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Pastel Pick of the Week | How the Pastel 100 Can Change Your Life

On Monday we celebrate Labor Day. What better way to honor the dedicated work you do as a pastel artist than by entering your latest “labor of love” in the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition? Why enter? One, because the deadline is Tuesday! Two, because there’s nothing quite like the shot in the arm...

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How Does an Artist Spend $5,000?

If you received a check for $5,000 in the mail today, how would you spend it? Would you pack up your travel box of pastels and climb aboard the next plane to Paris? Venice? Vienna? Reykjavík? Mumbai? Would you head straight away to your favorite art supply retailer or pastel manufacturer and stock up?...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Small But Striking

Congratulations to artist William A. Schneider whose pastel painting, Barn Cat, received the Best in Show award at the Pastel Painters of Maine's 15th Annual International Juried Exhibition “For Pastels Only." The exhibition ran from May 17 through June 14 at the Saco Museum in Saco, Maine. The juror of awards was celebrated...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Studios on the Park Invitational

Congratulations to pastel artist William Hosner, of Traverse City, Mich., on winning the Best of Show Award in the Studios on the Park Signature Invitational Exhibition in Paso Robles, Calif., which opened May 21 and runs through June 29. The exhibition featured the work of 20 of the country's finest contemporary realist painters...

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Summertime Show Business | An International Exhibition in France

The Salon International de Pastel will take place this summer in Saint-Aulaye, in the Dordogne area of France, from July 26 to August 24. The event celebrates a guest artist each year. Previous honorees include Vicente Romero and German Aracil, both from Spain. This year's honoree is the Tasmanian artist, Leoni Duff.

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A Fascinating Thing About Painting

Artists don’t paint because it’s an easy thing to do. It often takes patience, practice, and a concentrated effort to be able to paint to one’s satisfaction. In Pastel Journal Daniel E. Greene, who has built a hearty portfolio of breathtaking portraits, admits that painting is “a never-ending process of challenges and learning.”

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Pastel Pick of the Week | A Brush With Royalty

Artist David Wells, of MacCleay Island, Australia, who made news in pastel circles earlier this spring as the Grand Prize Award winner in the Pastel Journal's 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition for his pastel, Cassandra, is making news again for his portraiture. The subject of his latest portrait—Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge—is perhaps the...