2013 - Present
"Soft Pastels...an exploration" Release date July 12, 2013
This book shares the history and features of the fine art medium of soft pastels. Collectors and Artists will find valuable information in this full color book chock-full of color images.
Soft Pastel is a misunderstood medium for fine art, often referred to as "chalk" when it is in fact the purest of pigment also used in oil and watercolor paint. The paper or support generally requires viewing in museums in low light conditions. The actual pigment remains as bright and unchanged as the day the artist made his mark.
Modern advances in technology have led to archival, acid-free papers. As with all fine art, judicious placement out of bright lights is necessary. Pastels are framed behind glass.
This Book is based on my experience of
* 10 years of learning the medium
* Association with artists who have made their successful careers with this medium: Leslie B. DeMille, Margaret Evans, Kippy Hammond
* Being mentored by Urania Christy Tarbet, founder of the International Association of Pastel Societies
* Constant communications with artists on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyArtTutorTipsnTricks/
From these experiences I developed a healthy curiosity for soft pastels and their impact on the world of fine art. From da Vinci and de La Tour to Degas and Cassatt, in museums from the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay to Crystal Bridges and the Metropolitan Museum, soft pastels are worthy of "an exploration".
An easy to read, and easy to absorb introduction for anyone.