Desmond O'Hagan

Artist Spotlight | Desmond O’Hagan, How to Paint with Confidence

Looking for someone who could teach artists how to paint with confidence, editor-in-chief of the Pastel Journal, Anne Hevener, introduced me to Desmond O’Hagan. Known for his loose painting style, and bold, confident stroke work—and for instilling that skill and spirit in his students—Desmond visited the ArtistsNetwork studios to show us his pastel and...

Carnival at Dusk, Bordeaux 18x24 pastel

Great Pastels | Desmond O’Hagan on Ilya Repin

For the February 2014 introduction of a new Pastel Journal column, "Great Pastels," Denver-based artist Desmond O'Hagan introduces readers to the 19th-century Russian painter, Ilya Repin, a painter known for his portraits as well as large, emotionally infused scenes depicting events in Russian history. O'Hagan writes this about the painter's background:

Desmond O’Hagan Pastels | An Urban View

Pastel artist Desmond O’Hagan has been busy lately. First, he created a step-by-step demonstration for our current December issue, on sale now on newsstands and in the North Light Shop. You can also see his work in our special online gallery  right here. And now, Desmond has opened a new show of pastels and...

Pastel Painting Demonstration by Desmond O'Hagan

Capture the Romance of Light & Color in Pastel

Painting light and color has never been this beautiful! As a painter of pastel and oils, artist Desmond O’Hagan loves the variety of options when working with pastels–with so many colors to choose from, pastel is the perfect choice for painting light and color. Balancing warm against cool, light against dark, and intense against...

Oil Painting Demonstration: Figures in a Sunny Café

Desmond O’Hagan is your guide in this oil painting demonstration as you learn to interpret the light in this sunny café scene! Desmond’s style is bold and direct, never overworking the details. “The constant challenge of painting…a slightly more complicated scene,” he says, “is the challenge to simplify, really keeping your shapes correct, slowly...