Pastel painting of a seashore
Liz Haywood-Sullivan, “Memorial Day, 2020, pastel, 16 x 24 in., Available from artist, Studio from plein air studies

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote from a recent issue.

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Memorial Day

“Known for their luminosity and color, pastels can be used wet or dry, as a drawing or a painting medium. Working in pastel is like painting with light. Artists are attracted to it because it offers so many options for personal expression. From today’s pastelists, you can see a huge range of techniques and styles, but the use of pure pigment — charcoal, ground minerals, and earth pigments — dates back to some of the oldest artwork in the world — the drawings in the caves of Lascaux.”
— Liz Haywood-Sullivan (“Why Pastel Is Perfect for Plein Air,” Aug-Sept 2020)

Read the full article in PleinAir Magazine, August/September 2020, and subscribe at, so you never miss an issue!

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