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How to Paint Abstracts Paperback – 2 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (2 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844482901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844482900
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 0.5 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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At first sight, the idea of including abstracts in a basic series that is mainly aimed at the beginner with little or no previous experience seems a bit optimistic, to put it mildly. However, with previous books on abstraction concentrating more on the creative and philosophical aspects of the style, it is rather good to find something that deals with the actual process of getting ideas down onto your surface. The authors mixed media approach means that you re not tied to one particular style and she is absolutely sound on the techniques you need. As well as the basic introduction, there are also four demonstrations showing how the final results are built up. --Artbookreview.net

About the Author

Dani was born in London and educated at Michael Hall School in East Sussex. She trained as a fashion designer in Brighton and developed an award-winning design business, before working in graphic design and book illustration for a number of varied clients, including nightclubs, magazines, offices and schools. As well as producing greetings cards used worldwide, working as a freelance gallery manager and curator and sitting on the board of a prestigious Sussex based fine art exhibition, DanI has been a professional artist for ten years and exhibited in galleries, art fairs and group exhibitions. She works from her art shop/studio on the High Street in Wadhurst, East Sussex.


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You would think a step-by-step guide to painting abstracts would be a contradiction. After all, as the term implies, abstract "expressionism" is about an individual's very personal view of the world.

But you have to start somewhere and this is why this book works so well.

I have been painting figurative work for the past 20 years and have always wanted to attempt an abstract piece but have found it difficult to know where to start. Yes, it comprehensively covers a lot of different techniques, in different media, but its big attraction for me is that it sets out clearly several starting points to develop an abstract work.
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By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Oct. 2009
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If you want to know how to paint using acrylics - this is the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed Dani's style. After an introduction of materials, she launches into the basics of making a good painting including composition, texture and colour. Dani says she wants to help free your creativity and help you find your voice as an abstract painter - I think she does that admirably in this book through four step-by-step demonstrations. These are thorough and easy to follow and use various multi-media techniques. Learn how to paint vibrant, personal abstract paintings. Highly recommended.
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How do you teach anyone to paint abstracts? I would have said it was impossible but since this is directed at the amateur, having aquired this book recently it would never have occured to me, a total amateur, to dare to paint in such a way. However, both my husband and I were inspired to produce our own 'works of art' - we had enormous fun and now want to go on experimenting and exploring the use of colour. Well done Search Press and the artist Dani Humberstone for tackling this difficult to teach form of art.
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This very affordable and bountiful book is one of the most, if not the most accessible book, of the many arts technique books I own and ,unlike many of them, will not become a dust-gatherer since I am finding it unputdownable! The appealing brochure-style format makes it easy to pick up and dive into for the time-pressed and, whilst obviously expressing the author's style, provides a strong platform from which the most tentative artist can begin to experiment in the freedom of their own ideas using many cheap and readily available materials.
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I am new to abstracts and just wanted a book to get me started. This is a lovely book the demonstrations are just right ,not too many stages or too few. It combines media so if you are interested in texture it gives lots of ideas.The paintings are jewel like and I love it. My only gripe is that it isn't twice as long with even more demonstrations. It has definitely fired my imagination.
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The book arrived really promptly and is in excellent condition. However, I was disappointed in the content. It maybe that her examples didn't appeal to me personally but I thought her ideas and projects were too simple, there must be more to abstract art than painting random rectangles or fruit and circles. I think there are much better "How to Paint" abstract art than this one e.g. Laura Reiter's books.
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I found this book an excellant support to enable the artist , whether a beginner
or someone with some experience to further explore and develop their work. There are some good demonstrations to build on and the encouragement to then work on your own compositions.
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I bought this book looking for a book for beginners to give me some practical and inspiring exercise to do to start painting. This book has about four different exercise start to finish step-by-step. It is just copying their paintings and how to do it. The paintings that you are supposed to copy are so offensively ugly that i didn't even want the book on my bookshelf. I went to return it, but when I realised I would spend more sending it back than I spent on it, I didn't bother. it would be okay for an art teacher as an example of a lesson or two for your class. I will be passing it on to someone like that.
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