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Pastel Pick of the Week | Pastel Wins Big at Academic Artists Association National Exhibition

Congratulations to Robert K. Carsten whose pastel, Insight and Inspiration, won the Best in Show Award at the 64th Academic Artists Association national exhibition, which opened last Sunday. The Academic Artists Association’s show is one of the oldest, continuing, annual fine art exhibitions in the country. It was established in 1949 by American Impressionist,...

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Maggie Price Remembered | Newly Discovered Works by the Artist

Last year, on April 4, 2013, we received the news of the death of artist, teacher, author and mentor Maggie Price (maggiepriceart.com) after a short yet courageous battle with cancer. A year later, we continue to miss her, both as a friend and as an important advocate of pastel. Fortunately, we can continue to...

Halcyon Afternoon (pastel, 12 x 16) By Richard McKinley

Best of Pastel Pointers | The Finish Line

How do you know when you’re done with a painting? This is one of the most frequently asked questions among artists. And most responses are ambiguous at best: When I have gone too far; when someone takes it away from me; when someone offers to buy it; when my teacher tells me I’m done...

Black Leaf (pastel, 29.5x22.5) by Jimmy Wright

Pastel Pick of the Week | Spring is Showtime for Artist Jimmy Wright

Yesterday marked the vernal equinox and indeed, we seem finally to be shaking off a very long winter and welcoming the first signs of spring! Galleries and museums are doing their part to welcome the season with new shows that celebrate light, flowers and gardens, and our own Jimmy Wright—President of the Pastel Society...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | The Friday News Round-Up

Even as someone who deals with deadlines for a living, I'm still surprised at how quickly these annual exhibition deadlines come along! So, don't miss the fact that it's that time of year to enter your latest pastel masterpiece into the 42nd Pastel Society of America (PSA) Annual Exhibition, "Enduring Brilliance."

Laundry Day (pastel) by Deborah Bays

Juror Spotlight | 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition

The Pastel 100 Competition, now in its 15th year, can draw several thousand entries. In a field that includes hundreds upon hundreds of worthy and wonderful pastels, it’s always interesting to learn what it is that a juror sees in a particular piece that marks it as special. The jurors of this year’s 15th...

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15th Annual Pastel 100 Winners | A Conversation With David Wells

Congratulations to artist David Wells on winning this year’s Pastel Journal Grand Prize Award in the 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition for his exquisite pastel portrait, Cassandra. The finished prizewinning work is shown here, along with a photo of the work-in-progress and the preliminary sketch. You can read all about the story and technique...

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Excite With White | A Gallery of Pastel Paintings

Whether the subject at hand is a snowy woodland or a bowl of eggs, painting white offers artists an unexpected opportunity for color excitement. White may not be considered a color in scientific terms, but—for the painter—capturing white has everything to do with color. The following gallery of pastel paintings by artists Linda Gross...

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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: