Book Review and Giveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS Dawn Bolton on winning the book!!

Chris Cozen Julie Prichard

It’s always fun to see a friends new book come out and even more fun to get to read through it and create from it! Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard’s new book, Acrylic Solutions is chock full of acrylic painting techniques. It covers the basic elements of art and has additional chapters on laying a good foundation, adding structure, developing complexity, and finishes with finessing the details. What I love about this book is the ability to use the information inside to create your own multi-layered mixed media art. It’s inspiring and helpful, but allows for personal interpretation so each piece is your own, no two alike.

There is a lot of eye candy in there too! The book is hard backed with a spiral binding making it easy to lay open while you work on your project. (love that!)

So here is the evolution of my piece inspired by their book. I used my color wheel stencils and a signature line of paint colors I’m working on to develop a piece that covers all of the elements of art, color, texture, line, shape, value, and space. I really love the end result and felt this was an experiment at play the whole way through. Here are stepped out pictures of the journey~







‘Elements’ 12×24 hardboard artist panel


140 responses

  1. Oh gosh Pam, this is an amazing piece of artwork. Love it GF!! This book is on my wish list but throw my hat in the ring for a chance! 🙂 xxoo

  2. I would say you achieved your goal with great A symetric spaces and the work moves your eye all over the piecce stopping to rest here and there with vingettes of texture, tone and line. It is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing the step by step process, I especially loved seeing the Gisella come to life. I am just starting acrylics. Happy heart.

  3. Would love to add this to my collection of your books. Really looking forward to taking your class at Random Arts in the fall.

  4. Love, love Chris Cozen! Would so enjoy this book. Thanks for the opportunity. Namaste, Ronda Conley

  5. Don’t know if this comment will show up more than once, sorry, new computer with touch screen. When I saw your first piece in the browns, I thought that was the finale and loved it. Then as I progressed down your page, and saw the progression of color, line, texture, letters, abstraction and then the warmth of blues, greens, and purples which I could never imagine seeing unless I was in some island, I would have never believed it.
    If this book brought you to this place, I want the book:)
    Thank you,

  6. When I saw the first piece in the browns, I thought that was the finale!
    As I moved on down my screen and saw the progression the piece made, I could not believe that cool colors like blues and greens could look so warm. This piece is absolutely eloquent. You made letters, color, line, texture, abstraction, shapes…on an on have such quality. If this book led you to this finished piece, I want the book. Thank you,

  7. I would absolutely love to win this fantastic looking book!!! I just took a Golden paint workshop, and am totally inspired by the versatility of acrylics!

  8. Always love the chance to win a good book – especially in time for Mother’s Day – thank you Pam for the opportunity as well as for all your artistic inspiration …

  9. I am desperately looking for good, in depth information on the use of acrylics (as I am a beginner) and this looks like exactly what I’m looking for! Would love to win it, but if not it will be on my “to purchase” list…

  10. Pam, you were the one who reminded me my fingers were for painting. If you love this book, then I know I need a copy. Your examples were beautiful. Thanks for sharing! KellyH(at)artlover(dot)com

  11. Love acrylic paint, love to own the book and love your step outs. It is interesting to see the changes during the process and there are a couple along the way that I probably would have stopped at. (maybe I really need the book for instructions LOL)

  12. That is an AWESOME piece. I have one of their earlier books and it has great information.Thanks for sharing.

  13. Can you see me over here! Jumping up and down, waving, and shouting ‘pick me! pick me please’! The book looks absolkutely fabulous. And I love your colour wheel stencils.

  14. I really like the layers of color, texture and pattern involved in this piece. The long narrow dimension fits the stencil and found object design very well and takes you on a trip from top to bottom. I’d love to use the book to make some dynamic pieces like this one. The stencil girl stencils are also super!

  15. That book looks terrific! ….. and it is great to follow the evolution of the piece from start to finish. Alas, no face, but I guess that’s ok too.

  16. I love that you have shown your process from beginning to final piece. The colours are great. Also a great idea to have the book spiral bound so that you can follow the book easily when trying out the skills.

  17. Thanks, Pam, you make it look so easy. I’m loving those pie charts! I also draw zentangles and these can be used to make the mandalas. Also thanks for the chance to win the book!~


    Carmen L

  18. Your use of color is stunning. So glad
    you shared the progression of this artwork.
    You are always inspiring.

  19. How lovely the piece is you created! I love the progression of it. Thanks for throwing my name in the hat for the drawing! I’d love to win this awesome book to be inspired to paint by. 🙂

  20. Pam, I love your art and for your giveaways …. I’d love to win Chris and Julie’s book! Blessings!

  21. I love the example you created, and I’m excited about your “signature colors”! I’ve always been drawn to your color palette. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Step-outs are always so interesting. No one would have guessed some of the process the piece went through to become what it is. Thanks for sharing. The new book sounds as if it is very interesting also.

  23. Thank you so much for your generous offer. I would love to win the book. I’ve been exploring acrylics, collaging, dying tissue papers and making papers. I think this book would add more depth to my learning. Thanks, again, for the opportunity to get in on the drawing!

  24. Your painting in all the steps is fantastic. I would love to try this out with the book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. Looks like you learned the lessons well, beautiful work. Now I would like to win a book so I can create some beautiful work – thanks!

    Anna H

  26. Really liked the step-by-step example since I’m a ‘visual’ learner, along with the written commentary. Had already looked at example on Amazon, and really want this book in my collection. Thank you Pam!

  27. This budding artist is very appreciative of this post! Thank you so much for sharing your book related project and for the chance to win this copy. I am currently signed up for a painting class on 05/13/13 where I hope to gain and utilize new skills and products myself! Fun stuff! Your painting is awesome. Love how you used the stencils!

  28. Oh my gosh I would love to win this book…I have taken a couple of classes with them and love their style….thanks so much for offering this….You are awesome

  29. Looks like a great book to keep the creative juices flowing. Love your piece and the breakout steps 🙂

  30. I am so inspired by your mixed media techniques and would love to learn more about leveraging Acrylic painting techniques. This book looks wonderful!

  31. I would love to win this book! It looks awesome! Your adaptation of creating a work of art is really cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. I do so appreciate the fact you have shown progression photos of your art, thank you so much for sharing.

  33. Love how you used your circular stencils. They’re definitely on my wish list. The book sounds like it would be a great “return to” addition to any artist using acrylics. I always need tips on how to use this medium.

  34. Thanks so much for showing your process and progress – it’s just fascinating to me how a painting develops! This looks like a book that should be on every artist’s bookshelf……so my fingers are crossed! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Wow, this book sounds fantastic! Your work, as always, is amazing! Thanks for sharing your process, and for the great give away.

  36. Talk about feeding our muse! Those examples are great “eye candy.” I am taking a class with Chris Cozen (and you) at CREATE at the end of the month. Thanks for the opportunity to win this amazing book.

  37. Beautiful! I can’t wait to see all of the goodies inside the pages of the book!

    Lisa Dick

    Lisa Dick Go Paint Party Sent from my iPhone

  38. Wow, so cool to see the evolution as your unique style emerges…very inspiring! I have taken one of Chris and Julie’s online workshops and would LOVE to get my hands on their book as well!

  39. First a thank you for sharing the proces. I love the yellow a lot. It reminds me of a long lacy summer nite in our garden with a nice glass of wine…
    Liefs, Melanie

  40. This looks like a great book for myself and my daughter, we both would learn a lot from it. Its amazing to see where this piece begins and then what it becomes in the end.

  41. This book sounds very intriguing and I’m excited to check it out! Acrylic is my favorite paint medium and I’m looking to expand my use of it. Getting this book for free would be excellent! If not, I will certainly support the author with a purchase.

    Your application of the techniques turned out gorgeous and I’m truly inspired! There’s a ton of depth and I am now aching even more to purchase the color wheel stencils. Beautiful rich colors as well!

  42. Oh wow, this is exactly the book I need. I am new to mixed media and I have so much to learn. It would be fantastic to win this book!!! Thanks for the giveaway ♥.

  43. WOW! I was really surprised at the evolution a couple of times! The end result is amazingly beautiful! Love Love Love! And this book has been on my wish list since before it came out.

  44. I have used their YouTube presentation of how to paint a background without it turning into mud and loved how it came out!! This book would be a great addition to further my art skills. Thank you!

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