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Collage, Colour and Texture in Painting [Hardcover]

Mike Bernard , Robin Capon
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19 April 2010
Leading artist Mike Bernard reveals every aspect of working with collage, paint and other mixed-media approaches, from the initial inspiration for a painting through to design, colour, surface qualities and finishing touches. In particular the book includes detailed information and advice on useful collage techniques, and demonstrates how, by starting with paper collage and then working freely with paint and other materials, you can develop exciting and original results in interpreting whatever subject matter appeals to you. The book includes numerous illustrations, again covering every step of the working process, as well as a wide selection of subject matter - from urban scenes to winter landscapes - from around the world. There are step-by-step demonstrations of some of the key techniques as well as location sketches, watercolour studies and striking finished paintings. Mike Bernard's work includes exciting textures, strong colour and the effects of light, and he combines these qualities into original semi-abstract images of landscapes, seascapes, street scenes, still life and figure compositions. His techniques, particularly paper collage, are important ones for all artists looking to expand their repertoire.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (19 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906388571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906388577
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Capon is an experienced author and art journalist, having written several books, including with co-authors, David Curtis: Light and Mood in Watercolour 9780713489552 and Abstract and Colour Techniques (with Claire Harrigan) 9780713490558. He is a regular contributor to The Artist and Leisure Painter. He lives in Lyme Regis, Dorset. Mike Bernard's various art studies includes time at the Royal Academy schools. He has exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London and was elected member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1997. His awards and prizes include the Stowells Trophy, the Elizabeth Greenshields Fellowship, the Silver Longboat Award and the Laing Award.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's in the details 24 Jun 2010
I was drawn to the colourful cover of this book and the inside is no disappointment. It is full of interesting, quite complex-looking work that has much detail. Many of the collages are painted in one of my favourite parts of the world - Cornwall and others have one of my favourite subjects - boats. There is much to learn from this book - colour, collage, abstraction, visual impact. I would recommend this to budding artists interested in collage. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Inspiration 22 April 2010
This book covers all the essential elements of how to.....as well as offering superb photos of both paintings and sketches. The text is accessible and gives a real insight into both technique and inspiration. A high quality production which I am sure both my students and I will refer to again and again ....highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collage, Colour and Texture 12 May 2012
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This book really does help artists who are looking for new ideas to interpret the reality they see in selecting subject matter to paint. Therefore without slaveishly copying the very technique of the artist which is undesirable, the delight rests in seeing how one can suggest texture by using different collage material to incorporate in the painting. However I do feel, after viewing the whole book of the work by Mike Bernard that he over uses newsprint and the brayer to distribute colour and texture in every work so that it results in a rather gimmicky fast technique to achieve spontaneity. I would have preferred to see a more moderate use of these methods or more varied techniques from him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Style Change 14 Feb 2012
By R L
Mike Bernard's book changed my painting style overnight.
Not a day passes without I review this book for inspiration.
I love it, but not for those with a traditional disposition
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collage,Colour and Texture in Painting 28 Jan 2012
By mazand
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A friend showed me this book and I decided I had to buy it! I normally skip through new books when they arrive but with this one I read many pages on first picking it up and I keep going back to it. Absolutely inspiring images and text throughout and easy to follow demonstrations. This is a must have book if you are a creative painter, mixed media artist or keen beginner.
So much in this book you can adapt to suit your own painting style and development.
I would recommend to anyone interested in trying something outside their comfort zone or wanting to experiment more in their art work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Bernard plays Jazz with paint 2 Feb 2011
Mike Bernard takes the themes most other books deal with and gives them a new lease of life. Like a classically trained musician Mike has learnt his craft in the traditional way, but has laboured at not just producing good work but looked for a fresh approach. In my opinion Mike Bernard has created pure Jazz with paint and paper. Recognizable images that are not slavishly following the normal tight constraints of the accepted mediums, but lively toe tapping, head nodding, smooth, cool, and lively exciting work. Looking at his paintings you can see the man has a real skill coupled with a vigorous style. Musicians can paint pictures in your mind. Mike makes music with his paintings. If you want to break free from tight restraints and really begin to love your own work, his book is your best guide. For me his book is my most treasured possession. Would I recommend it? You bet. It's cheap at twice the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Bernard's Painting 23 Aug 2010
I've only recently become aware of Mike Bernard's work and really like his style. I'm not sure I'm that bothered with the collage in his work but I do like the composition, colour, style and subject matter of his finished paintings. I've not seen any of his work 'face to face' so to speak, and may appreciate the collage/textural input more if I did, but so far I've only seen his work via a catalogue and now in this book.....and like what I see. The book is a great collection of his images and an excellent showpiece for his style and I recommend it to anyone. (I must admit it was the cover picture that originally caught my eye whilst browsing Amazon, as I have been struggling to do a watercolour at my art class of that exact location shot, having had a holiday at the 'Cinque Terra' in Italy last year. Mike's style perfectly catches the 'shabby chic' of this area, and this village of Riomaggiore. His other images of 'shabby' (textural!) buildings, ports , harbours and street scenes in the book are very effective and equally successful).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If you like experimental and mixed media painting you will love this.
Great illustrations and explanations of tecniques used. I already do mixed media work but have found this book exciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love his art work. Inspiring!
Published 12 days ago by S. Marsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, better than I expected
Published 17 days ago by Mr Mike Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent book.
Published 17 days ago by S. A. Benford
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but..........
I love this artist's work, it's original and exciting, that's why I bought the book. I wasn't disappointed in the artwork shown in the book, the quality is superb, but what did... Read more
Published 23 days ago by DOMINIC
5.0 out of 5 stars The book provides an insight of a true master of his metier.
I love Mike's work and reading about his technique has helped me formulate my own ideas for paintings. I have yet to put this into practice but I'm feeling more confident now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by c s e clark
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Published 1 month ago by Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice book, and arrived quickly,
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne Hutchcraft
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and inspiring...
Mike Bernard is a very accomplished artist, and the book certainly bears testament to that. But I would have liked to see works by other artists included, for a bit of variation.
Published 2 months ago by Cayenne
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Book
Love this Book ! Quick delivery, Good condition packed with helpfull demos to create collage work and with fantastic pictures of Mike Bernards work its worth all the money.
Published 4 months ago by mark harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different
Very nice book with something different. Not sure I would adopt this style without taking a workshop with the artist. But for someone more adventurous this is excellent.
Published 4 months ago by S. C. Thomas
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