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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Organizing Pastels

The more pastels we acquire the more difficult it can become to keep track of them, especially once they are removed from original packaging and labels have been removed. Initially I tried to keep copious records of which pastels made up various working palettes. When there were only a couple of brands of pastels...

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Be Forever Inspired by Light and Color

Capturing the light falling on a subject is a challenge that artists have sought out for centuries. In order to convey the mood and atmosphere of light in the medium of pastel,we must learn how color communicates light’s temperature, and select our pigments accordingly.

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A Season of Introspection | Painting the Winter Season in Pastel

Having easy access to the irrigation canals that still honeycomb the valley in southern Oregon where I live allows me to visit them throughout the year. Even when there is no time for a quick drawing or field sketch painting, I will take a drive past them for inspiration and often stop for a...

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Painting Animals in Pastel | A Gallery

Whether endearing or comical, impressive or fearsome, there’s no shortage of character to be found in the animal kingdom. That’s certainly part of the draw for painters Nicola Litchfield, Michele Illing and Mike Beeman, who often turn to dogs, cats, birds, cows or other critters as subjects for their pastel work. In the February...

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Getting Real | Aurelio Rodriguez Lopez Pastels

For noted Spanish pastelist Aurelio Rodríguez López, creating a heightened sense of realism is essential to the expression of his ideas. Whether painting portraits or still lifes, he deftly uses technique, light, color and detail to convey what he sees. “I’ve always loved drawing and painting in a realistic manner, and though I had adventures...

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Pastel Menagerie | Lara Scouller Gallery

Scottish artist Lara Scouller finds her greatest inspiration for her animal paintings not in the wild, or even at the zoo, but among the taxidermy collections in European museums. “What happened was that I won a three-month residency in Florence, at the end of my final year of college,” Scouller explains. “One day I walked...

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Your New Year Pastel Resource | Pastel Journal February 2015 Issue Preview

Don’t miss this new year pastel resource! The February 2015 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for how to: paint animals. develop your artistic voice. embrace the experience of painting in new locales. train the right side of your brain. and more! Watch our video preview link below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see paintings by cover...

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Moroccan Memories | Aaron Schuerr Pastels

A trip to Morocco confirmed pastel artist Aaron Schuerr‘s belief in the power of art to bridge languages, cultures and even time. In the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the artist’s chance encounter with a village elder who patiently insisted on being captured on canvas resulted in a “lousy” painting, but an unforgettable experience. “It reminded me that art...