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Pouring Acrylic Paint, Tips and Tricks with Nancy Reyner

Contemporary acrylic paintings often showcase a wide variety of special effects. Many of those effects can be achieved by pouring acrylic paint. Pouring is a great way to smooth out unwanted texture, get marbleized effects, rich colored glazes, and add some fun to your painting process. Although pouring is a relatively simple technique, it...


In The Studio With Jerry Weiss

Jerry Weiss shows us how we works in the studio in our November 2016 issue for a session on figure painting, and how the creative mind is constantly in flux. Late this spring I returned to paint in my studio after an absence of some months. My subject was a talented student artist who agreed...

Desmond O'Hagan

Artist Spotlight | Desmond O’Hagan, How to Paint with Confidence

Looking for someone who could teach artists how to paint with confidence, editor-in-chief of the Pastel Journal, Anne Hevener, introduced me to Desmond O’Hagan. Known for his loose painting style, and bold, confident stroke work—and for instilling that skill and spirit in his students—Desmond visited the ArtistsNetwork studios to show us his pastel and...

Abzhanova Anara
Acrylic on Canvas
16" x 24"

Feeling Fall: 19 Paintings Celebrating the Season

Fall is such a glorious time of year, isn’t it? It’s not that I don’t like the other seasons — I have a soft spot for both spring and summer. (You can keep winter; really, it’s all yours.) But fall is my favorite — for reasons like these: * the way the fall sun...


Introducing the Pastel “Artists to Watch” 2016

We asked a handful of pastel leaders and luminaries around the globe to tell us about artists who may not be familiar to all of us (yet), but who are definitely making their marks in pastel. We celebrate 10 of them here in our “2016 Artists to Watch” showcase. For more about each artist,...


Amp Up Your Pastels | Pastel Journal December 2016 Preview

Make your creative mark this winter! The December 2016 issue of PASTEL JOURNAL shares techniques for amping up the power of pastel, 12 rules for building strong relationships in the art world, how to use printmaking to jumpstart your next pastel and more. Featured artists include cover artist Maria Marino, as well as Darron...