Modern Still Life: From Fruit Bowls to Disco Balls

A beginner's guide to painting fun, fresh still lifes in oil and acrylic

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Pub Date 18 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 17 May 2024

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Anyone can learn to paint! Join popular artist and instructor Sari Shryack for approachable lessons that make painting still lifes with acrylic fun, fresh, and feasible.

Sari Shryack runs the popular social media channels @not_sorry_art. She teaches painting classes online and in person, offers painting retreats domestically and internationally, hosts a podcast, and writes a blog. Modern Still Life: From Fruit Bowls to Disco Balls is her first book and the ideal opportunity for Sari to do what she does best: make painting accessible to all, something that Sari is especially passionate about. You will learn:
  • Why to paint still lifes
  • How to use acrylic paints, as well as tools like brushes and canvases
  • To be open, curious, and forgiving of your own mistakes as an artist
  • About drawing for painting
  • How to compose objects for a still life
  • Color mixing and how to use color palettes to create different moods and styles
  • How to use other painting media besides acrylic, including oil paints
  • And much more!

Then take your new skills and paint your own still lifes. In addition to the foundational information listed above, this book features complete step-by-step painting projects for creating disco balls, unexpected everyday objects, and more in Sari’s signature dynamic style. You can also personalize the pieces using your own items and colors.

There’s no need to go out and buy expensive art tools and props for painting. Modern Still Life: From Fruit Bowls to Disco Balls shows you how easy and fun it is to paint what you have on hand.

Start painting fresh, bold still lifes with this friendly and accessible guide.
Anyone can learn to paint! Join popular artist and instructor Sari Shryack for approachable lessons that make painting still lifes with acrylic fun, fresh, and feasible.

Sari Shryack runs the popular...

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I am in love with this book! The instructions are easy-to-follow and it is a nice intro to modern still life painting. The voice of the artist is lovely and the book treats you like a valued student, The sample paintings are amazing. The artist’s use of colours and how the colours and styles are weaved into the design of the book are lovely too. Very engaging and great 101 to still life.

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Thank you so much to NetGalley, Walter Foster Publishing, and Sari Shryack AKA @not_sorry_art for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions are mine.

FIRST OFF, one of the best things about this book is the exposure to an artist who's work I've never seen before. She is PHENOMENAL and uses such bright saturated colors. I'm an amateur painter myself, and I love love love to use bright brights. This book needed to be in my hands I swear. Sari walks you through her own process, step by step in how she composes, sketches, and layers her pieces. The disco ball section looked like a ton of fun. Sari gives a LOT of thought to the "why" of how to do things. The early parts of the books explained why acrylic vs oils.

This is a book for the 90s-2020s girls that want to learn to paint. These colors are FUN, and her subjects are playful and bright. This isn't your grandma's learn to paint books for sure. Seriously go look at her insta or her website for a taste of how bright and playful Sari's colors are. I'm a fan now, and I have to thank this book for the exposure to her art. I am almost certainly going to buy a physical copy when it releases to use to follow along with for my own painting journeys at my leisure.

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This was really cool. I really like the author's approach to painting, and her style is very interesting. I vibe with it, especially with the color palette she uses.

I really enjoyed seeing the step-by-step of each example painting, watching it come together from the basic shapes, seeing how she slowly refined the objects and their placement before adding details and highlights. The disco ball paintings were especially cool and made me want to try making one of my own.

The images were clear and crisp and large enough to see clearly, and the colors were very vibrant and fun. I could easily follow along with each example as it progressed from one stage to the next.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Walter Foster Publishing for providing an early copy for review.

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Such a fun instructional book! As you can tell by the cover, this isn't your typical guide to still life. It gives a vibrant, contemporary take on still life painting with oil and acrylic paints. The instructions and photographs are excellent. This would make a perfect give for an aspiring artist!

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A fab how-to guide for creating contemporary still life paintings. The vivid photos and illustrations and the thoughtful instructions make for a fine gift for any budding artist!

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Sari Shryack is not only an accomplished artist, but an innovative and interesting teacher as well. She goes over the basic tools and techniques of her particular style and then shows step-by-step photos of several still life projects - really interesting to see a flat canvas come to life with groups of brushstrokes.


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