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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 08 October 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216216
  • Carton Qty: 26
  • Size: 216x292 mm
  • Illustrations: 250
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $14.95
  • Series: Start to Paint
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Start to Paint with Pastels


The techniques you need to create beautiful paintings by Jenny Keal

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Book Description

An inspiring and creative introduction to painting with soft (chalk) pastels. 

'With pastel books being thin on the ground, any new edition is welcome and this is a rather excellent look at what the medium can do as well as a well-thought out manual on how to do it.' Review of the previous edition by

The new edition of Jenny Keal's popular book Painting with Pastels is an inspiring and creative introduction to painting in this medium. Focusing on soft (chalk) pastels, this clear, simple-to-understand book encourages you to explore the materials and methods needed to get started with pastels. Jenny begins by introducing you to a variety of techniques, and looks at sketchbooks and photographs as a way of gathering source material. There are then five stunning step-by-step projects for the reader to choose from, covering a range of subjects from flowers to landscapes and coastal scenes, and designed to build on the basic skills covered in the earlier sections of the book. Here you will learn about creating atmosphere, colour, tone, composition and perspective, and before you realise it you will have all the skills you need to create your own beautiful pastel paintings.

Table of Contents

studio set-up14
Colour theory16
Gathering subjects 26
composing for flowers32
step-by-step demonstrations 36
Barns and
Coastal scene48
Creating atmosphere
Harbour Scene60
Colour and tone
Composition for flower painting
Farm in a Landscape84
Aerial perspective

About the Author

About Jenny Keal

Jenny Keal was born in Southampton and lived for most of her life in the New Forest. She was interested in art from childhood and continued to paint as a hobby while her children were small. She joined Romsey Art Group in 1990 and met her husband, David Bellamy. After discovering pastels, her painting flourished and she became a full-time artist and art tutor. Jenny demonstrates to art societies and has written a book on watercolour and many articles for Leisure Painter magazine.


Learn how to use soft pastels (and pastel pencils) in this useful primer. From tips on buying to working through the projects this is an essential guide for anybody who is keen to work with pastels but is not sure where to start. Find out what you need, learn the basics of how to use it and then have a go at some paintings.

The subjects tackled are landscapes, seascapes and flowers, but even if these are not your areas of interest there are still many useful lessons to be learned. Each of the five projects focuses on a particular area; for example the coastal scene is all about creating atmosphere, while the farm study looks at aerial perspective. Other subjects include an iris, harbour scene and rural view of mountains with old barns. The projects contain many detailed steps for a foolproof result, and it is easy to see what is being added in each one and why. There are other paintings by the author with explanations on their working, plus various useful preliminary sketches and photographs showing how you can progress from a photograph to a finished work. Find out how to organise your working area, learn how to cut down on dust and store your work without it getting smudged. Even a total beginner can get a lot out of this book, but I think the person who would get the most out of it is somebody who is already adept at art in other media and wants to try pastels.

Leisure Painter, January 2019

This is a new edition of Jenny Keal's guide to Painting with Pastels. Opening with an introduction to the materials you need, Jenny then demonstrates a variety of techniques and shows you how to gather source material. Five step-by-step projects follow, including flowers, landscapes and coastal scenes. These demonstrations aim to build on skills learnt earlier in the book, as well as developing new ideas, such as how to create atmosphere, improving composition and colour. 

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