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Rethinking Acrylic: Radical Solutions For Exploiting The World's Most Versatile Medium Spiral-bound – Bargain Price, December 29, 2008
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About the Author
Patti Brady's paintings, prints and hand-painted books have been exhibited nationally and reviewed by the New York Times. She is currently the Working Artists Program Director for Golden Artist Colors, Inc., and has lectured and taught on the use of Golden acrylics at a number of universities and art schools around the globe. More information about this program can be found at www.goldenpaints.com. More information on Patti's work can be found at www.pattibrady.com.
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There is a bit of reliance on mediums, but even if you're not interested in taking your paintings in that direction, there's still a TREMENDOUS amount of inspiration and ideas in this book that can be applied simply by switching up your painting style.
There are over 28 contributing artists, so there's a variety of different styles represented.
This book is a great reference to have on hand for any artist working in acrylic who wants to take things to the next level and explore different techniques for creating different effects. Highly, highly recommended!
One comment claims that most artists use only acrylic pigments and water. Maybe hobby artists do, but to create finishes that professionally replicate the beautiful effects of traditional mediums like oils and encaustics, it is necessary to go further than pigment and water alone. For example, there are artists like myself who do not have the correct ventilation for using encaustics. Patty Brady demonstrates an exciting "faux encaustic" using acrylic pigments and mediums that solves the problem and looks very like the real thing.
Another challenge is in creating vibrancy and light. It is not possible to use ten to twenty glazes to achieve light refraction and depth without using the unique effects of acrylic mediums. And if you want to "float" objects in successive transparent layers, the use of an acrylic medium is essential. Brady covers all these techniques and more.
Regardless of whether you like Patti Brady's style of art or not, she has the use of acrylic mediums down to a fine art. If you want to learn to exploit acrylics to the full, this is definitely the book. And it does show work in progress from other artists who demonstrate creative uses of acrylic pigments and mediums in very different styles.
While the book does focus exclusively on Golden Artists Colours, it is possible to adapt the techniques to other quality brands. The emphasis is on quality. It is impossible to achieve the same effects (as Brady does) by using cheap substitutes. I have also found Golden Paints much more user friendly than other brands in regard to toxicity. Despite initial price, they are economical because they have a high chroma and so go a long way. No, it does not cost $50 dollars to complete a painting with Golden Paints" as one commenter claims. My most recent work was 39 inches x 45 inches and the Golden Products I used would have cost me less than $15 (and some were specialty products.)
There are no "cheap gimmicks" in this book as one critic has claimed. It is the ability to achieve the visual statement you want that determines choice of paint medium. "Rethinking Acrylics" has helped me achieve results well beyond what I had initially hoped.
This describes most of the texture gels available and shows how to apply them. Photos of abstracts utilizing them are shown so you can get an idea of how they look when expertly applied. This book was exactly what I was looking for.
My one problem with this book is that it is in binder form, with a metal binder to hold the pages underneath the outer book binding. Therefore, the pages tear out easily when you don't want them to.
The photos are large and some nice artwork is shown for examples. The descriptions of how to get the mediums onto your work platform, whether canvas, board or paper, could be more detailed, and in most cases there is only one or two brief sentences about how to do this.
Of course this means you need to experiment, and that is left to you.
I found this book to be exactly what I had hoped it would be. Lots of new projects are
described to try out the various mediums and types of acrylic paint, and details are given sufficiently in the descriptions of these projects that it will inspire anyone to try out a few. Even the paint colors are given if you want to try to duplicate some of the lovely
abstracts shown. I was very pleased with this book.
especially useful for those new to the acrylic and searching for a comprehensive and logical guidebook for all the possibilities with the medium.
well organized and presented with high quality colors and images. different uses/techniques are presented by different artists. interesting and inspiring.
Nice big pictures to illustrate techniques.
This book shows that acrylic is an entirely different medium than oils, can be used to do many techniques that would be impossible with other mediums, and along with "Acrylic Revolution", brings acrylics into their own.