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Oil Pastel for the Serious Beginner: Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good Painter

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Designed for the serious beginner, this volume offers step-by-step advice on painting in oil pastels. Lessons progress from easy subjects and techniques to the more difficult and complex. The author also explores 12 experimental techniques, such as impasto, and stencil and screen techniques.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 28th 1991 by Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
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Danaë
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the two major books about oil pastel, the other being Oil Pastel: Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist. Both are filled with good information on the history of the medium, materials used for painting, and a variety of techniques. This book has several demonstrations using the author's work as examples. I found lots of inspiration here.

I recommend anyone interested in oil pastel look at the Kenneth Leslie book as well. It is illustrated with a wide variety of other artists work.
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Hannah
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, nonfiction
Worth buying if you are interested in oil pastels, but would not be my first choice as far as an oil pastel book (see my other art book reviews). Teaches mainly one artist's very particular technique, which did not really appeal to me. And even though there was a kind of step by step instruction for his technique, I still felt like there were gaps which made it challenging for someone new to the medium to follow. ...more
Karen
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book which needs to be made available again. I ordered a copy of this for the local library because it is the best of its kind on the subject and young people were getting into oil pastels in a huge way. I used funds from the art association. In less than six months, an ignorant "liberrian" pulled and tossed it. Why? Because of the publication date. Forget that it had just been ordered new, just been added and had a special art association bookplate, forget the wonderful cont ...more
Kbord
Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Oil Pastel for the Serious Beginner covers basics of, and several techniques for, oil pastels, including several brands of pastels to try. Chapters cover things like landscape and portraits. There's even a chapter on mixed media. The history of the medium is also covered.

Caution: contains several nudes. In case that sort of thing bothers you. The first one is on the first page behind the cover.
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