As the interest in non-representational art grows and artists become more adventurous, this important book helps the reader make the move towards abstract art through the use of colour -- the hallmark of Claire Harrigan's work in mixed media. Fantastically illustrated throughout and with sound technical advice the book includes stunning finished pieces and some step-by-step demonstrations. The author covers a range of subjects - still life, flowers, buildings, figures and landscapes - with details on how they evolved from the original inspiration. She guides you through the composition and structure of abstract and semi-abstract painting, and offers advice on surface and colour choices plus considering the different media you could use and combine, including acrylic, gouache, watercolour, oil, pastel and collage. The compatibility of different media is clearly explained. The book includes the important processes of abstraction and step-by-step demonstrations help illustrate the processes. As well as a practical guide, this book is a visual delight, with stunning images from a leading British artist.
Claire Harrigan is a major Scottish artist, exhibiting across Scotland, London, Hong Kong and Japan. She has won several awards, including the Latimer Award (RSA), the Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship Award and the James Torrance Memorial Award. Robin Capon is an experienced author and art journalist,having written many art books for Batsford. Robin Capon is a freelance art journalist and author. He writes regularly for The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines and is author more than 30 books on practical art. Robin lives in Lyme Regis, Dorset.