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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Plein Air Landscapes | Edward Kennedy Pastel Gallery

Edward Kennedy’s plein air pastel landscapes take viewers to many places—a shimmering river in Yellowstone National Park, the rocky coast of Maine and sleepy country roads in the Midwest. No matter the setting, though, the paintings by this mostly self-taught artist conjure a deeper place—that calm, meditative state of mind that can only be found...

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Beginner Art Tips | Pastelist Ann Oram Shares Advice

Pastelist Ann Oram, who’s known for her mixed media work featuring florals and landscapes, shares eight beginner art tips to help you on your artistic path. Subscribe to Pastel Journal today!   Always begin by using your eyes. They’re your best tools. From there, your brain can start to interpret what you’re seeing, feeling and sensing. Work on subjects that...

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Creative Year Kickstart | Pastel Journal Feb 2017 Preview

Start your creative year off right! The February 2017 issue of PASTEL JOURNAL features ways to express yourself—through mixed media, dynamic strokes, texture and sketching. PLUS: Learn six practical ways to make more room for art in your life—and how to make it more meaningful, too. Featured artists include cover artist Jinghan Wu, as well...

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December 2016 Artist of the Month | Pastel Artist Rita Kirkman

Congratulations to pastel artist Rita Kirkman as our December Artist of the Month! Kirkman was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece 9 can be seen below. Read more about Kirkman and her process below. New Braunfels, Texas ~ ritakirkman.com     I began drawing portraits of family and friends when I was 11....

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Warming Up to Painting in Winter

As we approach the start of the official winter season in the northern hemisphere, it's time to embrace what the season has to offer the landscape painter. Different regions provide variety, but the farther north you are, the more pronounced the personality of winter becomes. The leaves have fallen from the trees, exposing the...

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Painting the Road Less Traveled | Pastel Painter Darron Lillian

With his bike as his companion and his truck as his studio, pastel painter Darron Lillian traverses the country roads of southeast Wisconsin, looking and then looking again along familiar roadsides. “Roads lead through areas that we see every day,” he says. “We often speed through these places and don’t notice or appreciate where we are....

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A Trip to India | David Napp Pastels

Pastel artist David Napp‘s pastels are adventures in resplendent color and bravura mark-making. We travel along on some of his real-world adventures as he transports us to the bazaars of Marrakesh, the thronged cities of India, the warmth of the Italian countryside, and the cosmopolitan splendors of London and Rome. His views and motifs are chosen carefully...