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Pastels in China | An International Exhibition Brings Artists Together

Five distinguished pastel artists from the United States—Alan Flattmann, Gwenneth Barth-White, Jason Chang, Jimmy Wright and Richard McKinley—are just coming back from a momentous trip to China where they participated in the very first China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Art Exhibition. This inaugural event took place in the city of Suzhou, located in the...

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A Visit to The Met, Part 2 | The Manet Effect

The name Edgar Degas is forever synonymous with pastel, but he was not the only French Impressionist to be utilizing the medium. Édouard Manet, whom Degas first meets while copying a Velazquez painting at the Louvre, did a considerable amount of work in pastel. Some of the best examples are on display alongside Degas...

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Reimagined Landscapes | A Gallery of Pastels by Kathleen Galligan

Over the past five years or so, Maine artist Kathleen Galligan has seen a change in her painting approach. The landscapes she once painted as depictions of a specific time and place are now done solely from memory and imagination. The artist no longer paints from reference photos, finding it more interesting to create...

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A Visit to The Met, Part 1 | The Experimentation of Degas

Having the opportunity to visit any art museum is a pleasure. There's always something to be learned. While art books and magazines serve a great purpose in providing visibility to many pieces of artwork that would otherwise be left in obscurity, they cannot equal the joy of viewing original artwork in person. It's easy...

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Pastel Journal 2014 Issue Index

                                    Use our year-at-a-glance article index to easily locate all of your favorite pastel artists and articles that appeared in the 2014 issues of Pastel Journal. Click here for your FREE downloadable index. Store this index on your desktop for...

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Glowing Landscapes | Brenda Boylan Pastels

Brenda Boylan’s pastel landscapes (and streetscapes) feature countless layers of pastel, but there’s no need to peel back each color to understand what lies beneath. It’s all right there in front of your eyes, all at once. “I love to have the underpainting peek through,” the pastel artist says. “It unites all the other colors...

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Your Go-To Pastel Resource | Pastel Journal December 2014 Preview

Don’t miss this go-to pastel resource! The December 2014 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for how to: capture the chaotic beauty of India. simplify a subject. paint the life and energy of urban landscapes. push your creativity. and more! Watch our video preview link below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see paintings by cover...

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Announcing the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Winners

The jurying process behind the Pastel 100 annual competition is not easy, but it is exciting. It's hard to describe the amount of deliberation required to select 100 winning paintings from more than 2,200 entries. Let's just say that "difficult" is an understatement. And so we want to express our immense gratitude to our...

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Finding Pastel Treasure in the Garage

Because I never want to run out of some art supply that I really use, I tend to buy a lot of a material I really like and hoard it. I tell my students that when I die there's going to be one heck of a garage sale. But the pastels stashed away in...