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.


Pastel Portrait Demonstration: Tips on Painting from Life

Portraits have plenty of challenges on their own, and painting from life can add even more variables. Keep reading for tips from artist Brian Keeler as he presents a pastel portrait demonstration to a group of students! “There’s this…system of thirds, which I refer to a lot. Start with that idea of thirds, and then...

Landscape painting from photos with Johannes Vlothuis

Paint Along 31: Combine Photos for Better Artistic Narratives | LIVE with Johannes Vloothuis

TIME: 1:00 to 5:00 PM EST DATES: 3 Saturdays: February 4, 11 and 18 WHERE: From the comfort of your home You do not have to attend the sessions live. Everything gets recorded and can be downloaded at no extra cost. Register for the Paint Along 31: Combine Photo References to Create Better Artistic Narratives Live online workshop...

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Plein Air Landscapes | Edward Kennedy Pastel Gallery

Edward Kennedy’s plein air pastel landscapes take viewers to many places—a shimmering river in Yellowstone National Park, the rocky coast of Maine and sleepy country roads in the Midwest. No matter the setting, though, the paintings by this mostly self-taught artist conjure a deeper place—that calm, meditative state of mind that can only be found...

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What Is the Value of Snow?

Capturing the blustery winter mood in pastel is as delicate and delightful as snowflakes themselves! Follow along with pastelist Liz Haywood-Sullivan as she completes a winter landscape painting with light layers of pastel on a black paper surface.


Creative Year Kickstart | Pastel Journal Feb 2017 Preview

Start your creative year off right! The February 2017 issue of PASTEL JOURNAL features ways to express yourself—through mixed media, dynamic strokes, texture and sketching. PLUS: Learn six practical ways to make more room for art in your life—and how to make it more meaningful, too. Featured artists include cover artist Jinghan Wu, as well...

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December 2016 Artist of the Month | Pastel Artist Rita Kirkman

Congratulations to pastel artist Rita Kirkman as our December Artist of the Month! Kirkman was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece 9 can be seen below. Read more about Kirkman and her process below. New Braunfels, Texas ~     I began drawing portraits of family and friends when I was 11....


Warming Up to Painting in Winter

As we approach the start of the official winter season in the northern hemisphere, it's time to embrace what the season has to offer the landscape painter. Different regions provide variety, but the farther north you are, the more pronounced the personality of winter becomes. The leaves have fallen from the trees, exposing the...