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I'm not so impressed
on December 11, 2009
I bought this book based on the many good reviews it has received and I have to say I am disappointed. It is more a catalog of the artist's works than any kind of introduction or explanation of abstract painting. I don't think she explains her points very well, either in words or with examples; which are all her own work.
Nor are there any serious steps for artists who wish to try abstract art for the first time. I have been painting semi-abstract for years, and I could do this same book, with all my paintings and explaining the details of my own style.
If you're looking for an introduction to abstract art, get a good book on the Impressionists, and study their works carefully. Copying them is a time-honored method of learning and one that I employed both in art school and for a few years afterwards until I developed the confidence to hone my own style.
I'm still looking for that great introductory book to abstract art for my students. Sigh ...................