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I’m excited to have Gigi Liverant as a guest blogger this month. I have featured her work in monthly roundups ( October 2017 and December 2018) and love her vibrant colour, bold compositions, and expressive marks. I know you’re going to find her process fascinating as well as inspiring. And I LOVE her insistence on […]

The post Gigi Horr Liverant – The Beauty Of Failure appeared first on How to Pastel.

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I was asked recently why I don’t use black paper. My preference is for a mid-tone paper. Nowadays though I mostly work on a light value paper on which I create a three-value dry underpainting. The reason I’m not that keen on black paper is that I can’t go lighter AND darker on the paper. […]

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It’s time for my monthly round-up of pastels but I decided to do something a little bit different this time. I was looking through a little book I have called Women Artists put out by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Funnily enough, on the same day this book came to my attention […]

The post Lesser-Known Female Artist Marie-Geneviève Navarre appeared first on How to Pastel.

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Recently, in my neck of the woods, we were treated to a lot of snow! Many artists took the opportunity to create snow paintings and a couple of those people asked me how I use colour under white, specifically under snow. So I made a small quick pastel sketch to show you how I ‘push’ […]

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This guest blog is a bit different than usual. Instead of one person writing a guest blog, I asked three artists the same set of questions all of which covered everything about painting horses. I’ve wanted to do a feature on painting horses, a subject that frankly scares me a bit. There’s so much accuracy […]

The post Painting Horses – Three Artists – Joan Larson, Sharon Matisoff, Christine Obers appeared first on How to Pastel.

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I used to think that there were only two ways to go about making abstract art. The first is to abstractify something from reality. The second is to put pastel on paper and follow where it leads. But recently I discovered a third way. And this is what it is: use a visual seen in […]

The post Making Abstract Art – One Way To Do This appeared first on How to Pastel.

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And it’s time for another roundup of stunning pastel paintings! I love going through the paintings I’ve chosen through the past month or so but ohhhhh sometimes it’s really difficult to choose only ten to talk about. Considering the time it takes me to analyse my choices and then write something clear and articulate about […]

The post Ten Stunning Pastel Paintings – Be Inspired! appeared first on How to Pastel.

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I’ve been away from my studio for far too long so in the next few months, I plan to get into my studio on a regular basis and for longer periods of time. Show up and get to work right? That’s my plan. So a couple days ago, I headed into the studio with vim […]

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A bouquet of flowers – they lift us up and bring us joy. Which was one of the reasons I was taken by the work of this month’s guest blogger Steph Mouw – it goes beyond that happy emotional feeling. I’ve featured Steph’s pastel work twice in the roundups – the first was a still […]

The post Steph Mouw – Flower Power! appeared first on How to Pastel.

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One of the questions I’m often asked by beginning artists is, “How do I paint the background?” This says to me that the background is being considered only after the main subject has been rendered, namely, it’s an afterthought! In fact, the background is as important to the painting as the subject itself. Really. The […]

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