Friday, August 20, 2010

Book Review: Encaustic Art, by Lissa Rankin

Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax, by Lissa Rankin (Watson-Guptill; 2010)

Here is Lissa Rankin's worthy and admirable successor to the now-former 'Bible' on encaustic art, The Art of Encaustic Painting, by Joanne Mattera (Watson-Guptill; 2001).

The format of this new book is large and the quality of the reproductions are outstanding, with more than enough detail to illustrate the explanations in the text. The layout is spacious and well-designed. Sidebars are used aptly, adding key details to the accompanying text. The book is a pleasure to quickly browse, read, or study closely.

But more importantly, the content is highly useful. And it's organized in a sensible and logical way. The sections on technique are particularly rich. Reading them sparked a number of new ideas, plans, and strategies for me.

I recommend this book for all those (of us!) out here who are cranking through a solo learn-as-you-go program on encaustic painting. This new book will give the receptive reader not only the tools to move forward with determination, but new ideas and new techniques to explore and incorporate.

I highly recommend this book! 

☛ More on Lissa Rankin is here, on her website. See her galleries.

The Table of Contents is below the jump.
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1 comment:

Lissa Rankin said...

Bless you! I so appreciate the review and am delighted the book is serving you well.
Waxy love to you,
Lissa Rankin