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Sea and Sky Acrylic Painting Techniques and Inspiration by Dave White. Book Review.

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Want some great practical tips for painting Seascapes. What about some interesting composition ideas for your next ocean painting.

Sea and Sky in acrylic Techniques and inspiration. By Dave White Book Review by Goldstarwork, Artist Laura Wilson

Do you have trouble painting those clouds to make believable skies.

Then this book will help you

Now I know this isn't a new book and it could be you even already own it. So why would you want to read a review on something you already own? I want to do something a little different in this review. I want to show you how I use this book to help me with my painting. 

The painting examples I will feature in here will be my paintings that I have done after learning from this book. This way you can see how practical and easy to follow this book is. 

I have actually owned this book for two years now. So I have had time to really explore lots of different things in it. Of cause if you are anything like me, you find it hard to not buy those art books. But I admit some I haven't got around to using as yet and sit on my book shelf waiting for that someday when I have time.

Not so with this one. It is so appealing to look through that I am always drawn to it. It has great easy to follow instructions with plenty of information without bogging you down with to much text.

Also it has a ton of great painting examples that will just make you itch to get out your paint brushes.

So how have I used this book?

First off after flicking through this book after I first purchased it. The section on painting clouds in perspective caught my eye. This was something I was finding difficult to get really clear easy to follow instructions on at the time.

 

painting clouds in perspective book review of Sea and Sky in Acrylic, Techniques and inspiration by Dave White. Art Blog By Goldstarwork, Artist Laura Wilson.

Cloud reflections

This book definitely  helped. It has the easiest to follow instructions on how to do that linear perspective for your clouds that I have discovered anywhere. Well done Dave White you were just what I was looking for. So if some of those explanations in other places are getting to technical or just don't give you enough information. This book will give you just the right amount and has a super easy to follow practical demonstration that is particularly useful. Even if this was the only thing I got out of this book, it would have been worth the cost to me, to get that information really making sense in my head. 

Then next thing that really stood out to me in this book was his great use of colour and the different ways he composed his paintings. I love to paint waves. A lot of the time I feel just a wave painting on it's own is kind of boring. But Dave does his in a way that has a fresh prospective on composition and colour that I found very inspiring.

I did this wave painting after reading his book. I'm sure I wouldn't have done this wave in this way without his advice. I was really happy with the out come and the colour scheme that was inspired by looking at Dave's book.

Stormy Wave acrylic painting inspired by Sea and Sky in acrylic by Dave White. Book review by Goldstarwork, Artist Laura Wilson

Stormy Cloud Sold

Also he goes through the parts of the wave and how to paint them very well. With some great advice on doing the foam patterns in perspective which relates well to how he did the cloud perspective.

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The next thing I learnt in this book was how to paint the sand to give movement and interest to the painting and showing how the sea pulls back and makes a drag mark type of effect. This was such an easy method and so effective. It's a great tool to add to your painting techniques toolbox.

Shifting Sands inspired by Sea and Sky in Acrylic Paint Techniques and inspiration by Dave White. Book review by Goldstarwork Laura Wilsonseascape painting Plein air inspired by Sea and Sky in acrylic Techniques and inspiration by Dave White. Book review by Goldstarwork, Artist Laura Wilson

 Shifting Sands 1 Sold                                Day at the Beach                                            

Beach day was painted while I was doing my building a daily art habit series Plein air. If you would like to see me painting this then you can click on the link below.

Day 11 Building a Daily Art Habit. Painting a Wave Plein air.

He also shows how to paint rocks with a palette knife. This is a great way to do rocks. So simple and colourful. 

Simple to paint rocks with palette knife inspired by Sea and sky in acrylics, techniques and inspiration by Dave White. Book review by Goldstarwork, Artist Laura Wilson Rock painted with palette knife. Inspired by Dave Whites Book Sea and sky in acrylics, Techniques and inspiration. Book review by Goldstarwork, Artist Laura Wilson.

                                                Palette Knife Rocks

There is lots of other information in this book that I am sure you would find useful. We all have different needs and take away different things from resources. 

Just in the interest of honesty here. Of course not everything in the book is going to be useful to everyone.   

I tried out his ideas on painting a sunset. Trying out the colours. He does like to use his fingers when painting clouds quite a lot and I just wasn't into that as I never felt I had enough control. But it was easy to just adapt the method to use a brush instead. Although I liked his colour scheme for his sunset picture, but I feel there are better resources out there for how to paint sunsets and sunrises. But this is only a small part of the book and of cause only my opinion.

Sunset colours inspired by Dave White's book Sea and Sky in acrylic, techniques and inspiration. Book review by Goldstarwork, Artist Laura Wilson

Sunset on the Rangers

I have a blog and video on how I painted this sunset above using Dave's book if you wanted to see more detail on that click below.

Day 6, Building a Daily Art Habit. How it get over a painting FAIL. A different way to set goals

Sunset colours inspired by Dave White's book Sea and Sky in acrylic, techniques and inspiration. Book review by Goldstarwork, Artist Laura Wilson

Sunset from my backyard

Then end chapters in the book is some practical step by step examples of how to put all the information together into paintings which I think is particularly useful. 

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Now if you have decided you would like to purchase this book here is a link  below on where you can buy it. I think it is well worth the small amount it costs.

Sea and Sky in Acrylics, Techniques and inspiration by Dave White.

Sea and Sky in Acrylics, Techniques and inspiration by Dave White.

This is an affiliate link and I would get a very small amount at no cost to you if you buy it from this link. 

Some other Blog posts you might enjoy are:

How to paint glowing sunsets

How to significantly improve your your painting by understanding tone and value.

Improve your painting by working on a series

So Happy Painting Everyone!

See you next time.



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