Search Press Guide to Painting Techniques. Elizabeth Tate and Hazel Harrison

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9781844487141: Search Press Guide to Painting Techniques. Elizabeth Tate and Hazel Harrison

This book offers a unique combination of reference material and practical guidance for the painter in any media. It is divided into two parts: the first is a directory of all major painting techniques, and gives examples of their use, and of the particular media appropriate to them. The second section shows the applications of these techniques to a wide range of popular painting subjects. With step-by-step demonstrations and detailed close-up photographs on how to do everything from frottage to scumbling, to blending, backruns and masking out, this is an invaluable and inspiring sourcebook for painters of all abilities and media.

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Elizabeth Tate is a practicing painter, writer and editor. She first studied art history at Sheffield Polytechnic and then spent several years painting in Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland and Germany. She has taught practical art and has worked as an author and editor on a number of art education magazines. Hazel Harrison is a practising artist who works in all painting media, often using her own photographs as a source of reference. She studied painting at the Guildford School of Art and the Royal Academy of Painting in London. Hazel lives in a small village in the Peak District, and divides her time between painting and writing art instruction books.

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January 2012 With a widely varied mix of new titles on offer, I'm going to start with something old, although it's not immediately obvious that it is. The Search Press Guide to Painting Techniques started life in the Encyclopaedia series that was so successful several years ago. Actually, it was so long ago that many of you probably haven't seen it, but those with a longer memory might want to check their shelves before investing. Publishers often eye up their backlists and wonder whether they can revive an old favourite and my response is usually "I wish you hadn't". Although there are only so many ways you can write about painting, books have their time and rarely come back successfully. This, however, is one of the exceptions. The encyclopaedia series was always led by its design and was one of the first places where the idea of presenting things in a single-spread format appeared. The illustrations were the main thing and the words were reduced to captions that just explained what you were looking at. This is often characterised as dumbing down but really it's not, because art is about what you see, not what you read and, if you can't show it, you're probably not doing it right. In this new edition, what has happened is that the design has been updated but the concept remains the same, making the book as fresh now as when it first appeared. So what do you actually get? Basically, a thorough grounding in the techniques of painting as they work in practice and not just as a series of dry exercises. Good techniques is essential if you want your work to be anything more than expressive chaos, but getting bogged down in it can stifle the creative process. The balance between the two is a fine thing that this book achieves really rather well. Paint

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Book Description Search Press. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. When you learn to paint, do you start with the creative process or the technical details? Go for expressive chaos or risk getting bogged down in detail? With a technical guide as good as this, you don't have to make that decision, because this book is laid out in a way that will teach you the building blocks of how-to at the same time as helping you with the what-to. After a brief introduction to Preparing to Paint that deals with surfaces, you're quickly into Making a Start and working alla prima - completing a painting in one go - where there's little room for the fiddling that can bedevil creativity. After these basic techniques, the book moves through Ways of Working and Special Techniques where further ideas are introduced, including brushwork, impasto, wet-in-wet, spattering and sgraffito. The book works well both as a course to be followed from start to finish and as a reference tool that you can drop into if you require something specific. In fact, it's so well thought-out that it can actually be both things at the same time. Previously published as The Encyclopaedia of Painting Techniques, this has been considerably re-worked and covers watercolour, acrylic, oil and pastel. Book: Search Press. Paperback. 208 pages. Colour throughout. Bookseller Inventory # SPGPTB

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