- Series: Decorative Painting
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: North Light Books; First Edition edition (February 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891347763
- ISBN-13: 978-0891347767
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Painting Realistic Flowers in Acrylic (Decorative Painting) Paperback – February 1, 1998
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Each of these three books deals with the complex challenge of painting flowers, but the similarity ends there. An instructor at the Scottsdale Artist's School, Arnett, using the medium of oil, combines flowers with other elements of classical still life painting. The results are truly sumptuous. In seven lessons she demonstrates the soft petals and strong colors of magnolias, African tulips, and cascading roses in combination with lush peaches, pears, and figs. Here's a fine book for advanced students. By contrast, Beck uses acrylics and a purely decorative approach. The book is misnamed, for the flowers aren't rendered realistically but in the formal style decorative artists use for ornamenting plates and baskets. This is a fun and approachable volume for beginning and mid-level craft painters. Riley, teaching a freestyle method in watercolors, offers the finest of the three books. In an extremely well-laid-out manual, Riley provides a kind of master class that teaches as much about how to observe flowers as how to paint them. He covers past masters of the genre, as well as non-Western perspectives. The technical sections on lighting flowers, resist painting, and two-color brushwork are beautifully done. If only one of these three excellent volumes can be purchased, make it Riley's.
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For the beginner, she does cover exactly which brushes and supplies she uses, which I am hoping will be helpful soon. If you are like me, and are a more "visual" learner, and want things broken down into simple steps and precise directions you might want to look elsewhere for an instructional guide.
This review doesn't intend to take anything away from the author though, she is an excellent writer and an incredible artist. Hopefully one day in the not too distant future I will read this book again to improve my painting technique.