The complete guide to soft pastels

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Take your art to the next level

Whether you are an absolute beginner or advanced pastelist,
this is the book you have been waiting for.

The most comprehensive book on soft pastels, from award winning master artist Christopher Reid. Chris calls on over 30 years of experience to share secrets of pastel painting with explanations of techniques, detailed demos, and easy to understand diagrams, giving you a deeper understanding of pastels and art in general. This is a complete art instruction course packed into a book.

  • Lessons for all skill levels
  • Money saving tips on choosing supplies
  • How to mix colors accurately with few pastels
  • Setting up your workspace for success
  • Exclusive tips, techniques, & detailed demos
  • 256 pages packed with color illustrations
  • landscapes, plein air, portrait, wildilfe, still life, floral…
  • Plus much more!

Available in Hardcover, Softcover, & eBook

What’s in the book?

Step-by step demos!


Selecting a palette

Mixing colors

Color theory

Choosing supplies

Helpful diagrams

Final touches

Tips for success


About the author

Christopher Reid is an internationally recognized artist working in pastel, watercolor, and acrylic across all genres and subjects. He has won over 500 art awards and has artwork in collections worldwide. His work has been described as “contemporary realism with an emphasis on color and depth.” 

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Chris studied at The Savannah College of Art & Design. He is an avid plein air painter and a popular art instructor, sharing over 30 years of experience. He lives in Hermanus, with his wife, Kim, and son, David.

★★★★★ Book Reviews

“You need but one pastel book and this is it. Christopher Reid presents a wealth of technical and artistic information in his engaging, comprehensive book. The crisp text and crystal-clear diagrams and demonstrations surpass any pastel book available before now. Simply indispensable for the pastel artist at any level from novice to professional.”Don Furstartist and professor of art

“What a talented artist Chris Reid is. And so generous in teaching others what comes so naturally to him. Well done Chris!”Ann JanksPsychologist

“Love this book! Finally someone wrote a great book on pastel painting. It is wonderfully informative and written in such an easy style. Mr. Reid not only covers all the basics of materials and set up for beginners, but he also includes several demos, plein air painting set up, and adds many extras for the intermediate and advanced pastelist. This is a book I will be returning to time and again as a great reference! Thank you so much for writing it, Mr. Reid, and for having me as a beta reader.”Krista FulbrightTeacher, Artist

“Excellent, very well organized, and extremely informative. While it was written to teach the use of pastels, there is a wealth of information with details applicable to creating a painting in any medium.” Pat MurrayOil and acrylic artist

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