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

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

by Ellen Eagle

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Pastel Painting Atelier: Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials by Ellen Eagle

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823008414
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 297,563
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ELLEN EAGLE holds a BFA with Distinction in Drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Her work is represented by Forum Gallery, New York, and has been shown in the National Academy Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Frye Art Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and in the Lingnan Museum of Fine Arts in China.  Her paintings and writing have appeared in the New York TimesAmerican Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, the Pastel Journal and numerous other publications.  She is the recipient of several grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and the Dodge Foundation. A sought-after teacher, Eagle is on the faculty of the Art Students League of New York and has given workshops throughout the United States and in Italy. Visit her at EllenEaglePortraits.com.

Read an Excerpt

Throughout this book, I use the words analyze, contemplate, investigate, explore. We survey, we canvas the complexities of our subjects. There is so much to see. Where do we begin a painting? I want to help you observe with a clear eye your subject's unique structure, color, and value relationships. The ultimate goal is to distill these intricacies into a simply expressed, harmonious construction. This goal is a constant. It transcends genre.

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