Saturday, November 20, 2010

Richard McKinley's Pastel Pointers

Do you want to read the new "have to" book? It just hit the web and I received my copy on Wednesday (pre-ordered from Amazon.) Let me preface by saying, for 6 years now I have joined Richard for one of his yearly workshops. Usually I pilgrimage to Dakota Art in Washington State, although if that doesn't work in  my schedule I will go anywhere. I just love getting  a new dose of Richard medicine.
I read his Pastel Pointers blog weekly.  (Don't you?) So you would think I wouldn't want the book, right? He even said, "It's everything you have heard for years." But no, I LOVE the book. The book is aimed at pastel artists, yet it has great information for oil painters as well. Most of it is reminders of what I know...but who doesn't need reminders of what they know.... and forget to do?  A MUST read for a pastelist. Read his simple concrete explanation of simultaneous contrast, determining value and value benchmarks. Try the 6 exercises for discovering a series. ( I will.) But whatever you do...buy the book. Buy in from Dakota, North Light Shop or Amazon.

4 comments:

Leah said...

I just wish that Richard would do a workshop in the one of the north eastern states this year (preferable Maine)... or better yet Nova Scotia!

loriann said...

I wish he would be in NS or Maine as well. I am long overdue for a visit to NS!

Brian McGurgan said...

I pre-ordered the book on Amazon and am enjoying it too. The 1/2-hour long DVD that came with it was fun to watch and left me wanting more. Maybe if Richard gets back to NYC I'll be able to do a workshop with him here.

loriann said...

Hi Brian, it think he will be back and I know you will LOVE his workshop!