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Book Review | The Acrylic Painter

acyrlicSometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. In this case, I knew that the world of acrylic paint and mediums were foreign to me but after reading The Acrylic Painter by James Van Patten where he writes about tools and techniques, all those jars, tubes and bottles in the art supply stores finally made sense.

I’ve experimented since reading the book with Golden’s cracked paste, fiber paste and pumice gel. The results are fantastic and open worlds of possibilities.

Van Patten’s recommendations for a good set of brushes for the beginner have turned out to be exactly what I needed to know too. Who tells you these things? Right down to the brand and a picture of what the package looks like.

And even though I’d heard about gessoing a canvas, Van Patten took the mystique out of a process that I imagined to be complicated and why would I even need to do that?

The visual experience is handled so well in chapter four of the  book and broke down form, value, color, texture, time and motion in easy to understand language, accompanied by photos.

The book is an excellent resource and one that has taken a prominent place on my coffee table where every time I pick it up, I learn something new or have it reinforced again. I’ve even taken it with me to the art supply store where its helped me to decide on colors for mixing and types of paint that I previously hadn’t been able to decipher why I would want one type over another.

I highly recommend the book for new acrylic painters and experienced ones as well. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Creating Art with the Brushes App

The first time I saw the New Yorker cover by Jorge Colombo that he painted with the tip of his finger by using the brushes app on his iPhone, I was awestruck. Completely. As time has gone on, other artists have followed in Colombo finger-prints, as the case may be.

The first time I saw the New Yorker cover by Jorge Colombo that he painted with the tip of his finger by using the brushes app on his iPhone, I was awestruck. Completely. As time has gone on, other artists have followed in Colombo’s finger-prints, as the case may be.

David Hockney, one of my favorite artists, has also created covers for the magazine and a whole host of artists have been sharing their brushes work on Flickr. Some have created their paintings on iPhones and iPod Touches and others have used their iPads. In this recent post I did for WebDesigner Depot, I had the distinct pleasure of selecting works to display in the post. It’s hard to have a favorite, each are magnificent and if you didn’t know they were created on these devices with the use of a $4.99 app, you’d likely think they were painted on canvases with a variety of different media.

Check out the full post on WebDesigner Depot.