Pastel Art Techniques Painting Landscapes & More

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Becky Johnson Wins Gold in the 18th Pastel 100

Becky Johnson lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. But the painter doesn't go for the vast, majestic mountain scenes you might expect of someone living in that area. Instead, she's drawn to more intimate scenes like the one that inspired Along the Road, below. It won the artist the...

Diana Sanford | Richeson Pastel Bronze Award Winner

Diana Sanford‘s pastel abstract, Reckoning, received the Richeson Pastel Bronze Award in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition. “Color and design are the strengths here, with impeccably subtle layering,” says Abstract & Non-Objective Category Juror Marcia Holmes of Sanford’s award-winning pastel abstract, below. “There’s also intrigue. We want to see this painting...

Pastel Portrait Demonstration: Tips on Painting from Life

Portraits have plenty of challenges on their own, and painting from life can add even more variables. Keep reading for tips from artist Brian Keeler as he presents a pastel portrait demonstration to a group of students! “There’s this…system of thirds, which I refer to a lot. Start with that idea of...

4 Underpainting Techniques for Pastel Painting

Underpainting techniques can influence every part of a pastel painting, from composition to color. Follow along with Stephanie Birdsall to see four different ways of starting a painting! Stephanie says: “One of the things that’s important to me before I begin a painting is that I have a clear idea of what...

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Plein Air Landscapes | Edward Kennedy Pastel Gallery

Edward Kennedy’s plein air pastel landscapes take viewers to many places—a shimmering river in Yellowstone National Park, the rocky coast of Maine and sleepy country roads in the Midwest. No matter the setting, though, the paintings by this mostly self-taught artist conjure a deeper place—that calm, meditative state of mind that can...

Paint this winter landscape painting in pastel

What Is the Value of Snow?

Capturing the blustery winter mood in pastel is as delicate and delightful as snowflakes themselves! Follow along with pastelist Liz Haywood-Sullivan as she completes a winter landscape painting with light layers of pastel on a black paper surface.