The Art of Pastel Painting

The Art of Pastel Painting

by Alan Flattmann
     
 

For more than forty years, world-renowned artist Alan Flattmann has used pastels to capture the world around him in vibrant hues. His works reflect what he refers to as the modern pastel renaissance, an era that deviates from the traditionally perceived seventeenth-century use of pastels. Veering away from the conventional practice of using light tints and delicate…  See more details below

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For more than forty years, world-renowned artist Alan Flattmann has used pastels to capture the world around him in vibrant hues. His works reflect what he refers to as the modern pastel renaissance, an era that deviates from the traditionally perceived seventeenth-century use of pastels. Veering away from the conventional practice of using light tints and delicate touch to produce powdery coiffures, the modern pastel renaissance approaches its subjects with passion and color, attracting new audiences to the craft.

Flattmannís masterpieces now illustrate this detailed manual, which has served as a standard textbook for pastel techniques since its first publication in 1987. New paintings and photographs display methods involving lighting, palette, pigments, grounds, and preservation. With the skill of a master, Flattmann carries the reader from basic concept to advanced practices, all the while capturing the essence of the craft. Beginners and serious students alike find Flattmannís knowledgeable instruction and passionate advice indispensable.

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As an art medium, pastels first became popular in 18th-century France. The traditional light tints, delicate touch, and powdery effects have given way to a bold renaissance in pastel styles. Flattmann, a pastel artist for more than 40 years, was inducted into the Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame in 2006. This volume has been considered a standard work in this field since its first publication in 1980. The new edition expands on the techniques of using lighting, palette, pigments, and grounds and on methods of preservation. Highly recommended for those looking for the guidance of a master artist; others seeking a more standard, less personal approach should consider Hazel Harrison's comprehensive Pastel School: A Practical Guide to Painting and Drawing with Pastels.


—Daniel Lombardo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589804074
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
576,215
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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