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A selection of soft pastels

9 Ways To Deal With the Dust

Keep things clean and healthy with these nine practical ways to deal with pastel dust.
Edgar Degas, "The Artist's Cousin, Probably Mrs. William Bell (Mathilde Musson)," 1873, pastel on green wove paper, now darkened to brown, 18 5/8 x 15 1/8 in (47.3 x 38.4 cm), The Met, New York, USA. Detail

Clues To Degas’ Process

A close look at a portrait study of Mathilde Musson by Edgar Degas.
Felicity House - Charcoal 2 - detail

A Monochrome Exercise To Strengthen Your Skills

Felicity House shares an exercise in monochrome. The purpose? To shed color and learn the value of tone (value) in your paintings.
Warmth in Winter: Andrew McDermott, "Dining out at Bara41," pastel, 5 1/2 x 17 in. First Place

Warmth In Winter Pastel Society Alaska Winners

Gail offers some thoughts on the Five Winners. Plus a note to Societies.
Tim Reilly, "Wanda The Wonder Chicken," pastel on paper, 24 x 28 in. Winner of Artist-Over-65 Award - detail for feature image

Tim Reilly And Wanda The Wonder Chicken

Tim Reilly wins the Artist over 65 Award in the December PleinAir Salon Competition. Get your entries in this month!
Detail of painting by Nancie King Mertz - showing her idea to simplify - simplify

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify – Nancie King Mertz’s Mantra

Advisory Board member Nancie King Mertz shares her creative prompt. Plus Albert Handell is teaching a LIVE 4-day online masterclass.
Thérèse Schwartze, "Amelia Eliza van Leeuwen," 1900, pastel on paper, 73.5 x 59 cm, C.B Tilanus Bequest, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands - without frame

At The Rijksmuseum – A Portrait By Thérèse Schwartze

Gail Sibley takes a closer look at one of Thérèse Schwartze's artworks at the Rijksmuseum. Plus an extraordinary exhibition of Vermeers coming soon!
To fix or not to fix: some fixative brands

To Fix Or Not – Some Answers!

Pastel Today Advisory Board members offer their take on the question of whether to fix or not. Plus some valuable info on framing pastels!
Clarence Porter - six sticks of pastels - two colours each in three values. FEATURE

The Colour Wheel – Your Next Best Friend

Clarence Porter shares a way to get over a colour rut. Plus, cows take two awards!
Carol Holland, Patchwork, pastel, no size. Detail Second place Emerging Category. FEATURE

Two Emerging Category 2022 Winners

A close look at two winning paintings in the Dakota Art Pastels 2022 Competition. Plus the Kingston Prize call for entry to Canadian painters of portraits.

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