The Innovative Artist - Abstracts and Mixed Media

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The Innovative Artist - Abstracts and Mixed Media by Helen Kaminsky is an inspiring title that will introduce you to brilliant new ways to use colour, texture and form. Helen encourages you to explore abstract art in a variety of media and techniques under her expert guidance.

Abstracts and Mixed Media is the perfect title for artists looking to explore mixed media to its full potential in new and exciting ways. The layered images and textures demonstrate Helen's passion for colour and experimentation. Her work combines a mixture of traditional and imaginative new techniques - this experimental combination gives rise to painting methods that impart a unique glowing quality to each of her paintings.

In this title artists can discover different ways of mixing and blending paint with unusual materials, collage techniques, printing methods, mark-making with found objects and original ways to incorporate homemade stencils and stamps. Helen will lead you through an excitin array of techniques including a broad selection of materials including charcoal, gesso, oil pastels, wet and dry media, printing, mark-making and collage.

The 'Innovative Artist' Series offers insight into the working processes of contemporary artists who are pushing the boundaries of their art in a variety of methods and materials. Each title in the series includes numerous examples of the artists own work alongside practical demonstrations with step by step instruction. Explore each artists technique stroke by stroke to inspire you to move forward on your own artistic journey.

176 page paperback with flexi-binding. 216x280 mm.


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  • 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
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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.

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