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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Pastel Flowers Go Wild | Jen Evenhus Gallery

Although Jen Evenhus paints a variety of subjects, it’s her bold pastel flowers through which her artistic strengths are clear. Bright color is delivered with direct, decisive handling. Her flowers exploit the saturated hues of blooms, amplifying them to achieve color-drenched images. Evenhus responds to shape and form with dynamic mark-making and lively drawing. The resulting paintings pack an unforgettable punch...

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Atmospheric Effects in Pastel | Jacob Aguiar Landscapes

Jacob Aguiar follows the light to achieve masterful atmospheric effects in pastel landscapes. Aguiar, of Scarborough, Maine, has learned how essential it is to spend time in the landscape and become more familiar with a subject before beginning a painting. In the past, he’d stop his car, take a few photos of a scene,...

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Be Bold! Pastel Journal August 2016 Special Preview

Be bold! The award-winning artists featured in the August 2016 issue of Pastel Journal show you how to break out of your comfort zone. Highlights in this must-have issue include: •   Painting Bold, Exuberant Florals •   Adding Atmospheric Effect to Landscapes •   Exploring Beyond the “Comfort Zone” Genre •   Trailblazing...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Pastel Society of America Call for Entries

Let me set the scene: It's a lovely September evening in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. You walk up the steps and into the historic National Arts Club—a club whose early charter members included Robert Henri, Frederic Remington, George Bellows and William Merritt Chase. Inside, you walk into a room where the walls...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | 23 Masters of Landscape Painting

Many artists draw their painting inspiration from the landscape. Why? There's the practical aspect: Unlike other subjects—a figure model or a wildlife subject, for example—the landscape is there and ready to accommodate your schedule. You can step outside your door at any time, if you like, and start looking for compositions. That said, the...

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Best of Pastel Pointers | Value is Key to Effective Color

Most of us love color. We're drawn to it hoping to accomplish something expressive in our paintings. If the value structure (the relative lightness and darkness) in a painting is wrong, however, all the pretty colors housed in our pastel cases won't work, and the painting will fall short. If you're one of the...