 25th anniversary edition of Making Color Sing, Jeanne Dobie teaches you new ways to think about color and make it work for you, through 31 clear, easy-to-follow exercises. No color exists in isolation; colors are always interacting with one another. As this nationally recognized author explains, understanding color relationships is the key to successful painting.
Do you know how to use the push and pull of warm and cool colors to create a feeling of space? Can you generate exciting vibrations through the interplay of complements? Have you ever considered disguising one color in a scene to accent another color? All these possibilities—and more—are discussed and clarified with illustrations.
The lessons on color lead into another essential painting consideration: composition and design. Painting is much more than copying what you see. It involves finding a structure that allows you to organize and thus communicate your impressions and reactions. Dobie encourages artists to experiment with different arrangements of shapes and values to build a dynamic foundation in their paintings. This manual stimulates new ways to think about colour, generating responses that unlock personal creativity and allow artists to express themselves with paint.
- Watson-Guptill Publications
|Textile Landscape: Painting with Cloth in Mixed Media
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Author: Cas Holmes
Combine the textural quality of stitchwork and the spontaneity of paint with this practical, beautiful guide to landscapes in mixed-media textile art.
Renowned author Cas Holmes brings together the world of the stitcher and that of the painter as she demonstrates her technique known as “stitch-sketching” and shows how to develop your approach to textile art. Focusing on the common language between the two forms, she begins with basic advice on keeping a sketchbook, stitching on paper and fabric, and working digitally. Cas then looks at both urban and intimate spaces, capturing the changing seasons, the technical aspects of painting and dying cloth, experimenting with photos, creating stitchscapes, attaining inspiration from found objects, and so much more.
|Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist (James Gurney Art)
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Author: James Gurney
From the award-winning artist, learn to see and shape the world in a way you never before imagined.
An award-winning fantasy artist and the creator of Dinotopia, James Gurney instructs and inspires in Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist. Renowned for his uncanny ability to incorporate amazing detail and imagination into stunningly realistic fantasy settings, James Gurney teaches budding artists and fans of fantasy art step-by-step the techniques that won him worldwide critical acclaim. This groundbreaking work examines the practical methods for creating believable pictures of imaginary subjects, such as dinosaurs, ancient Romans, alien creatures, and distant worlds.
Beginning with a survey of imaginative paintings from the Renaissance to the golden Age of American illustration, the book then goes on to explain not just techniques like sketching and composition, but also the fundamentals of believable world building including archaeology, architecture, anatomy for creatures and aliens, and fantastic engineering. It concludes with details and valuable advice on careers in fantasy illustration, including video game and film concept art and toy design.
More than an instruction book, this is the ultimate reference for fans of science fiction and fantasy illustration.
"Gurney's Imaginative Realism is a gold mine for artists who want to create images that sing with authority and delight the viewer with rich otherworldly visuals." --Erik Tiemens, concept artist, Star Wars: Episodes II and III
"Imaginative Realism is an indispensable, flawless reference for vision makers in any discipline to create their own imaginative realms." --Frank M. Costantino, ASAI, SI, FSAI, JARA, cofounder, American Society of Architectural Illustrators
- Andrews McMeel Publishing
|Exploring Color Workshop, 30th Anniversary Edition: With New Exercises, Lessons and Demonstrations
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Author: Nita Leland
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Unlock the secrets to gorgeous, expressive, unforgettable color!
Finding color combinations that not only work but excite the eye is one of the greatest challenges artists face. This updated and expanded 30th anniversary edition of the North Light classic Exploring Color teaches artists of all mediums and skill levels how to use and control color in their artwork and shows how exhilarating and enjoyable the ride can be.
Popular art instructor and best-selling author Nita Leland will help you take any artwork you make to new color heights. Memorable paintings from more than 30 contributing artists are inside towill inspire you, along with 75+ hands-on exercises, 8 step-by-step demonstrations and countless nuggets of color knowledge--all in your own private workshop!
Learn how to master color mixing, assemble the perfect palette for your artistic goals, select just the right color scheme, and communicate color in a way that elevates your designs way beyond the ordinary. Start a handy journal to keep track of your discoveries, with customized mixtures, color wheels, reference charts and other tools designed to uncover your color personality and help you work with color more efficiently.
Nita knows that the quest for perfect color can be fun, and it can be yours. So stop guessing, and start exploring!
"Beautiful color is no happy accident. Color can be learned." --Nita Leland
|Fluid Art Recipes and Art Journal: Over 100 Paint Pouring Mixtures
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Author: Rick Cheadle
*****The recipes in this book are configured for an 8" x 11" or 9" x 9" size canvas/panel.***** I am a self-taught paint pouring artist. I have learned by making many mistakes and finding ways to fix them. I have always kept a journal in my studio. This book and the recipes within are taken from those journals. I often refer to them for color palette ideas and design elements. Those of you familiar with the art of paint pouring know that duplicating an original fluid art piece is impossible BUT, The choices of paint colors, additives and techniques used can be duplicated. The recipes in this book are meant to be a guide to help you but I still encourage experimentation and tweaking to fit your own artistic style. Teaching and sharing is a passion of mine and I’m hopeful these recipes will help you. The second half of this book is a blank sketchbook/journal for you to write your own recipes, observations and ideas. Happy Pouring!
|Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language
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Author: Jane Davies
Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language examines and articulates a vocabulary of visual elements from which you build images, abstract or otherwise. As you examine line, shape, pattern, texture, depth, and color in detail, you become more aware of the elements that make up a painting, and better able to observe your own work without judgment and self-criticism. Generously illustrated with over 200 color images, this book will open your eyes to a whole new way of seeing your paintings as they develop, allowing you to be more personally expressive and authentic in your artistic expression.
|Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting
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Author: John F. Carlson
Written by a famous American painter and teacher, whose landscapes are found in many of the world's most noted museums, this book is known as one of the art students' most helpful guides. It provides a wealth of advice on the choice of subject; it tells what to look for and aim for, and explains the mysteries of color, atmospheric conditions, and other phenomena to be found in nature.
Through his profound understanding of the physical nature of landscapes and his highly developed artistic sense, John Carlson is able to explain both the whys and the hows of the various aspects of landscape painting. Among the subjects covered are angles and consequent values (an insightful concept necessary for strong overall unity of design), aerial and linear perspective, the painting of trees, the emotional properties of line and mass in composition, light, unity of tone, choice of subject, and memory work. In the beginning chapters, the author tells how to make the best of canvas, palette, colors, brushes, and other materials and gives valuable advice about texture, glazing, varnishing, bleaching, retouching, and framing. Thirty-four reproductions of Mr. Carlson's own work and 58 of his explanatory diagrams are shown on pages adjoining the text.
As Howard Simon says in the introduction: "Crammed into its pages are the thoughts and experiences of a lifetime of painting and teaching. Undoubtedly it is a good book for the beginner, but the old hand at art will appreciate its honesty and broadness of viewpoint. It confines itself to the mechanics of landscape painting but, philosophically, it roams far and wide. . . . This is a book to keep, to read at leisure, and to look into for the solution of problems as they arise, when the need for an experienced hand is felt."
|Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble
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Author: Denise Scicluna
Brand: Scicluna Denise
Great uses for rocks: throwing, skipping, kicking…how about painting? Rock painting is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression known to man. The varied surfaces, shapes, and sizes of rocks also make them perfect for crafts. From brooches to bookends, paperweights to place cards, miniature owls to patterned pebbles, you can create just about anything with the right rock and a bit of imagination. In Rock Art!, visual artist Denise Scicluna provides inspiration and advice for rocking our artsy side with:Tips for finding and identifying rocks and preparing them for paintTechniques for creating the perfect "rock" from polymer clayA guide to gathering tools, from paint, pencils, and brushes to wood filler and varnishDozens of projects for bringing pebbles to life with personality and style
Simple, step-by-step instructions, and more than 250 full-color illustrations that practically pop off the page make this fun and unusual book perfect for crafters of all ages.
- Rock Art Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble
- The Art of Stone Painting: 30 Designs to Spark Your Creativity
- Stone Painting for Kids: Designs to Spark Your Creativity
- Art on the Rocks: More than 35 colorful & contemporary rock-painting projects, tips, and techniques to inspire your creativity!
- Let's Rock
- Mandala Stones: 50 Inspirational Designs to Paint
- Paint pens for Rock Painting, Stone, Ceramic, Glass, Wood. Set of 12 Acrylic Paint Markers Extra-fine tip
- Rock Art Handbook: Techniques and Projects for Painting, Coloring, and Transforming Stones (Fox Chapel Publishing) Over 30 Step-by-Step Tutorials using Paints, Chalk, Art Pens, Glitter Glue & More
- BasaltCanvas Size 1 Painting Rocks -Kindness Rocks for Painting - Very Smooth Surface - Easy to Paint - 20 Stones Ranging from 2.0 to 3.0 inches
- Rock Painting: 30 Rock Projects
- Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer (12-Ounce), 1470 Gloss
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