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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Creative Beginnings | Surface Treatments for Pastel

With a penchant for exploration and experimentation, three pastelists—Jeanine Allen, Paul Murray and Susan Grinels—put handmade surfaces, homemade grounds, and collage and stamped patterns to work as foundations for their pastel paintings. For a more in-depth look at their creative processes for achieving their signature style, check out the October issue of Pastel Journal,...

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Fall’s Go-To Art Resource | Pastel Journal October 2014 Issue Preview

Don’t miss this fall’s go-to pastel resource! The October 2014 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for how to: create your own unique surface treatments and underpaintings. add shimmering effects with metallic pastels. paint large-scale works. develop a series of paintings. and more! Watch our video preview link below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see pastel...

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Pastel Paintings in Process | Mary Aslin

Different qualities of light inspire pastelist Mary Aslin, and they’re instrumental in evoking mood in her painting arrangements—particularly her floral still lifes. She prefers natural light, either from a window or by arranging her subject outdoors. Sometimes it’s the drama of warm, glowing sunlight, and other times it’s a cool, romantic, atmospheric light or soft,...

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Playing the Painting Game | What to Do When You’re Striking Out

Occasionally when I venture out to paint, especially on an extended plein air trip, I can do a lot of swinging (to use a baseball analogy) but never connect with the ball. Travel plans are made; the daily obligations of life put on hold; and an expectation of what will be creatively accomplished during...

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The Power of Suggestion

The power of suggestion is a strong tool in the hands of an artist. When a painting is viewed, visual bits and pieces are processed and assembled into a recognizable image by the viewer. Often with only an indication, a viewer will be able to finish what the artist suggested and ultimately believe that...

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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...

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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....