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Pastel Journal December 2014

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  • Reimagined Landscapes | A Gallery of Pastels by Kathleen Galligan

    Autumn Migration II (pastel) by Kathleen Galligan

    Over the past five years or so, Maine artist Kathleen Galligan has seen a change in her painting approach. The landscapes she once painted as depictions of a specific time and place are now done solely from memory and imagination. The artist no longer paints from reference photos, finding it more interesting to create her ...

Current Issue
December 2014



PAS1214_160– Inspired by India: 3 Artists’ Tips for Capturing Color & Mood

— Street Spirit: Painting the Life & Energy of Urban Scenery

— A Foolproof Trick for Simplifying a Subject

— An Artist’s Solution for Staying Inspired

– Featured Artists: cover artist Brenda Boylan, as well as June Arnold, Patrick Cullen, Doug Dawson, Kathleen Galligan, Felicity House, Richard McKinley, Kim Novak and Diane Rappisi




Also in This Issue of Pastel Journal

Watch a video preview of the art featured in this issue
3 artists showcase their travels to India
Brenda Boylan captures the viewer’s eye through the underpainting
Diane Rappisi paints classic figures replete with subtle drama
Kathleen Galligan turns to memory and imagination for her tranquil landscapes


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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 ...


  • Announcing the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Winners

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    The jurying process behind the Pastel 100 annual competition is not easy, but it is exciting. It’s hard to describe the amount of deliberation required to select 100 winning paintings from more than 2,200 entries. Let’s just say that “difficult” is an understatement. And so we want to express our immense gratitude to our five ...

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    The All Media Competition from The Artist’s Magazine is now accepting entries. Details Here! Deadline is November 14, 2014. Other Upcoming Art Contests can be found on our Art Competitions page.

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