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Creative Beginnings | A Gallery
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  • Pastel Pointers | Making New Friends


    Sometimes the experience of painting can feel more like a battle than a party. I once overheard an artist describe it as a roller coaster ride. We go up and then we go down—back and forth until the ride stops. At a recent workshop, a dear artist friend of mine, Kathy Detrano, had a few ...

Current Issue
October 2014



PAS1014_200framed– Think Big: Best Practices for Painting Larger-Than-Life Pastels

— Creative Beginnings: Unique Starts for Your Next Painting

— Try It: 3 Inventive Ideas for Underpaintings

— How Working in a Series Keeps Creativity Buzzing

– Featured Artists: cover artist Sarah Bee, Jeanine Allen, Mary Aslin, Susan Grinels, Denise LaRue Mahlke, Yael Maimon, Paul Murray, Enid Wood




Also in This Issue of Pastel Journal

Watch a video preview of the art featured in this issue
3 artists showcase creative surface treatments
Sarah Bee captures the British countryside in moody, texturally rich pastels
Yael Maimon paints in a series to discover the nuances of her subject matter
Denise LaRue Mahlke creates serene landscapes that express a spiritual connection to nature
Mary Aslin uses light-filled floral paintings to express her feelings and tell a story


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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 | How the Pastel 100 Can Change Your Life


    On Monday we celebrate Labor Day. What better way to honor the dedicated work you do as a pastel artist than by entering your latest “labor of love” in the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition? Why enter? One, because the deadline is Tuesday! Two, because there’s nothing quite like the shot in the arm you ...

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    The All Media Competition from The Artist’s Magazine is now accepting entries. Details Here! Deadline is October 15, 2014. Other Upcoming Art Contests can be found on our Art Competitions page.

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