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6 Ways to Balance Your Day Job and Being an Artist | Pastel Journal | Pastel Tips | Art Business | Jacob Aguiar | Pastel Techniques | ArtistsNetwork

6 Ways to Balance Your Day Job with Being an Artist

Keep Your Day Job Regardless of preferred medium, many artists don’t make art full time. And finding a nice balance between having a job while also being an artist can be easier than one might think. Just ask artist and doctor, Jacob Aguiar.     Aguiar commutes almost two hours a day to see...

Bob Gerbracht with pastel portrait, memoriam, artist's network, pastel journal

In Memoriam | Pastel Artist Bob Gerbracht Dies at 92

Pastelist and teacher Bob Gerbracht died peacefully on April 28, at the age of 92, at his home in Pinole, Calif., in the company of his wife and daughters. A 2015 Pastel Society of America (PSA) Hall of Fame inductee, Gerbracht was best known for his portraits and figure paintings—and for his love for...

Desmond O'Hagan

Artist Spotlight | Desmond O’Hagan, How to Paint with Confidence

Looking for someone who could teach artists how to paint with confidence, editor-in-chief of the Pastel Journal, Anne Hevener, introduced me to Desmond O’Hagan. Known for his loose painting style, and bold, confident stroke work—and for instilling that skill and spirit in his students—Desmond visited the ArtistsNetwork studios to show us his pastel and...