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How Does an Artist Spend $5,000?

If you received a check for $5,000 in the mail today, how would you spend it? Would you pack up your travel box of pastels and climb aboard the next plane to Paris? Venice? Vienna? Reykjavík? Mumbai? Would you head straight away to your favorite art supply retailer or pastel manufacturer and stock up?...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Studios on the Park Invitational

Congratulations to pastel artist William Hosner, of Traverse City, Mich., on winning the Best of Show Award in the Studios on the Park Signature Invitational Exhibition in Paso Robles, Calif., which opened May 21 and runs through June 29. The exhibition featured the work of 20 of the country's finest contemporary realist painters...

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Announcing the Winners for AcrylicWorks 2

Congratulations to the 116 artists chosen for North Light Books’ second annual Best of Acrylic competition AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs! If you see your name below, please check your email accounts (and junk boxes) for instructions on next steps. You should receive an email from us with the subject line “AcrylicWorks 2 Winner Notification”...

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Winners of the 2nd Annual Shades of Gray Competition

We’re proud to present the winning works in Drawing’s second annual Shades of Gray Competition, which challenges artists to submit their best drawings, in any medium, created entirely in black, white, and gray. The following 14 drawings were selected as the winners from more than 1,000 entries by a panel of judges. You can...

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Splash 16 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 121 artists selected for North Light Books’ latest watercolor competition Splash 16: Exploring Texture! If you see your name below, please check your email accounts (and junk boxes) for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Splash 16 Winner Notification” no later than...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Pastel Wins Big at Academic Artists Association National Exhibition

Congratulations to Robert K. Carsten whose pastel, Insight and Inspiration, won the Best in Show Award at the 64th Academic Artists Association national exhibition, which opened last Sunday. The Academic Artists Association’s show is one of the oldest, continuing, annual fine art exhibitions in the country. It was established in 1949 by American Impressionist,...

3 Tips to Get Your Studio Ready for Spring

It is still super chilly in my neck of the woods, but spring has technically sprung, so what better time to get ourselves and our art ready for the lovely months ahead? We’ve definitely earned it after a dreary winter, so here are 3 tips to get your studio set for all the spring...

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Announcing the Winners: 2013 Shades of Gray Competition

We’re thrilled to announce the 14 winning artists in Drawing magazine’s 2013 Shades of Gray Competition, which challenged artists to submit their best drawings done entirely in black, white, and gray tones. In total, there were 14 winning works, all of which can be seen in the upcoming spring issue of Drawing. (Click here...

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15th Annual Pastel 100 Silver Award Winner | Peter Seltzer

Viewer interpretation is key to the pastels of artist Peter Seltzer. “I often like to employ a certain amount of ambiguity,” says the winner of the Pastel Journal Silver Award in the 15th Annual Pastel 100. “This allows viewers to enter a piece on their own terms and find their own narrative. Although my paintings have a...

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Juror Spotlight | 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition

The Pastel 100 Competition, now in its 15th year, can draw several thousand entries. In a field that includes hundreds upon hundreds of worthy and wonderful pastels, it’s always interesting to learn what it is that a juror sees in a particular piece that marks it as special. The jurors of this year’s 15th...