Book Review - The Joy of Acrylic Painting: Expressive Painting Techniques for Beginners

 
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The Joy of Acrylic Painting: Expressive Painting Techniques for Beginners by Annie O'Brien Gonzalez, although stated as being geared towards beginners, includes ideas and information that can be also useful for more experienced artists.

In this book, Gonzalez focuses on inspiration and technique.  A wide range of projects based on ways to find inspiration and on a variety of techniques are detailed throughout the book.  

The first project is a Painting Notes Sketchbook.  The author goes into detail on making and using one.  A Painting Notes Sketchbook differs from a regular sketchbook as its purpose is to serve as a place for collecting ideas, patterns, textures, photo inspiration, and plans for paintings rather than for general sketching.  She calls it “a working reference stuffed with ideas for paintings”.

Painting Notes Sketchbook

Painting Notes Sketchbook

Gonzalez talks about getting started with painting, finding the time and motivation, and finding inspiration. She discusses creating your own style, ways to use marks and symbols, and finding inspiration from favorite artists.

Collecting Ellements: color, shape, textures

Collecting Ellements: color, shape, textures

She has projects throughout the book ranging from “Create A Line And Shape Library” to “Paint An Imaginary Landscape”  and creating your own collage materials and technique sections that include setting up your space to get ready to paint, using color and value, and making marks.  

Making marks

Making marks

Working on a mixed-media collage painting

Working on a mixed-media collage painting

I found the inspiration ideas interesting and motivating, the techniques sections useful and the project ideas interesting.  I think any artists who are looking for inspiration, motivation, and techniques will find this a useful and engaging book.  The Joy of Acrylic Painting: Expressive Painting Techniques for Beginners is available at Amazon and other booksellers.

The opinions in this review are my own and without compensation.