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Sky Painting | The Pastels of Katherine Irish

Katherine Irish doesn’t have to go far to find inspiration. She only needs to look up. Those New Mexico skies provide endless inspiration for an ongoing series of skyscape paintings. Irish resists a picture-perfect treatment of sunrise and sunset. Some of  her compositions are horizontal, dark and moody; others are tall and fiery, almost...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Brian Cobble “Scratching the Surface”

Pastel artist Brian Cobble's latest show (his sixth) at Valley House Gallery in Dallas is called "Scratching the Surface," a rather apt description for the meticulous approach the artist takes in his pastel work. The settings of his paintings vary from lived-in, sometimes quirky urban and suburban environments to serene, natural landscapes, and each...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Prizes for Pastels

Who doesn’t like to be rewarded for outstanding painting effort? If you’re looking for a way to earn recognition and possibly prize awards for your latest, best work in pastel, UART is now accepting entries to its 2015 Online Pastel Competition.             Among the prizes are $1000 cash, a...

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Plein Air Pastels | A Gallery

In the June 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, we asked five renowned landscape artists—Lorenzo Chavez, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Barbara Jaenicke, Kim Lordier 
and Richard McKinley—about the most important ingredient 
to making a plein air outing a success? Here's a sampling of the responses:

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Plein Air Setups for Pastels

In the June 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, five award-winning landscape artists—Lorenzo Chavez, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Barbara Jaenicke, Kim Lordier 
and Richard McKinley—describe the power of painting en plein air and share tips and insights gathered from years of painting experience. Because one of the most daunting aspects of painting on location is knowing what to...

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Twilight of the Mountain Gorilla | Bob Ziering Pastel Paintings

Bob Ziering has been drawing with an unwavering commitment for more than 30 years, producing an extended series of pastels that constitute a profound reflection on the nature and precarious situation of the mountain gorilla, a critically endangered species. A consummate draftsman, Ziering deploys line and shape with immense power and surety in his...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Daniel Greene at Gallery Henoch

“At the Auction,” a new solo exhibition of work by artist Daniel Greene, opened last night at Gallery Henoch in New York City. In his recent work, Greene focuses on the rarefied world of fine art auctions, capturing the drama and excitement of these high-pressure settings.   According to Maureen Bloomfield in “The World...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | The Landscape Paintings of Richard McKinley

In his 40-plus years of experience painting the landscape, Richard McKinley has hauled his painting gear uphill, downhill, through woods, over fences, along roadsides and everywhere in between to capture the essence of a scene en plein air in pastel or oil. He has been to locations far and wide to conduct this artistic...