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Pastel Art Techniques Painting Landscapes & More
In this excerpt from Stan Sperlak’s feature article “Into the Night” from The Artist’s Magazine (June 2013), Sperlak demonstrates how to complete a sunset landscape from start to finish. Scroll down to read this step-by-step demo, and learn how to portray with pastel the ethereal qualities of night.
Put two or more landscape painters together and inevitably, the topic of how to handle green arises. Skillfully finessing green requires an understanding of its relationship to and interaction with the other colors of the spectrum and ultimately a degree of theatrics. These skills are even more pertinent during the season of Spring when the bones of Winter begin to adorn themselves with the most intense green foliage.
In celebration of colorful blossoms, today’s newsletter focuses on a unique floral painting by Lyn Diefenbach, of Yeppoon, Australia, third place winner in the Still Life and Floral category in this year’s Pastel 100 competition.
Every serious artist understands the importance of working from life. Whether it’s the still life, portrait or landscape, there’s no reference material that can replace the experience of interpreting subject matter one-on-one. While it’s never easy to progress from painting from photo reference to painting from life, it takes special concentration to do so in the landscape with the ever-changing lighting and conditions. This, along with the overwhelming vastness of the landscape, can stymie even the most technically advanced pastelist.
An unexpected gift received more than 30 years ago led English artist Peter Thomas to pastels—and the French countryside. Since then, pastels have been his medium of choice to paint the serene, pastoral landscapes of his adopted homeland. In the June …
Pastellist Lindesay Harkness’ floral still lifes and garden scenes look effortlessly beautiful. Her secret? She spent years learning to see the light effect and the value relationships on which it rests. In the June 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, …
Rocks needn’t be a static element in a landscape. Renowned pastel artist Albert Handell translates the exciting shapes and beautifully nuanced color into dramatic pastels. In the June 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, Handell offers insight into how he approaches …
In her expressive style of photorealism, Louisiana painter Adrian Deckbar creates stunning paintings that explore nature up close and personal. Originally a professional figure painter, Deckbar felt an undeniable pull toward nature a decade ago, and she hasn’t looked back …
Framing can be one of the most costly aspects of our pastel painting careers. Frames are expensive, never mind the glass, mats, backing, and fitting charges when a professional framer is utilized. We invest in the hope that someone will open their wallet and purchase a painting, helping us to recoup some of our overhead. It’s a speculative business at best.