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Pastel Painting Transportation, Part 2 | Protective Sheets, Tape & More

In last week’s blog post, I started a discussion about the transport of unframed pastel paintings, starting with information about the importance of the painting surface support. As I mentioned there, Gatorfoam board has become a very popular product for this purpose. Here, I'll continue the conversation with a discussion of protective sheets, tape...


Pastel Painting Transportation, Part 1 — Pastel Supports

As marvelous as the medium of pastel is for painting on location, there's one issue that has to be addressed to make sure our efforts survive: Transportation. Small travel-sized pastel palettes have made our lives vastly easier, as has the introduction by most major pastel manufacturers of half-stick assortments of their most popular colors....


Pastel Pick of the Week | Small But Striking

Congratulations to artist William A. Schneider whose pastel painting, Barn Cat, received the Best in Show award at the Pastel Painters of Maine's 15th Annual International Juried Exhibition “For Pastels Only." The exhibition ran from May 17 through June 14 at the Saco Museum in Saco, Maine. The juror of awards was celebrated...

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A Passion for Color | The Pastels of Robin Hazard-Bishop

"Robin Hazard Bishop is one of those artists whose joy in painting is visibly evident in her work," writes artist and writer Carole Katchen. "She doesn’t paint to please other people. She doesn’t paint to win awards or even to make a living. She simply paints out of a passion for art and color."


Pastel Pick of the Week | Studios on the Park Invitational

Congratulations to pastel artist William Hosner, of Traverse City, Mich., on winning the Best of Show Award in the Studios on the Park Signature Invitational Exhibition in Paso Robles, Calif., which opened May 21 and runs through June 29. The exhibition featured the work of 20 of the country's finest contemporary realist painters...


Establishing Time of Day in Paintings | Stan Sperlak Pastel Gallery

“I threw away my wristwatch when I learned to paint correctly,” says landscape pastelist Stan Sperlak. “My wall clocks were the next timepieces to go. They were no longer needed and were, in fact, becoming a distraction. This didn’t happen overnight; it occurred once I realized that I could use careful observation to determine time...


Sand, Surf, Sea, Sky | Pastel Shoreline Gallery

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.” —Kate Chopin, author of The Awakening Rebecca Lloyd, Glen Maxion and Margaret Farrell Bruno are drawn to the timeless allure of the shore in all its summer splendor. The pastel artists—from the British Coast, West Coast and East Coast, respectively—explore the sand, surf, sea and sky...


Must-Have Summer Resource | Pastel Journal August 2014 Issue Preview

Don’t miss this summer’s must-have pastel resource! The August 2014 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for how to: paint coastal seascapes. convey light in your paintings. create tone in your underpaintings. use everyday objects to aid your framing process. and much more! Watch our video preview link below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see...


Reaching the End | When is a Painting Finished?

It seems that most of us—even when we have mapped out a destination for a painting—still find it hard to know when to put down the pastel stick and stop working. In fact, one of the most commonly asked question in one of my workshops is "How do you know when you are done?"