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08-31-2016, 07:54 PM
I'm wondering if anyone could assist with some book recommendations for soft pastels.

I'm looking at:
Painting with Pastels: Easy Techniques to Master the Medium, by Price (2007)


The Pastel Book by Creevy (1999) http://amzn.to/2bSK6H5

Do you know these, or do you suggest something better? I'm fairly knowledgable about different types of pastels and papers, but learning techniques, underpainting, work setup and such would be a help. Something with step by step exercises might help as well, since I never know how to start anything.


learning to paint
08-31-2016, 09:51 PM
http://jeanhirons.com/books - expensive but worth it

Painting with Pastels by Maggie Price is very good.

Pastels for the Serious Beginner by Larry Blovitz

The Creevy book is good, but old-ish. Very helpful, buy it used.

learning to paint
08-31-2016, 09:54 PM
The Maggie Price book is very good, and so the Creevy book but it is a bit old (buy it used). Also try the more costly and totally worthwhile book by Jean Hirons—find it on her website http://jeanhirons.com/books. I also recommend Landscape Painting in Pastel, an update of some previous work by Elizabeth Mowry.

09-01-2016, 03:08 PM
Wow, that Jean Hiron book IS expensive, but looky, looky, what I found (on another thread here): http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000564413/Finding-Your-Style-In-Pastel.aspx

I had ordered the Price book and then found the Hirons one for $3.99 as a download. I started reading it last night. It's awesome! (I'll wait to see the Price book when it comes, maybe I will just want to keep that as well.)

If you buy it to download, be forewarned: it gives you options to download it as an ePub or .pdf (and one other I'm not familiar with.) You can only download one and if you expect it to work like an ebook, i.e.; being able to highlight, change font size, etc., it does not. So it's a bit harder to read. I actually emailed them and they allowed me to download the .pdf, but it's not automatic. It's worth it to just get the .pdf which can be read as is, printed out, or even made into the same type of ebook they give you access to. So, just be aware of that. I like to highlight my books and the ePub version doesn't allow that.

Thanks so much, you guys, for the recommendations. I'm so excited to get started on things now. I've always been completely self-taught and it just occurred to me the other day, I didn't have one book on soft pastels, having struggled along with them, with few options for classes.

I'm loving this book. Thank you so much, and I'm going to look at those others you recommended, as well, in the future. The landscape one looks really good, I already took a peek at that one. :)

Thanks again, I love this forum. :)

SAS Designs
09-03-2016, 06:42 PM
Dazzled by Jean Hirons book, and her online blog too.
Just bought book on Amazon, new, for $42. plus $4. postage from Book Depository US, they're in the UK, and they are the BEST, fastest, best price book sellers I've ever used. Faster than books bought from USA sellers. Always in perfect condition.
Loving the Taschen art books too, they have best price on them - have several now :)
http://www.jeanhironsblog.com/ love her art!