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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Exhibition of the Month: The Beauty of Degas’ Printmaking

Not only was Edgar Degas (1834-1917) both one of the greatest painters and greatest draftsmen of the 19th century but he was also an experimenter with art materials and a master of monotype printmaking. “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty,” an exhibition on view until July 24 at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City,...

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Best of Pastel Pointers | Handling Edges in a Landscape Painting

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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Pastel Pick of the Week | Rhoda Yanow Named to PSA Hall of Fame

The Pastel Society of America (PSA) has announced the names of the honorees who will be celebrated this fall, during the 44th Annual Juried Exhibition, "Enduring Brilliance." These are people who have contributed significantly to the pastel community by providing inspiration, leadership, energy or guidance—or all of the above. Thanks to PSA presdient Jimmy...

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The Secret to Painting a Masterpiece

With the release of the new April 2016 issue of Pastel Journal, which celebrates the winners of the 17th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, it seemed a perfect opportunity to revisit a Pastel Pointers post by Richard McKinley in which he discusses the secret to painting a masterpiece—and your next award-winner: Know your purpose.

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Juror Spotlight | 17th Annual Pastel 100

Narrowing down a field of a few thousand pastels to a collection of only 100 of the most exceptional is no small feat, but it’s a task that the jurors for the 17th Annual Pastel 100 competition took on with great care and enthusiasm ...

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Pastel Journal Award of Excellence Winner | Manuel Rodrigues Almeida

In his marvelous and large-scale pastel painting, Doris, Portugese artist Manuel Rodrigues Almeida has painted, not just a portrait, but an emotional moment The painting measures nearly 5 feet to a side—well over life size, fully immersing viewers in its somber scene of a woman who seems to be fighting, and failing, to hold...

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Richeson Pastel Silver Award Winner | Daud Akhriev

In his prizewinning pastel, Chloe, winner of the Richeson Pastel Silver Award in the 17th Annual Pastel 100 competition, Chatanooga, Tenn., artist Daud Akhriev has painted a portrait that captures not only the likeness of a young woman, but the luminous beauty of afternoon light.

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Pastel Journal Founder’s Award Winner | Alan Larkin

Alan Larkin’s painting, Time Piece, the winner of this year’s Pastel Journal Founder’s Award (in memory of Maggie Price) in the 17th Annual Pastel 100 competition, presents a magical assemblage of objects, painted in a tall, narrow format, which encourages a unique perspective and exploration ...

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Get Inspired Now: Pastel Journal’s 17th Annual Pastel 100 Winners

Pastel Journal is pleased to share a preview of the April 2016 issue featuring the talents of the top award and category winners in the 17th Annual Pastel 100 Competition. Also included in the April issue: exclusive interviews with 30 prizewinning artists, insight from the Pastel 100 jurors, quick tips for painting flower “portraits,” how...

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Fields of Gray | Kathleen McDonnell Pastel Landscapes

“I was trying to make my pastels better by really focusing on the fundamentals: black, white and gray,” says Kathleen McDonnell, recipient of Pastel Journal’s 17th Annual Pastel 100 Ruth Richeson Pastel Gold Award for her pastel landscape. Silence No. 2, her award-winning moody winter scene, seen in the April 2016 issue of Pastel Journal and in the...