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

Call for Entries

PSA Enduring BrillianceEven 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.” The submission process goes digital this year and entries will be accepted online only. For details, please visit the PSA website: and click on the red banner to find the 2014 prospectus. Three Master Pastelists will serve as the Jurors of Selection this year. The deadline for entry is June 16. The exhibition will be on view at the National Arts Club in New York City from September 2 to 27 with an awards ceremony on September 21. So, best of luck everyone!


PAstel Society of FranceThe Societe des Pastellistes de France welcomes Hong Kong artist Isabelle V. Lim ( as its honored guest artist at the International Salon in Montlucon, France, running March 29 to April 27. Our congratulations to Isabelle, who you may remember from “Background Check,” in the October 2012 issue of Pastel Journal. The Society has an exciting lineup of pastel festivals and events throughout 2014 with special guest artists that include U.K. artist Michael Norman and U.S. artists Gwenneth Barth and Colette Odya Smith. For more information, visit the society’s website at



New Resources

febhandell-pastel-emagIf you enjoy painting the landscape, you’ll be excited to learn about several resources newly available at Massachusetts artist Liz Haywood-Sullivan, author of Painting Brilliant Skies and Water in Pastel, and President of the International Association of Pastel Societies, produced three new videos for ArtistsNetwork.TV which are now available as video downloads and DVDs. The nearly 2-long videos include: Landscape Painting in Pastel: Snow; Landscape Painting in Pastel: Surface Color and Texture; and Landscape Painting in Pastel: Plein Air.  Also available is an downloadable e-mag collection of landscape articles by master pastelist and regular Pastel Journal contributor Albert Handell. Essential Lessons in Pastel Painting includes a feature on the artist’s overall methods and materials in pastel, as well as tips for working architectural elements into a landscape and his painting approach to rock formations.





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