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!


Sneak Peek | Pastel Journal April 2014 Issue

The April 2014 issue of PASTEL JOURNAL features inspiring articles on the paintings that took top honors in the 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, plus Pastel 100 jurors share their advice on how to make your paintings stand out in a crowd. Also included are four ways to save “disaster” paintings; and top strategic...

Study (pastel) by Dan Slapo

Pastel Portrait PaintingTips | Dan Slapo

Painting a pastel portrait is a wonderful experience; however, there are some considerations—and pitfalls—that pastel artists should keep in mind, according to Dan Slapo, Pastel Society of America 2013 Hall of Fame Honoree.                                       Getting Started ...


Sneak Peek | February 2014 Pastel Journal Issue

Check it out! The February 2014 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for painting lace with pastels, adding figures in landscapes, painting white with colorful pastels, plus tips for crowdfunding your artistic dreams, and more. Watch our video preview below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see pastel paintings by Sally Strand,...

Moonrise-Platte River (pastel, 14x18) by Lorenzo Chavez

Pastel Pick of the Week | Colorado Landscapes by Lorenzo Chavez

Many residents of the U.S. were treated to a bit (or more) of snow this week. Although not exactly convenient for holiday traveling, it does make for a beautiful landscape. And I can't think of anyone who knows how to celebrate that more than Colorado artist Lorenzo Chavez whose winter landscapes, in particular, have...


Remembering JFK | The Story Behind a Portrait by Daniel E. Greene

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am happy to share a pastel by renowned portrait artist, Daniel Greene. California gallery, Mountainsong Galleries, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, has just made his historic portrait—painted in 1963—available for acquisition.