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Pastels Unleashed [Paperback]

Margaret Evans
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6 Mar 2014
Margaret Evans shows artists how to unleash the creative power of pastels. She shares her huge enthusiasm for the medium and her expertise in the properties of pastels, showing how to choose papers or use underpainting techniques to make the most of them. She demonstrates the stages: sketching in, blocking in and then building up, that lead to a successful painting, and then the dry and wet techniques that really unleash the potential of pastels. She shows how to use turpentine and how to dilute or intensify colours, and there is information of composition, perspective, painting figures and mood and atmosphere, all helping equip the reader to paint in her fantastically creative way. She also shows how she develops painting ideas from her wonderfully inspiring photographs, workbooks and travel diaries. There are then six beautiful step by step demonstrations.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (6 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844489086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844489084
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pastels are an underrated art medium. Many artists regard them as just coloured chalks, messy and unstable suitable only for loose sketches. Margaret Evans disagrees and in this book sets out to show just what can be done with pastels. She demonstrates a range of innovative techniques, such as dry glazing, scumbling and impasto which combined together in a painting can make a spectacular impact. Advice and suggestions are made for creating mood, atmosphere, figures and animals within this medium. Several step by step designs are provided: Atmospheric Mountains, Woods and Water, Tuscan Hillside, Evening in Venice, Coastal Scene, Garden Poppies. Taken together, they demonstrate the full range of what pastel useage can create. All her examples are backed up by clear instructions, drawings and paintings so that artists can see immediately what can be done, and how to do it. A useful and creative book, which is guaranteed to stimulate any artist.-Monstersandcritics.com --Monsters and Critics

About the Author

Margaret Evans is a well-known artist and practical art teacher who specialises in figure work and portraiture, as well as pastel painting. She has exhibited her work with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Pastel Society and the United Society of Artists and now runs extremely successful painting courses from her studio in Scotland, as well as working on commissions in all media. Margaret is an established contributor to the leisure painting press and has made a number of practical art videos. www.shinafoot.co.uk

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars probably the best pastel book 23 Mar 2014
This is one of the best books I have seen on using pastels. Unleash the potential of this medium with the help of this fantastic book. Margaret shows you the techniques, both dry and wet. Great step by step projects and tuition are included. I particularly like the flowers, but the landscapes, buildings and figure work are all excellent. Beautiful colour is captured with excellent photography. Margaret has a keen sense of colour, an open mind to experimentation and the ability to produce stunning work. I admire Margaret's innovative techniques. The book contains the usual information in painting books on materials and so on. Tonal value, technique, subjects, composition, perspective, mood and atmosphere, figures and animals are all discussed. There are 6 demonstrations including scenes of mountains; woods and water, Tuscany; Venice; coast and poppies. These are easy to follow. The book is illustrated throughout with outstanding work. This book is certainly worth purchasing. It is a must-have for any pastel artist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful addition to your pastel library 20 April 2014
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I already own far too many pastel books and wasn't sure there would be anything new but there are several techniques I will try as a result of this book.
Nice big clear pictures and demos and lots of practical tips for budding landscape pastellists. If you are lucky enough to be good at watercolour (sadly not me) this is worth getting if you are interested in adding pastel to your repertoire. Useful introduction to the use of wet underpaintings.
This covers colour and composition in a general way but still helpful without getting bogged down in theory and doesn't waste pages and pages on types of pastel and paper.

I also liked the images of her sketchbooks and how she uses them to plan paintings and keep a record of travels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 11 May 2014
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I have been pastel drawing for a while now and thought I knew most of the techniques but this lovely book goes further.
Well written and presented. Does not spend time covering the obvious but would be good for a beginner or experienced artist alike. Well illustrated and inspirational. Highly recommend it. Very reasonably priced and do not be put off by the number of pages as this author has really packed the information in to this lovely colourful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 12 April 2014
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Full of really useful information Lovely illustration s and superb projects Pastels are a great medium and this book proves it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
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I liked it because of the ideas of using pastels in a variety of ways
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