Painting with Pastels: Easy Techniques to Master the Medium

Painting with Pastels: Easy Techniques to Master the Medium

Maggie Price

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 1581808194

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Come enjoy the art of pastel painting with beloved workshop instructor Maggie Price. In this step-by-step guide, she teaches you everything you need to know to make the most of this accessible art form. From selecting the right materials to learning the fundamentals of composition, Maggie starts with the basics and progresses to 21 complete pastel demonstrations that detail specific painting techniques and effects.

You'll learn how to:

  • Create depth and movement with color
  • Paint using a range of strokes
  • Blend colors to create luminous skies, reflections and more
  • Underpaint to achieve brilliant light and deep shadows
  • Mix pastels with watercolor and gouache to create fluid effects
  • Create new compositions from photographs

In addition to step-by-step guidance, you'll be inspired by the work of ten nationally renowned pastel artists. Their contributions to this book illustrate the limitless possibilities of pastel painting and offer additional insight for working with this versatile medium. Maggie also includes dozens of helpful sidebars to help you save time, avoid mistakes and work more efficiently.

With its blend of visual instruction, thorough guidance and breathtaking artwork, this is the only guide you need to experience the joy and satisfaction of painting with pastels.

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Paper to a Board DEMONSTRATION: Mixing Pastels with Watercolor DEMONSTRATION: Underpainting with Gouache DEMONSTRATION: Using Water in Your Underpainting Using Acetone for Quick Drying Underpainting with an Oil Stain CHAPTER FOUR painting from photographs Photographic Inconsistencies Don’t Paint All the Details Cropping Your Photos to Create Drama Make the Painting Better Than the Photo DEMONSTRATION: Working From Two Photos Painting from Slides DEMONSTRATION: Painting Live

Sunlit Stream 11" × 14" (28cm × 36cm) AFTER add the more muted finish As you apply another layer of pastels in more accurate colors, let a little of the brilliant under-painting show through. The finished painting has far more life and excitement than the photograph, thanks to the underpainting. DEMONSTRATION underpainting sunlight and shadow When you look at a photo, it can be hard to tell the difference between a dark-colored object and a dark shadow. I’ve developed an underpainting

Underpainting Apply the watercolor underpainting, paying careful attention to the colors and values of the rock formations. Because the grasses in the foreground and mid-ground are not complex drawing challenges, you can just merely suggest them in the underpainting. detail A close-up look at the distant rocks shows the watercolor application and some overlapping of colors. If runs occur, they can be dabbed off with a paper towel, or allowed to remain if they do not create confusion. While

demonstrations, all clearly and beautifully illustrated. It’s everything you need to begin, develop and perfect your craft. ISBN-13: 978-1-58180-870-4 ISBN-10: 1-58180-870-4 Paperback with flaps, 224 pages, #Z0228 Pure Color is pure inspiration for all artists. From luminous landscapes to moody still lifes, this stunning collection showcases more than 125 glowing works from over 90 of today’s most accomplished pastel artists. Every oversized page features big, beautiful artwork spanning a

addition. 6 Test the Texture, Begin Applying the Mixture When you think you’ve reached the desired texture, test it on a scrap piece of mat board, applying a firm stroke with your foam brush. Seal the container of pumice/gesso mix while the test piece dries — it will probably take 30 to 60 minutes. Put your foam brush in a plastic bag, closing tightly around the handle (so you don’t have to wash it). When the test piece is dry, feel it or make a mark on it with a pastel; if there’s not enough

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