Pastel Journal

Current Issue
April 2015



PJ0415_160new– Special Issue: The Top 100 Pastels of the Year

— Conquer the Fear of Failure to Move Your Art Forward

— An 8-Step Guide to Capturing Light & Color in the Landscape

— Share Your Skills: 7 Tips for First-Time Teachers





Meet the Top Award Winners in the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition
Watch a video of the 16th Annual Pastel 100 top award and category winners
Pastel Journal Founders Award: Simone Bingemer
Pastel Journal Award of Excellence: Stan Bloomfield
Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastels Award: Lisa Ober
Richeson/Unison Pastels Gold Award: Joe Mac Kechnie


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Pastel Highlights

  • Plein Air Painting in Pastel | Plein Air Painters Tell You What You Need to Know

    Moonrise Over Teton Flat

    Plein air painting adds a dimension to painting the landscape that some artists find irresistible. Painting outdoors provides a deeper understanding of the various qualities of light and atmosphere. Whether you paint finished paintings or color studies for studio paintings (or something in between), plein air painting will bolster your observation skills and enliven your ...


  • Friday Pastel Pick of the Week | Travel to China With Alan Flattmann

    houseboat-at-tiger-hill-by Alan Flattmann

    Artist Alan Flattmann usually conducts one international workshop every year, but this year—in addition to a 10-day workshop in Tuscany—the artist is conducting a painting workshop in late October in Suzhou, China, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its city canals and elaborate gardens.

Online Events

  • Upcoming Online Events


    Tons of Tangles with Tiffany Lovering | Tuesday, February 24 | 1pm-2pm EST Click here to register now!


  • Currently Open for Submissions!


    The Annual Art Competition from The Artist’s Magazine is now accepting entries. Details Here! Deadline is April 1, 2015. Other Upcoming Art Contests can be found on our Art Competitions page.

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  • Art of the Carolinas 14th Annual Trade Show


    Registration now open! 14th Annual Trade Show at the Hilton North Raleigh. 100+ Workshops in all media! 35+ instructors. FREE admission and FREE parking! Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 14th, 15th & 16th. Workshops begin Thursday, Nov. 13th – Register online for the workshops. For more information visit or 800-827-8478 ext. 156 Sharon DiGiulio.  


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