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.