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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....

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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...