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  • An Incremental Approach to Pastel Painting


    As any artist that has worked with pastel can attest, pastel is an extremely versatile painting/drawing medium. The techniques used for its application are unlimited and easily reflect the personalities of those working with it. There are three major external components that affect application and appearance: surface tooth (how easily the surface grabs the pigment); ...

Current Issue
February 2015



PAS0215_160– Animal Magnetism: Capture the Personalities of Bird and Beast

— 12 Strategies to Develop Your Artistic Voice

— A 4-Step Workout for the Right Side of Your Brain

— The Power of Painting in New Places

– Featured Artists: cover artist Nancie King Mertz, as well as Mike Beeman, Michele Illing, Nicola Litchfield, Aurelio Rodríguez López, Nancy Nowak and Lara Scouller




Also in This Issue of Pastel Journal

Watch a video preview of the art featured in this issue
3 artists paint creatures great and small
Nancie King Mertz captures the energy of a plein air landscape, step by step
Aurelio Rodríguez López creates a heightened sense of realism
Lara Scouller showcases animal specimens found in European museums
Nancy Nowak explores pastel to find her artistic voice
Aaron Schuerr shares his Moroccan memories


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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 ...


  • Be Forever Inspired by Light and Color

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    Capturing the light falling on a subject is a challenge that artists have sought out for centuries. In order to convey the mood and atmosphere of light in the medium of pastel,we must learn how color communicates light’s temperature, and select our pigments accordingly.

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