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Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches for Mixed Media Art [Paperback]

Lisa L. Cyr
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Sept. 13 2011

With page after page of stimulating possibilities, this book guides you on an uncompromising journey to visually dynamic, conceptually provocative, utterly original art.

Embrace the spirit of creative play, break out of your comfort zone, and take your art to a whole new level. In her follow-up to the popular Art Revolution, Lisa L. Cyr delves deeper into an inspiring range of two and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Discover fresh, alternative ways to apply and manipulate painting media, transform surfaces, and create distinctive, message-driven work.

Inside you'll find:

  • A wide array of unconventional tools, materials and processes that help artists blaze their own unique and creative paths
  • 12 step-by-step demonstrations highlighting specific experimental techniques, including freeform painting, making custom tools, and building dimension into a surface with inlaid boxes
  • 3 feature demonstrations showing mixed-media processes at play in the creation of original artworks, from concept to completion
  • A chapter on creative self-promotion revealing the latest marketing and presentation strategies for the working artist


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About the Author

Lisa L. Cyr is an accomplished author and multidisciplinary artist with a content-driven approach. She writes for many of the creative industry’s leading trade publications including Communication Arts, STEP inside design, HOW, ID, Altpick, Creativity’s Spark, Applied Arts and others. In addition to her writing, Cyr speaks at professional organizations, universities and industry conferences across the United States. Cyr also teaches in many of the top Master of Fine Arts graduate programs across the United States. Cyr graduated from The Massachusetts College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art and Syracuse University with a Master of Arts. Her art has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries and universities. She is an artist member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City and works in partnership with her husband Christopher Short, painter and 3D illustrator. Visit her website at http://CyrStudio.com. Cyr lives in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm loving this book! Nov. 4 2011
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I just bought this book recently and I was fascinated with Lisa L. Cyr's approaches to mixed media. She gives a bit more detail of how she accomplishes her various techniques. I hesitated buying this book for a while because I thought it would be just more of the same. I was pleasantly surprised. Some techniques I was familiar with before as most of us doing this type of work are, however, Lisa has some nice surprises inside this book.

I have to say I haven't read everything yet and some things I personally wouldn't be interested in trying, but even those techniques have peaked me to exploring parts of them further. A lot of her techniques are very advanced but even a bare beginner would find inspiration for their own art from this book.

The book cover says "Inspirational Approaches for Mixed Media Art". I think that is what appeals to me most. Lisa inspires you to create your own work by using her techniques - not just follow step-by-step instructions and end up with a copy of the artist's work.

Lisa has inspired in me all kinds of ideas for my future paintings. I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One artist's journey Sept. 14 2011
By Sheilah. Bockett - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is largely an account of Lisa Cyr's journey into the meaning of personal art making and creativity. Cyr describes the development of her own creative philosophy - a large part of the text - sharing some of her artistic discoveries on the way. (At times, the text reads almost like a soliloquy.)

Yes, there are ample examples of her creative use of mixed media, some of which are new and exciting. Cyr also makes innovative use of tools and mediums, the rich illustrations focusing on her melding of near classical realism with impressionistic backgrounds and the use of symbolism through found objects. About one third of the book is given to innovative techniques using explanatory photographs that are accompanied by brief sub-texts. However, if you are wanting a detailed map telling you how to approach your own experimentation(as you find, for example, with Dean Nimmer's 'Art From Intuition') you will not find this approach here.

I give the book 4 stars only because the print font is so small (.8 Ariel at a guess.) Apart from this, I like the book very much, and already find it having a significant influence on my thinking about my own art making. However, it is not possible to do justice to the abstract ideas and concepts in the text in one reading. Cyr goes deep, in a way that other books on paint effects do not. The painting techniques, while innovative, are presented more as artistic metaphor than as a visual end in themselves, as Cyr explains.

The author assumes that the reader already knows basic painting techniques at least. It will also help to have already experimented with different media yourself and to have some idea of your own artistic voice. Cyr herself has a unique signature and style, which is certainly not meant to be replicated. She clearly expects us to think - and imagine - for ourselves.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice inspirational book Nov. 20 2011
By Theoni Lussos - Published on Amazon.com
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I have Lisa's first book Art Revolutions and that is just a wonderful workbook. This one shows alot of those projects in new and varied ways, but most importantly how she came up with them and what led her to their conception. I think if you already have, like I do, Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators this is a good fill in. If you don't have the first book and are just getting this, you will probably be let down and wondering what's going on. Together though they complement each other well; the first book is a real gem.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing crucial information Nov. 4 2011
By Carolyn D. - Published on Amazon.com
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I watched a small demo on an artist website and thought wow, that could be fun. The book doesn't show enough of the steps in between. For instance, on a page she shows gluing down the back ground paper, on the next page there is a face already on the page, no explanation on how she did that, and it's not earlier in the book either. Her work requires tons of materials. Be prepared to buy a lot of materials, try to figure out "How did she do that" and be frustrated.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring is an understatement! Feb. 11 2013
By Natasha - Published on Amazon.com
Lisa's writing is an art form in itself. Her use of words is a wonder that led me to reading random sentences aloud just to hear them spoken.

"Ideas ignite from within, prompted and propelled by one's interests and surroundings. The manifestation comes to the surface only when all the necessary components are available to bring it to fruition. The coalescing of the internal and external spurs an inspired thought to take flight, and it is up to the artist to recognize and make sense of the relationships that begin to unfold once it surfaces."

"Unveiling a world beyond the picture plane, the dimensional landscape takes on a more expansive, symbolic role in the pictorial realm, making a visceral connection with all who encounter its presence"

The book takes you from the initial stages of creating, the planning and sketching, through to gathering the tools and materials (and good ideas about using found items and altering existing tools), through to the stages of a painting, and a myriad of demonstrations of different techniques and constructions.

The depth of information was incredible. Beyond the actual painting she even discusses the marketing of you work and creating sustainable series of work and creating multiples. In terms of sheer information there is a lot in this book.

You also get to admire and ogle Lisa's work which is quite frankly stunning. Her storytelling is inspired, and seeing the actual story behind her works, and then how she translates the story to images and symbols to bring it to life was insightful. Down to the way the work is presented and how that adds to the story, she gave me much to think about.

She does not show you step by step how to create one of her works, because this is not what the book is about, it isn't learning to paint like Lisa. You can see the level of work she has put in to produce the images she does and that comes about through your own practice and dedication, not something you see shown in a book and reproduce. But there is so much more in the book that will help you tell and illustrate your own stories.

Her use of texture, and where and why she used it was illuminating and I had several "lightbulb" moments. She goes into creating textures a wee bit and some of her techniques seem so linear and obvious I was left wondering how I had never made the jump myself. Her work is truly representative of the term mixed-media in a way that I have never seen so completely in single pieces before. The combinations of materials, and the range she uses will inspire you.

Sometimes the writing was almost overwhelming, particularly at night after the children were put to bed, the words (as much as I also loved them! :)) had me turning to other books because I just wasn't up to this book all the time.

Overall however, the book was inspiring and educational and I recommend it to people as a glimpse in how to add not only texture to their work but a real depth and combine the two to tell their stories.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book Oct. 22 2011
By edielmamar - Published on Amazon.com
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Lisa Cyr is a fabulous artist and author ! This book encouraged and inspired me to seek a higher level for creating my own art without trying to emulate her style.
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