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Ready to Paint the Masters: Van Gogh in Acrylics

Lovers of Van Gogh's amazing paintings can now learn how to paint their favorites using acrylic paints.

Michael Sanders demonstrates how to reproduce three famous paintings by Vincent van Gogh, using step-by-step photographs and clear, detailed instructions. He then paints two further compositions of his own, using the style and techniques of van Gogh.

Like taking a lesson from the master himself, this introduction to the style and technique of Vincent van Gogh is for beginners and more experienced painters alike. An unmatched master during the Postimpressionist period, van Gogh's style evokes a more expressive image, and this collection features an assortment of his most celebrated subjects — such as peasant farmers clearing their fields, a provincial village at dusk, a sunflower still life, and the artist's thatched-seat chair and pipe.

Accompanying each of the five projects is a set of detailed photographs that demonstrate the unique short brushstrokes that van Gogh employed for his most distinct style.

Six reusable tracing papers are included (one for each project, plus a bonus tracing paper), so establishing a balanced composition is quick and easy — and while van Gogh worked mostly with oil paints, this resource translates his technique and colorization to the more utilitarian acrylic medium.

Sanders has studied and reproduced many of van Gogh's works as an artistic exercise and has gained insight into the painter's methods, right down to individual brush strokes.

He garnered much of his creative talent in graphic arts at Plymouth College of Art and learned ceramics at Bristol University, both located in England. Drawing from his college experience, Sanders went on to become a graphic artist and sign writer, then a potter, tutor, and professional artist.

He still teaches and he now runs painting holidays in the UK and Europe. He regularly writes articles for art magazines, loves boats and travelling, and he enjoys music, the theatre, and teaching art.

Author — Michael Sanders.

Paperback. 64 pages. 8½" × 11½".

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