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For pastel artists, the biennial convention of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), which met last week for their 10th gathering, is pretty much heaven on earth. Check out our photo gallery highlighting a few of the many inspiring moments …
How would you like one of your paintings to hang in a pastel exhibition in New York City—in a space that’s just 2.5 miles from the Museum of Modern Art and 3.4 miles away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art? If your answer is a resounding YES, then now is the time to ready your entry for the The Pastel Society of America’s “Enduring Brilliance: The 41st Annual Open Juried Exhibition—Pastels Only.” The exhibition will take place from September 3 through 28 in the Grand Gallery of The National Arts Club in the historic Gramercy Park area of Manhattan.
Once a year, the editorial teams of Pastel Journal and Watercolor Artist leave our desktops to participate in off-site brainstorm meetings. This year, our colleagues at Drawing magazine flew in from New York City to join us for two days of conversation about the three art magazines, our content, content presentation and plans for future issues.
Last Thursday, April 4, we learned the devastating news that Maggie Price had passed away after a short but heroic battle with brain cancer. Maggie was the President of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) and the founding editor …
Every year, we invite pastel artists to enter their work into our annual Pastel 100 competition, now in its 14th year. And every year, we receive thousands of pastel paintings. I am always stunned by the fantastic variety of the work and the extraordinary level of talent. We celebrate the impeccable skill and infinite creativity of today’s top talents with a selection of the “best 100.”
Bold. captivating. Stunning. enthralling. exquisite. These are just a few of the descriptors used by the jurors of the 14th Annual Pastel 100 to describe their prizewinning selections. They also mentioned expected attributes such as strong design, textural qualities, and a fine handling of values, movement and color. Once an entry has met these criteria, however, the jurors have to turn to a more intangible measurement—the “wow factor.”
There is excitement and energy in the pastel landscape paintings of British artist John Tookey. Paradoxically, the secret to that dynamism is understatement. It begins with the artist’s approach to color, which—though full of vibrancy—is achieved through the use of …
As a still life subject, painting food—particularly colorful fruit and vegetables—is a timeless choice. Lisa Ober, Ria Hills and Karen Howard are three pastel artists who bring a contemporary attitude to their paintings of food. Enjoy a gallery of food paintings that go beyond the everyday apple.