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Russian Folk Art Painting: Techniques & Projects Made Easy Hardcover – October 1, 2002

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Grafov is an honorable Merited Artist of Russia whose lushly beautiful flower paintings on lacquered trays in the style known as Zhostovo folk art are treasured by museums. This book is a beautifully illustrated set of lessons and projects for learning the techniques of Zhostovo painting as taught by Grafov in Hauser's "Studio by the Sea" workshops in Florida. Each element of the flower is pictured as it is built up step by step, from plain white undercoat to finished painting. Information on paints and supplies is given. This excellent book belongs in public library or academic arts and crafts collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Priscilla Hauser has been teaching and promoting decorative painting for more than 40 years. She has appeared on numerous television shows, has written hundreds of books and magazine articles, and has travelled the world to learn about the history and techniques of all forms of decorative painting. Boris Vasilyevich Grafov is known as an honourable Merited Artist of Russia. He has been decorated with medals of the Academy of Arts, and has won diplomas and awards at numerous exhibitions in Russia. One of six artists who were chosen to go to Belgium in 1958 to represent Russian art, Boris won a Silver Medal for his work. In Russia, his art is stored as a national treasure and exhibited by major national museums.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806968575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806968575
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book by Priscilla Hauser and Boris Grafov which is beautifully presented but I think a beginner would have difficulty with the projects. There are pages dealing with some of the "basics" (such as brush loading, palette preparation etc) which would not be necessry for a painter with some experience. What is helpful to anyone new to the Zhostovo style are the techniques required to paint the leaves and flowers and this is shown in close-up and color very well. There are 10 projects featured and the book finishes with a superb gallery of completed pieces from various collections and these are an inspiration in themselves. The paintings throughout the book are in oils.
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This is an incredible book! The projects are beautiful. The instructions are clear. I love this book.
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This form of decorative painting is one of my favorites. I really prefer this author's style and was so glad to find this book at a reasonable price.
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The pictures in the book were beautiful, but I didn't feel like I could complete a project with just the techniques in this book. What is totally missing is how to do the borders that "make" Zhostovo painting so unique. The individual flowers were well presented and could be completed.
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I am so happy with this book. I am new to this style of painting, and the projects are made very easy!
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The book is very nice & will provide me with some useful information. It isn't what
I really wanted. I was thinking more along the lines of Folk Art not exclusively
flowers. I expected animals,borders-
a more expansive & wider range of
Russian decorative work. The Russian
Fairy tale book I have was a better example.
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