My love of pastel and the enjoyment I receive from teaching about pastel inspired the creation of this website. On it, I want to offer not only my own workshops both on- and off-line but also tips and reviews and opinions, and all manner of information regarding pastels, their use and pastels done through the years – old and new.
Ohhhh it’s been awhile since I wrote a pastel painting roundup. They do take me a long time to create – compiling images, making choices, finding something interesting and intelligent to say, writing the piece for each pastel, editing, and final tweaking. My choices for this pastel painting roundup (and all roundups) are personal as […]
When I first saw the Wave series, I was blown away! (You can read what I had to say in one of my round-ups.) Who was the artist I wondered? Turns out it’s Jessica Masters. This year, I met Jessica at the ICAN Conference and was delighted by her warm personality, her work, and her generous […]
I’ve just finished the HowToPastel’s 31-pastels-in-31-days Challenge. This year I decided to use only my Unison Colour 36-set of pastels. In the end, I created 29 pieces with this set. Only two pieces weren’t: the first day’s pastel which I did prior to making this decision to use the Unison Colour 36-set; and one created […]
Ohhhhhhh I am sooooooo excited. I have a very special (yes, very!) guest for you. This is an artist I have admired for years. I know many of you feel the same way about this pastel (and oil) artist. It is my privilege to welcome Richard McKinley to the HowToPastel blog. I am thrilled he said […]
I’m deep into painting for the 31-pastels-in-31-days Challenge. My first painting was a small vase filled with aging flowers. I painted it. I liked the subject and the tall format and wondered what it would be like to explore a single subject in more paintings. Suddenly I was flooded with other ideas for painting this […]
Robin S. Nyikos first came to my attention when I saw her piece “ Veni Creator Spiritus,” which I featured in one of my round-ups (click here to read what I wrote ). Recently, she was the juror of the Pastel Artists Canada (PAC) exhibition in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, and it occurred to me that […]