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The Acrylic Painter

A complete course on acrylic painting covering classic approaches and new innovations in this medium widely embraced by both beginners and experienced artists for its versatility, quick-drying properties, and non-toxicity. aaaaaNoted artist and School of Visual Arts instructor James Van Patten shows how acrylics can provide all painters with a vast range of possibilities for producing highly expressive art. Readers will learn how to use acrylics to create a wide variety of effects--from watercolor-like transparency and the flatness of tempera and gouache, to the buttery quality of oil and collage adhesive and varnish--in everything from non-representational works to painterly realism to photorealism. Van Patten offers guidance on materials, processes, balance, and composition, and focuses on effectively using color in painting. Replete with detailed step-by-step technical demonstrations and a catalog of inspiring works by notable past and contemporary artists, as well as the author himself and his students, The Acrylic Painteraprovides a classic art instruction manual for painters of all abilities.
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Complete step-by-step course on acrylic painting; Suitable for artists of all abilities; Over 300 photographs, illustrating techniques alongside a catalogue of inspiring works.

About the Author

JAMES VAN PATTEN teaches acrylic painting at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He has been a practicing artist for over 50 years and his acrylic paintings have been exhibited throughout the US and Europe. His paintings have been featured in several publications, including most recently,Exactitude- Hyperrealist Art Todaya(Thames & Hudson, 2009).


"This beautifully illustrated and clearly written book is destined to become the Bible for acrylic painters. Based on a lifetime of experience as a painter, Van Patten walks the reader through the various properties of competing brands and products of acrylic paint, brushes, additives and supports. He describes and demonstrates a wide variety of techniques including blending, layering, feathering, rewetting, glazing, stippling, wet-into-wet and much more besides. Van Patten also discusses a broad swath of artistic endeavors ranging from hyper-real rendering to painterly abstraction. He introduces basic color theory and shows how knowledge of it can be used in practical situations. Along the way the book is peppered with tips on studio practice, demonstrations, analysis of paintings, solutions for framing and a great deal of sheer enthusiasm for both the medium and the art of painting in general. It's hard to imagine a book that could be more useful, practical, informative and inspiring for an acrylic painter." --JOHN PARKS, painter and faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York, author of Universal Principles of Art " James Van Patten shares his world of painterly know-how as a masterchef communicates a lifetime of kitchen savvy. This book is redolent withthe taste of color, the sound of paint, the smell of canvas . . . and repletewith visual spectacle. It's easy to consume, just follow the recipes." --MARILYNN GELFMAN KARP, author of In Flagrante Collecto, professor of art at New York University "James Van Patten is an innovative and gifted technical painter whobrings decades of insight into the making of this book." --JAMES KIRK and MARK R. SMITH, artists and educators

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