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ART BOOKS & DVDS

Art in Detail – 100 Masterpieces

Susie Hodge

As with most books by Susie Hodge, you get a whole lot more here than you were expecting. On the face of it, this is a well thought out selection of paintings from 1303 to 2014, with commentaries on enlarged details. What it quickly becomes is a jargon and pain-free course in art appreciation that’ll teach you how to look at paintings with an enquiring and understanding eye. On top of that, it becomes a history of 800 years of art in a little over 400 pages. It’s not detailed, but that’s the beauty of it. However, if you want to know what you’re looking at and what you should be looking for in terms of imagery, symbolism and technique, Susie is on the money and won’t blind you with science. Buy this book, it’s a steal.

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Welcome to our summer issue packed with ideas and tips for painting outside, including Paul Weaver's demonstration showing how to capture the spirit of the seaside in watercolour. Watercolourists will also love Paul Talbot-Greaves' focus on how to use neutral and dark colours to add impact to your paintings, Julie Collins' advice on using ultramarine blue, and our review of the fabulous exhibition of John Singer Sargent's watercolours at Dulwich Picture Gallery. There are inspirational features on mastering perspective, capturing a likeness of a family member in oils, painting the figure alla prima, how to create movement in wildlife paintings in acrylics, and why you should consider the use of digital technology to support your traditional painting methods. Our artists also share their views on the new Winsor & Newton professional canvases and Jaxell's extra fine pastels, while our cover artist, Eileen Cooper OBE, RA talks about her own work, as well as the organisation and decision making behind this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. All this and much more to inspire a summer of successful drawing and painting!
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