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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational excellence for abstracts
This book is terrific for any artist interested in the experimental and abstract painting process. The quality of work from well known artists is exceptional. The images are large and excellent. The thought processes and painting procedures written by the artists themselves are detailed and illuminating. This is a very well designed book filled with textbook...
Published on May 15, 2012 by Georgia Mason

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing photo quality
While I agree with the other reviewers that there is a wealth of information presented here and a wide range of styles, I was very disappointed in the quality of the photography. Many of the large photos look as if they were taken at a low resolution and enlarged to blurriness. Details and textures are not crisp, and some photos appear too contrasty. The pages jump with...
Published on July 10, 2012 by Nancy Daly


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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational excellence for abstracts, May 15, 2012
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This review is from: Journeys To Abstraction: 100 Paintings and Their Secrets Revealed (Hardcover)
This book is terrific for any artist interested in the experimental and abstract painting process. The quality of work from well known artists is exceptional. The images are large and excellent. The thought processes and painting procedures written by the artists themselves are detailed and illuminating. This is a very well designed book filled with textbook information as well as some step-by-step demos. This can be your workshop without leaving home.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Artists capproach abstraction, May 15, 2012
This review is from: Journeys To Abstraction: 100 Paintings and Their Secrets Revealed (Hardcover)
This book tells how many artists create abstract works of art. Each of the artists whose works are shown explain their approach to the creative challenge. Some begin with a preconceived idea while others simply play with materials and let this process determine the direction they will take. Succesful works display an aesthetic awareness and sensitivity to design.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book on abstract art., May 16, 2012
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I have found this book to be one that you cannot lay down. I am looking and reading in the wee hours of the morning. Sue St. John has make this beautiful and educational.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing photo quality, July 10, 2012
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Nancy Daly (Boston, MA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Journeys To Abstraction: 100 Paintings and Their Secrets Revealed (Hardcover)
While I agree with the other reviewers that there is a wealth of information presented here and a wide range of styles, I was very disappointed in the quality of the photography. Many of the large photos look as if they were taken at a low resolution and enlarged to blurriness. Details and textures are not crisp, and some photos appear too contrasty. The pages jump with gorgeous color, but the fine details, brushstrokes, and sharp edges are often lost. A bit too much Photoshopping?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for experimental painters, May 29, 2012
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There are a lot of art books out there, but this is one that you'll find yourself referring to time and time again. Sue St. John has done something amazing for artists (and art lovers): she sought out, selected, and compiled abstract works by dozens of contemporary artists and allowed each artist to describe HOW the piece was created. It's a celebration of the creative process and shows the variety of ways that strong paintings come together, guided by the artist's hand (and mind). As a bonus, she includes a few step by step exercises at the end of the book--I can't wait to try these! A very well designed book and essential reading for all abstract/experimental painters.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Book Review, May 15, 2012
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I like this book very much. I like the size and quality of the pictures of the paintings. I am also glad that some of the descriptions of how the painting was done are long enough for the reader to get a good understanding and idea of the process to create it. Thank you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journeys to Abstraction, May 15, 2012
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A must have for any artist's library. The working process detailed by each artist featured is inspirational and precise. Learn new techniques and medias plus enjoy the images of art work !
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS, June 10, 2012
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This book provides great artistic insight to Abstract Art for non-artists and practicing Artists aswell. It features beautifully
reproduced works of many Contemporary Artists aswell as several descriptions as to how the artists achieved their
respective works-(I can hardly wait to try some of the techniques). Inspirational aswell as beautiful, "Journeys to
Abstraction..." is one of the few books I've purchased recently that actually justifies it's price! ----Marian Rosson
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for serious artists, July 15, 2013
This review is from: Journeys To Abstraction: 100 Paintings and Their Secrets Revealed (Hardcover)
This is a well-meaning book that seeks to fill a genuine need for practical examples and instruction on abstract painting. Descriptions include methods and materials used. A number of the photos are poor quality. A few of the paintings have good compositions, but most are of the amorphous, decorative variety one is likely to find at shows by non-competitive artists' guilds. All or almost all of the work is by women, but the book does not acknowledge or explain its bias.

Another reviewer aptly puts a finger on another critical element that is missing: "how to abstract." Abstraction is not mere surface decoration, as this book's examples suggest it is. Studying nature gives the serious artist a vocabulary of observed relationships of forms, values, and colors. Abstraction is the re-working of these relationships, free from the constraints of a complete illusion of realism, but still alluding to it. For an abstract work to be good, it should also adhere to sound compositional structure. In other words, it should give the viewer reason to examine every part of the painting. Most of the paintings in this book don't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring work!, June 7, 2012
This review is from: Journeys To Abstraction: 100 Paintings and Their Secrets Revealed (Hardcover)
Once again, Sue St. John, has gathered artists, their works and processes and shared them with us. Many of the artists I know personally, or know of their work; now reading how they go about constructing their paintings, the thoughts behind the decisions they make while "building" the paintings, is enlightening. Thank you Sue for pulling this all together for us! Many of my artist friends and family have purchased this book based on what I told them about it!
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