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.

Halcyon Afternoon (pastel, 12 x 16) By Richard McKinley

Best of Pastel Pointers | The Finish Line

How do you know when you’re done with a painting? This is one of the most frequently asked questions among artists. And most responses are ambiguous at best: When I have gone too far; when someone takes it away from me; when someone offers to buy it; when my teacher tells me I’m done...

Black Leaf (pastel, 29.5x22.5) by Jimmy Wright

Pastel Pick of the Week | Spring is Showtime for Artist Jimmy Wright

Yesterday marked the vernal equinox and indeed, we seem finally to be shaking off a very long winter and welcoming the first signs of spring! Galleries and museums are doing their part to welcome the season with new shows that celebrate light, flowers and gardens, and our own Jimmy Wright—President of the Pastel Society...

Midnight Frosting (pastel, 18 x 24) by Christine Ivers

Painter of the Night | Pastel Artist Christine Ivers

Having a chance to take an art workshop is such a treat. I firmly believe that none of us ever graduate as painters. There's always more to learn and every experience with another artist is a chance to broaden both technically and aesthetically. Recently, I had just such an opportunity with celebrated Connecticut pastelist...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | The Friday News Round-Up

Even as someone who deals with deadlines for a living, I'm still surprised at how quickly these annual exhibition deadlines come along! So, don't miss the fact that it's that time of year to enter your latest pastel masterpiece into the 42nd Pastel Society of America (PSA) Annual Exhibition, "Enduring Brilliance."

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Edge Intimidation | Two Tools to Overcome the Fear of Painting Edges

The handling of the edges within a painting can be subconsciously intimidating to an artist, which can have a subsequent effect on how product is applied. When the elements that make up the subject matter of a scene are visually recognized, we intellectually understand that they are separated from one another—that there is space...

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15th Annual Pastel 100 Silver Award Winner | Peter Seltzer

Viewer interpretation is key to the pastels of artist Peter Seltzer. “I often like to employ a certain amount of ambiguity,” says the winner of the Pastel Journal Silver Award in the 15th Annual Pastel 100. “This allows viewers to enter a piece on their own terms and find their own narrative. Although my paintings have a...

Laundry Day (pastel) by Deborah Bays

Juror Spotlight | 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition

The Pastel 100 Competition, now in its 15th year, can draw several thousand entries. In a field that includes hundreds upon hundreds of worthy and wonderful pastels, it’s always interesting to learn what it is that a juror sees in a particular piece that marks it as special. The jurors of this year’s 15th...