Abstract and colour techniques in painting /

by Harrigan, Claire.
Additional authors: Capon, Robin.
Published by : Batsford, (London :) Physical details: 128 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm. ISBN:9780713490558 (cased) :; 0713490551 (cased) :. Year: 2007
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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

Includes index.

Formerly CIP. Uk

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Library Journal Review

Abstract art is an oft-misunderstood genre. Harrigan, a major Scottish artist, feels that many find the move into abstraction difficult because they lack the proper guidance. Here, she guides the artist through the composition and structure of abstract and semiabstract painting, covering a range of subjects, e.g., still lifes, flowers, buildings, figures, and landscapes. Her primary interest is the use of color in mixed media, i.e., combining acrylic, gouache, watercolor, oil, pastel, and collage. She shows the process of abstraction through the simplification, distortion, and exaggeration of a subject, and she takes a look at painting pure abstraction, without initial subject matter or inspiration. Recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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