The term “mixed media” often produces a mixed bag, but this is nicely concentrated as Glen Scouller works primarily in pen, ink and watercolour wash. He also works directly from life and this is the unstated second theme of the book – one, indeed, for which you might consider buying it, regardless of the medium.
The colour and line of the title are entirely appropriate, but there is a third aspect to Glen’s work: light, which both informs and pervades his work, bringing with it bright colours and vivid results that a fluidity of line fills with life and movement.
As is so often the case with books by artists who are not primarily teachers, this is in the “how I work” style, though the step-by-step demonstrations that are included are easy to follow and there is a notable lack of bravura and jargon. His advice on working methods, both outdoors and in the studio, is particularly sound and there are also useful tips on the use of sketchbooks.
This is perhaps a book more about the creative process of painting than about the technical aspects – and especially not their minutiae. Maybe the use of mixed media, rather than a concentration on any particularly “pure” form, helps.
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