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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...

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Painting the Road Less Traveled | Pastel Painter Darron Lillian

With his bike as his companion and his truck as his studio, pastel painter Darron Lillian traverses the country roads of southeast Wisconsin, looking and then looking again along familiar roadsides. “Roads lead through areas that we see every day,” he says. “We often speed through these places and don’t notice or appreciate where we are....

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A Trip to India | David Napp Pastels

Pastel artist David Napp‘s pastels are adventures in resplendent color and bravura mark-making. We travel along on some of his real-world adventures as he transports us to the bazaars of Marrakesh, the thronged cities of India, the warmth of the Italian countryside, and the cosmopolitan splendors of London and Rome. His views and motifs are chosen carefully...

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Amp Up Your Pastels | Pastel Journal December 2016 Preview

Make your creative mark this winter! The December 2016 issue of PASTEL JOURNAL shares techniques for amping up the power of pastel, 12 rules for building strong relationships in the art world, how to use printmaking to jumpstart your next pastel and more. Featured artists include cover artist Maria Marino, as well as Darron...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | PSA 44th Annual Exhibition

“The Pastel Society of America’s (PSA) 44th Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance!, with paintings on display from 34 U.S. states, as well as from Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, Israel and Malaysia, is one of the most diverse and colorful exhibitions in the history of the society,” says Jimmy Wright, PSA president and exhibition chair. Held...

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Let the Drama Unfold | Jerzy Moscicki Pastels

The shelves in Jerzy Moscicki’s humble studio overflow with masses of beautiful fabrics, as well as antique glassware, bowls, vases, teapots and other treasures that the artist uses for his pastel still life paintings. He often sets these shimmering silks, embroidered fabrics, sumptuous fruits and decorative objects against stark backgrounds to create dramatic arrangements that...

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Introducing the Pastel “Artists to Watch” 2016

We asked a handful of pastel leaders and luminaries around the globe to tell us about artists who may not be familiar to all of us (yet), but who are definitely making their marks in pastel. We celebrate 10 of them here in our “2016 Artists to Watch” showcase. For more about each artist,...

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A Year of Pastel at Your Fingertips | Pastel Journal 2016 Article Index

Use our year-at-a-glance article index to easily locate all of your favorite pastel artists and articles that appeared in the 2016 issues of Pastel Journal. Click here for your FREE downloadable index: pastel-index-2016. Store this index on your desktop for easy access. It’s the perfect companion for your collection of 2016 Pastel Journal issues.        ...