I have been fussing with acrylic painting lately. In short, I like it. This is one of my acrylic pieces from a while back. It is acrylic on gessoed board. I painted from a photograph taken at Tetonia, Idaho during the Driggs Plein Air cometition last summer, 2015.
The real reason for this post: Gregory Simmons, an excellent artist from California, and friend, sent me a message to buy a book. I did so, and I am thrilled to share my findings.
If you are an artist, or an aspiring artist, or just interested in art, this book ought to be in your library/hands. Complete Guide to Painting in Acrylics, by Lorena Kloosterboer. Kloosterboer simply packed her pages with information, how-tos, materials, equipment and supplies, studio information, examples, paintings and on and on. Ms. Kloosterboer is a fine artist herself. She shared a tremendous amount of acrylic art by "good ones" in her pages.
Yesterday in my own studio, I listened to the radio and read Chapter 3, "The Foundation." The chapter regards color theory, mixing/matching, palettes and on . . . The chapter explains colors and palettes in great depth and breadth.
I loved one of her photos (page 92) depicting Andrea Kowch's painting "An Invitation." Kowch is a killer artist who uses "a rich autumnal color palette" (Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville website, mocajacksonville.unf.edu) and it was the first I have heard of Ms Kowch. Clearly, it won't be the last we hear of her work. She is in her twenties, so she will be around.
Gregory is a wonderful artist as well and his painting colors are brilliant. It is especially fun to see his art in print because I know him and he lives too far for me to see his work firsthand. There are so many wonderful illustrations in the book. A HUGE THANK YOU TO GREG FOR SHARING THIS BOOK WITH ME. I am learning from the book already.
Good Painting ya'll!