How to Paint Abstracts

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Books in Barron's Pocket Art Guides series offer practical advice and instruction to art students and amateur painters. Each of these books focuses on a specific aspect of painting or drawing, and includes many tips that even experienced professionals will find new and helpful. All titles have many captioned color illustrations, as well as enlightening notes on how famous artists solved specific problems. This book describes different approaches to creating an abstract painting, ranging from simplification and ...
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Overview


Books in Barron's Pocket Art Guides series offer practical advice and instruction to art students and amateur painters. Each of these books focuses on a specific aspect of painting or drawing, and includes many tips that even experienced professionals will find new and helpful. All titles have many captioned color illustrations, as well as enlightening notes on how famous artists solved specific problems. This book describes different approaches to creating an abstract painting, ranging from simplification and distortion of identifiable subjects to the rendering of pure abstract forms. It also explains that artists who abandon figurative references must nevertheless demonstrate command of composition and color theory. Examples of abstract canvases by artists including Paul Klee and Robert Delaunay are shown and analyzed.
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While abstract painting does not lend itself especially well to the how-to guide, the author believes that successful abstraction requires a great degree of discipline and control. Roig (Practical Course in Drawing and Painting; Painting Still Lifes) distills here the basics of abstract painting, explaining its origins, suggesting techniques, and describing various styles. Short exercises, some inspired by the work of famous abstract painters such as Klee, Tàpies, and Gerhard Richter, give readers a taste of working nonobjectively. VERDICT This guide is aimed at beginning artists interested in departing from realism and could be helpful for anyone unfamiliar with but wanting to understand abstract painting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764164552
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Series: Pocket Art Guides
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 639,014
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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