Last May, after attending the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) in Albuquerque, N.M., several of us from the magazine (group publisher David Pyle, managing editor Sarah Strickley and myself) rented a car and took a short drive north to Santa Fe, the beloved art mecca of the Southwest. Here we paid a visit to the celebrated artist Albert Handell in his picturesque adobe-style studio. We spent a wonderful morning talking about his life in art, his techniques and materials, while also enjoying a private showing of his artwork—mostly landscapes with exquisite color like the pastel landscape La Vista (16×17) below, but also pastel still lifes and figures, and a number of lively drawings.
One result of our visit is a print feature about the artist in the new September/October issue of the magazine.
Our thanks to Albert for graciously inviting David and Sarah and I (and our camera!) into his studio. And, by extension, inviting our whole family of magazine- and blog-readers too!
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