I’m a complete newbie when it comes to acrylic painting.
In the past 2 months I have made a total of 3 small paintings to start practicing and get antiquated with the brushes and paint.
So my review comes to you as a beginner and not as an expert.
En Plein Air: Acrylic: Expert techniques and simple step-by-step projects for creating dynamic landscapes in the open air with acrylic
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I found this book to be perfect for a beginner like me that doesn’t even know all the names of the different brushes, or the difference between student quality paints and artist quality paints.
What I loved most about this book was how simple it is to read. It wasn’t intimidating at all for a newbie, so I read it with confidence and without feeling threaten by a book too complicated that would be made for experts and will make me feel lost in the woods.
Description by the book’s publicist says: En Plein Air: Acrylic introduces beginning artists and fine-art lovers alike to the core concepts of painting on location. This hardworking guide features everything you’ll need to get started, including expert tips on what to pack and how to maximize your time outdoors. You’ll also learn how to choose a subject once you’re on-site and then interpret it for a complex and pleasing composition.
Indeed is a great introduction. This book has ton of information, but all of them short and simple. A great starting point for any beginner, and a taste of painting lingo, techniques and special nomenclature that any newbie won’t be aware of just yet.
From an introduction to materials, surfaces and color, to the difference between oil paints and acrylic paints.
A great section for beginners is where the author shows with images the brush strokes that each brush makes. I find this section so useful and interesting. I would definitely use it as a reference when buying new brushes to expand my tools.
What starts as a basic book for painting acrylic outdoors, soon transforms into a great reference book for beginners, with info that can be used for more than just painting outside, and actually will help in all kinds of acrylic painting.
In summary, this book includes the following topics:
*Materials & Supplies
*Substrates: surfaces and toned substrates (canvases, paper, and other surfaces)
*Working with Acrylics
*Basic Color Use
*Planning & Painting
* Step by Step painting with photos and written instructions
The only slight down to this book is that I wasn’t impressed with the step by step project included. But is not a bad one either, and is very basic, so any beginner could do it.
That being said, not all artist will share the same style, so is understandable, and I still found that all the information included is a great help and very useful.
If you want to get your copy you can find it here: En Plein Air: Acrylic: Expert techniques and simple step-by-step projects for creating dynamic landscapes in the open air with acrylic
I received an eBook form NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinions and ratings of this book