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.

Bob Gerbracht with pastel portrait, memoriam, artist's network, pastel journal

In Memoriam | Pastel Artist Bob Gerbracht Dies at 92

Pastelist and teacher Bob Gerbracht died peacefully on April 28, at the age of 92, at his home in Pinole, Calif., in the company of his wife and daughters. A 2015 Pastel Society of America (PSA) Hall of Fame inductee, Gerbracht was best known for his portraits and figure paintings—and for his love for...

pastel pointers about edge variety

The Art of Illusion | Use the Magic of Edges in Your Painting

Any creative who’s trying to depict reality—whether an author, sculptor or painter—must try to master the art of illusion. One of the most useful tools an artist can use to produce this magic is the manipulation of edges. The dictionary definition of “edge” is the line where an object or area begins or ends:...

Painting Realistic Landscapes in Pastel: Water & Reflections with Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Paint Layers of Transparency with Pastel

Painting water is a complicated subject, probably more so than any other landscape subject. It requires the most planning of all the landscape elements. If you slow down and observe, you’ll find that you start to see what is really there, and not just what you think you see. (HINT: Water is not always blue.)...