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Jean Haines’ 3 Color Flow Exercises

“The simple art of applying color to paper is enjoyable when there are no high expectations from the results.” —Jean Haines Haines is an author, international workshop instructor and award-winning expressive watercolor artist whose East-meets-West painting style has been exhibited in a number of galleries and collected throughout the world. She shares 3 simple...

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Traveling Light | Anne Laddon’s Plein Air Toolkit for Pastel

As a plein air enthusiast, Anne Laddon has adjusted her painting supplies over the years to make herself as mobile as possible. “I really like to keep the weight down, especially in Mexico, where I’m walking on cobblestone streets up and down and all across town,” she says. “I just can’t carry around 15...

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Painting Weather in Pastel

It's fascinating how the same landscape can change depending on the time of the day, season of the year, and the specific kind of weather. We asked three pastel artists—Don Williams, Margi Lucena and Margaret Evans—about painting weather in a landscape.

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Christine Swann | The Stories Behind Portraits

Artist Christine Swann paints portraits that tell the stories of subjects of every age and gender, each one a subtle narrative that glows with a careful mastery of the pigment. Her pastel, Determined, for example, is a painting of Swann’s son that took shape as he painted beside her on his own little easel....

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Paint Up a Storm | Pastel Journal Oct 2016 Preview

Paint up a storm—literally! The award-winning artists featured in the October 2016 issue of Pastel Journal show you how to harness fog, rain, storms and more in your landscapes. PLUS: Learn how to unleash the power of pastels; paint bold, colorful landscapes; recharge your creative process with 3 exercises; test drive textured paper; and...

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Tamer Pastel Landscapes | Iva Morris Gallery

Although New Mexico artist Iva Morris is best known for her tempestuous Southwestern scenes of storms and tornadoes, she’s also painted less intense pastel landscapes, as seen below. Subscribe to Pastel Journal today! To observe many of the less tempestuous weather events that she paints, Morris just has to step into her backyard. “I live in...