Pastel Pointers || Richard McKinley

Books on pastel have always been a bit thin on the ground, so a new one is always welcome. And when it’s as good as this, it’s to be welcomed with open arms.

This is by no means a book of merely pretty or attractive pictures with a few notes on how you too can achieve this result. Rather, it’s a thorough look at a wide variety of techniques in the medium that goes into considerable depth. On a quick flick-through, you might even think that it’s a bit light on the illustrations, but this is not the case and, just when you feel the need for a visual pointer, one will appear.

As well as materials, techniques, styles and working methods, Richard also looks at finishing, framing, record-keeping and even tax. As this is a US publication, you might think this last won’t be much use, but it’s sufficiently general that it could be applied to any tax regime and that attention to detail (or in this case, lack of it) is typical of the whole book.

If you work in pastel, buy this: it’s the best you’ll see in a long time. There’s even a 27 minute DVD covering landscape painting included.

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