Pastel Art Techniques Painting Landscapes & More


Practicing Intuition | 9 Underpainting Exercises

Whenever I'm demonstrating an underpainting technique, someone—at some point—will ask: Why did you put that color/value in that area? It's a tough question to answer since so much of what I'm doing is responding to the current painting situation with an anticipation of what will be done with the over-layers of pastel to come.


Pastel Pick of the Week | Zaria Forman at Winston Wächter

Whether you're stunned by the detailed rendering, amazed by the sheer scale, stirred by the challenging statement about climate change, or all of the above, Zaria Forman's pastels of water and ice do provoke a strong response. The artist's solo exhibition, SLIP, is currently being shown—now through October 17—at Winston Wächter Fine Art, New...


In the Footsteps of Frank Reaugh | Texas Landscapes by Jeri Salter

Contemporary artists continue to find inspiration in the work of Frank Reaugh (1860-1945), an artist who documented—primarily in pastel—the landscape of the Southwest at the turn of the century and the spirit of the Texas cattle drive in particular. One such fan is Jeri Salter, an Austin-based pastel artist who, in 2014, traced the...

Learn to Paint Flowers

Learn to Paint Flowers in Pastel

The Power of Pastels There’s no beating the versatility of pastels for blending the best of the drawing and painting worlds. With the ability of working both wet and dry, and their ease of portability, the effects you can create are as varied as the artists wielding them. And when it comes to subject...

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IAPS Convention 2015 | The Greatest Pastel Party on the Planet

The 11th biennial convention of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), held this past summer in Albuquerque, N.M., kicked off on Tuesday, June 2, with four all-day workshops led by pastel superstars Sally Strand, Albert Handell, Diane Rapissi and Terri Ford, and the inspiration just continued to flow for the next four days.


Pastel Pick of the Week | An Invitation to New Zealand

The Nelson, New Zealand area of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) invites all pastel enthusiasts to join them in April 2016 for the PANZ “Purely Pastel” National Art Awards and Convention. The event will take place in Mapua, a small town on the island's South Island on the coastline of Tasman Bay,...


What Is Impasto Painting?

One of the great advantages of oil paint, beyond its inherent richness of value and color depth due the pigment's suspension in oil, is the ability to apply it thickly--to create an impasto surface effect. The term impasto originates from the Italian word pasta, which means "paste." When associated to painting, it signifies a...