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The Pastel Journal
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anne Hevener SENIOR DESIGNER Brian Roeth SENIOR EDITOR Holly Davis MANAGING EDITOR Christina Richards Sylvie Cabal, Art du Pastel; Albert Handell; Liz Haywood-Sullivan; Janie Hutchinson; Isabelle V. Lim; Richard McKinley, IAPS; Rae Sm
The Pastel Journal5 min de lecture
Embracing Splendor
This year’s winner of the Pastel Journal Founder’s Award, Our Boat, by Turkish artist Javad Soleimanpour, presents a resplendently luminous scene in which a finely built sailboat sits at anchor in front of a grand and inviting villa. For juror Tony A
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Freedom to Explore
As a medium, pastel is well suited to innovation, and when it comes to illuminating this versatility, New York artist Bill Creevy is, literally, the man who wrote the book. His 1991 publication, The Pastel Book (Watson-Guptill), is a text that inspir
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DOs and DON’Ts
• Don’t name artists who have influenced your work. The statement should be all about you. Dropping names only opens the door, valid or not, for the critique that your work is “derivative.” • Don’t use weak phrases that reflect insecurities or tentat
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ABSTRACT & NON-OBJECTIVE
“Nature is full of abstract design,” says Julie Freeman (juliefreeman.co.nz), of New Zealand, and her winning painting, Ebb & Flow (opposite), takes advantage of the inspiration offered by the natural world. The artist’s body of work leans toward pho
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Jury Duty
The work of jurying is, to be sure, a job of evaluation. When viewing a work, a juror will consider the artist’s handling of color, value and composition, and assess how well an artist utilized the medium, the level of draftsmanship and the painting’
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STILL LIFE & FLORAL
After the success of an oil painting she’d done featuring Chinese sang-de-boeuf porcelains and a floral fabric background, Claudia Seymour (claudiaseymour.com), of Wilton, Conn., decided to paint a new version in pastel. She used the same elements, w
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Three Neighbors Share In The Joy Of Pastel
The large urban bay area in southern China sometimes known as the “Greater Bay Area” is composed of nine cities, including Zhuhai Xiangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau. The region’s population exceeds 70 million and is rich with its own cultural flavors and
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Stay Attuned
This year’s winner of the Richeson Pastel Bronze award is no rookie to his craft. In fact, Peter Seltzer, of Woodbury, Conn., has won a number of Pastel 100 awards in the past, the last one featured in 2014. His winning pastel piece this year is an o
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What’s Online
Want to capture the vibrancy of your favorite flowers? These palettes make color decoding a cinch. artistsnetwork.com/go/pastel-florals A complementary underpainting lifts monotonous “real” color out of the doldrums. artistsnetwork.com/go/underpainti
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The Texture of Love
“The message of faith and love is clear and captivating in this touching study of human relationships,” says Carol Peebles of Heart and Cuddle (opposite), winner of this year’s Pastel Journal Award of Excellence. The Portrait & Figure category juror
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Painting Across Generations
Simone Bingemer’s Self Portrait (opposite), winner of the Richeson Pastel Silver Award, is the first self portrait she ever made. The artist has been practicing as a portraitist in Cologne, Germany, for decades. She won the Grand Prize for a portrait
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Elevating the Ordinary
It’s no secret that Israeli artist Yael Maimon loves cats. The vast majority of her paintings include one or more felines. Indeed, Maimon counts her cats among her closest friends—providing welcome company as she paints in her quiet studio. It all be
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Paint What You Love
I’ve long believed that artists won’t do much painting if their subject matter doesn’t resonate. My inspiration often comes from my interest in the colors that are barely perceivable in the dark and how they play against the vibrancy of color in ligh
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PORTRAIT & FIGURE
The standout portrait Let’s Go! (left) by Gwenneth Barth-White (gwennethbarth.com) gets major points in all areas of picture-making: compelling composition, bold use of color, an appealing subject and pose, and a curiosity-arousing element of surpris
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ANIMAL & WILDLIFE
An unusually slow, contemplative day helped California-based artist Patricia Prescott Sueme (prescottstudio.net) conjure what would become Shallow Wishes (opposite). “I was wandering The Huntington Gardens with a few other artists, and we had the pla
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Meet the Jurors
The pastels of the award-winning painter Tony Allain (tonyallainfineart.com) can be found in leading galleries as well as in private and corporate collections worldwide, including the Maritime Museum, Guernsey; and Queen Mary 2, a Cunard ocean liner.
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LANDSCAPE & INTERIOR
Beautiful sunshine on the brightly colored umbrellas of a food cart inspired Taiwanese artist Yvonne Liu to paint An Ordinary Day (opposite). Although she paints en plein air often, for her winning piece she used a reference photo from a recent trip
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Make a Statement
Thinking pragmatically, there’s a greater chance for sales, commissions and exhibition invitations when people who encounter your work feel they understand it. As a marketing tool, an artist statement can help critics, writers and curators prepare ar
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The Pastel Journal
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anne Hevener SENIOR DESIGNER Brian Roeth SENIOR EDITOR Holly Davis MANAGING EDITOR Christina Richards Sylvie Cabal, Art du Pastel; Albert Handell; Liz Haywood-Sullivan; Janie Hutchinson; Isabelle V. Lim; Richard McKinley, IAPS; Rae Sm
The Pastel Journal7 min de lecture
Art In The Woods
Kathleen McDonnell’s landscape paintings remind one of walks along a quiet country road. The suddenly-heard song of a bird makes you stop to listen, but you also stop to see. A gentle beauty lingers in the meadow around you, and the rich color of the
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Fighting Fire with Pastel Sticks
After wildfires caused mass destruction in her California hometown, pastelist Lisa Rico began an art project to raise funds for her community. “It was 3 a.m. on August 19th. We awoke to a ringing phone and found the sky red and heavy with smoke,” say
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Fields of Gray
McDonnell has created a series of pastel paintings done entirely in black, white and gray. The series, Fields of Grey, was inspired by a workshop with Richard McKinley. He had us creating value studies before we started our plein air piece, a practic
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An Island Retreat for a Lake-Loving Pastelist
The International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) is hosting a pastel immersion retreat in August of this year at the Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) with a trio of all-star pastel instructors—Lyn Asselta, Aline Ordman and Dawn Emers
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Two Palettes, Two Moods
1. Full-color View: Morning Walk is a pastel that I completed using a full-color palette. The light is just beginning to fall across the tree tops in this summer morning scene. 2. Reference Photos: Later I decided to create a pastel of the same view
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What’s Online
Here’s how to set creative goals that produce an artistic road map for a year of creative growth and inspired painting. artistsnetwork.com/go/pastel-resolutions Award-winning artist Tony Allain shares 13 pastel tips and techniques for creating stron
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WATER, LIGHT, & WILDLIFE
WHEN NOT AT AN EASEL, artist Lisa Gleim is a woman seemingly in constant motion. In addition to being a wife and mother of an active family, she’s continually traveling to places that inspire her work. Since childhood, she has been drawing, pursuing
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Smile Of The French Enlightenment
No artist has handled pastel more adroitly than did Maurice Quentin de La Tour (1704–88). His portraits, perceptive in characterization and brilliant in technique, represent a virtual who’s who of the French Enlightenment. La Tour’s facility was hard
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Materials For A Winter Walk
SURFACE: UART 400-grit pastel paper, dry-mounted on conservation board PASTELS: Cretacolor and Prismacolor Nupastel to start—then Unison, Great American, Schmincke and Blue Earth added OTHER: Weber Odorless Turpenoid applied with a stiff bristle br
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Small Space, Big Results
A single piece of furniture can be used for more than one purpose. The top of a low cabinet, for example, can be used as a palette. I place a large, thick foam board on top of two chairs to create a temporary horizontal plane for painting and drawing
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