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About the Author

Maggie Price is a co-founder, former editor and current contributor for The Pastel Journal; the president of the International Association of Pastel Societies; and she has written numerous articles for other magazines, including The Artist's Magazine. She currently conducts her own workshops on painting with pastels in the U.S. and other countries, and is an active member in numerous art societies. Her work is in collections around the world and can also be seen on her website www.maggiepriceart.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (April 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440303916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440303913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A.Bennett VINE VOICE on April 28, 2011
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When you are an artist, you tend to collect a lot of books on the " how to's " and many of them end up on the bookshelf and not being used. This one is a total exception! She has some wonderful techniques for painting sunlight and shadows and she is easy to follow. She goes step by step and has some great demonstrations. I use this book all the time because I tend to forget stuff, so I grab her book and can easily look it up. Well worth the price!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peta on April 27, 2011
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Painting Sunlight and Shadow with Pastels: Essential Techniques for Brilliant Effects

I love this book!

It goes through the basics. It covers shadows and lighting in every possible scenario. Shadows are often a difficult and debatable subject between artists.

There aren't a lot of easy to read books about shadows, dedicated entirely to the wonderful medium of pastel. I like Maggie's approach and have learn a lot from her book. I love just looking at her paintings, as though the book is a coffee table, not just an educational one.

She has produced a good book, full of information for the beginner and more advance artist alike.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. on November 17, 2011
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This book features five of the best pastel painters in the U.S. and shows how they achieved the effects of the works that are featured. It contains landscapes, figure drawings, still life and abstract examples.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wulf on November 5, 2013
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This is one of the most useless art instruction books I have ever read. I have been using pastels for many years, and bought this book, and a few others to improve my skills. this book shows pastel paintings by several accomplished artists (however trite their expression and styles are!), who show step by step instructions of how they worked on their particular painting. It in no way discusses how to actually begin to see shadows, or draw the, except in the most cursory way. This book does not go over basic concepts of painting with pastel, or doing landscapes, which are the sole example shown in the book, not portraits, still life, city scape, interiors, skies,etc. It barely mentions perspective, aerial or otherwise, or most basic concepts needed for landscape painting. While I own some very helpful other art instruction books from this publisher, this book was nothing but a showcase for some of their artists to show their mastery in painting landscapes, with very little real instruction at all. i would not recommend this book for either the beginner or advanced artist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Carvajal on February 26, 2013
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This book is chockfull of very useful information and the examples are quite easy to follow. The book is not for the beginning pastelist because it assumes you already have a working knowledge, however basic, on how to paint and draw with pastels. Loved it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By venkata on March 9, 2013
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One of the best books, I am so happy that I made this choice...she is the best and its a must for every pastel artist
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz Windsor on March 25, 2014
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The late Maggie Price was known for her vibrant landscapes. It is no longer possible to take a class or workshop with her, so this book is a wonderful substitute, full of thoughtful information and gorgeous demonstrations. I'm delighted to have this generous book for my reference library. Highly recommend it for anyone wishing to build or improve their skills in pastel or other media.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charles dupin on December 20, 2013
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If you like pastel this book will provide a not of excellent hints that will improve your work. There are many sections with staged pastel paintings dealing with shadows, light, composition, etc. Well worth the price. Phil Bates's work is incredible.
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