Book For The Pastelists
Lovely book with great pictures, good explanation of techniques
and format. Recommendations of materials etc. But not overly
technical or wordy. Friendly approach in the writing , some
of it quite inspiring, spurs you on to try more things.
I have been painting
and drawing on my own for years when I have the time, but I must
admit I'm not very good.
I start a painting
full of enthusiasm and just love the journey, but somehow I end
up being disappointed with the amateurish destination. Try as I
might I usually don't know what the problem is. I would like to
improve and to be able to achieve the vision I have in my head,
instead of the "its not bad, but its not quite right"
paintings which gather dust in a corner.
I have many teach-yourself-art"
books, a lot of them are more about showcasing the artist's work
than about real detailed tuition, but none of them has come close
to helping me get better like this one has. Robert Brindley's really
clear, detailed and recurrent explanations on such mysteries as
tonal value, recession, the use and abuse of photos, and amazingly,
simply what constitutes a good picture, have helped like never before.
All is explained,
and I mean all. Even the style of mark making, shape, direction
and size, is discussed. (This is really interesting to me as I have
long wondered why my marks look so amateur).
I can now see
errors I've been making for years. Not only am I improving but can
actually seeing light and shade critically and am envisaging potential
pictures when I'm out and about.
I've been reproducing
the step by step demonstrations in the book, which has helped a
is not only a natural teacher but also a generous one. In fact,
I've just seen that he has an oil painting book too so I've just
bought it on the strength of this one. If that's not a recommendation
I don't know what is!
Steve G "EX-2":
winner by this man
be honest I paint mostly in Watercolor, but lately I have have spent
some time on pastel and oil. Having been away from these mediums
for a few years, I find that the help and information given in Robert
Brindley's book on pastel have helped me back in to using other
This man has such an easy way about him, as he guides you through
the things to do, and not to do. In any of his books. What I like
is the fact, that he will not have you going to your local art shop
and buying half of their stock up. You will see in his DVD on oil
that you can go off with just 6 colors. Therefore, I look on the
advise by this man, as a kind of investment.
All I am waiting for now, is for him to get some more DVDs on the
market. His DVD on watercolor, has been watched by me over 20 times
in this week alone.
Come on Robert Brindley, lets have some more....
Do I recommend this man?..Does a duck swim....!!