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Black Leaf (pastel, 29.5x22.5) by Jimmy Wright

Pastel Pick of the Week | Spring is Showtime for Artist Jimmy Wright

Yesterday marked the vernal equinox and indeed, we seem finally to be shaking off a very long winter and welcoming the first signs of spring! Galleries and museums are doing their part to welcome the season with new shows that celebrate light, flowers and gardens, and our own Jimmy Wright—President of the Pastel Society...

Midnight Frosting (pastel, 18 x 24) by Christine Ivers

Painter of the Night | Pastel Artist Christine Ivers

Having a chance to take an art workshop is such a treat. I firmly believe that none of us ever graduate as painters. There's always more to learn and every experience with another artist is a chance to broaden both technically and aesthetically. Recently, I had just such an opportunity with celebrated Connecticut pastelist...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | The Friday News Round-Up

Even as someone who deals with deadlines for a living, I'm still surprised at how quickly these annual exhibition deadlines come along! So, don't miss the fact that it's that time of year to enter your latest pastel masterpiece into the 42nd Pastel Society of America (PSA) Annual Exhibition, "Enduring Brilliance."

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Edge Intimidation | Two Tools to Overcome the Fear of Painting Edges

The handling of the edges within a painting can be subconsciously intimidating to an artist, which can have a subsequent effect on how product is applied. When the elements that make up the subject matter of a scene are visually recognized, we intellectually understand that they are separated from one another—that there is space...

Laundry Day (pastel) by Deborah Bays

Juror Spotlight | 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition

The Pastel 100 Competition, now in its 15th year, can draw several thousand entries. In a field that includes hundreds upon hundreds of worthy and wonderful pastels, it’s always interesting to learn what it is that a juror sees in a particular piece that marks it as special. The jurors of this year’s 15th...

Cassandra

15th Annual Pastel 100 Winners | A Conversation With David Wells

Congratulations to artist David Wells on winning this year’s Pastel Journal Grand Prize Award in the 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition for his exquisite pastel portrait, Cassandra. The finished prizewinning work is shown here, along with a photo of the work-in-progress and the preliminary sketch. You can read all about the story and technique...