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A scene from Brenda Boylan's upcoming video workshop on how to paint with pastels

3 Ways to Paint with Pastels Safely

Don't let your fear of pastel dust stop you from using this colorful and versatile medium. Brenda Boylan shares three tips for painting with pastels - safely.
How to use PanPastels

Highlights From the First-Ever Pastel Live

Welcome to your Daily Highlights from the first-ever Pastel Live virtual art conference! We hope you'll enjoy these favorite moments and demos from this unforgettable event!
A scene from Tony Allain's pastel painting demo at Art School Live

Watch: Pastel Landscape Demo with Tony Allain

Coming to us from Scotland, Tony Allain shares a pastel painting demonstration during Art School Live with Eric Rhoads.
Marla Baggetta's pastels for painting

Watch: How to Organize Your Pastels

In this live interview with Eric Rhoads, Marla Baggetta takes us through a pastel painting demonstration you don't want to miss!
Pastel painting of a grainery

Rural Funk and Fabulous Skies in Pastel

A Pastel Live Spotlight: Terri Ford (Beginner's Day)
Eric Rhoads - Kim Lordier on field studies

Using Pastels: Field Studies to Finished Works

Pastel artist Kim Lordier goes on camera with Eric Rhoads to share her field studies and her way of thinking about composition, which is ... "untraditional."
Pochade box for pastels

Packing with Pastels: Pochade Box Tips

We asked prolific artist Jude Tolar, “Do you know of a great, light pochade box for pastel painters?” Tolar’s response was worth quoting in full.
PleinAir Podcast - Kim Lordier

PleinAir Podcast 172: Kim Lordier on Painting with Pastels and More

In this episode Eric interviews Kim Lordier about painting from photo references, creating atmospheric perspective, and more.

Master Pastelist Albert Handell Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

At the 8th Annual Plein Air Convention in San Francisco, California, Eric Rhoads honored master pastelist Albert Handell with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the world of art.
Pastel painting - OutdoorPainter.com

IAPS Names Prix de Pastel Award

See who was awarded this prestigious award from the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) 33rd Juried Exhibition.
Landscape paintings by Kim Lordier - OutdoorPainter.com

Visual Poetry: New Pastel Paintings

The foundation of this collection comes from Kim Lordier’s explorations of Yosemite Valley, the Monterey coastline and estuaries, and Crystal Springs Reservoir in San Mateo, CA. Preview the exhibition here.
Pastels, Albert Handell - OutdoorPainter.com

Use Pastels to Define and Suggest Responses to Nature

New Mexico artist Albert Handell uses pastels to respond both to the specifics of what he observes and to his emotional response: “I will eventually frame the painting, not the location I observe, so the image has to be more than an exact replica of the landscape.”
Painting with pastels - Nancie King Mertz, OutdoorPainter.com

Painting with Pastels for Rapid Results

When Nancie King Mertz was given an “unwanted” set of supplies, she became hooked.
How to paint landscapes - Nancie King Mertz

Free Preview! Learn How to Paint Urban Scenes in Pastel

In this preview of “Urban Pastel Paintings,” Nancie King Mertz shows us how she approaches cityscapes. See why she says you can use the same approach with both oil and pastel paintings (and why she has become a devotee of pastel).

PleinAir Podcast: Episode 50 – Kim Casebeer and Navigating the World of Pastel

In this episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Publisher Eric Rhoads dives into all things pastel with accomplished artist Kim Casebeer. Among the topics considered include how to market pastel paintings to collectors and galleries, technical approaches to pastel and how it differs from oil painting, and mastering critical concepts such as composition, shape, light and value, and color mixing. You can't listen to this episode without learning something new and important!

A Sharpie Notan Underdrawing Under a Pastel Painting

Georgia pastelist Karen Margulis knew the value of doing a thumbnail sketch before starting a plein air piece. She also knew that a notan...

From Pastel, a Different Perspective on Grounds

Barbara Clark paints in oil, but it's her pastel past that helps make her paintings so different. How?  In a pastel...

Nature, Artists’ Perpetual Source, and Pastels

The simple forms and lively color possible with pastels fluently visualize Jennifer L. Hoffman's devotion to nature. Jennifer L. Hoffman is one of three fine...

The Art of the Pastel

The historic and beautiful medium of pastel receives relatively little attention in the contemporary art world, but a group display of talented practitioners reminds...

PACE Faculty: Pastelist Jane McGraw-Teubner

New York artist Jane McGraw-Teubner has a very succinct and strong reason why participants in the Plein Air Convention & Expo should check out...
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