Acrylics Unleashed || Glyn Macey

OK, so this isn’t a book about how to paint in acrylics. Oh no, it’s a book about how to express yourself using acrylics as a medium. I just wanted to clear that up.

To describe Glyn as enthusiastic would be an understatement. He bursts with enthusiasm and that would be annoying if he wasn’t so damn good at explaining what he does and how he works. Enthusiasm is often described as “infectious”, but here it really does rub off. It’s impossible to go for more than a few pages without just wanting to be out there and doing it.

There isn’t a subject Glyn won’t turn his hand to, just as long as it interests him, and here you get landscapes, mountains, buildings, boats and flowers and techniques that use quite a lot of scraping, spattering and even collage. Yes, it does all sound rather random and wild, but Glyn is also a master at reining himself in and at no point do you get the feeling that this is just technique for technique’s sake. I’ve seen books like that and this is definitely not one of them. In fact, if you like the idea of experimenting, but don’t want to stray down the abstract route, this is the book for you.

This is an intriguing look at what you can do with paint if you let your imagination run (and please note that I didn’t say “run riot”). I don’t think that every result will be for everyone, but I’m pretty sure you’ll find plenty to like and admire.

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