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Atmospheric Effects in Pastel | Jacob Aguiar Landscapes

Jacob Aguiar follows the light to achieve masterful atmospheric effects in pastel landscapes. Aguiar, of Scarborough, Maine, has learned how essential it is to spend time in the landscape and become more familiar with a subject before beginning a painting. In the past, he’d stop his car, take a few photos of a scene,...


Be Bold! Pastel Journal August 2016 Special Preview

Be bold! The award-winning artists featured in the August 2016 issue of Pastel Journal show you how to break out of your comfort zone. Highlights in this must-have issue include: •   Painting Bold, Exuberant Florals •   Adding Atmospheric Effect to Landscapes •   Exploring Beyond the “Comfort Zone” Genre •   Trailblazing...

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Painting Rocks in Oil by Albert Handell

Painting rocks, for me, is, in part, a matter of contrasts and harmonized similarities. Contrasts can consist of lights and darks; large and smaller areas; and sharp edges, lost edges and all edges in-between. Then there are the textural contrasts of the paint itself.


Pastel Pick of the Week | Pastel Society of America Call for Entries

Let me set the scene: It's a lovely September evening in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. You walk up the steps and into the historic National Arts Club—a club whose early charter members included Robert Henri, Frederic Remington, George Bellows and William Merritt Chase. Inside, you walk into a room where the walls...