Art Mediums & Drawing

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Strokes of Genius 8 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 131 artists selected for North Light Books’ 2015 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 8: Exploring Texture! If you see your name below, please check your email for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Strokes 8 Winner Notification” no later than Friday, September...

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Oil Painting: Portraits in Cool Light with Chris Saper

How to Paint Portraits Portrait painting is popular for a reason, and it’s tough to argue with the classics. Even in the age of the selfie stick and easy access to cameras, we’re drawn to formal portraiture; not only because we want the ability to control how we’re presented to the world, but because...

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In the Footsteps of Frank Reaugh | Texas Landscapes by Jeri Salter

Contemporary artists continue to find inspiration in the work of Frank Reaugh (1860-1945), an artist who documented—primarily in pastel—the landscape of the Southwest at the turn of the century and the spirit of the Texas cattle drive in particular. One such fan is Jeri Salter, an Austin-based pastel artist who, in 2014, traced the...

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IAPS Convention 2015 | The Greatest Pastel Party on the Planet

The 11th biennial convention of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), held this past summer in Albuquerque, N.M., kicked off on Tuesday, June 2, with four all-day workshops led by pastel superstars Sally Strand, Albert Handell, Diane Rapissi and Terri Ford, and the inspiration just continued to flow for the next four days.

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Pastel Artist Daniel E. Greene | A Life in Pictures

Daniel E. Greene, whose career as a painter spans seven decades, has been committed to the pastel medium since first cutting his teeth in portraiture as a street artist in 1950s Miami. Although he has worked heavily in oil as well (most of his commissioned portraiture is done in that medium), in his personal work...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | An Invitation to New Zealand

The Nelson, New Zealand area of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) invites all pastel enthusiasts to join them in April 2016 for the PANZ “Purely Pastel” National Art Awards and Convention. The event will take place in Mapua, a small town on the island's South Island on the coastline of Tasman Bay,...