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Learn from Master Pastelists | Register Now

Although Maggie Price, president of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), has just flown off to conduct what is sure to be a fabulous 10-day workshop in southern Spain, she was still able to get me the latest scoop from IAPS on the upcoming Biennial Convention in Albuquerque (June 2-5,...

Showstoppers: Pastels Only

Every September, the Pastel Society of America (PSA) presents their “Pastels Only” open juried exhibition in the beautiful galleries of the National Arts Club building in New York City’s Gramercy Park. This year’s show included a whopping 174 paintings and “wow” is the first word that comes to mind to describe...

Showstoppers: Inspiring Figures

The latest issue of The Pastel Journal is celebrating portrait and figural artists, and so too, it turns out, is the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Yesterday the museum opened a new exhibition, “Inspiring Figures: American Women & Figurative Art,” which consists of artwork by American female artists...

2011 Pastels Convention | Save the Date

Excitement is already building in anticipation of the Ninth Biennial Convention of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), which will be held in Albuquerque, N.M., next spring, from June 2 to 5. IAPS President Maggie Price informs me that we’ll be able to read all the details about the 2011...

Showstoppers: Pastels by Invitation

The “Pastels By Invitation” show at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, Mass., exhibits paintings by a select group of nationally recognized artists. The knockout show features work by 52 pastel artists including Frank Federico, Alan Flattmann, Albert Handell, Anne Heywood, Christine Ivers, Kim Lordier, Rosalie Nadeau, Maggie Price, Fred Somers,...

Showstoppers: IAPS 16th Juried Exhibition

It surely must be the dream of many serious artists to see their work hanging in a prestigious art museum, and so it was a happy event to see 36 talented pastel artists showing in the Flora B. Giffuni Gallery at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, last...

McKinley on the Poetry of Painting

If you’re a regular reader of the Pastel Pointers blog (http://pastelpointersblog.artistsnetwork.com), you’re already well acquainted with the talents and sage-like abilities of artist Richard McKinley. In addition to his blog contributions, McKinley appears regularly in The Pastel Journal as a columnist, but this month, he’s also starring on the cover of...

Show Your Work

Over on the Pastel Pointers blog, Richard McKinley shared his thoughts on the benefits of entering shows and competitions. As usual, he offered some really good advice: Entering pastel exhibitions and competitions allows us to see how our work compares to others working in our chosen field. Painting is a solitary endeavor. We...

Showstoppers: Washington DC

My family’s recent trip to Washington, D.C., was a whirlwind tour of the nation’s capital: the Air & Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Capitol Building, Washington National Cathedral, the National Zoo, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson memorial—you get the idea. It was wonderful, but the whole trip felt a bit like...

Pastelist Distinguished by Queen

Ken Gofton, a contributing writer to The Pastel Journal from the UK, recognizes that those of us on the American side of the Atlantic, might find the British custom of handing out titles somewhat amusing. Still, as Ken suggests, there is something to be said for publicly honoring individuals who’ve made...

Recipes for Gorgeous Grays in Watercolor

It’s important to have some quiet, muted grays in your composition to give the viewer’s eyes a place to rest; too many intense, vibrant colors can be overwhelming. Gray tones can also make other colors look even more vibrant in comparison. Mixing two complementary colors will create a gray, as will...