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Pastel Art Techniques Painting Landscapes & More
Tap into your creativity! The December 2013 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for making color choices in pastel, kick-starting your wintertime art and turning quiet, serene landscapes into enthralling paintings, and more. Watch our video preview …
Ned Mueller gets people, whether it’s a turbaned man from Rajasthan, India, or a local model at a weekly figure and portrait drawing session. For Mueller, it’s not about a pretty face, but character. Enjoy this gallery of his portraits.
In the December 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, we asked artists Leslie Lillien Levy and Claudia Seymour to conduct a “still life experiment” in order to see how color choices are central to artistic expression. The two painters chose five objects that they would both use in still-life setups of their own design: a blue-and-white cachepot, a brass jug, a silvered creamer, a copper teapot with blue-and-white handle and knob, and a blue lusterware creamer. Beyond the inclusion of these items, they were otherwise free to arrange the setup as they wished, adding items, choosing a lighting effect, and so on. As you can see here, the resulting paintings are surprisingly distinct and offer a revealing look into the personal approach artists bring to color.
The rolling plains of Iowa offer a striking contrast of views. The landscape is a roadside tangle of Queen Anne’s lace and bramble, but it’s also a careful arithmetic of dotted corn and soy. It’s a grand vista that can …
Stirred by the landscape, New York artist Jane McGraw-Teubner is especially captivated by the wetlands, shoreline, farms and disappearing rural areas on Long Island, so she paints on location year round. “In the summertime, I don’t paint in the studio …
For your painting to rise to the next level, it is important to give consideration to some of the finer points of design and composition. In this PDF download, read artist Margot Schulzke’s tips for mastering the use of intervals in your paintings, to promote variety and unity.
California artist Bill Cone, whose inspiring mountain landscapes were recently featured in Pastel Journal (August 2013, “Peak Performance”) has a solo show opening at the Studio Gallery in San Francisco this week.
“Value does the work and color gets the glory.” This statement underscores the attraction that most of us feel toward the creative expression of color that forms the nucleus of many artists’ work. Whether used subtly or boldly, the colors portrayed within the confines of a painting’s composition have to share a relationship; otherwise, they will appear artificial.
This painting exploration into self-awareness has led me to understand the profound importance that the initial drawing has in my own pastel work. It focuses me on the subject matter and allows me to calmly investigate the personality of the shapes and surfaces that inhabit the composition in advance of the excitement of color.