Abstract and Colour Techniques in Painting

Abstract and Colour Techniques in Painting

Book - 2007
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As the interest in non-representational art grows and artists become more adventurous, this important book helps the reader make the move towards abstract art through the use of colour - the hallmark of Claire Harrigan's work in mixed media. Fantastically illustrated throughout and with sound technical advice.

The book covers:

* Understanding Abstract Art: concepts and influences
Beginnings: inspiration, starting points and preliminary work

* Varied subject matter: still life, flowers, buildings and figures with details on how they evolved from the original inspiration

* Basic Design: composition and the importance of structure

* Surface and Colour: create mood, harmonies, contrast and to≠ plus combining texture with techniques and colour

* Considering and choosing different media: characteristics of acrylic, gouache, watercolour, oil, pastel and collage

* Mixed Media: the painting process of specific paintings, the compatibility of different media, both technically and visually

* Visual Impact: a look at, and discussion of, various examples

* Analysis and selection: the process of abstraction and semi-abstraction may involve analysis, simplification, distortion or exaggeration as well as an emphasis on elements such as line, shape and colour, all demonstrated in different paintings

* A step-by-step look at Claire Harrigan's paintings

* Pure Abstraction: a look at paintings without any evidence of the initial subject matter or inspiration.

'An excellent guide that looks at ways to interpret a variety of subjects without being tied to straightforward representation.' Artists' Choice magazine

'By combining excellent quality reproductions of her unique paintings with outstanding expertise, Claire Harrigan draws readers into learning without realising it'. Artists & Illustrators magazine

'Let your imagination run riot by experimenting with the abstract...one of the clearest explanations of abstract we have seen'. Corel Painter magazine

'A worthy addition...Claire will show you how to see and visualise your subject just as much as how to capture that vision on paper or canvas'. Artbookreview.net

Publisher: London : Batsford, 2007
ISBN: 9780713490558
Branch Call Number: 751.4 HAR
Characteristics: 128 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Capon, Robin


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