Framing Tips for Pastel Paintings | Reusing Frames

Framing can be one of the most costly aspects of our pastel painting careers. Frames are expensive, never mind the glass, mats, backing, and fitting charges when a professional framer is utilized. We invest in the hope that someone will open their wallet and purchase a painting, helping us to recoup some of our...

Pastel Painting Tips | 4 Ways to Loosen Up

Even when the ingredients for bravura in painting are present, there is an ironic side-effect that can occur from all the training: It can lead to painting motor skills that consistently produce over-rendered subject matter, producing finished paintings that appear tight. If you struggle with this and wish for a looser painterly appearing outcome...

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Tips for Framing Pastels | 4 Questions to Consider

How to frame a pastel is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear during a painting workshop. Many painters find it superfluous to discuss the frame, feeling that the artwork should matter most. But it can’t be denied that the framing plays a major part in how the painting will be viewed....

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Pastel Pointers | Tips for Painting the Autumn Landscape

With the onset of fall, the dance of warm colors across the palette of the landscape is again having its influences upon many a pastelist. For some painters, the peak of color has passed, for others, it is nearing its high point, and for an unfortunate few situated in locations that lack the appropriate...

3 Tips for Better Pastel Portraits

Artist Dan Slapo divulges a few secrets to great pastel portraits: 1. The first color you put down is a guess. It helps if you fill in all the areas of the background surrounding the face before you judge which skin tones are correct. Every time you place a color, it changes the look...

Three Tips for Painting Water in Pastel

Reflections of Portofino (28×40) by Milton Meyer Something compels us to visit a tumultuous sea or to seek solace on the banks of a pond. Even within a city, we’re drawn toward a reflective surface—a shimmering river or a silvery canal. Take the plunge into painting water with this expert advice from Milton Meyer:...