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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The Dilemmas of Painting With Pastels

Pastel is a very popular medium, and many of my students like to use it. Personally, I love the look of a well-done pastel painting. However, due to the powdery nature of the medium, I’ve had to limit its use in my studio. Here are some of the issues I’ve encountered.

Pastel Pointers | Artists and Their Public

Twilight is an interesting time of day to paint. It lasts for only a short amount of time. When not finessed properly, it can become cliché, looking more like a postcard than a fine art painting. Not being a person that has been drawn to painting this specific time of day, I found it...

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Pastel Pointers | Making New Friends

Sometimes the experience of painting can feel more like a battle than a party. I once overheard an artist describe it as a roller coaster ride. We go up and then we go down—back and forth until the ride stops. At a recent workshop, a dear artist friend of mine, Kathy Detrano, had a...

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Practicing Intuition | 9 Underpainting Exercises

Whenever I'm demonstrating an underpainting technique, someone—at some point—will ask: Why did you put that color/value in that area? It's a tough question to answer since so much of what I'm doing is responding to the current painting situation with an anticipation of what will be done with the over-layers of pastel to come.

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Pastel Pointers | When Memory Gets in the Way

During a recent visit to the Goleta Slough in California, I noticed that the bank of eucalyptus trees that lines the crest of the coastal cliffs to the east had changed. In many parts of the state there's a movement to eradicate the trees since they aren't native to the region. Conversely, California in...

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Serial Painter | A Gallery of Pastels By Israeli Artist Yael Maimon

Israeli artist Yael Maimon enjoys painting in a series. The subject of her pastel series have ranged from cats to Parisian pastries to modern interpretations of fairy tales. “I feel that studying the same subject matter in different lighting, positions and scenery is an important part of getting to know the essential character of...

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So, What’s Your Hook?

Knowing the hook—or what it is that attracted me to a certain scene—is key to producing a successful landscape painting. It's the concept. If I don’t know why I’m doing it, then I won’t know what to do. Following this concept is also useful in terms of knowing when a painting is finished. Think...

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Sarah Bee | Landscape Interpretations in Pastel

Five years ago, British artist Sarah Bee moved from the hustle and bustle of England’s capital city to the much quieter surroundings of rural Devon. Her relocation to this coastal landscape in southwest England has been transformational. “On a personal level, I’m much happier away from London, which makes a big difference,” she says....