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Pastel Journal Blog
Every year, as we immerse ourselves in the 2,500 or so entries in the Pastel 100, we are completely awestruck by the exceptional skill, artistic virtuosity and unlimited creativity we see. At the end of the day, and with the help of our five category jurors, we have to narrow the entries to 100, and wow, is that tough. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce the names of the artists whose pastel works make up our latest Pastel 100!
California artist Bill Cone, whose inspiring mountain landscapes were recently featured in Pastel Journal (August 2013, “Peak Performance”) has a solo show opening at the Studio Gallery in San Francisco this week.
Congratulations to the 124 artists chosen for North Light Books’ 2013 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 6: Value | Lights & Darks! If you see your name below, please check your email accounts (and junk boxes) for instructions on next …
Artist, Sangita Phadke, paints larger-than-life fruits, flowers and vegetables using up to 10 layers of pastel with meticulous detail that brings her subjects into mouth-watering realism.
Welcome to “Burning Questions,” where we interview some of our favorite artists from Pastel Journal with lighthearted questions to make you smile. Today, I’m pleased to share with you some entertaining insights from portrait and figurative pastelist Rita Kirkman.
As the Editor of Pastel Journal, I know—right now—what artists will be featured in the upcoming December 2013 issue, the February 2014 issue, and even the June 2014 issue. What I don’t know is who will appear in the April 2014 special “Pastel 100″ issue! Enter the Pastel 100 Competition today so your best work can be in contention!
When I came to work this morning, I expected to smile at my colleagues in the hallway, perhaps laugh with them at our desks, maybe share a table at lunch and exchange weekend stories. And when I sat down to …
Right now millions of students are counting down the final days of summer vacation, but if you’re a pastel painter, there’s another important countdown happening right now: the entry deadline for the 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition!
The truth is, being an artist has its highs and its lows. Right? Sometimes, even amidst the success (you’re working hard, getting into shows, winning some awards), you may still be experiencing discouraging sales or other disappointments.
I’ve heard several artists say that painting a portrait isn’t about creating a mirror image or photographic rendition, but rather it’s about truly showing who that person is. Part of the challenge of this is having the skill to portray emotional and physical attributes.