Painting Abstract Nature on Canvas: A Guide to Creating Vibrant Art with Watercolour and Mixed Media

Search Pr. Aug. 2023. 128p. ISBN 9781782219705. pap. $23.95. CRAFTS
It is clear that innovative artist Betteridge (Watercolour Nature Unleashed) loves painting and mixed media. In this book, she explains that abstract painting wasn’t something she set out to do. Instead, it came as a natural progression of her work. She shares her excitement about abstract painting, its definition, her study of painters known for this technique, and how it’s all enabled her to be open to the limitless possibilities of artistic expression. As do all of her books, this one starts with telling readers the materials they’ll need to begin. The author is honest with her recommendations of material costs and value. The book also notes the required tools and gives instructions on how to use them. There are pictorial step-by-step exercises for creating nature-based, mixed-media abstract art. The first activity is basic, but as readers progress through each one, the work becomes more complex.
VERDICT An outstanding instructional art book with pictures that illustrate each step. Creative readers of all skill levels will likely love this title.
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