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 Paintings in Process | Mary Aslin

Different qualities of light inspire pastelist Mary Aslin, and they’re instrumental in evoking mood in her painting arrangements—particularly her floral still lifes. She prefers natural light, either from a window or by arranging her subject outdoors. Sometimes it’s the drama of warm, glowing sunlight, and other times it’s a cool, romantic, atmospheric light or soft,...

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Playing the Painting Game | What to Do When You’re Striking Out

Occasionally when I venture out to paint, especially on an extended plein air trip, I can do a lot of swinging (to use a baseball analogy) but never connect with the ball. Travel plans are made; the daily obligations of life put on hold; and an expectation of what will be creatively accomplished during...

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The Power of Suggestion

The power of suggestion is a strong tool in the hands of an artist. When a painting is viewed, visual bits and pieces are processed and assembled into a recognizable image by the viewer. Often with only an indication, a viewer will be able to finish what the artist suggested and ultimately believe that...

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Pastel Painting Transportation, Part 2 | Protective Sheets, Tape & More

In last week’s blog post, I started a discussion about the transport of unframed pastel paintings, starting with information about the importance of the painting surface support. As I mentioned there, Gatorfoam board has become a very popular product for this purpose. Here, I'll continue the conversation with a discussion of protective sheets, tape...

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Pastel Painting Transportation, Part 1 — Pastel Supports

As marvelous as the medium of pastel is for painting on location, there's one issue that has to be addressed to make sure our efforts survive: Transportation. Small travel-sized pastel palettes have made our lives vastly easier, as has the introduction by most major pastel manufacturers of half-stick assortments of their most popular colors....

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Negative Space in Painting | Embrace the Negative for Positive Results

Retaining a positive outlook when painting is an important factor to a successful outcome. As any athlete will attest, if you think you’ll hit the ball, you probably will. By keeping a positive can-do attitude as an artist, you’ll likely produce a more confident painting. Yet there’s one instance when a negative viewpoint may prove...

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Painting Perspective | Techniques Used to Accentuate Depth

In last week's post, I discussed the effects that linear and aerial perspective have upon the appearance of depth within a painting. Understanding the physics behind the two can give an artist the ability to manipulate them for creative purposes without compromising the integrity of the scene.