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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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Must-Have Summer Resource | Pastel Journal August 2014 Issue Preview

Don’t miss this summer’s must-have pastel resource! The August 2014 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for how to: paint coastal seascapes. convey light in your paintings. create tone in your underpaintings. use everyday objects to aid your framing process. and much more! Watch our video preview link below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see...

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Reaching the End | When is a Painting Finished?

It seems that most of us—even when we have mapped out a destination for a painting—still find it hard to know when to put down the pastel stick and stop working. In fact, one of the most commonly asked question in one of my workshops is "How do you know when you are done?"

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Artistic Driver’s Education

When we first attempt to paint, the bulk of our energy is focused on learning how to handle the medium we've chosen. In many ways, it's similar to learning to drive an automobile. At first, we are not as concerned with where we are driving but how we are driving. As technical ability improves,...

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A Fascinating Thing About Painting

Artists don’t paint because it’s an easy thing to do. It often takes patience, practice, and a concentrated effort to be able to paint to one’s satisfaction. In Pastel Journal Daniel E. Greene, who has built a hearty portfolio of breathtaking portraits, admits that painting is “a never-ending process of challenges and learning.”

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From the Archives | Shades of Green, Part 2

Last week, I discussed how perplexing green can be for pastel landscape painting. I mentioned how a warm complementary-color underpainting is a popular technique many artists use as a setup in advance of applying green. This week, I want to share a few more tips that may prove useful for the pastel landscape painter.