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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!

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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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Pastel Pick of the Week | IAPS 28th Juried Exhibition

Congratulations to all of the talented pastel artists whose paintings were exhibited this month in New York City as part of the International Association of Pastel Societies' 28th IAPS Juried Exhibition. The show opened at the Salmagundi Club on June 6 to much fanfare and remains open through today.

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Pastel Society of America Call for Entries

Let me set the scene: It's a lovely September evening in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. You walk up the steps and into the historic National Arts Club—a club whose early charter members included Robert Henri, Frederic Remington, George Bellows and William Merritt Chase. Inside, you walk into a room where the walls...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | 23 Masters of Landscape Painting

Many artists draw their painting inspiration from the landscape. Why? There's the practical aspect: Unlike other subjects—a figure model or a wildlife subject, for example—the landscape is there and ready to accommodate your schedule. You can step outside your door at any time, if you like, and start looking for compositions. That said, the...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Elizabeth Mowry Landscape Painting Book

If you love landscape painting, and you love painting in pastel, you probably already know and love the work of Elizabeth Mowry. Beloved for pastel paintings that are light-filled celebrations of the natural world, Mowry is also well-known as a teacher and author who has shared her insights in workshops, magazine articles and a...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Canadian Pastel Conference 2016

Canada made headlines this week thanks to an official State Dinner at the White House, where President Obama welcomed the new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I decided I would keep Canada in the news cycle a bit longer—at least in the pastel news cycle—by sharing this announcement from Ruth Rodgers, president of Pastel...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Rhoda Yanow Named to PSA Hall of Fame

The Pastel Society of America (PSA) has announced the names of the honorees who will be celebrated this fall, during the 44th Annual Juried Exhibition, "Enduring Brilliance." These are people who have contributed significantly to the pastel community by providing inspiration, leadership, energy or guidance—or all of the above. Thanks to PSA presdient Jimmy...

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Give (or Get) the Pastel Journal 2015 Annual CD or Downloads | Pastel Inspiration at Your Fingertips

Looking for a holiday gift for a fellow pastelist … or perhaps even yourself? Give (or get) the gift of hundreds of pages of pastel inspiration, tips and techniques in one searchable, printable and portable location—the Pastel Journal 2015 Annual CD or Individual Issues Downloads (pdf). Formatted for Mac and PC compatibility, both the CD and downloads...