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Embracing the Pastel Palette | Lisa Ober Still Life Gallery

“I’m turning cartwheels when I paint in pastel,” says Lisa Ober, recipient of Pastel Journal’s 16th Annual Pastel 100 Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastels Award. “I love them so much. I adore their immediacy and versatility. There isn’t any waiting for anything to dry, so it’s instantly rewarding.” Discussing the crisp, controlled finish of her still life paintings,...

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The Final Stage | Joe Mac Kechnie Pastel Gallery

Pastel artist Joe Mac Kechnie’s favorite part of the pastel painting process is the painting’s final stage. “I no longer fuss over details and accuracy, but use my gut instinct to take a tight painting and turn it into a work of art,” says Mac Kechnie, recipient of Pastel Journal’s 16th Annual Pastel 100...

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A Valentine to Pastel

In honor of Valentine's Day, find out some of the reasons that pastel artists are such passionate devotees of the medium.

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An Incremental Approach to Pastel Painting

As any artist that has worked with pastel can attest, pastel is an extremely versatile painting/drawing medium. The techniques used for its application are unlimited and easily reflect the personalities of those working with it. There are three major external components that affect application and appearance: surface tooth (how easily the surface grabs the...

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Organizing Pastels

The more pastels we acquire the more difficult it can become to keep track of them, especially once they are removed from original packaging and labels have been removed. Initially I tried to keep copious records of which pastels made up various working palettes. When there were only a couple of brands of pastels...

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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...