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!


Maggie Price Remembered | Newly Discovered Works by the Artist

Last year, on April 4, 2013, we received the news of the death of artist, teacher, author and mentor Maggie Price ( after a short yet courageous battle with cancer. A year later, we continue to miss her, both as a friend and as an important advocate of pastel. Fortunately, we can continue to...

Black Leaf (pastel, 29.5x22.5) by Jimmy Wright

Pastel Pick of the Week | Spring is Showtime for Artist Jimmy Wright

Yesterday marked the vernal equinox and indeed, we seem finally to be shaking off a very long winter and welcoming the first signs of spring! Galleries and museums are doing their part to welcome the season with new shows that celebrate light, flowers and gardens, and our own Jimmy Wright—President of the Pastel Society...

PAstel Society of France

Pastel Pick of the Week | The Friday News Round-Up

Even as someone who deals with deadlines for a living, I'm still surprised at how quickly these annual exhibition deadlines come along! So, don't miss the fact that it's that time of year to enter your latest pastel masterpiece into the 42nd Pastel Society of America (PSA) Annual Exhibition, "Enduring Brilliance."


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,...