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Painting Animals in Pastel | A Gallery

Whether endearing or comical, impressive or fearsome, there’s no shortage of character to be found in the animal kingdom. That’s certainly part of the draw for painters Nicola Litchfield, Michele Illing and Mike Beeman, who often turn to dogs, cats, birds, cows or other critters as subjects for their pastel work. In the February...

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Getting Real | Aurelio Rodriguez Lopez Pastels

For noted Spanish pastelist Aurelio Rodríguez López, creating a heightened sense of realism is essential to the expression of his ideas. Whether painting portraits or still lifes, he deftly uses technique, light, color and detail to convey what he sees. “I’ve always loved drawing and painting in a realistic manner, and though I had adventures...

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Pastel Menagerie | Lara Scouller Gallery

Scottish artist Lara Scouller finds her greatest inspiration for her animal paintings not in the wild, or even at the zoo, but among the taxidermy collections in European museums. “What happened was that I won a three-month residency in Florence, at the end of my final year of college,” Scouller explains. “One day I walked...

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Your New Year Pastel Resource | Pastel Journal February 2015 Issue Preview

Don’t miss this new year pastel resource! The February 2015 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for how to: paint animals. develop your artistic voice. embrace the experience of painting in new locales. train the right side of your brain. and more! Watch our video preview link below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see paintings by cover...

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Moroccan Memories | Aaron Schuerr Pastels

A trip to Morocco confirmed pastel artist Aaron Schuerr‘s belief in the power of art to bridge languages, cultures and even time. In the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the artist’s chance encounter with a village elder who patiently insisted on being captured on canvas resulted in a “lousy” painting, but an unforgettable experience. “It reminded me that art...

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The Legacy of Henri Roché Pastels

The World War I-era song, “How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm? (After They’ve Seen Paree),” could also describe how many of us felt after first using pastels manufactured by the legendary brands of France: Sennelier, Girault and Henri Roché. By the 18th century in Europe, pastel was very much in fashion...

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You’re Invited to a Pastel Family Reunion: IAPS 2015

On Monday, November 17, at 12pm EST (9am PST), registration will open for the 2015 International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Convention. This marks the eleventh biennial convention to unite member pastel societies from around the country and around the globe for a celebration of all things pastel. The 2015 event will be hosted again...