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Teaching Pastel in China | Robert K. Carsten Goes to Suzhou

If you take 100 talented and dedicated school teachers, introduce them to the history and practice of pastel painting so that they, in turn, can share their newfound knowledge and experiences in their respective classrooms—what do you have? Simply put, the planting of seeds that is sure to grow the awareness, appreciation and practice...


Three Artists On Working Differently

Many artists have a signature style or favorite subject for which they are well known. Rarely is it the case, however, that the acclaimed body of work is the only type of artwork these artists produce. In the August issue of Pastel Journal, I checked in with Dawn Emerson, Cuong Nguyen and Andrew McDermott—three...

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Pastel Flowers Go Wild | Jen Evenhus Gallery

Although Jen Evenhus paints a variety of subjects, it’s her bold pastel flowers through which her artistic strengths are clear. Bright color is delivered with direct, decisive handling. Her flowers exploit the saturated hues of blooms, amplifying them to achieve color-drenched images. Evenhus responds to shape and form with dynamic mark-making and lively drawing. The resulting paintings pack an unforgettable punch...

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Atmospheric Effects in Pastel | Jacob Aguiar Landscapes

Jacob Aguiar follows the light to achieve masterful atmospheric effects in pastel landscapes. Aguiar, of Scarborough, Maine, has learned how essential it is to spend time in the landscape and become more familiar with a subject before beginning a painting. In the past, he’d stop his car, take a few photos of a scene,...


Be Bold! Pastel Journal August 2016 Special Preview

Be bold! The award-winning artists featured in the August 2016 issue of Pastel Journal show you how to break out of your comfort zone. Highlights in this must-have issue include: •   Painting Bold, Exuberant Florals •   Adding Atmospheric Effect to Landscapes •   Exploring Beyond the “Comfort Zone” Genre •   Trailblazing...


Pastel Pick of the Week | IAPS 28th Juried Exhibition

Congratulations to all of the talented pastel artists whose paintings were exhibited this month in New York City as part of the International Association of Pastel Societies' 28th IAPS Juried Exhibition. The show opened at the Salmagundi Club on June 6 to much fanfare and remains open through today.


Pastel Pick of the Week | Pastel Society of America Call for Entries

Let me set the scene: It's a lovely September evening in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. You walk up the steps and into the historic National Arts Club—a club whose early charter members included Robert Henri, Frederic Remington, George Bellows and William Merritt Chase. Inside, you walk into a room where the walls...