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.

082114_mckinley-pastel-pointers-featured

Pastel Painting Transportation, Part 2 | Protective Sheets, Tape & More

In last week’s blog post, I started a discussion about the transport of unframed pastel paintings, starting with information about the importance of the painting surface support. As I mentioned there, Gatorfoam board has become a very popular product for this purpose. Here, I'll continue the conversation with a discussion of protective sheets, tape...

071414-mckinly-pastel-pointers-featured

Pastel Painting Transportation, Part 1 — Pastel Supports

As marvelous as the medium of pastel is for painting on location, there's one issue that has to be addressed to make sure our efforts survive: Transportation. Small travel-sized pastel palettes have made our lives vastly easier, as has the introduction by most major pastel manufacturers of half-stick assortments of their most popular colors....

Atlantic-Afternoon_200

Negative Space in Painting | Embrace the Negative for Positive Results

Retaining a positive outlook when painting is an important factor to a successful outcome. As any athlete will attest, if you think you’ll hit the ball, you probably will. By keeping a positive can-do attitude as an artist, you’ll likely produce a more confident painting. Yet there’s one instance when a negative viewpoint may prove...

063014-mackinley-pastel-pointers-featured

Painting Perspective | Techniques Used to Accentuate Depth

In last week's post, I discussed the effects that linear and aerial perspective have upon the appearance of depth within a painting. Understanding the physics behind the two can give an artist the ability to manipulate them for creative purposes without compromising the integrity of the scene.

Robin Hazrd-Bishop-Shady-Lake-Bailey

A Passion for Color | The Pastels of Robin Hazard-Bishop

"Robin Hazard Bishop is one of those artists whose joy in painting is visibly evident in her work," writes artist and writer Carole Katchen. "She doesn’t paint to please other people. She doesn’t paint to win awards or even to make a living. She simply paints out of a passion for art and color."

june 23, 2014 featured painting

Understanding Perspective and Painting Depth

One of the most magical qualities created in representational painting is the illusion of depth on a flat surface. The better we understand the two forms of perspective involved in the illusion, the easier it becomes to represent.

william-hosner-pastel

Pastel Pick of the Week | Studios on the Park Invitational

Congratulations to pastel artist William Hosner, of Traverse City, Mich., on winning the Best of Show Award in the Studios on the Park Signature Invitational Exhibition in Paso Robles, Calif., which opened May 21 and runs through June 29. The exhibition featured the work of 20 of the country's finest contemporary realist painters...

TheEdgeOfDusk_200

Establishing Time of Day in Paintings | Stan Sperlak Pastel Gallery

“I threw away my wristwatch when I learned to paint correctly,” says landscape pastelist Stan Sperlak. “My wall clocks were the next timepieces to go. They were no longer needed and were, in fact, becoming a distraction. This didn’t happen overnight; it occurred once I realized that I could use careful observation to determine time...

GossamerDunes_200

Sand, Surf, Sea, Sky | Pastel Shoreline Gallery

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.” —Kate Chopin, author of The Awakening Rebecca Lloyd, Glen Maxion and Margaret Farrell Bruno are drawn to the timeless allure of the shore in all its summer splendor. The pastel artists—from the British Coast, West Coast and East Coast, respectively—explore the sand, surf, sea and sky...