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Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels

Projects, Techniques and Inspiration to Get You Started

Tim Fisher



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Search Press
01 September 2018
'If you thought oil pastels were just something for children, prepare to think again.' The Artist

'...look on in wonder as Tim shows you how you can use this neglected but simple medium to create real works of art...

Just open this book at random and you'll be hooked.' Paint Magazine

Learn to paint with oil pastels in this colourful, accessible book for newcomers to the medium. Tim Fisher demonstrates how to use the oil pastels on their own, or in conjunction with acrylic inks and paints, and watercolours, on a variety of surfaces, to create beautiful paintings that will maintain their vibrancy for years to come.

The Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels features six full step-by-step projects covering a variety of subjects including animal portraits, street scenes, boats and harbours, buildings and glorious landscapes. Tim introduces the reader to mark-making with oil pastels, explains the history of the medium, and how to protect and keep an oil pastel painting once it is complete.
Imprint:   Search Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 216mm,  Spine: 7mm
Weight:   416g
ISBN:   9781782215509
ISBN 10:   1782215506
Pages:   96
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction The history of oil pastels Materials and tools oil pastels Additional materials and tools Surfaces Surface preparation Getting started Painting a red pepper Techniques Mark-making Special effects Using solvents Using oil pastels with other media Projects Flowers: Poppy Field Trees and foliage: Norfolk Lane Street scenes: Venice Buildings: Staithes Cottages harbour scene: 'Le Fantasque' Animal portraits: Freyja Care and framing of your artwork Index

Tim Fisher was born in Leicestershire, UK, and has had a lifelong interest in art. He is well known for his love of colour and experimentation and works in a wide range of mediums. Many of his paintings have been produced as fine art prints and cards. Tim is a regular contributor to the Leisure Painter magazine in the UK. He also runs workshops and painting holidays as well as demonstrating to art groups across the country.

Reviews for Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels: Projects, Techniques and Inspiration to Get You Started

Tim's use of line, colour and economy of shape, make it one of the best books on painting, period. * Paint magazine (November 2018) * Well-known to Leisure Painter readers, Tim Fisher demonstrates how to use oil pastels in this Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels. The book includes history of oil pastels as well as the materials and tools you will need. Six full step-by-step projects, covering a variety of subjects show readers how to create vibrant oil pastel paintings, and demonstrate how they can be used in conjunction with acrylic inks and paints, as well as watercolours. * Leisure Painter, January 2019 * Oil pastels have a hard time of it in the art world. Often regarded as mere child's toys, they were invented in Japan some 100 years ago (Tim includes a fascinating history) as a means of combining wax crayons with the better quality pigments demanded by the serious artist. As a medium, they have much to recommend them, being easy to carry and requiring little in the way of ancillary equipment. They don't drop colour, have no drying time and the images they create are thoroughly robust. If nothing else, therefore, they're worthy of consideration as a lightweight sketching medium. However, as Tim amply and ably demonstrates here, they're capable of considerable subtlety and the results he produces could easily be taken for soft pastel or even watercolour. This is, as the title suggests, aimed at the beginner and includes a very straightforward introduction and a series of detailed demonstrations that make the medium's capabilities clear. For the more experienced artist, this might be a little more than is required, but it may still prove helpful if you are trying something that is unfamiliar. If I were to tell you that this is easily the best book on oil pastels I've seen, you'd rightly point out that it's probably the only one. This isn't quite true - I'm pretty sure I remember another - but Tim hasn't taken the easy route and has put a lot of trouble into producing a book it will be hard to better. -- * Henry Malt *

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