Pastel Art Techniques Painting Landscapes & More

Pastel Video Workshop with Stephanie Birdsall

Pastel Video Workshop: Behind the Scenes with Stephanie Birdsall

Today I had the pleasure of visiting our studio to take a sneak peek at the latest Artistsnetwork.tv video-workshop-in-progress: Stephanie Birdsall is filming demos in pastel and oil! Readers of Pastel Journal will be familiar with the artist’s subtle and stunning pastel still lifes, plein air landscapes and florals. (I interviewed Birdsall for a story in the August 2007 issue of the...

mixed-media underpainting part 1

Pastel Pointers | Getting Started With an Underpainting, Part 1

Starting a pastel painting with an underpainting is one of my favorite methods. It sets the stage for the subsequent applications of pigment and provides something upon which to respond. An underpainting can be both utilitarian and serendipitous in its intention. One focuses on blocking in the large value and color relationships, making it...

pastel pointers about contrast with richard mckinley

The Two Ts of Painting | Theory and Technique, Part 1 | The Contrast Effect

Learning to paint representationally can be separated into two basic studies: theory and technique. I like to refer to these as the two Ts of painting. “Theory” encompasses an understanding of the physics of the natural world around us, how we visually perceive it, and how best to represent it when painting. “Technique” encompasses...

SpringSavings

Spring Savings

Whether you're eager to watch the new video workshops featuring Liz Haywood-Sullivan or get your hands on the gorgeous coffee table book, Art Journey America: Landscapes, or reader-favorite Pastel Pointers by Richard McKinley, there's a pastel bargain waiting to be claimed.

pastel pointers on commercial pastel primers and grounds

Pastel Pointers | Commercial Pastel Primers and Grounds

At the end of last year, I posted a couple blogs about “Homegrown Surfaces” on December 12 and December 19. These covered the topics of substrates and the components required to make a homemade pastel ground. With the ever-increasing popularity of pastel, a number of commercial vendors have manufactured pre-mixed pastel primers/grounds. These ready-made...

PAstel Journal April 2012

Pastel Pointers | Workshop Lessons

When the latest issue of Pastel Journal arrived the other day, I was immediately reminded of a familiar response to a student’s inquiry about how to paint something unfamiliar: It's all the same. I first heard the phrase when attending a workshop given by a nationally renowned artist, famous for his still life and...