Art Books

The Little Book About Pastel



After nine years of writing articles on pastel for the newsletter of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, Suzanne Blaney, a Signature Pastellist, decided to write The Little Book About Pastel. All areas of painting in pastel are covered, with sixteen color and fifty-four black and white illustrations. Blaney presents her own work and philosophies, plus the work of five Master Pastellists, each a teacher in the medium: Marbo Barnard, Bab Gerbracht, Waif Mullins, Duane Wakeham, and Anita Wolff. The book was designed for beginning and advanced pastellists, teachers, and art patrons.

“The frame of this book is small, but the content is comprehensive. If one is looking for a short but authoritative survey of pastel painting, it is definitely recommended.”

Claire Paisner, Book Review in Pastelagram, Pastel Society of America.


Adventure In Color

The Impressionism of Anita Wolff


Internationally known Master artist and teacher Anita Wolff asked Suzanne Blaney to write Adventure in Color – The Impressionism of Anita Wolff. It goes beyond traditional biography to include Wolff’s work, philosophies, and lessons in both oil and pastel. More than forty vibrant color plates include not only Wolff’s work, but that of the masters who were Wolff’s teachers, such as the great Sergei Bongart.

Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival.



The Inspiration and Evolution

Suzanne Blaney is currently finishing another art book, Impressionism – the Inspiration and Evolution, which covers the emergence of the Impressionist movement from the tightly held cultural reins of the Salons and art world of Paris during France’s politically turbulent mid-19th century. The ultimate triumph of those revolutionary artists resulted in recognition of Impressionism as a major genre that spread throughout the world. The book will include illustrations of French and American artists courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of New York City and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.