Pastel Journal Blog

Pick up new tips and tricks with the latest offering from the Pastel Journal blog. Read along as editors and contributors share great pastel painting techniques and project ideas between issues of Pastel Journal. Each article on pastel art focuses on a tip or features a great pastel artist. Watch instructional pastel videos or discover new ways to save on top quality pastel books & videos at the Pastel Journal blog!

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...


Pastel Pick of the Week | PSA 44th Annual Exhibition

“The Pastel Society of America’s (PSA) 44th Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance!, with paintings on display from 34 U.S. states, as well as from Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, Israel and Malaysia, is one of the most diverse and colorful exhibitions in the history of the society,” says Jimmy Wright, PSA president and exhibition chair. Held...


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.