Monday, February 26, 2018

Folk Art Fusion: Americana Review & GIVEAWAY

Learn to draw and paint charming American folk art with a colorful, modern twist in Folk Art Fusion: Americana by Joy Laforme. The self-taught artist and illustrator shares her process of art making layer-by-layer in 16 simple painting projects. Each with large, step-by-step color photos and text instruction. She makes it look easy. Her tools are paper, pencil, pastel pencil, acrylic paint and brushes. She tells what to use for each painting. Her creative process begins with saving inspirational photos, keeping a sketchbook, sketching a pencil outline and creating a color palette. Her work is lovely. Laforme gets her inspiration from nature - gardens, flowers, birds, cottages, trees - and more. Some of the paintings from the book are below, along with some from her web-site. A gallery at the rear of the book showcases more of her quaint paintings and will further spark your imagination. The 128 page paperback was released in February of 2018 from Walter Foster PublishingGet your copy below!

Table of Contents

What is American Folk Art?
Tools & Materials
Painting Techniques
Perspective & the Naive Style
Drawing Exercise
Creating a Color Palette

Painting Projects
Wildflower Still Life
Wash Day
The Cake Shop
Welcome Home Pineapple
Lighthouse by the Sea
Flower Cottage
Independence Day
Tree of Life
Yarn It All
Pumpkin Cove
The Pumpkin Patch
Christmas Dove
Snowy Night
 Let It Snow
Peace in the City

Inspiration Gallery
About the Author

Colonial Winter by Joy LaForme. 
From Folk Art Fusion: Americana.

Bluejay Cottage by Joy Laforme
Bluejay Cottage by Joy LaForme.
From Folk Art Fusion: Americana.

 The Corner Cupcake by Joy LaForme.
From Folk Art Fusion: Americana.

Stitcherie by Joy LaForme.

Folk Art Fusion: Americana is available worldwide at Walter Foster Publishing, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Walter Foster is one of the most recognized names in art instruction. Check out their unique catalog at Walter Foster Publications. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Folk Art Fusion: Americana! One winner will be selected at random. Open until March 12, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

Bleeding Heart Still Life (from Folk Art Fusion: Americana) by Joy Laforme
Bleeding Heart Still Life by Joy LaForme.
From Folk Art Fusion: Americana.

Wildflower Still Life by Joy Laforme
Wildflower Still Life by Joy LaForme.

Staffordshire Still Life no. 2 by Joy Laforme
Staffordshire Teapot Still Life no. 2 by Joy LaForme.


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