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Painting Pastel Landscapes
Jeremy Ford

Search Press
27 July 2015 / ISBN 9781782211167
Genre Non Fiction/Painting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Chalk pastels aren't paint, and need to be used in a different way. Many people think that they are messy and difficult to work with, but in the right hands they can look most impressive. To make your hands the right ones you need a good book; and this is it.

I am one of the people who get in a mess when using pastels and have seen many other books on the subject but this is the best one to date. It has some of the most foolproof staged instructions for five stunning landscapes (plus many other shorter exercises) which are achievable even for a beginner. As with all art books it goes briefly over what you need to buy (not a huge amount) and then gets down to what you need to know. There is a good section on "mark making", meaning how to use the pastel including blending colors, using a shaper and how to make various types of mark using different parts of the pastel. Discover how to underpaint with alcohol, tone down very bright shades and use colors to their best advantage. Most of the lessons are learned by doing, and each of the five main projects focuses on a particular skill or skills. Learn successful blending, get the most out of all the colors in your box, create light effects and depict skies, trees, water and work from photographs. Pictures include a summer meadow, snowy lane, sky lit up with the Northern Lights, moor after a storm and reflections on a lake in autumn. If you work through all the projects you will have learned a lot about landscape work using pastels and have some pictures to be proud of. An excellent user-friendly book.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015