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This is an innovative, practical guide to drawing and painting dynamic abstract art. It explains the techniques needed for creative expressionism through to fully abstract paintings. It explores subjects using colour, texture and composition, as well as the moods and emotions they invoke. It reveals unusual colour and texture techniques to create with watercolours, acrylics and oil paints. It presents ten step-by-step projects that highlight the progression from initial inspiration to a finished work.
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Introduction; Adventurous Painting Techniques; Developing Paintings; 1 Um and Peacock; 2 Water Lilies; 3 Lavender Fields; 4 Quayside; 5 Birchwood; 6 Hunstanton Cliffs; 7 Southern Ocean; 8 Hope and Despair II; 9 Descending into the Blues; Acknowledgements; Index.

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Brian Ryder is an artist and teacher living in North Norfolk. He works in a range of styles and media, including watercolours, oils, acrylics and pastels. Brian teaches painting techniques around the world and contributes regularly to Leisure Painter magazine. His work can be viewed at

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