When you think of paintings with texture, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of thick layers of paint with visible brushstrokes; perhaps it’s the subject of the painting, such as the coarse beard of a weathered man or the smooth glass of a beautiful vase. I think it’s safe to say that we all love texture in its various manifestations, including the way artists are using it today to express their visions through acrylic painting techniques.
Acrylic Works 3 is all about celebrating texture. When you browse this new book from North Light, you’ll find the best of the best in acrylic art. Here’s what Editor and Group Publisher Jamie Markle, Vice President, Group Publisher and editor of Acrylic Works 3, has to say about this exciting new collection.
“Upon whatever surface we paint the physical texture can be smooth, shiny, rough, prickly or pebbly, just to name a few results,” Jamie says. “So the word texture refers both to the visual illusion we’re capturing and the physical reality we’re creating on the painting surface. We all achieve unique results. Some painters create the illusion of texture so accurately that they fool the viewer’s eye into believing that the texture they see has physical dimension upon what is actually a smooth surface. Other artists celebrate texture by leaving physical evidence of the brushstroke or knife work on the surface. And then there are the artists for whom the texture they create in a work takes greater importance than replicating the subject precisely. Of course, many artists employ a combination of these approaches.
“Regardless of how we use texture, the more important point is why we use texture. Painting, any art form, is a means of communication for the artist. Artists paint what is meaningful to them, and the use of texture is one of the ways by which the artist clearly communicates with the viewer. Again, the possibilities are endless, limited only by concept, passion and skill. The artists featured in AcrylicWorks 3 use texture in their paintings to tell their stories. This book honors their expertise and mastery of capturing realistic texture, and gives them a platform upon which to share their perspective on the world. These paintings communicate what aroused the fascination or affection of the artist. The stories these paintings tell record a moment, share an emotion or relay a concept. Each artist is communicating his or her perception of their chosen subject to you via the use of texture and composition.”The many talented acrylic artists featured in this new collection share not only their work, but also their inspiration and their techniques. Sandra Kuck, who created Death of Walking Bird (above), tells us this, for example:
“I admire the works of Chuck Close; he inspired me to paint in acrylics. Acrylics allow me to paint in great detail. I treat acrylics like watercolors and dilute them with Liqutex medium. Each day I mix all of my colors in individual jars, and I prepare to apply each color in thin layers with an air gun. This is an extremely tedious process.”
Where else will you get behind-the-scenes information about such a diverse, quality group of acrylic paintings? Only in Acrylic Works.