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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...

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Pastel Pointers | Making New Friends

Sometimes the experience of painting can feel more like a battle than a party. I once overheard an artist describe it as a roller coaster ride. We go up and then we go down—back and forth until the ride stops. At a recent workshop, a dear artist friend of mine, Kathy Detrano, had a...

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Practicing Intuition | 9 Underpainting Exercises

Whenever I'm demonstrating an underpainting technique, someone—at some point—will ask: Why did you put that color/value in that area? It's a tough question to answer since so much of what I'm doing is responding to the current painting situation with an anticipation of what will be done with the over-layers of pastel to come.

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Pastel Pick of the Week | How the Pastel 100 Can Change Your Life

On Monday we celebrate Labor Day. What better way to honor the dedicated work you do as a pastel artist than by entering your latest “labor of love” in the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition? Why enter? One, because the deadline is Tuesday! Two, because there’s nothing quite like the shot in the arm...

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Serial Painter | A Gallery of Pastels By Israeli Artist Yael Maimon

Israeli artist Yael Maimon enjoys painting in a series. The subject of her pastel series have ranged from cats to Parisian pastries to modern interpretations of fairy tales. “I feel that studying the same subject matter in different lighting, positions and scenery is an important part of getting to know the essential character of...

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So, What’s Your Hook?

Knowing the hook—or what it is that attracted me to a certain scene—is key to producing a successful landscape painting. It's the concept. If I don’t know why I’m doing it, then I won’t know what to do. Following this concept is also useful in terms of knowing when a painting is finished. Think...

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Sarah Bee | Landscape Interpretations in Pastel

Five years ago, British artist Sarah Bee moved from the hustle and bustle of England’s capital city to the much quieter surroundings of rural Devon. Her relocation to this coastal landscape in southwest England has been transformational. “On a personal level, I’m much happier away from London, which makes a big difference,” she says....