An artist-to-artist guide to acrylics today.
A 128-page hardcover book by Phillip M. Garrett.
Packed with expert advice, Inside Acrylics will help beginners and intermediate artists make the most of their acrylics. The book takes you into the creative minds of nine of today’s top acrylic artists: Linda Fantuzzo, Philip Mullen, Jim Campbell, Patti Brady, Mike Williams, Glen Miller, Edward Rice, Phil Garrett and John Hull, who share their favourite techniques, distinctive approaches and examples of their best work. The book allows you to discover how to use acrylic paints, gels and mediums. There are 10 step-by-step demonstrations. It also provides excellent advice on everything- from colour theory and choosing materials to varnishing and taking care of the finished work.
Learn to use both traditional and new slow-drying acrylics for various styles and subjects. Inside Acrylics contains years of hands-on experience to help artists make sense of all the options, save trial-and-error time, and explore the exciting possibilities of the remarkable medium that is acrylic colour.
Phil Garrett did his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina and the Honolulu Academy and received his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974. He is represented by Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina and If Art in Columbia, South Carolina. Phil has completed numerous artists residences, taught painting and printmaking in venues across the USA including The Penland School of Craft. He joined the Golden Acrylic Working Artists Program in 1999 and has lectured and taught acrylic painting in the USA, Japan and Belgium.
Phil Garrett says: “My work is informed by nature, a kind of mythical nature. The power of storms, the spiritual quality of the elements, the beauty, grace and ferocity of plants and animals, something greater than myself, something I can’t comprehend. Painting and making monotypes is my search for the mystery within the subject, within myself. My painting technique mirrors the search for meaning in my art. I start with a colored ground called an imprimatur. It can be a warm or cool color, usually the subject gives me a clue about which color to use. I proceed with thin layers of paint and build up to thicker layers leaving parts of the colored ground exposed. I also use transparent glazes over all or part of the painting to create mood or intensity. I want my paintings to feel spontaneous and energetic but I often work and re-work the surface many times before I feel it is finished. I then put several coats of MSA varnish over the completed work.”
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Image at the Top
The image at the top is a detail of an acrylic painting by Mike Williams from the book.
‘Flow’, acrylic and ink on canvas, 48×60 inches