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Many residents of the U.S. were treated to a bit (or more) of snow this week. Although not exactly convenient for holiday traveling, it does make for a beautiful landscape. And I can’t think of anyone who knows how to celebrate that more than Colorado artist Lorenzo Chavez whose winter landscapes, in particular, have always struck me as nothing short of magical.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am happy to share a pastel by renowned portrait artist, Daniel Greene. California gallery, Mountainsong Galleries, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, has just made his historic portrait—painted in 1963—available for acquisition.
Anyone familiar with Pastel Journal and the Pastel Pointers Blog knows that Richard McKinley is a generous and inspiring teacher and a consistent champion of both pastel and plein air painting. If you’d like a collection of some of the artist’s best advice on working en plein air, you’ll want to check out a new magazine download available now at www.northlightshop.com.
The call for entries for the The Artist’s Magazine All-Media Competition—which recognizes artists working in eight different fine art media—continues through November 15, which means you have exactly two weeks to enter your finest work in the most exciting of the eight categories—pastel!
In the December 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, we asked artists Leslie Lillien Levy and Claudia Seymour to conduct a “still life experiment” in order to see how color choices are central to artistic expression. The two painters chose five objects that they would both use in still-life setups of their own design: a blue-and-white cachepot, a brass jug, a silvered creamer, a copper teapot with blue-and-white handle and knob, and a blue lusterware creamer. Beyond the inclusion of these items, they were otherwise free to arrange the setup as they wished, adding items, choosing a lighting effect, and so on. As you can see here, the resulting paintings are surprisingly distinct and offer a revealing look into the personal approach artists bring to color.
Every year, as we immerse ourselves in the 2,500 or so entries in the Pastel 100, we are completely awestruck by the exceptional skill, artistic virtuosity and unlimited creativity we see. At the end of the day, and with the help of our five category jurors, we have to narrow the entries to 100, and wow, is that tough. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce the names of the artists whose pastel works make up our latest Pastel 100!
For your painting to rise to the next level, it is important to give consideration to some of the finer points of design and composition. In this PDF download, read artist Margot Schulzke’s tips for mastering the use of intervals in your paintings, to promote variety and unity.
California artist Bill Cone, whose inspiring mountain landscapes were recently featured in Pastel Journal (August 2013, “Peak Performance”) has a solo show opening at the Studio Gallery in San Francisco this week.
Artist, Sangita Phadke, paints larger-than-life fruits, flowers and vegetables using up to 10 layers of pastel with meticulous detail that brings her subjects into mouth-watering realism.
As the Editor of Pastel Journal, I know—right now—what artists will be featured in the upcoming December 2013 issue, the February 2014 issue, and even the June 2014 issue. What I don’t know is who will appear in the April 2014 special “Pastel 100″ issue! Enter the Pastel 100 Competition today so your best work can be in contention!