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02-16-2006, 09:24 PM
If you're addicted to beautiful art instruction books like I am, you might like "A Painter's Guide to Design and Composition" by Margot Schulzke.

It's not strictly pastel but there are alot of pastel works contributed by many artists. There are also watercolors, oil, acrylic, and mixed media.

I haven't read all of it yet, but I've looked at all the pictures.
The chapters are titled:
1. Elements and Principles: The Building Blocks of Design
2. How Artist's Think as They Create
3. What Takes a Painting Beyond "Good"
4. In the Artist's Words

Terri :cat:

02-16-2006, 09:31 PM

This one is not for pastels, but I think it will be usefull for them too since it's not a «how to do book» but more how to make a painting work :

«Problem solving for oils painters»

There's a book with some years now but it seems to be a fine one. I guess its name is « The pastel techniques encyclopedia».
I've never read it tough.



02-17-2006, 12:44 AM
Thanks for the recommendation! Always good to hear about useful books!

02-17-2006, 12:49 AM
I have handells and harley browns but, i get so wrapped up in looking at the paintings I forget to finish reading it. I use them to mostly look stuff up.

Karen Margulis
02-17-2006, 08:27 AM
I have to agree!!!! I just got this book and so far looks wonderful! I only read the first chapter but so far I love it! She does a great job making design/composition easy to understand. It's a beautiful book.