Once John Philbin Dolan, featured in the June 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, discovered his passion for pastel portraits, he was determined to give painting his all. View a gallery of his emotive portraits here.
The sky is often one of the largest spaces in a pastel landscape painting by Charles Basham, a featured artist in the June 2015 issue of Pastel Journal. Get his 3 must-know pastel techniques for painting skies here!
In his 40-plus years of experience painting the landscape, Richard McKinley has hauled his painting gear uphill, downhill, through woods, over fences, along roadsides and everywhere in between to capture the essence of a scene en plein air in pastel or oil. He has been to locations far and wide to conduct this artistic...
Hot off the press (or hot off whatever machine makes a DVD) come three brand-new videos with portrait and figure artist Mario Robinson. Robinson is a versatile artist who works in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor and—yay!—pastel.
Recently, while winter was wreaking havoc on the majority of North America, I was privileged to instruct a group of pastelists south of the United States border in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Artist Alan Flattmann usually conducts one international workshop every year, but this year—in addition to a 10-day workshop in Tuscany—the artist is conducting a painting workshop in late October in Suzhou, China, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its city canals and elaborate gardens.
Congratulations to Simone Bingemer, of Cologne, Germany, winner of the Pastel Journal Founder's Award, in memory of Maggie Price, in the 16th Annual Pastel 100 competition. The artist's portraits demonstrate sound drawing skills and a refined application of pastel, and reflect her deep examination into the heart of her subjects.
The Pastel 100 competition starts with several thousand works in pastel and, entry by entry, our five category jurors—Doug Dawson, Ellen Eagle, Stephanie Birdsall, Aline Ordman and Debora Stewart—helped us whittle that number to 100 exceptional paintings.
View the experimental pastel landscapes of Stan Bloomfield, who earned the Pastel Journal Award of Excellence in the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition.
“I’m turning cartwheels when I paint in pastel,” says Lisa Ober, recipient of Pastel Journal’s 16th Annual Pastel 100 Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastels Award. “I love them so much. I adore their immediacy and versatility. There isn’t any waiting for anything to dry, so it’s instantly rewarding.” Discussing the crisp, controlled finish of her still life paintings,...
Pastel artist Joe Mac Kechnie’s favorite part of the pastel painting process is the painting’s final stage. “I no longer fuss over details and accuracy, but use my gut instinct to take a tight painting and turn it into a work of art,” says Mac Kechnie, recipient of Pastel Journal’s 16th Annual Pastel 100...