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The Acrylic Painter's Book of Styles and Techniques Paperback – March 1, 2001


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Acrylic paints are the chameleons of media. Straight from the tube, acrylics can look like oils; thinned with water, they are used like traditional watercolors. To illustrate her point, editor Wolf wisely chooses seven master artists, each of whom uses a different technique to portray everything from still lifes to outdoor scenes to expressive abstracts. This approach is uniquely appropriate to the medium and makes this work even more useful than Earl and Leah Killeen's The North Light Book of Acrylic Painting Techniques (North Light, 1995).
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rachel Rubin Wolf is the longtime editor of North Light's popular Splash book series as well as Strokes of Genius. She has edited dozens of other art books and also writes for Art Connoisseur Magazine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581801750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581801750
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rachel Rubin Wolf is a freelance writer, editor and artist. She has edited and authored fine art books for North Light Books including all 10 books in the Splash series. Rachel has also written for the magazines Wildlife Art and Fine Art Connoisseur.

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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The painting techniques of seven master artists, whose styles are quite diverse, are highlighted in as many chapters of this book. Textural techniques, flat opaque colors, ultra-realism, impasto, luminosity through thin glazes and experimental abstracts are all carefully described and illustrated on the pages. Not only do the artists take the reader through step-by-step demonstrations on one representative work, but they also showcase a gallery selection of other work that has been created through the same technique. My favorites were the incredibly dramatic, ultra realistic studies of still-life flowers by Barbara Buer. The technique of Michael Nevin, in his urban paintings shows an intense atmosphere of light and dark, reminiscent of Hopper. Although these are basic techniques, there is much to learn from the examples and the demonstrations are clearly described. Now, after reading the book, I am anxious to try this out for myself.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2003
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and your staring at the canvas waiting for something, anything to inspire you...
This book is excellent for taking your painting to the next level. Although the styles represented in the book are not my own, i took away several techniques after reading this book. The best thing about this book is it shows you HOW, so many books show the effect without the steps. Not this one, it's all laid out in an easy to understand and non-intimidating fashion.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2000
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The book covers everything a beginner or intermediate artist would want to know about a variety of styles, techniques, and media.The illustrations are excellent and the text is easy to understand and well written.I found this book to be an outstanding learning tool.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MJJ on November 3, 2006
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I purchased this book for a class that I am taking. It was the selected book for the class. It is excellent. I find it to be extremely readable and the examples and illustrations are very good. It would be an excellent book for self-study as well as for use in a classroom environment. I would highly recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Morgan on January 12, 2008
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I don't see what people have to complain about in this book. It's 7 chapters show some good techniques from different painters, with more than one example and step by step instructions. I think what some people need to understand is that a book may only teach you a few things about painting and drawing, it cannot actually paint the picture for you. Do not expect to be painting like a pro just because you have read this book; it includes exactly what is stated in the title.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Bryan on January 4, 2011
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This book has a good range of artists with differnt styles and helpful step-by step demos and "how to" comments from each artist. If you are new to painting I would recommend pairing this with a book that covers basic techniques in more detail. I found that this book combined with "The Acrylics Book" by Barlcay Sheaks to be an excellent combination. I'm very happy I bought this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Gregory on February 2, 2010
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I, living in Utah with all of the arches, loved chapter 2 showing the brillitant designs with the flat opaque colors by Mary Sweet. I think this will be a simple, yet beautiful, way to begin my painting adventure because she laid out - step by step - instructions on how to paint with her technique. I have a photo of an arch which I have already climbed. I am looking forward to this being my first painting, and appreciate all of the different artist idea's which were presented in this book. I ordered three artists books at the same time and this is the book which I keep going back to. I will eventually try all of the techniques - when I become a better painter!

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