Author Archives: Anne Hevener

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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...

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Teaching Pastel in China | Robert K. Carsten Goes to Suzhou

If you take 100 talented and dedicated school teachers, introduce them to the history and practice of pastel painting so that they, in turn, can share their newfound knowledge and experiences in their respective classrooms—what do you have? Simply put, the planting of seeds that is sure to grow the awareness, appreciation and practice...

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Three Artists On Working Differently

Many artists have a signature style or favorite subject for which they are well known. Rarely is it the case, however, that the acclaimed body of work is the only type of artwork these artists produce. In the August issue of Pastel Journal, I checked in with Dawn Emerson, Cuong Nguyen and Andrew McDermott—three...