Still Lifes

Master the basic theories and techniques of painting still lifes in acrylic

By Varvara Harmon
(Walter Foster Publishing, Paperback, 9781600583896, 64pp.)

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

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In this follow-up to Getting Started, the first title in this technique and project-driven Acrylic Made Easy Series, Still Lifes offers a fresh and simple approach for beginning and intermediate artists to learn the essentials of rendering beautiful still lifes in acrylic. Beginning with an introduction to a variety of tools and materials, artists will learn how to select the right brushes, palettes, paints, paper, and surfaces for their work. Acrylic Made Easy: Still Lifes also provides artists with an overview of basic color theory and information for how to mix colors effectively, as well as how to plan a composition and achieve proper perspective. Additionally, artists will learn a range of basic painting techniques, including glazing, scumbling, stippling, and more. Included in this helpful guide are useful tips and techniques for mastering a range of concepts, such as color theory, composition, lighting, and painting from photographs. Through simple step-by-step projects, aspiring artists will discover how to approach a still life painting, beginning with a sketch and progressing to a beautiful finished piece of acrylic artwork. Covering a breadth of subject matter, from florals and tablescapes to fruits and vegetables, readers will find helpful information that not only instructs but also inspires.

About the Author

Varvara Harmon is an award-winning multimedia artist who works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, silk paintings, and ink and pencil drawing. Her work has been juried into national and international exhibitions, is in private collections around the world, and has been published in several magazines and books. Varvara is currently represented at several galleries across the Northeast, and she teaches workshops and classes in acrylic, watercolor, and oil. Visit to learn more.

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