Art Mediums & Drawing

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Rebels Against the Grain of Society

With 40 years of painting and teaching under his belt, Dean Nimmer has recently come out with a book that speaks to those of us who look at things a little more deeply than some. Creating Abstract Art: Ideas and Inspirations for Passionate Art-Making, includes exercises on abstract art for beginners (and those with...

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Serial Painter | A Gallery of Pastels By Israeli Artist Yael Maimon

Israeli artist Yael Maimon enjoys painting in a series. The subject of her pastel series have ranged from cats to Parisian pastries to modern interpretations of fairy tales. “I feel that studying the same subject matter in different lighting, positions and scenery is an important part of getting to know the essential character of...

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So, What’s Your Hook?

Knowing the hook—or what it is that attracted me to a certain scene—is key to producing a successful landscape painting. It's the concept. If I don’t know why I’m doing it, then I won’t know what to do. Following this concept is also useful in terms of knowing when a painting is finished. Think...

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Sarah Bee | Landscape Interpretations in Pastel

Five years ago, British artist Sarah Bee moved from the hustle and bustle of England’s capital city to the much quieter surroundings of rural Devon. Her relocation to this coastal landscape in southwest England has been transformational. “On a personal level, I’m much happier away from London, which makes a big difference,” she says....

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Creative Beginnings | Surface Treatments for Pastel

With a penchant for exploration and experimentation, three pastelists—Jeanine Allen, Paul Murray and Susan Grinels—put handmade surfaces, homemade grounds, and collage and stamped patterns to work as foundations for their pastel paintings. For a more in-depth look at their creative processes for achieving their signature style, check out the October issue of Pastel Journal,...

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Fall’s Go-To Art Resource | Pastel Journal October 2014 Issue Preview

Don’t miss this fall’s go-to pastel resource! The October 2014 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for how to: create your own unique surface treatments and underpaintings. add shimmering effects with metallic pastels. paint large-scale works. develop a series of paintings. and more! Watch our video preview link below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see pastel...

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Pastel Paintings in Process | Mary Aslin

Different qualities of light inspire pastelist Mary Aslin, and they’re instrumental in evoking mood in her painting arrangements—particularly her floral still lifes. She prefers natural light, either from a window or by arranging her subject outdoors. Sometimes it’s the drama of warm, glowing sunlight, and other times it’s a cool, romantic, atmospheric light or soft,...