Pastel Painting Blog: Tutorials & Techniques from Richard McKinley

With more than four decades of experience as a professional artist and painting instructor, Richard McKinley is the perfect artist to turn to if you’d like to learn more about painting the landscape and painting in pastel, in particular. McKinley is an award-winning landscape artist and a Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame honoree. He is a best-selling author and this Pastel Pointers Blog is chock-full of practical tips and expert advice that address real-life painting challenges.


The Power of Suggestion

The power of suggestion is a strong tool in the hands of an artist. When a painting is viewed, visual bits and pieces are processed and assembled into a recognizable image by the viewer. Often with only an indication, a viewer will be able to finish what the artist suggested and...


Warming Up to Painting in Winter

As we approach the start of the official winter season in the northern hemisphere, it's time to embrace what the season has to offer the landscape painter. Different regions provide variety, but the farther north you are, the more pronounced the personality of winter becomes. The leaves have fallen from the...


The Secret to Painting a Masterpiece

With the release of the new April 2016 issue of Pastel Journal, which celebrates the winners of the 17th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, it seemed a perfect opportunity to revisit a Pastel Pointers post by Richard McKinley in which he discusses the secret to painting a masterpiece—and your next award-winner: Know...