realistic abstracts

  • Book Review: Kees Van Aalst's 'Realistic Abstracts'

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    Realistic Abstracts by Kees Van Aalst

    As seen in the PAINT Newsletter, our new book review feature sees art expert Henry Malt dip into some of the newest art instruction books to find out what they have to offer the aspiring artist.

    Henry has been writing about art books for thirty years, twenty seven of which were spent running the Artists’ Choice book club. In this new feature, he takes an independent look at the latest publications. This time he'll be casting an eye over Realistic Abstracts by Kees Van Aalst.

    Abstract painting has a language all of its own and, in its full-on guise, is about re-creating your own emotional response to your subject in the mind of the viewer, but without the obvious points of reference given by simple representation.  In order to do this, you need to be completely at home with perspective, composition and colour as well as your overall painting technique.  However, many artists like the idea of moving away from simply painting a record of what’s in front of them and this is what Kees will show you how to do. Continue reading

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