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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...

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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.

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Pastel Pointers | When Memory Gets in the Way

During a recent visit to the Goleta Slough in California, I noticed that the bank of eucalyptus trees that lines the crest of the coastal cliffs to the east had changed. In many parts of the state there's a movement to eradicate the trees since they aren't native to the region. Conversely, California in...

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Serial Painter | A Gallery of Pastels By Israeli Artist Yael Maimon

Israeli artist Yael Maimon enjoys painting in a series. The subject of her pastel series have ranged from cats to Parisian pastries to modern interpretations of fairy tales. “I feel that studying the same subject matter in different lighting, positions and scenery is an important part of getting to know the essential character of...

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Sarah Bee | Landscape Interpretations in Pastel

Five years ago, British artist Sarah Bee moved from the hustle and bustle of England’s capital city to the much quieter surroundings of rural Devon. Her relocation to this coastal landscape in southwest England has been transformational. “On a personal level, I’m much happier away from London, which makes a big difference,” she says....

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Creative Beginnings | Surface Treatments for Pastel

With a penchant for exploration and experimentation, three pastelists—Jeanine Allen, Paul Murray and Susan Grinels—put handmade surfaces, homemade grounds, and collage and stamped patterns to work as foundations for their pastel paintings. For a more in-depth look at their creative processes for achieving their signature style, check out the October issue of Pastel Journal,...

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Fall’s Go-To Art Resource | Pastel Journal October 2014 Issue Preview

Don’t miss this fall’s go-to pastel resource! The October 2014 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for how to: create your own unique surface treatments and underpaintings. add shimmering effects with metallic pastels. paint large-scale works. develop a series of paintings. and more! Watch our video preview link below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see pastel...

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Pastel Paintings in Process | Mary Aslin

Different qualities of light inspire pastelist Mary Aslin, and they’re instrumental in evoking mood in her painting arrangements—particularly her floral still lifes. She prefers natural light, either from a window or by arranging her subject outdoors. Sometimes it’s the drama of warm, glowing sunlight, and other times it’s a cool, romantic, atmospheric light or soft,...

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Playing the Painting Game | What to Do When You’re Striking Out

Occasionally when I venture out to paint, especially on an extended plein air trip, I can do a lot of swinging (to use a baseball analogy) but never connect with the ball. Travel plans are made; the daily obligations of life put on hold; and an expectation of what will be creatively accomplished during...