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Pastels made easy
Heywood, Anne.
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Publication Information:
New York : Watson-Guptill, 2003.
Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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NC880 .H49 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Due to their ease of use and the lush effects they can create with a single stroke, pastels are becoming increasingly popular with artists of all levels of experience. No more must an artist suffer dirty brushes or the odors of oil paints and cleaning materials! Pastels are portable, handy, and "user-friendly," the perfect medium for the contemporary artist. In Pastels Made Easy, award-winning artist and instructor Anne Heywood shows beginners everything they need to know about working with pastels. Best of all, no knowledge is ever assumed! Filled with no-nonsense guidance and 200 lush, full-color examples of the author s own accomplished work, this step-by-step guide shows new artists such practical basics as when to use a fixative, how to set up a work place, even how to hold a pastel stick. Next, a series of progressive hands-on lessons demonstrate how to gain control of pastels--creating strokes, marks, blocking in, and more--without having to worry about painting a realistic subject. Finally, once readers master these basic techniques, they are encouraged to create their first still life, landscape, or portrait.

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Library Journal Review

In the hands of a master, pastels can seemingly create any effect an artist would want-and Heywood, as this book suggests, qualifies as a master. Having split her time between Italy and New England, she has developed a fluid and adaptable style. After covering pastel history, materials, block-in techniques, blending and correcting, texture, etc., she focuses on a good variety of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits of family pets. The book lacks chapters on the human figure and architecture but otherwise can be recommended. A more balanced presentation is offered by Jackie Simmonds's Pastel Workbook: A Complete Course in Ten Lessons. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.