Author Archives: Anne Hevener

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Jian Wang | 18th Annual Pastel 100 Award of Excellence Winner

The Pastel Journal Award of Excellence in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 competition went to a figural painting, Lipstick, by Wang Jian, an artist from Beijing, China. Vianna Szabo, the juror of the competition’s Portrait and Figure category called “Lipstick" a "masterful study in the power of limiting detail in a painting."

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Becky Johnson Wins Gold in the 18th Pastel 100

Becky Johnson lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. But the painter doesn't go for the vast, majestic mountain scenes you might expect of someone living in that area. Instead, she's drawn to more intimate scenes like the one that inspired Along the Road, below. It won the artist the Richeson Pastel Gold...

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Introducing the Pastel “Artists to Watch” 2016

We asked a handful of pastel leaders and luminaries around the globe to tell us about artists who may not be familiar to all of us (yet), but who are definitely making their marks in pastel. We celebrate 10 of them here in our “2016 Artists to Watch” showcase. For more about each artist,...

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Advice From Jurors | How to Make Winning Artwork

We asked the jurors of the 17th Annual Pastel 100 if they had any words of advice for artists. Read through their advice, and then click here to submit your latest, greatest pastel effort into the 18th Pastel 100 Competition, which has extended its entry deadline.

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Traveling Light | Anne Laddon’s Plein Air Toolkit for Pastel

As a plein air enthusiast, Anne Laddon has adjusted her painting supplies over the years to make herself as mobile as possible. “I really like to keep the weight down, especially in Mexico, where I’m walking on cobblestone streets up and down and all across town,” she says. “I just can’t carry around 15...

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Painting Weather in Pastel

It's fascinating how the same landscape can change depending on the time of the day, season of the year, and the specific kind of weather. We asked three pastel artists—Don Williams, Margi Lucena and Margaret Evans—about painting weather in a landscape.

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Christine Swann | The Stories Behind Portraits

Artist Christine Swann paints portraits that tell the stories of subjects of every age and gender, each one a subtle narrative that glows with a careful mastery of the pigment. Her pastel, Determined, for example, is a painting of Swann’s son that took shape as he painted beside her on his own little easel....

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Hayes Named Pastel Society UK President

Pastel Journal congratulates Jeannette Hayes, who has been named the new president of The Pastel Society UK, following Cheryl Culver‘s successful tenure. Both will be remembered by long-standing readers of Pastel Journal: Hayes judged the Abstract and Non-Objective category in the 15th Annual Pastel 100 competition and also was profiled in the December 2007 issue of Pastel Journal. She paints colorful abstract...