Discover Your Unique Creative Style Through 100 Small Mixed-Media Paintings
by Flora Bowley; Lynzee Lynx
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Pub Date 17 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 9 Sep 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry, Quarry Books
In Fresh Paint, creative influencer, workshop leader, and author of Brave Intuitive Painting and Creative Revolution, Flora Bowley, and her collaborator and fellow artist, Lynzee Lynx, offer transformational, accessible, and lasting ways to infuse more meaning and authenticity into your artwork.
For years, Flora and Lynzee have witnessed their students struggling to find their own voices. The desire is there, but coming up with innovative and unique ways to express yourself can feel daunting. In response to this persistent challenge and fueled by their passion for authenticity, they spent years cultivating and distilling a potent curriculum to support creative seekers looking for more integrity, depth, and originality in their work. Their online course Fresh Paint was the result, and now with this book, you too can explore how finding your creative voice translates into a more courageous, inspired, empowered, nourishing, and world-changing way of living and making art.
Fresh Paint uses mixed-media art projects along with prompts for movement, meditation, and writing to explore personal experience, individual preference, ancestry, intuition, and body wisdom. Through the process of creating 100 small mixed-media paintings based on these inquiries, your style will reveal itself to you, and your artmaking will be more satisfying and fun.
If you’re ready to infuse more meaning, personal story, and satisfaction into your work, while truly setting yourself apart from the rest and avoiding the common pitfall of making work that looks and feels derivative of other artists’, this book is for you.
Welcome to Fresh Paint, an inspiring adventure all about discovering and developing a unique creative style!
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This book posed an intimidating challenge -- 100 small paintings! interrogate your use of color, shape, design, materials, etc?! "Discover Your Unique Creative Style Through 100 Small Mixed-Media Paintings" -- and at first I was dubious, but now that I've finished I want to jump into those hundred paintings right now. I'm actually rather disappointed that I have to go and make dinner instead. Adulting is hard sometimes.
I loved the example paintings throughout, and found the exercises insightful and brimming with possibilities. My excitement grew with each chapter and new idea. I also really loved the tip of cutting up large watercolor paper to paint on. First, because that would never have occurred to me, and second because I actually have giant watercolor paper and I've been wondering what I would do with it.
I have been making a mental list of the supplies I will need to start. I have a lot of them already -- embroidery floss, glitter, various paints, pens, markers, colored pencils, etc... But what I don't have are acrylic paints (I sold mine from school when making room for my baby several years ago). I DO however have a better understanding of the colors I like than I had in art school, and a lead on the colors I will need to get started.
I'm so excited. I have been wanting to get back into acrylic painting, but I was laboring under the impression that I needed to have canvases or panels, an easel, and the room to store those things (which I don't have). But. Paper I can definitely do.
I also love to browse my local independent art supply store and the idea to purchase one color or pen or other small thing to add to the paintings with each trip is brilliant. A whole list of supplies? Expensive and intimidating. But I always come out with a few things anyway.
Another tip I found brilliant is the idea of working on several paintings at once, and pulling them out and adding more layers and details as inspiration strikes. I've never tried that, but I really want to try.
If you're at all interested in mixed media painting, this book is a must and I would definitely recommend it - especially if you're trying to develop your own style and color palette. I will be purchasing a hard copy to refer back to as I work on my paintings.
*Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing an e-arc for review.
Fresh Paint is a fun book that helps you create your own art with materials found around your house and using whatever media you prefer. There is a little bit of everything thrown in here and you should find at least a couple projects that spark your own creativity.
Fresh Paint is a cheerfully exuberant art workshop in book form with tutorials by Flora Bowley & Lynzee Lynx. Due out 17th Aug 2021 from Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 128 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats (ebook already available).
Throughout much of history, people have been taught that they learn by copying. This approach has applied to everything from representational art, sculpture, writing, even scientific methods. We're not encouraged to develop a unique style before mastering the basics (and often not even after).
The authors here have a fresh approach to facilitating readers/students in doing some guided creative exercises in order to find their own unique style. The authors place a lot of emphasis on honesty, exploration, creative joy, and discovery. There's a short intro with basic advice on gathering tools and supplies and setting up a creative space. The basic items they recommend should be readily available and relatively inexpensive. That's one thing I liked a lot about the authors' approach - they don't rely on expensive and exotic materials - they emphasize that the important inspiration and creativity will come through the students themselves (and use some neat guided techniques for finding inspiration internally and from the world around us).
The following chapters include well written specific tutorials with prompts for creative exploration. The tutorial exercises include clear color photographs with captions. Many of the tutorials also have galleries of student work. Most also include some writing prompts to help students focus on expanding their comfort zones with untried (or tried and discarded) methods and materials.
Through the process of creating 100 small works, the student will build up a stash of inspiration which can be referred to and expanded on later.
The book feels like (and apparently is) a workshop in book form, based on the authors' online courses.
Five stars. This is a well written, honest, *fun* course on creativity and building up an inspiration gallery of small mixed media works.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
As a longtime fan of Flora Bowley, I was thrilled to receive access to this delightful book. It walks you through the creation of 100 small mixed media paintings using a variety of tools, as well as soul work. I love this and have a physical copy on my Christmas list. I’d recommend this to anyone interested in mixed media art.
Fresh Paint: Discover Your Unique Creative Style Through 100 Small Mixed-Media Paintings is a fabulous art experience. It encourages you to immerse your whole self with complete freedom and abandon into the process of making art, without rules or judgement. It really encourages you to explore, dig deep, and let loose. It is different to most other art instruction books and takes a completely different approach. There are a variety of prompts, meditations, personal experience, nature and other influences used to encourage you to find your own individual style. The authors use 100 small small mixed-media paintings based on these personal inquiries. and experimentations with all sorts of methods and media. The illustrations and instructions are brilliant and this book would be a real joy for any artist.
A great book for working and experiment with color and color theory. It also includes great tips, tricks, and techniques any artist can implement.
You can expand your palate with confidence after reading this book.
A delightful book for those looking to experiment with and explore their artistic style. This is just about painting, so be aware of that. The photographs included are bright and fun. The journal prompts open up a deeper dive into our own symbology and language. Even if you already have a distinct creative voice and style, these exercises are a chance to experiment and have some lighthearted fun.
The Fresh Paint book is an art book that encourages you to do it yourself. The main point here is to find your own tonality. And discovering how to express yourself through art. To do this, the authors guide you through different focus chapters, which are always accompanied by some practical examples.
In the first moment I found the book, as an art book something to get used to. This was probably more due to the layout. When I got used to it, however, I was absolutely thrilled. I found the ideas very creative, something quite apart from what you find everywhere else and really a great idea to make. again something creative.
A really great book, rich in ideas, although at the beginning a little getting used to from the presentation. Therefore, there is really good 4.5 of 5 stars from me.
This book really does stimulate the creative mind with plenty of projects to encourage experimentation with many different materials. Well written and illustrated it is a fun book suitable for anyone interested in art projects. This book would make a great gift for young and old alike.
This is like a free art class. I love the aesthetic, the focus on our personal journeys and truths, and the encouragement to be inspired by our imaginations and our surroundings. Full of tutorials while also providing plenty of room to explore mixed media as a craft, I'm very excited to try out a few of these exercises myself.
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.
Fresh Paint is a unique book by two artists to help you nurture, find and grow your own unique style as an artist. The book is supportive of you creating 100 small paintings using different styles and mixed media to help you discover what your more comfortable with and more inspired by.
This book is truly inspirational and I lived the photographs included throughout of all the projects and types of art as the book progresses.
These two women have a fantastic idea to help aspiring artists nurture their hobby, passion and talents and I for one can't wait to start some of these!
Fresh Paint is a fantastic instructional book for creative mixed media projects to help artists determine their personal style. This book gives a straightforward, but detailed overview from needed materials, methods, inspiration, and a variety of vibrant projects. Stunning, colorful, step-by-step pictures accompany all of the projects. This would be a great guide for those seeking inspiration or feeling stuck in their current endeavors. A perfect guide for artists and beginners looking to expand and hone their skill set and creativity!
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC.
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