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 covers: * Understanding Abstract Art: concepts and influences Beginnings: inspiration, starting points and preliminary work * Varied subject matter: still life, flowers, buildings and figures with details on how they evolved from the original inspiration * Basic Design: composition and the importance of structure * Surface and Colour: create mood, harmonies, contrast and tone; plus combining texture with techniques and colour * Considering and choosing different media: characteristics of acrylic, gouache, watercolour, oil, pastel and collage * Mixed Media: the painting process of specific paintings, the compatibility of different media, both technically and visually * Visual Impact: a look at, and discussion of, various examples * Analysis and selection: the process of abstraction and semi-abstraction may involve analysis, simplification, distortion or exaggeration as well as an emphasis on elements such as line, shape and colour, all demonstrated in different paintings * A step-by-step look at Claire Harrigan's paintings * Pure Abstraction: a look at paintings without any evidence of the initial subject matter or inspiration.
'An excellent guide that looks at ways to interpret a variety of subjects without being tied to straightforward representation.' Artists' Choice magazine 'By combining excellent quality reproductions of her unique paintings with outstanding expertise, Claire Harrigan draws readers into learning without realising it'. Artists & Illustrators magazine 'Let your imagination run riot by experimenting with the abstract...one of the clearest explanations of abstract we have seen'. Corel Painter magazine 'A worthy addition...Claire will show you how to see and visualise your subject just as much as how to capture that vision on paper or canvas'. Artbookreview.net
Robin Capon was an experienced author and art journalist. He wrote several books, including with co-authors, David Curtis: Light and Mood in Watercolour 9780713489552 and Abstract and Colour Techniques (with Claire Harrigan) 9780713490558. He was a regular contributor to The Artist and Leisure Painter. Claire Harrigan studied at Glasgow School of Art and is a member of the Scottish Society of Artists and Craftsmen and the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society. She has won several awards for her.