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In this follow-up to Getting Started, the first title in the technique- and project-driven Acrylic Made Easy Series, Still Lifes offers a fresh and simple approach for beginning and intermediate artists to learn the essentials of rendering beautiful still lifes in acrylic. Beginning with an introduction to a variety of tools and materials, artists will learn how to select the right brushes, palettes, paints, paper, and surfaces for their work. Acrylic Made Easy: Still Lifes also provides artists with an overview of basic color theory and information for how to mix colors effectively, as well as how to plan a composition and achieve proper perspective. Additionally, artists will learn a range of basic painting techniques, including glazing, scumbling, stippling, and more. Included in this helpful guide are useful tips and techniques for mastering a range of concepts, such as color theory, composition, lighting, and painting from photographs. Through simple step-by-step projects, aspiring artists will discover how to approach a still life painting, beginning with a sketch and progressing to a beautiful finished piece of acrylic artwork. Covering a breadth of subject matter, from florals and tablescapes to fruits and vegetables, readers will find helpful information that not only instructs but also inspires.
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Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Tools & Materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Acrylic Techniques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Guide to Color. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Using Complementary Colors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Working from Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Reflecting Color. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Capturing Natural Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Featuring Textures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Shaping with Shadow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Developing Rich Color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Balancing with Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Creating Realism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

About the Author

VARVARA HARMON was born and raised in Volzshk, Russia. She began painting in her childhood and was a student at the Volzshk Art School, where she graduated with a Diploma in Art Studies. While in Russia, Varvara participated in many regional art exhibitions and was the first artist ever to put on a solo exhibition at the Museum of V. E. Lenin in the City of Kazan, Russia. Varvara immigrated to the United States in 2001 and moved to Maine. The majority of Varvara's works are done with oil; however, she also works in acrylic, watercolor, and pencil. Although landscapes are her favorite subject, Varvara paints still lifes and portraits.

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