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.

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Simone Bingemer | 16th Annual Pastel 100 Founder’s Award Winner

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.

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Embracing the Pastel Palette | Lisa Ober Still Life Gallery

“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,...

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The Final Stage | Joe Mac Kechnie Pastel Gallery

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...

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A Valentine to Pastel

In honor of Valentine's Day, find out some of the reasons that pastel artists are such passionate devotees of the medium.

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An Incremental Approach to Pastel Painting

As any artist that has worked with pastel can attest, pastel is an extremely versatile painting/drawing medium. The techniques used for its application are unlimited and easily reflect the personalities of those working with it. There are three major external components that affect application and appearance: surface tooth (how easily the surface grabs the...