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Acrylic Works – the best of acrylic painting || ed Nancy Reyner

This is a compilation of works by a variety of American artists, loosely grouped by style: realistic, stylistic, realistic abstractions and abstractions. These apply a sufficiently loose straitjacket that nothing seems forced into a category that isn’t suitable, but does allow more or less general themes to develop while branching across the widest possible variety of subject matter.

Each painting comes with a short paragraph by the artists themselves. The introduction implies that works were submitted, so those included are effectively self-selecting, but also not merely a collection of the ones the publishers happened to have copyright approval for. The descriptions are fairly general and most of the contributors choose to describe their overall approach to painting and maybe working methods. Some relate these specifically to the work shown, some do not.

The result is a rather pleasantly serendipitous collection where the editorial hand is more in the ordering than the choosing. On the cover, the book bills itself as “ideas and techniques for today’s artists” which does, to be frank, sound like a rather desperate attempt to sell it to this publisher’s normal practitioner market. It’s far from an inaccurate claim, as that’s exactly what the book is going to do for you if you fall into this category. However, I can’t help feeling it would have been nicer to leave the reader/purchaser to work that out for themselves. They are, after all, going to have to decide whether to dip into their wallet to buy a book that doesn’t offer any specific practical instruction.

If you do have the cash it’s a worthwhile purchase, though.

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Acrylic Innovation || Nancy Reyner

I’m not even going to attempt to review this in the normal way. Subtitled, “styles and techniques featuring 64 visionary artists”, it’s an illustration-led approach that gives you a huge variety of ideas for working in acrylics, although much of it could also be applied to any medium.

It’s worth a look, but also something it’s absolutely essential to see in the flesh – you couldn’t judge it just out of a catalogue. If you like it, you’ll love it. If not, well, move on and look for something else. I’m not sure quite why the publisher has chosen spiral binding, or the DVD which relates to Nancy’s previous book, both of which can only add to the production cost, though.

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