Patti Mollica is a popular painter, author and art instructor from Nyack, NY. She has published three books for Walter-Foster and created two step-by-step instruction videos for ArtistsNetwork.tv. --Este texto se refiere a la edición paperback.. Bold Exciting Powerful A new level of artistic expression! Every artist strives to achieve the kind of painting that commands attention from across the room and delights the eye up close. In this book, artist and workshop teacher Patti Mollica walks you through surprisingly simple and efficient strategies for achieving that kind of powerful composition, whatever your subject. Complete with timed exercises and start-to-finish painting demonstrations, this book is for any artist who feels overwhelmed by where to start or daunted by the urge to paint everything in sight. Patti Mollica's mindful approach will lead you to better, bolder results, as well as greater confidence and joy in the process. So load your palette with ample paint, grab some fat brushes and get ready to paint fast, paint loose, paint bold. • Start with a strong, simple value statement • Get expressive with color • Be brave with your brushwork • 5 technique exercises • 5 start-to-finish painting demonstrationsPaint fearlessly!
Excellent book on basic painting skills If I could have only two books on painting, this would be one of them. I originally bought the Kindle edition, thinking it would be of limited use and therefore not worth spending much on. After reading and re-reading it, I ordered the hardcopy. All Mollica’s paintings are in acrylics and most of her paint-specific advice concerns acrylics, but the vast majority of what she has to say is applicable to any medium. This book is excellent on colour, including theory and pointers I haven’t seen elsewhere (such as the ‘mother colour’ palette). It’s really, really good on value and the significance of value for simplifying compositions, and although it doesn't go into detail on some aspects of composition (such as avoiding kissing edges), Mollica has some advice that I haven’t seen elsewhere. There are demonstrations and exercises, but unlike the books that just do a step-by-step how-to, Mollica explains the theory behind what she’s doing and what she’s suggesting you do, so that you’re equipped to do something other than just copy her. I don’t paint with acrylics and doubt I ever will, but I learnt more that’s applicable to oils from this book than I have from a pile of books on oils I own. Just about everything she has to say is applicable to watercolour, as well.
How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold: Simple Techniques for Expressive Painting. I've only had this book for a couple of weeks, so it's a bit early to say how helpful it will turn out to be. I bought this as a teaching aid; I am myself a fast, loose, direct painter in acrylics (it's a running gag with my students who have given me T-shirts with all my encouraging mantras printed on them) so anything that can illustrate or provide examples for students to follow is of some use to me; although there are a few issues I'd mildly disagree with, most of the book is fairly sound in the techniques and advice it presents. It isn't a book for the complete beginner and it doesn`t offer a lot of those panel-by-panel demonstrations so many students love to try and copy; rather, it offers a good deal of technical help in understanding colour, composition, tonal values and good painting practice. It is well illustrated with many examples. There's some stuff I'd throw out (as a painter of long experience I do have my own notions of how things work), but a lot of it I'd keep and emphasise as helpful to achieve successful paintings. It's a book that's particularly useful to acrylic painters, but the general information is of value for painters in oils or any other opaque, fluid medium. The “Look inside” option above will give you some indication of what to expect.
For intermediate artists This book addresses many of the artistic dilemmas I've come up against recently. It doesn't provide any easy answers, but it does ask the right questions. For intermediate artists rather than beginners, and as such, a rare treat.
The title says it all If you want to loosen up your painting style, this is the book to get. It does have a couple of exercises to follow but otherwise this is about technique and developing your own expressive way of painting. The book has a wealth of information on colour theory, with guidelines on composition and colour unity. I'm doing a painting course and it's been invaluable, ever since this book arrived it's been open on my desk as a source of reference. I've really enjoyed using acrylics this way (I'm still not fast but I'm getting there with loose and bold) I do have other painting books but for me, this is by far the best.
Good step step I enjoyed how the author lay this out step by step with photos. Will try to incorporate some of these techniques in my next painting.
Great book Very comprehensive, really enjoyed it and have learned a lot from it too. Recommended
Five Stars Very informative book with full colour pictures and simple annotation.
Great book Very useful,clear and helpful ideas for painters. Would recommend
Great book Love this book. Although I have only leafed through it it is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you
Fantastic book full of useful and practical information! I love this book! It's full of practical and useful information, illustrated with the fantastic art of Patti Mollica. After reading this book, I feel I have an arts degree! Patti is extremely generous with the readers sharing valuable information explained easily with many illustrated examples. I now feel more confident approaching my compositions and using my "artistic license" (you'll know what I mean once you've read the book); I feel honored to have Patti Mollica as my teacher through the pages of this book!
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