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.
Peter Rabbit Tickle! Tickle! is a great way to make your baby giggle! Only the very softest furry fabrics have been used in this gorgeous touch and feel book, so your baby will want to stroke and tickle every baby animal again and again! Soft and gentle rhyming text complements the pastel colours of the illustrations and the contemporary style of the design.
Wolf Kahn is one of this country's best-loved contemporary artists. His brilliantly colored landscapes in oil have placed him at the forefront of American representational art. Many collectors equally prize his luminous pastels, the subject of this delightful new book. With more than 100 colorplates illustrating his brief, breezy essays, Kahn reveals his distinctive approach to working in this medium. Offering a rare glimpse into the way an artist thinks and why he works the way he does, Kahn's musings about the creative process bring a number of key issues to life for artists, students, and art lovers, and make the book a valuable supplementary text for pastel classes. Including an introduction by noted art historian Barbara Novak, this book will be eagerly received by Kahn's devoted following.
Palm Beach interiors have long reflected the travels, penchants, and whimsies of the town&#8217;s worldly inhabitants. But as real estate on this tiny barrier island becomes increasingly valuable, residents are calling upon world-class designers to help fine-tune their visions, giving rise to a fresh tropical design vernacular. Fashion designer Josie Natori, for instance, asked architect Calvin Tsao to transform a standard two-bedroom apartment into an airy retreat with rattan furniture and ethnic accessories that are perfectly suited to Palm Beach&#8217;s subtropical setting and pay tribute to her Asian heritage. These homes aren&#8217;t slavish copies of interior design magazines or decorators&#8217; dictates but testaments to what can be achieved when inspired by the natural beauty of a unique locale and when imagination is one&#8217;s only limitation. Tropical Chic: Palm Beach at Home captures the enduring charm of newly restored seaside fantasies by Mizner, Fatio and Volk, celebrated for their Cuban coquina courtyards and soaring miradors overlooking tiled pools and arching fountains. Jennifer Ash Rudick, a long-time Palm Beach resident, leads an insider&#8217;s tour of twenty-five houses, cottages, Moorish casbahs, artists&#8217; compounds, and Mad Men&#8211;era vintage condos. Jessica Klewicki, a Palm Beach&#8211;based photographer, captures extraordinary gardens, verandas, lakeside pavilions, a rustic ranch, and simple pastel Bermudan houses sheltered by dense thickets of Norfolk pines and age-old banyans. It is this eclectic mix of old and new, of Spanish and Caribbean, of contemporary design and sun-faded WASP thrift, that makes Palm Beach chic.
Many people who bought colored pencils during the adult coloring book craze are now looking to learn new ways to be creative with them. In Mastering Colored Pencil, artist and colored pencil evangelist Lisa Dinhofer presents everything artists need to know about traditional and contemporary drawing techniques, materials, and color theory in order to master this versatile medium. Colored pencils, an inexpensive, easy to use, and mobile medium, are coming of age. More and more artists are discovering the incredible qualities of drawing with colored pencils. The wide variety of vibrant color choices among the major manufacturers seems endless. At a recent count, there are more than fifty different reds in the colored pencil spectrum of Prismacolor, Faber-Castell, and Derwent. The base of the pencils vary as well: wax, watercolor, pastel, and graphite. These can be interchanged or mixed together. The effects that can be achieved are limitless. A work in pencil can be a drawing, a watercolor, or an oil painting. A wax pencil can sketch, can draw, can paint. A watercolor pencil can do the same. The drawing can be transparent as a loose wash or as dense as an oil on canvas. Artists can work as small as a postage stamp or as large as a wall. Mastering Colored Pencil is illustrated throughout with Dinhofer's fresh and sophisticated artwork and includes more than twenty-five step-by-step demonstrations, thoughtful exercises, workbook templates, and specific assignments that are sure to help every artist achieve striking results with pencils. A special exhibition section includes work, technique descriptions, and insights from seven additional contemporary artists.
Drawing is a critical skill that all artists use no matter what their primary medium. This sixth volume in the beautiful Strokes of Genius series celebrates creative drawing with 140 diverse pieces by today's best artists in charcoal, pencil, pastel, colored pencil, scratchboard, pen+ink and lets readers uncover the secrets of contemporary masters.
'Do not only draw what you see,' encourages artist Gary Rudisill (p55), 'create what you feel.' In Strokes of Genius 5, that feeling is delivered through strong and inventive design. Covering a tantalizing range of styles, the work within illustrates the many ways today's best artists choreograph shape, value, line, texture and color into compositions that create drama, tell a story, and pull viewers in. Featuring unusual perspectives, tantalizing contrasts and other dynamic design elements, Strokes of Genius 5 delivers fresh inspiration for artists of every skill level and medium. &#8226; Art and inspiration from 91 contemporary masters in charcoal, pencil, pastel, colored pencil, scratch board, pen and ink, and more. &#8226; 120 masterful works--landscapes, figures, portraits, urban scenes, animals and still lifes--in a wonderful diversity of styles. &#8226; Expert tips, techniques and stories behind the designs.
Art, inspiration and insights from 100+ modern-day masters! Line is arguably the most fundamental and direct element in art, and also the most expressive--as personal as handwriting. Strokes of Genius 4 explores the artistic linework of more than 100 contemporary masters. These artists tell the stories of their varied subjects through strong verticals and sweeping diagonals, quick staccatos and loose, sensuous strokes. Captions share insights on how they use line to lead the eye, create movement, reveal character, and add depth, drama and texture. Inside you'll find: &#8226; Art and inspiration from more than 100 of today's best artists &#8226; 140 masterful pieces in charcoal, pencil, pastel, pen and more &#8226; Diverse subject matter: portraits, landscapes, still life, figures and animals &#8226; Styles ranging from minimalism to photorealism From quick sketches to full rendered artwork, Strokes of Genius 4 offers fresh ideas and unique perspectives to fuel artists in any medium.
Fresh from the studios of 100 leading artists...125+ beautiful lessons on making texture work! Acrylics are an incredibly versatile medium, perfect for achieving everything from delicate petals to shadows cast across a crumbling brick wall to mesmerizing reflections in the chrome bumper of a '54 Packard. In the hands of today's top artists, there is no limit to the possibilities. The third volume in the world's premier acrylic art competition book series, AcrylicWorks 3 explores how more than 100 contemporary artists celebrate texture, often through the most humble and unexpected of subjects. Witness happy accidents and unpredictable textures that result from pouring, marbling, or mixing acrylic with pastel, powders and gels. And see other artists deliberately create textures using a range of traditional and unconventional methods. These pages showcase masterful applications of dry brush, glazing, scraping in, knifing on, collage work, sponging, stamping, a multitude of acrylic mediums, and so much more. Filled with rampant invention and a whatever-works mindset, AcrylicWorks 3 is a fiercely original showcase of this most adventurous medium. An artist-to-artist show-and-tell! &#8226; Features 127 beautifully reproduced paintings &#8226; Every piece is accompanied by artist commentary on inspiration, techniques and aha moments &#8226; Showcases a diversity of styles presented in subject-themed chapters, including landscapes, portraits, still lifes, animals and abstract art 'Peeling paint. Weather-beaten woodwork. Rusted ironworks. Crumbling plaster. This is the imagery that fascinates me. Distressed architecture tells so many stories... Acrylics let me paint the layer upon layer needed to 'coax out' the relentless, intractable dynamic of aging.' --Misty Martin (p 24) 'As I continued adding texture and paint, the interesting ridges and shapes started to symbolize the layers of life--sometimes smooth, sometimes rough. Each successive layer led me closer to my 'aha' moment.' --Terri Duncan (p 123)