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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi-binding
  • Publication: 25 January 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218777
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: £17.99
  • Series: The Innovative Artist
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The Innovative Artist: Abstracts and Mixed Media


Brilliant new ways with colour, texture and form by Helen Kaminsky

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Book Description

Explore abstract art with a mix of media and methods, under the guidance of expert artist Helen Kaminsky.

The Innovative Artist series provides a unique insight into the methods and materials used by leading contemporary artists who are pushing the boundaries of their art. Through numerous examples of the author’s work alongside practical demonstrations, each book provides a fascinating exploration of the artist’s creative process that will inspire the reader to move forward on their own artistic journey.

Abstracts and Mixed Media is aimed at artists who wish to explore the possibilities offered by mixed media in new and impressive ways. Helen's love of colour and experimentation is carried through layers of imagery and texture with a gloriously vibrant mix of traditional and imaginative new techniques. It is the experimental combination of these methods that gives each painting its unique glowing quality.

Artists will discover different ways of mixing and blending paint with unusual materials, collage techniques, fun printing methods, mark-making with found objects, and original ways to incorporate homemade stencils and stamps into their work. Helen leads the reader through her exciting range of techniques using charcoal, gesso, oil pastels, wet and dry media, printing and mark-making materials, and collage.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6, Inspiration 10, Demonstration: The Toolmaker 12, The art of the abstract 18, Colour 20, Demonstration: Rock Strata 28, Demonstration: The Meeting of the Waters 30, Composition 36, Demonstration: Playtime with Matisse 40, Design 42, Demonstration: Rocky Road 42, Interpretation 46, Demonstration: Pollen for the Bees 46, My working process 52, Demonstration: Cottage on a Hillside 57, Materials and tools 60, Mixing the media 72, Creating backgrounds 74, Demonstration: New Directions 80, Demonstration: An Artist’s Garden 87, Demonstration: A Different Perspective 95, Collage 100, Demonstration: Retro City 114, Veiling and lifting 120, Demonstration: Watermelon Woman 122, Transparency 130, Printing 134, Mark-making 144, Demonstration: Red Lilies 168, Varnishing and completing 174, Index 176, Acknowledgements

About the Author

About Helen Kaminsky

Art has always been a passion for popular mixed media artist Helen Kaminsky and her work has evolved through her love of experimenting with different techniques. She is predominantly self-taught, working intuitively and energetically over a diverse range of subjects. Since attending a mixed media course at Central Saint Martins School of Art, London, Helen has gathered together an astonishing range of versatile effects, loving the challenges offered by using different and unusual materials. The synergies of the techniques used combine to establish an intuitive, original and diverse portfolio that has attracted the attention of many art collectors internationally. She is a member of the SAA and recent awards include their Artist of the Year Award for Across the Bay (Highly Commended) and Red Angel (Commended). Helen has also had work selected for the Society of Women Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.

Helen has written for The New Artist Magazine and has also produced various articles and demos for the SAA's Paint Magazine.

Helen lives in Cheshire, UK.

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