Portrait and Figure Painting

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Pastel Artist Robin Sheard Nyikos | The Figure in the Outdoors

"Robin Sheard Nyikos paints pastel portraits and still lifes that brilliantly combine richly layered surfaces with great clarity of form," says arts writer John A. Parks. "Juxtaposing the patterns of exotic fabrics with delicately nuanced descriptions of flesh, her paintings present a world that’s delightfully varied, pleasingly sensual and always engaging."

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A Fascinating Thing About Painting

Artists don’t paint because it’s an easy thing to do. It often takes patience, practice, and a concentrated effort to be able to paint to one’s satisfaction. In Pastel Journal Daniel E. Greene, who has built a hearty portfolio of breathtaking portraits, admits that painting is “a never-ending process of challenges and learning.”

Birds of a Feather by Loretta Fasan

June Artist of the Month | Loretta Fasan

My paintings are a combination of realism, pattern, trompe l’oeil, and whimsy. I am strongly influenced by portraits and costumes from the past. I enjoy painting female figures, at times mysterious, humorous, or serene, using intense or subtle colors, textures and gold-leaf patterns in the costumes. There is an iconic aspect to some...

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It Was A Little Tacky | Painting Portraits

Mark Menendez is a portrait artist who has an incredible passion for teaching. I’m so pleased to share with you this Q&A we held recently. Make sure you read all the way through--you’ll get a kick out of a slight misunderstanding he had with a beautiful student, which he shares here.