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Emotional Content: How to Create Paintings That Communicate
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Emotional Content: How to Create Paintings That Communicate [Hardcover]

Gerald Brommer
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Book Description

October 2003
Too often emerging artists focus on nuts-and-bolts techniques--form--as the key to creating powerful paintings. Here author Gerald Brommer reveals that emotional content is the most vital consideration. He shows how the grouping of elements, the weight given to each and the way they're depicted influence how observers perceive them.

Part one is an introduction to emotional content. The three subsequent parts guide readers through the steps of Brommer's system:

1. Selecting elements: This section includes two in-depth demonstrations on the selection and editing process.

2. Sketching the scene: Quick one-minute sketches lay out possible groupings for the elements selected in the step above.

3. Using color to evoke emotion: Color's impact on mood, temperature, light, dominance of elements, and sense of place. Full-length demonstrations show how to use color to convey emotional content.

A balanced mix of instruction, in-progress illustrations and beautiful completed work make the concepts concrete for all levels of artists.

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About the Author

Gerald Brommer is a world famous watercolorist who lives in California.

He has exhibited in more than 300 solo and group shows throughout the United States and around the world. His work is represented in hundreds of private and corporate collections worldwide.

He is a life member, signature member and past president of the National Watercolor Society, a member of the West Coast Watercolor Society, the National Arts Club and many other professional organizations. His biography is included in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in California, Who’s Who in the West, Contemporary Authors and the International Who’s Who of Contemporary Achivement. One of his paintings hangs in the Governor’s chambers in the California state capitol, and he was selected to have his biography listed in 2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century by the International Biographical Centre in England.

He has conducted countless popular workshops on watercolor and collage throughout the USA and in Europe. He has also led International Artist Painting Workshop Vacations to Europe and had an art instruction series published in International Artist magazine.

He received his BA from Concordia Teachers College in Nebraska, and his MA from the University of Nebraska. His first book was published in 1968. He helped develop several curricula for teaching high school art and published 20 books for students.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: International Artist Publishing (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192983425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929834259
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A very limited notion of emotional content March 15, 2006
The title of this book is at least somewhat misleading, since Brommer uses such a narrow and arguably pedestrian notion of emotional content in painting. This is not to say that this book has no value, but it is much more of a how-to book than the title suggests. The focus of the book is really on painting technique, not emotional content. If you want to be challenged philosophically and creatively about infusing emotional content into your paintings (such as can be found in the emotionally expressive works of painters like Munch, Kollwitz, O'Keeffe, or Pollock, for example) then you'll need to look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you want to focus on how to represent landscapes, townscapes, seascapes, and other traditional painting subjects using watercolor alone or combined with Brommer's trademark collage approach, then you might find the book worthwhile (but much of the material here can be found in his earlier book on watercolor and collage).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watercolor book January 12, 2006
This is one book which I enjoyed reading and putting it to practice. The title really explains it all. If you want pointers to use painting (and collage) to express your feelings and interpret it, see examples from other artists' works - this is the book for you. It's simplified so that it can reach the public (no fancy words). I really enjoyed this book and also his other books and videos like watercolor and collage etc. Gives me a good feeling that I can do it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Take on Design December 8, 2012
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Gerald Brommer is a brilliant watercolorist, and in the art community, he is known as the artist who paints rocks better than anyone else in the world! Jerry's in-depth understanding of the history of the West Coast art movement colors his explanation of how great design can speak to the viewer emotionally. It's not important for the viewer to know these things, but for all artists, this is essential reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was terrific April 9, 2015
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I have always admired Gerald Brommer and to get Insight as to how his right brain works was wonderful. I fully enjoyed this book and hope he writes a new one soon. I enjoy his work so much!
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