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  • Playing the Painting Game | What to Do When You’re Striking Out


    Occasionally when I venture out to paint, especially on an extended plein air trip, I can do a lot of swinging (to use a baseball analogy) but never connect with the ball. Travel plans are made; the daily obligations of life put on hold; and an expectation of what will be creatively accomplished during the ...

Current Issue
August 2014



PAS 160 Web– Sand, Surf, Sea, Sky: 3 Artists Paint the Coastal Seascape

– The Feminine Mystique: Capturing the Mood and Beauty of Quiet, Ordinary Moments

– A Lesson in Light: How to Paint the Sky at Dusk

– Five Simple Tools for the At-Home Framer

– Featured Artists: Margaret Farrell Bruno, Robin Hazard-Bishop, Rebecca Lloyd, Richard McKinley, Brenda Mattson, Glen Maxion, Nathalie Picoulet, Robin Sheard Nyikos, Stan Sperlak and Lorrie B. Turner

Also in This Issue of Pastel Journal
Watch a video preview of the art featured in this issue
3 artists showcase coastal seascapes
Nathalie Picoulet expresses the beauty and tenderness of the everyday
Robin Hazard-Bishop cranks up the color
Robin Sheard Nyikos weaves story and personal meaning into her paintings
Stan Sperlak shares secrets for expressing the nuances of time of day
DIY Framing DEMO: Learn how to attach a dust cover to a frame

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  • 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 ...


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