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I just finished teaching a five-day plein air workshop at MISSA (Metchosin International Summer School of Arts). I had amazing students who painted diligently every day. One of their challenges was painting summer greens! Snuggled into a corner of the Pacific Northwest, the location of this art retreat is top heavy with trees both evergreen […]

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Finally the temperatures are warming up! Add that to the fact that I’m heading to the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA) to teach a plein painting workshop next week, and you have me outside painting. Yesterday, even though I’d planned to paint by the sea, it was sooooo windy that I thought, […]

The post Backyard Plein Air Painting – Hollyhocks appeared first on How to Pastel.

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Painting landscapes in the evening light, capturing the fading colour of the land as the sky lights up with colour, is not easy. So often we see blackened landscapes with garish skies. Lana Ballot knows what she’s doing and so I’m delighted that she’s agreed to guest post and tell you all about how she […]

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Oh. My. Gosh. What a crazy wonderful few weeks of travel and teaching in Spain then Ontario! I’m back home but it’s taken me a few days to get back into the swing of things. And now it’s time for another monthly round-up of awesome pastels. And yes I did gather images even while I […]

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When you receive this, I will have finished participating in the ICAN Pastel Conference Paint-Around! As I write this, however, the event is still in the future. In preparation, I needed to decide on an image and to help with this decision, I turned to creating thumbnails of a number of photos. Two things I needed […]

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I love tea and the ritual of tea. I love everyday things. I love taking those items and, in a painting, making them worthy of a second look. I love marks and colour. And Adrian Frankel Giuliani brings all of these together in her tea kettle series! I’ve featured Adrian’s work in my monthly roundup […]

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Although painting an overcast day is not something I generally do (I definitely have a preference for sunny days!), while in Spain teaching a plein air workshop at the beginning of May, the weather was more often overcast than sunny. So what could we do except go with what we had? Painting an overcast day […]

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I often hear, “How can I make my work more colourful?” One way is to create a colourful underpainting. I recently did a demo/class about this very topic. I have a couple of the demos to share with you and also added another to help get the point across. I think you can always start with […]

The post A Colourful Underpainting Can Give Vibrancy And Interest To Your Work appeared first on How to Pastel.

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I am delighted to welcome Emma Colbert as a guest blogger. Last year, I featured her work twice, in February (and you can see the progression of that piece below!) and in October. Emma is known for her pet portraits particularly of dogs. As many members of the HowToPastel Facebook group have asked the best […]

The post Emma Colbert On Painting Fur In Soft Pastels appeared first on How to Pastel.

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Here we are well into February! I’ve just finished launching my new online-course – Pastels 101- over the last week hence the delay in getting to March’s startling pastels. But here they are so let’s get right into it.   I was first mesmerized by the colours of this piece – the gradual drift diagonally […]

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