Painting in Acrylics – the Indispensable Guide

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Over a year ago I was invited to participate in a new comprehensive book–Painting in Acrylics – the Indispensable Guide. The publisher emailed to ask if they could feature a couple of images of paintings from my website to illustrate the chapter on sgraffito painting.

The artist-author Lorena Kloosterboer lived in Belgium and the editor in England. The book would be published in the UK and the US.

In return for my images I would be given credit in the book, my website would be mentioned and I would receive a copy of the finished book.

Lilies Acrylic painting ©Flora Doehler, 2013 12? x 12? $260


I have to admit that my 1st reaction was skepticism. Like many visual artists I’ve been invited to publish my work in the past–but at a cost of hundreds of dollars in ‘books’ that would only be distributed to the participating artists.

But this offer was and is bona fide. The publisher is Quarto in the UK and Firefly Books in the US.

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So how did this opportunity come about? The author found my website in an internet search. I had tagged some of the paintings as sgraffito . She was looking for samples of that style.

So if you are an artist, let this blog post be a reminder to you to include detailed descriptions of your artwork and your methods on your website so that search engines–and publishers–can find you.

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Even the studio was shown, along with a shot of my set up at Paint-the-town.

It has taken years for this book to go from concept to publication. 12 months ago I submitted many images of my paintings, my studio, and my painting setup to Quarto. I sent high resolution jpegs to the publisher through the free version of Dropbox. It is a server ‘in the cloud’. I uploaded the large images required for printing, shared the password, and Quarto downloaded them. I didn’t have to make a DVD or snail mail anything.

Just before Christmas I received my very own copy of Painting in Acrylics – the Indispensable Guide.
I am so thrilled that my paintings are part of this international book. There are many painters included whose work I admire.

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This is the most comprehensive acrylic guide I have ever seen with extensive information about acrylic painting–styles, materials, color theory and so much more.

There are paintings from over 90 artists all over the world.

Artist – author Lorena Kloosterboer writes clearly and is generous with her step-by-step descriptions of her own high realism painting process.

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I love experimenting with art materials and this book will show me new ways of working with this versatile medium. I highly recommend this book for artists at all levels. I know that for me, getting my hands on it is a great way to start 2015!

If you want to take a closer look at the book, click on this link to view it and my current favorite art-related books.

9 thoughts on “Painting in Acrylics – the Indispensable Guide

  1. Dear Flora,

    Thank you for your thoughtful description of your involvement in my book and for allowing me to illustrate the sgrafitto method with your wonderful paintings, as well as show your studio set-up! It was a huge project for which I invited artists (97 in total, including myself) to showcase a broad variety of possible styles, to show how diverse acrylic painting results can be. I’m so happy you finally received your copy and like it.

    Happy painting!

    1. Lorena, Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of the book and also to be included with so many wonderful artists. I love your work and the play with light and reflection and colour. Someday I hope to see it ‘live’. 🙂

  2. Hi Flora

    I was thrilled to discover quite by accident this snowy morning while leafing through Lorena Kloosterboer’s fabulous book on acrylics that it included examples of your spectacular work! I can’t tell you how excited it made me feel!!! Your work leaps off the page and then lo and behold it’s by YOU, Flora Doehler, mutual friend of Barbara Muir – we met years ago when you and Larry lived in Toronto.



    1. Thank you Marcia! I feel so honoured to be included in this book…and now honoured again by your generous words. You are an artist who’s work I have always loved. oxox

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