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  1. Pastel Painting Atelier: Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials
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  2. Pastel Painting Atelier: Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials

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Revel in the luminous and vibrant qualities of pastel with Ellen Eagle’s essential course in the history, techniques, and practices of the medium. In this comprehensive yet intimate guide, Eagle explores pastel’s rich but relatively unexamined past, reveals her own personal influences and approaches, and guides you toward the discovery and mastery of your own vision.   In Pastel Painting Atelier, you will find:

   • Advice on basic materials: guidance on building, storing, and organizing a collection of pastels; choosing the right paper; and the importance of experimentation
   • Studio practice suggestions: ideas for creating your ideal working environment and recipes for making your own pastels and supports
   • Study of the working process: lessons on proportion, gesture, composition, color, application, identifying and correcting problems, and recognizing when a work is finished
   • Meditation on subject: cues for extrapolating the subtle details, presence, and temporal features of whatever you choose to paint
   • Step-by-step demonstrations: Eagle’s acute insights into her own works as they progress


A magnificent selection of works by masters such as James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Rosalba Carriera, Mary Cassatt, and Eugene Delacroix augment this guide, as do works by contemporary artists including Harvey Dinnerstein, Elizabeth Mowry, and Daniel Massad.  Aimed at serious artists, this guide enlightens, instructs, and inspires readers to create brilliant and sensitive works in the historic medium of pastel.

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I have a deep love of working with pastels. It began in childhood when my grandfather (trained at the academy in Rome in the early 1900s) created pastel paintings during family visits, and sometimes let me use sticks from his huge oak chest of drawers that contained his complete set of Rembrandt colors. It left me with an appreciation for pastel portraiture, in particular (my grandfather's specialty), that only increased as I found the pastel work by Degas, for example, and other artists traditionally considered oil painters. But pastel was not taught at my art schools, nor are there many publications about them. Over the years I did read books on pastel and sometimes followed pastel forums on artists' community sites. But none of these experiences matched memories of how my grandfather worked with them, and the primary focus seemed to be plein air landscape painting.

So it has been a joy to find Ellen Eagel's book, and pore over her lucid, thoughtful writings on the... Read more
Ellen Eagle's book, "Pastel Painting Atelier" is the most complete, informative book on pastel painting I have seen. I am a pastelist, and have a collection of pastel books, and NONE compare in clarity of information, or quality of photography. I Have studied with several different pastel artists, the instruction in the book is like being in a pastel workshop. Delightful to read, and a beautiful book to add to my collection. I highly recommend it for beginners and experienced artists alike.
A marvelous book in every way. The demo alone is worth the price of admission. Valuable information about pastels, about how to use them, and even about the history of this beautiful and expressive medium. And the reproductions are first rate.
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