Pastel Painting Atelier by Ellen Eagle
Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials

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Revel in the luminous and vibrant qualities of pastel with Ellen Eagle’s essential course in the history, techniques, and practices of the medium. In this comprehensive yet intimate guide, Eagle explores pastel’s rich but relatively unexamined past, reveals her own personal influences and approaches, and guides you toward the discovery and mastery of your own vision.   In Pastel Painting Atelier, you will find:

   • Advice on basic materials: guidance on building, storing, and organizing a collection of pastels; choosing the right paper; and the importance of experimentation
   • Studio practice suggestions: ideas for creating your ideal working environment and recipes for making your own pastels and supports
   • Study of the working process: lessons on proportion, gesture, composition, color, application, identifying and correcting problems, and recognizing when a work is finished
   • Meditation on subject: cues for extrapolating the subtle details, presence, and temporal features of whatever you choose to paint
   • Step-by-step demonstrations: Eagle’s acute insights into her own works as they progress


A magnificent selection of works by masters such as James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Rosalba Carriera, Mary Cassatt, and Eugene Delacroix augment this guide, as do works by contemporary artists including Harvey Dinnerstein, Elizabeth Mowry, and Daniel Massad.  Aimed at serious artists, this guide enlightens, instructs, and inspires readers to create brilliant and sensitive works in the historic medium of pastel.



About Ellen Eagle

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ELLEN EAGLE holds a B.F.A. with Distinction in Drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Her work is represented by Forum Gallery, where she had a solo exhibit in 2002. Her work has been shown in the National Academy Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Frye Art Museum, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Eagle's work has appeared in the New York Times and American Artist magazine and was the subject of the cover article for The Pastel Journal in June 2006. She is the recipient of prestigious grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and the Dodge Foundation. Eagle teaches at the Art Students League in New York City. Visit her at

Author Residence: Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Published April 23, 2013 by Watson-Guptill. 192 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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