Painting the Sacred Within is a jewel of a book that is a complete resource for anyone needing fresh inspiration to complement their creative process. Faith Evans-Sills and Mati McDonough help you explore the possibilities and provide inspirational approaches to beginning your creative journey.
From setting up your painting space, to developing your personal color palette, to establishing a daily practice of seeing and exploring your world, this book covers all of this and more!
Each lesson includes a supply list, step by step instructions and gorgeous full color photos of each technique. The exercises are helpful, clear, and concise, and designed to help you create beautiful art in your own unique way though experimenting with abstract techniques.
Along with the lessons, they’ve also included inspirational artist experiences with exercises to help you explore your environment with fresh eyes. Other artists featured will help you create a personal alter and set intentions for yourself. The book also showcases work from the students in Faith and Mati’s e-courses to show lovely examples of how these techniques look when interpreted by other artists.
Learn how to infuse your painting with both delicate subtlety and dominant elements and colors and how to express your unique feelings onto the canvas. Mati and Faith discuss how to sustain your creative self and awaken your creativity, even when you are feeling stuck from the stress of life.
One of my favorite exercises in the book is the “Using Prompts for Abstract Mark Making” section. They’ve provided a page full of fun prompts that you can copy and cut up and place in a pretty bowl. Then, you can either create an entire canvas using this technique, or you can reach into the bowl and pull out a prompt when you feel like you need to take your art in a fresh direction. My husband, Phil, has never worked on a canvas or creatively painted with acrylic paint in his life but by using the prompts during an afternoon painting session together, he created an original painting. From my hard core, heavy metal loving, drum playing, rocker husband came a painting with thoughtful strokes, beautiful color and unique marks.
From watercolor to collage to acrylic paint, this book contains an abundance of techniques and lessons to inspire and encourage any painter to explore new approaches to abstract painting. No matter where you are in your creative journey, this book is perfect for both beginners as well as experienced artists.
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: North Light Books (1 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781440348471
- ISBN-13: 978-1440348471
- ASIN: 1440348472
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 27.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 567 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)