Pastel Art Techniques Painting Landscapes & More

Take your pastel art to the next level with everything you need to know about how to paint with pastels—from Maggie Price’s solutions for specific challenges to Richard McKinley’s invaluable pointers and instruction to pastel tips about materials and supplies.


From the Archives: The Power of Art

Since prehistoric times, humans have manifested the desire to express emotion and thought through artistic forms. Often this is done solely for personal enjoyment, but frequently it serves a bigger purpose by communicating personal feelings to other human beings. This desire to be heard, and hopefully understood, has led to the formation of language,...


Pastel Pick of the Week: Jean-Étienne Liotard at the Royal Academy

The pastel masterpieces of 18th-century Swiss-French portrait artist Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789) are getting the royal treatment in an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in London. The retrospective, which has traveled to London from the National Galleries of Scotland, is the first retrospective exhibition in the UK to be devoted to the artist...

The Beginning (pastel) by Eileen Casey

Pastel Artists to Watch 2015

In the December 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, you'll find introductions to seven artists whose latest work in pastel demonstrates a level of skill and expression that caught the attention of critiquing artists (from ProArtCritique and Pastel Journal) at the 2015 International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) in Albuquerque last June.

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Intrinsic Expression | Brian Bailey Pastel Still Life Gallery

By exploring such vital themes as time, beauty and suppression, Brian Bailey creates powerful images that invite contemplation. He uses the still life genre as a primary vehicle in his paintings to depict subtle metaphor regarding nature and its fragility. In particular, he has a great affinity for featuring natural objects. From bird nests and shells, to...

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The Past Is Present | Linda Carey Landscape Gallery

Linda Carey combines geometry, simplicity and light to evoke a sense of Old World timelessness in her pastel landscapes of sun-drenched ruins, stuccoed walls and elegant public spaces. Her streamlined pastel landscapes, particularly those of her beloved Italy, reveal an underlying structure that reminds us of the classical world. When painting her subjects in the...


Pastel Journal 2015 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 2015 issues of Pastel Journal. Click here for your FREE downloadable index: Pastel Journal Index 2015. Store this index on your desktop for easy access. It’s the perfect companion for your collection of 2015 Pastel Journal issues. Has one...


Practicing Intuition | 9 Underpainting Exercises

Whenever I'm demonstrating an underpainting technique, someone—at some point—will ask: Why did you put that color/value in that area? It's a tough question to answer since so much of what I'm doing is responding to the current painting situation with an anticipation of what will be done with the over-layers of pastel to come.


Pastel Pick of the Week | Zaria Forman at Winston Wächter

Whether you're stunned by the detailed rendering, amazed by the sheer scale, stirred by the challenging statement about climate change, or all of the above, Zaria Forman's pastels of water and ice do provoke a strong response. The artist's solo exhibition, SLIP, is currently being shown—now through October 17—at Winston Wächter Fine Art, New...


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...