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18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition Top Award Winners

Pastel Journal is pleased to share a video preview of our April 2017 issue featuring the talents of the top award and category winners in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition. Also included in the April issue—available at northlightshop.com and on newsstands March 7th: exclusive interviews with 30 prizewinning artists, insight from the Pastel 100 jurors, how...

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Jian Wang | 18th Annual Pastel 100 Award of Excellence Winner

The Pastel Journal Award of Excellence in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 competition went to a figural painting, Lipstick, by Wang Jian, an artist from Beijing, China. Vianna Szabo, the juror of the competition’s Portrait and Figure category called “Lipstick" a "masterful study in the power of limiting detail in a painting."

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Becky Johnson Wins Gold in the 18th Pastel 100

Becky Johnson lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. But the painter doesn't go for the vast, majestic mountain scenes you might expect of someone living in that area. Instead, she's drawn to more intimate scenes like the one that inspired Along the Road, below. It won the artist the Richeson Pastel Gold...

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Diana Sanford | Richeson Pastel Bronze Award Winner

Diana Sanford‘s pastel abstract, Reckoning, received the Richeson Pastel Bronze Award in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition. “Color and design are the strengths here, with impeccably subtle layering,” says Abstract & Non-Objective Category Juror Marcia Holmes of Sanford’s award-winning pastel abstract, below. “There’s also intrigue. We want to see this painting in person to...

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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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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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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....