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IAPS Convention 2015 | The Greatest Pastel Party on the Planet

The 11th biennial convention of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), held this past summer in Albuquerque, N.M., kicked off on Tuesday, June 2, with four all-day workshops led by pastel superstars Sally Strand, Albert Handell, Diane Rapissi and Terri Ford, and the inspiration just continued to flow for the next four days.

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Pastel Pick of the Week | An Invitation to New Zealand

The Nelson, New Zealand area of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) invites all pastel enthusiasts to join them in April 2016 for the PANZ “Purely Pastel” National Art Awards and Convention. The event will take place in Mapua, a small town on the island's South Island on the coastline of Tasman Bay,...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Winners in UART’s Online Pastel Competition

The award-winners in the 2015 UART Online Pastel Competition represent an impressive collection of pastel prowess and ingenuity. The juror was Liz Haywood-Sullivan—artist, author, instructor and current president of the International Association of Pastel Societies. She had her work cut out for her, having to select a first, second and third place winner, two...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Portrait of a Pastel 100 Prizewinner

You may remember meeting Simone Bingemer a few months back in the April 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, which featured her pastel portrait, Isabell, the winner of the Pastel Journal Founder's Award, our top prize in the Pastel 100 competition. Here's a snippet from our interview with the artist, who works out of Cologne,...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Brian Cobble “Scratching the Surface”

Pastel artist Brian Cobble's latest show (his sixth) at Valley House Gallery in Dallas is called "Scratching the Surface," a rather apt description for the meticulous approach the artist takes in his pastel work. The settings of his paintings vary from lived-in, sometimes quirky urban and suburban environments to serene, natural landscapes, and each...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Prizes for Pastels

Who doesn’t like to be rewarded for outstanding painting effort? If you’re looking for a way to earn recognition and possibly prize awards for your latest, best work in pastel, UART is now accepting entries to its 2015 Online Pastel Competition.             Among the prizes are $1000 cash, a...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Daniel Greene at Gallery Henoch

“At the Auction,” a new solo exhibition of work by artist Daniel Greene, opened last night at Gallery Henoch in New York City. In his recent work, Greene focuses on the rarefied world of fine art auctions, capturing the drama and excitement of these high-pressure settings.   According to Maureen Bloomfield in “The World...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | The Landscape Paintings of Richard McKinley

In his 40-plus years of experience painting the landscape, Richard McKinley has hauled his painting gear uphill, downhill, through woods, over fences, along roadsides and everywhere in between to capture the essence of a scene en plein air in pastel or oil. He has been to locations far and wide to conduct this artistic...