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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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...

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15th Annual Pastel 100 Winners | A Conversation With David Wells

Congratulations to artist David Wells on winning this year’s Pastel Journal Grand Prize Award in the 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition for his exquisite pastel portrait, Cassandra. The finished prizewinning work is shown here, along with a photo of the work-in-progress and the preliminary sketch. You can read all about the story and technique...