Art Mediums & Drawing

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Pastels in China | An International Exhibition Brings Artists Together

Five distinguished pastel artists from the United States—Alan Flattmann, Gwenneth Barth-White, Jason Chang, Jimmy Wright and Richard McKinley—are just coming back from a momentous trip to China where they participated in the very first China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Art Exhibition. This inaugural event took place in the city of Suzhou, located in the...

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A Visit to The Met, Part 2 | The Manet Effect

The name Edgar Degas is forever synonymous with pastel, but he was not the only French Impressionist to be utilizing the medium. Édouard Manet, whom Degas first meets while copying a Velazquez painting at the Louvre, did a considerable amount of work in pastel. Some of the best examples are on display alongside Degas...

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Small, Pale and Watery? I Don’t Think So

I’m constantly being reminded that pastels, oils and watercolors can be manipulated to raise an eyebrow and the question, “Is that really…?” Transparent watercolor falls within this category as well, as Linda Stevens Moyer can attest. Moyer is the author of Light Up Your Watercolors Layer By Layer: Transparent Glazing Techniques for Luminous Paintings,...

Autumn Migration II (pastel) by Kathleen Galligan

Reimagined Landscapes | A Gallery of Pastels by Kathleen Galligan

Over the past five years or so, Maine artist Kathleen Galligan has seen a change in her painting approach. The landscapes she once painted as depictions of a specific time and place are now done solely from memory and imagination. The artist no longer paints from reference photos, finding it more interesting to create...

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A Visit to The Met, Part 1 | The Experimentation of Degas

Having the opportunity to visit any art museum is a pleasure. There's always something to be learned. While art books and magazines serve a great purpose in providing visibility to many pieces of artwork that would otherwise be left in obscurity, they cannot equal the joy of viewing original artwork in person. It's easy...