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Journeys to Abstraction

100 Paintings and Their Secrets Revealed

By Sue St. John

Format: Hardcover

SKU# Y3379

You’ll Love this Abstract Painting Book If:

  • You love hearing about the creative process of fellow artists
  • You want to create mixed media abstract art pieces
  • You’re searching for painting techniques focused on abstract art

A Word From The Author:

“Have you ever been curious about another artist’s process, and maybe even want to try it out yourself? Artists, myself included, learn from each other by observing how other artists do what they do. This book offers you the opportunity to peek through other artist’s studio keyholes to view the creative process of abstract art. It is a source of ideas, techniques and methods from various abstract artists. Studying each artist’s working processes can help you develop your own techniques for your abstract works. Then you can strike out on a path entirely of your own and develop your own style.” — Sue St. John

In Journeys to Abstraction by Sue St. John you’ll read along as more than 50 artists share their process and inspiration on 100 abstract paintings covering a variety of mixed media. Find your own inspiration & develop your own techniques with this great gallery of abstract pieces from top abstract artists.

The popularity of creative abstract mixed media art continues to rise and this abstract painting book covers a wide range of media, design elements, and techniques including watercolor, collage, acrylics, color contrast, and more.

In addition to advice & interviews with great abstract artists you’ll also learn how to boost your own abstract painting skills with great tips and 4 step-by-step demonstrations by the author.

Check out This Exclusive Tip from Journey to Abstraction:

Find Shapes and Patterns:
Shapes and patterns are elemental to the abstract artist. In order to paint abstract, you must teach yourself to observe the shapes and patterns in the world. As you go about your daily activities, notice the shapes around you- the triangles in the roof tiles, the spheres in the fruit dangling from a tree, or the free form shapes the shadows of tree branches and leaves make on the sidewalk.

Teach yourself to pick up on patterns. Look at the undulating pattern the waves make as breakers roll into shore, or the patter a rock hitting the placed surface of still water makes. On a city street, look for patterns formed by the sidewalk, rows of buildings, or an arrangement of flowers in the park.

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SKU Y3379
Additional Feature 100 Color Illustrations
Author/Speaker/Editor Sue St. John
File/Trim Size 8.25''w x 10.88''h
Format Hardcover
ISBN 13 9781440311437
Number Of Pages 192

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Review by Gayle Review by Gayle

As tufnelly said, it is a lovely book - beautifully illustrated and presented but I was disappointed that the paintings shown were mostly mixed media and collage. I would much rather see abstract work that is actually painted. I am looking for such a book.

(Posted on 9/23/2014)

all pictures out of focus Review by vanina

i think that is enough for not to fall in love with the book

(Posted on 2/8/2013)

Not what I expected Review by tufnelly

I gave 4 stars because it is a great book, however, it mostly showed mixed media & lots of collages, which I don't like to do. The paintings are beautiful & I did learn a lot of ways to paint abstractly, which is great for a beginner wanting to know how to expand their knowledge & skill.

(Posted on 7/2/2012)

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