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Start to Paint with Pastels by Jenny Keal

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 08 October 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216216
  • Stock: 50+
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  • Size: 216x292 mm
  • Illustrations: 250
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP Price: £9.99
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'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 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.


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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