Painting in Acrylic: An essential guide for mastering how to paint beautiful works of art in acrylic

Painting in Acrylic: An essential guide for mastering how to paint beautiful works of art in acrylic

by Varvara Harmon


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Ideal for beginning and intermediate artists seeking to develop their acrylic painting skills, Painting in Acrylic features a range of techniques and valuable instruction for working with this classic medium and painting a variety of subjects. Beginning with detailed information for using acrylic tools and materials, Painting in Acrylic introduces artists to the basics, including brushes, supports, acrylic mediums, color palettes, and other essentials for using this fast-drying paint. Artists will learn about color theory, the color wheel, and such basic techniques as impasto, stippling, glazing, drybrushing, washes, and creating an underpainting. Aspiring artists will explore value, perspective, light, shadow, and form, as well as how to effectively render a variety of textures, including wood, foliage, glass, metal, water, rock, and more. Engaging, approachable step-by-step projects appeal to artists of all skill levels and cover a range of subject matter, including still lifes, animals, tabletop compositions, landscapes, flowers, trees, and more, from start to finish. A professional acrylic painter provides easy-to-follow, comprehensive instruction and inspiration so artists can put their newfound skills to practical use as they discover the secrets to mastering this lightweight, versatile, and easy-to-use medium. Perfect for first-time acrylic painters, as well as experienced artists looking to refine their technique, Painting in Acrylic inspires creativity, provides suggestions for overcoming technical obstacles, and includes plenty of useful tips and encouragement. With comprehensive, valuable information; stunning artwork; and a fresh take on a traditional medium, Painting in Acrylic is the perfect addition to any artist’s library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600583353
Publisher: Foster, Walter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Series: Artist's Library Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 540,791
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Varvara Harmon is an award-winning multimedia artist who works with oil, acrylic, watercolor, silk paintings, and ink and pencil drawings. Her work has been juried into national and international exhibitions and is in private collections around the world. Varvara's work has been published in International Artist and American Artist magazines, as well as in The Best of America Oil Artists book in 2009 and The Best of World Landscape Artists in 2012. Varvara is a member of the International Guild of Realism, Oil Painters of America, and Landscape Artists International. Varvara is currently represented at several art galleries across the Northeast and teaches workshops and classes in acrylic, watercolor, and oil.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Tools & Materials 5

Color Basics 8

Acrylic Techniques 10

Establishing Atmospheric Perspective 12

Building Up Layers 16

Painting Autumn Foliage 20

Producing Crisp Lines 26

Working with Glazes 32

Taking Artistic License 36

Painting a Still Life 40

Creating Texture 44

Painting Beach Rocks 50

Painting Waves 56

Painting a Seascape 60

Closing Thoughts 64

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