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Pastel Painting Atelier: Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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"Pastel Painting Atelier: Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials isn’t simply about pastel techniques, but how to truly capture a life and its full worth on paper. Read it like a novel, as Kingston’s foreword implies, and you’ll gradually pick up on Eagle’s ability to read a face and translate it to the surface."
-The Artists Magazine, December 2013
"Unlike most books about art, unlike most books written for creative people, this one provides several hours of quiet time with the artist at work in her studio, in her mind, with her eyes, with her hands. She sees beauty in the tiniest of details: the curve of the silhouette of a woman’s face, the arrangement of the old pipes beneath the even older sink in the corner of a Manhattan studio, the private thoughts that take shape in a best friend’s eyes. This is a gentle book, an inspirational one with the promise of some instruction for the visual artist, but you need not be an artist to see what she sees, and to enjoy the way that Ms. Eagle perceives and so lovingly sees the world."
-Digital Insider, September 2013
"I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book that deals with pastel in such breadth and depth."
About the Author
ELLEN EAGLE holds a BFA with Distinction in Drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Her work is represented by Forum Gallery, New York, and has been shown in the National Academy Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Frye Art Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and in the Lingnan Museum of Fine Arts in China. Her paintings and writing have appeared in the New York Times, American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, the Pastel Journal and numerous other publications. She is the recipient of several grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and the Dodge Foundation. A sought-after teacher, Eagle is on the faculty of the Art Students League of New York and has given workshops throughout the United States and in Italy. Visit her at EllenEaglePortraits.com.
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So it has been a joy to find Ellen Eagel's book, and pore over her lucid, thoughtful writings on the medium. In particular, I found her use of various pastel hardnesses refreshing. (It seems these days that many artists develop a rather lopsided worship of the softest sticks they can find.) Also, the way she plays with transparency and opacity (allowing the ground to show through many color areas, using blending as a deliberate effect rather than as the default mode of pigment application) was a revelation for me. This is an artist who has developed her craft to a very high level, and even better, has a generous and candid teaching style that is a pleasure to read. Her book is not a "how-to manual" that describes a single method of creating works in pastels. Rather, it feels more like a studio visit, where she sits and explains the things you're seeing her work with. Just as my grandfather once did.
Lizzie Crookham, fine artist