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Official Review: My Journey Through Ink and Paint.

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Official Review: My Journey Through Ink and Paint.

Post Number:#1 by stoppoppingtheP
» 11 May 2017, 10:09

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "My Journey Through Ink and Paint." by Christopher O. Makoyawo (Snr.).]

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4 out of 4 stars
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My Journey Through Ink and Paint. is written and illustrated by the author and artist Christopher O. Makoyawo (Snr.), and is published by Page Publishing. As it suggests this book is a compilation of several works of art by the author. It falls under the non-fiction genre.

The book starts by describing the author’s journey to creating abstract art. He claims that talent is a gift given by God and that it should be used to benefit you and your environment. He talks about his journey, first through sketches of the things around him, and the transition to abstract art. He then writes a bit about how and from where he gets inspiration and motivation to create his work. Art can be found in anything. It is about using your imagination and looking deeply enough to find beauty. This can be found in the light rays striking a piece of glass, suds of soap bubbles or chipped-off paint.

The main part of the book consists of twenty pieces of the artist’s work. He introduces each piece of art with a title and an explanation behind the meaning of the art. The explanation ranges from a few sentences to a full page. In it, he explains his interpretation of that particular piece. However, he clearly says in the book that the reader is welcome to come up with their own understanding of the art piece.

This artist likes to use thin lines and points of color to create his artwork. He often uses bright colors and doesn’t use much blending. The reader will be able to identify that most of the works have a similar technique of using the colors and lines.

I particularly liked his fourth and fifth pieces. His fourth piece is titled “Down-Under” and is a collection of floating pieces in a beautiful pink sea. The fifth piece titled “the Wealth and the Taker” depicts something of the natural wealth that this earth has, and how it is being stolen away.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I found it enjoyable and pleasurable to read and visually stimulating as well. I really enjoyed the fact that in-depth descriptions were given with the works of art since it gives an insight into the artist’s viewpoint and understanding of his own work.

Truthfully, I think that this book would be better in a print version where it could be enjoyed as a coffee table browsing book when one is relaxing. However, I think that the enjoyability of this book depends on the reader and their attitude towards abstract art. If the reader has a keen interest in art or is even openminded and willing to explore the art of abstract paintings, this book is for them. However, if one is not really interested in abstract art, they might not find this book to be of much interest.

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Re: Official Review: My Journey Through Ink and Paint.

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 17 May 2017, 12:04

It's hard to do a review about a book of art, if you ask me. However, you did a great job. It does sound like it would be better enjoyed as a coffee table book. Sounds quite interesting.
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Post Number:#3 by Jaime Lync
» 17 May 2017, 14:18

This book sounds like a photo album. I've always wanted to read something like this. I agree with Kandscreeley, writing a review for this sounds difficult but you did a great job.
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Post Number:#4 by MarisaRose
» 17 May 2017, 15:17

I think it would be interesting to actually see the author's work. Abstract art has always been an enigma to me, sometimes I think I get it, and other times I'm just confused by it. Interesting review!
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Post Number:#5 by Chrys Brobbey
» 17 May 2017, 21:13

Yes, art can be found in everything. Everything can serve as a theme for poetry or a novel for a writer, We just have to keep our senses active. Thanks for an enjoyable review.
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Post Number:#6 by kimmyschemy06
» 18 May 2017, 23:28

Sounds like a very lovely book. I'm not an artist but a crafter and I, surely, would love to have this book in my collection. Good job on the review. Congratulations to Christopher O. Makoyawo (Snr.) on such a high rating.
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Post Number:#7 by csimmons032
» 20 May 2017, 15:45

Given that I am an artist myself, this seems like a very interesting book. Thank you for the great review, you did a wonderful job.
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Re: Official Review: My Journey Through Ink and Paint.

Post Number:#8 by stoppoppingtheP
» 21 May 2017, 11:18

Thanks for all the lovely comments. It is true that it is quite difficult to review and judge a book about abstract art. This is because each person may have their own opinions on the same piece. One person may love a painting, while another would not find it that appealing.

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Post Number:#9 by Amagine
» 21 May 2017, 11:44

This definitely sounds like a great book for the artistic types. That is why I'm sure I would enjoy the book. It's interesting to read about a fellow artist's journey and struggles. Also, just by looking at the cover image, the illustrations are beautiful!

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Post Number:#10 by ReadtoLive
» 21 May 2017, 16:41

I think you're right about this being more enjoyable as a coffee table book. I think art books in general are like that, I find them more pleasing when I can actually hold them in my hands, versus reading them electronically. Thanks for the good review.
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Re: Official Review: My Journey Through Ink and Paint.

Post Number:#11 by stoppoppingtheP
» 23 May 2017, 04:22

ReadtoLive wrote:I think you're right about this being more enjoyable as a coffee table book. I think art books in general are like that, I find them more pleasing when I can actually hold them in my hands, versus reading them electronically. Thanks for the good review.


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Post Number:#12 by Kitkat3
» 31 May 2017, 02:22

Wow! Great review! I really like the concept of this book, so I'll check it out. I agree with other commenters; this was probably a difficult review to write.
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» 31 May 2017, 19:34

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Post Number:#14 by Rosemary Okoko
» 20 Jun 2017, 04:33

An art book would be difficult to review as there is no flowing story behind it. You have proved me wrong though as you seem to have had it easy reviewing this book. Thanks
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