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While pastel had been an established medium well in advance of Edgar Degas, it was his technical experimentation—often pushing well beyond traditional methods of application—which inspired subsequent generations of artists to consider its use. Degas brought a “do whatever is necessary” attitude to working with pastel that firmly catapulted it well beyond a delicate sketching medium. Pastel reinforced his natural draftsmanship tendencies and allowed him to easily break free from the confines of customary composition.
Ned Mueller gets people, whether it’s a turbaned man from Rajasthan, India, or a local model at a weekly figure and portrait drawing session. For Mueller, it’s not about a pretty face, but character. Enjoy this gallery of his portraits.
In the December 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, we asked artists Leslie Lillien Levy and Claudia Seymour to conduct a “still life experiment” in order to see how color choices are central to artistic expression. The two painters chose five objects that they would both use in still-life setups of their own design: a blue-and-white cachepot, a brass jug, a silvered creamer, a copper teapot with blue-and-white handle and knob, and a blue lusterware creamer. Beyond the inclusion of these items, they were otherwise free to arrange the setup as they wished, adding items, choosing a lighting effect, and so on. As you can see here, the resulting paintings are surprisingly distinct and offer a revealing look into the personal approach artists bring to color.
The rolling plains of Iowa offer a striking contrast of views. The landscape is a roadside tangle of Queen Anne’s lace and bramble, but it’s also a careful arithmetic of dotted corn and soy. It’s a grand vista that can …
Every year, as we immerse ourselves in the 2,500 or so entries in the Pastel 100, we are completely awestruck by the exceptional skill, artistic virtuosity and unlimited creativity we see. At the end of the day, and with the help of our five category jurors, we have to narrow the entries to 100, and wow, is that tough. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce the names of the artists whose pastel works make up our latest Pastel 100!
The Pastel Society of America’s celebration of the 41st Annual Open Exhibition, “Enduring Brilliance,” continued on Sunday, September 24, with the centerpiece awards ceremony, honorees presentation, and the annual celebration dinner. The ceremony opened with the introduction of the society’s new president, PSA Master Pastelist, Jimmy Wright. Jimmy then gave a fitting tribute to his predecessor, Rae Smith, who spoke emotionally of her years of devotion to the PSA and the continuation of founder Flora B. Giffuni’s vision.
The Pastel Society of America (PSA) recently concluded its annual exhibition (September 3 through 28) aptly titled, “Enduring Brilliance.” This marked the 41st annual open exhibition during the month of September in the Grand Gallery of the National Art Club located in the historic Gramercy Park district of Manhattan. Concurrently, The PSA School for Pastels had its 24th student exhibition in the Trask Gallery, also in the National Arts Club.
For your painting to rise to the next level, it is important to give consideration to some of the finer points of design and composition. In this PDF download, read artist Margot Schulzke’s tips for mastering the use of intervals in your paintings, to promote variety and unity.
“Value does the work and color gets the glory.” This statement underscores the attraction that most of us feel toward the creative expression of color that forms the nucleus of many artists’ work. Whether used subtly or boldly, the colors portrayed within the confines of a painting’s composition have to share a relationship; otherwise, they will appear artificial.