Pastel Journal

Pastel Journal August 2015

New August Issue: Volcanic Skies, Inspiring Seas, and More

From Pastel Journal

  • The Pastels of China | A Gallery


    To showcase the exciting talent and distinctive flavor of Chinese pastels, we interviewed three celebrated artists working in the medium—Wang Xiangzhen, Hang Mingshi and Shi Tao—for a feature article in the August issue of Pastel Journal …

Current Issue
August 2015



PJ0815_160— Pastels in Modern China: 3 Artists Making a Mark in the Medium

— Skywatching: For a Striking Subject, Just Look Up

— Building Content: It Starts With an Idea

— Your Gallery Search: How to Find the Perfect Match





Get a sneak peek of Pastel Journal’s August 2015 issue
Katherine Irish looks to the New Mexico skies to find her next painting
Gaela Erwin examines love, loss and mortality in her familial portraits
Averil Gilkes paints transportive seascapes of glistening shores and rolling skies
Leoni Duff consults a classical tradition in her approach to pastels
Three contemporary Chinese artists share their pastel talents


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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 ...


  • Pastel Pick of the Week | Brian Cobble “Scratching the Surface”

    brian cobble-pastel

    Pastel artist Brian Cobble’s latest show (his sixth) at Valley House Gallery in Dallas is called “Scratching the Surface,” a rather apt description for the meticulous approach the artist takes in his pastel work. The settings of his paintings vary from lived-in, sometimes quirky urban and suburban environments to serene, natural landscapes, and each one ...

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