Art Mediums & Drawing

What’s your favorite fine art medium in which to work? Find what you’re looking for here, or discover something new! Our articles include works on pastel, watercolor, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, collage, mixed media, how to draw people and more. Learn a new art technique or enhance what you already know with our hundreds of art instruction resources.

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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,...

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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...

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Pastel Journal 2014 Issue Index

                                    Use our year-at-a-glance article index to easily locate all of your favorite pastel artists and articles that appeared in the 2014 issues of Pastel Journal. Click here for your FREE downloadable index. Store this index on your desktop for...

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Glowing Landscapes | Brenda Boylan Pastels

Brenda Boylan’s pastel landscapes (and streetscapes) feature countless layers of pastel, but there’s no need to peel back each color to understand what lies beneath. It’s all right there in front of your eyes, all at once. “I love to have the underpainting peek through,” the pastel artist says. “It unites all the other colors...

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Passage to India | Pastel Gallery

British artists Patrick Cullen, Felicity House and June Arnold have been lured back to India time and again, and have produced some amazing paintings from their travels. Artists with different styles and interests, they share in the December 2014 issue of Pastel Journal what attracts them to the world’s second most-populous nation, without ignoring some of...

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Your Go-To Pastel Resource | Pastel Journal December 2014 Preview

Don’t miss this go-to pastel resource! The December 2014 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for how to: capture the chaotic beauty of India. simplify a subject. paint the life and energy of urban landscapes. push your creativity. and more! Watch our video preview link below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see paintings by cover...