ARC Review: Fresh Paint by Flora Bowley & Lynzee Lynx

Fresh Paint by Flora Bowley

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book posed an intimidating challenge — 100 small paintings! interrogate your use of color, shape, design, materials, etc?! “Discover Your Unique Creative Style Through 100 Small Mixed-Media Paintings” — and at first I was dubious, but now that I’ve finished I want to jump into those hundred paintings right now. I’m actually rather disappointed that I have to go and make dinner instead. Adulting is hard sometimes.

I loved the example paintings throughout, and found the exercises insightful and brimming with possibilities. My excitement grew with each chapter and new idea. I also really loved the tip of cutting up large watercolor paper to paint on. First, because that would never have occurred to me, and second because I actually have giant watercolor paper and I’ve been wondering what I would do with it.

I have been making a mental list of the supplies I will need to start. I have a lot of them already — embroidery floss, glitter, various paints, pens, markers, colored pencils, etc… But what I don’t have are acrylic paints (I sold mine from school when making room for my baby several years ago). I DO however have a better understanding of the colors I like than I had in art school, and a lead on the colors I will need to get started.

I’m so excited. I have been wanting to get back into acrylic painting, but I was laboring under the impression that I needed to have canvases or panels, an easel, and the room to store those things (which I don’t have). But. Paper I can definitely do.

I also love to browse my local independent art supply store and the idea to purchase one color or pen or other small thing to add to the paintings with each trip is brilliant. A whole list of supplies? Expensive and intimidating. But I always come out with a few things anyway.

Another tip I found brilliant is the idea of working on several paintings at once, and pulling them out and adding more layers and details as inspiration strikes. I’ve never tried that, but I really want to try.

If you’re at all interested in mixed media painting, this book is a must and I would definitely recommend it – especially if you’re trying to develop your own style and color palette. I will be purchasing a hard copy to refer back to as I work on my paintings.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing an e-arc for review.

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