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Emma Colbert, Fennec Fox, soft pastel on Fisher 400, 9 x 9 in-detail

Choosing a Colour Palette with Emma Colbert

Emma Colbert takes us through the steps of choosing a colour palette. Plus a pastel painting to honour International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Roberta Condon, Pulling in the Drive, pastel, no size. Third Place. Feature

Dakota Arts Top Winners In 2022

A close look at two winners from the Established Category. Plus, Are you talented enough to paint?
Finding your style: Getty Image from unsplash - Feature

Finding Your Style – Four Ideas

Five resources for finding your style. Plus two pastel Honourable Award winners from Noveember 2022 PleinAir Salon.
Painting Trees: Richard Suckling, "Cornish Trees," pastels on Sennelier La Carte Pastel Card, 39 x 33cm - detail

Painting Trees – Richard Suckling And The Photo Spin!

Richard Suckling offers a way to make it easier to paint trees from photos. Plus, Carlson’s words on painting trees.
Christopher Copeland, "November Moonrise," pastel, 11x14 in. - Detail

Christopher Copeland Takes The PleinAir Pastel Award

Christopher Copeland shares the inspiration behind his winning painting, “November Moonrise.” Plus, a powerful seascape by Jane McGraw-Teubner.
Pastel takeover - jump for joy! Photo credit: Austin Schmid of Unsplash

Pastel Takeover Of The October PleinAir Salon!

A review of the five pastel paintings that took awards in the October PleinAir Salon. Plus, how to use the search function on Pastel Today.
Michele Ashby, "Breath," pastel on anthracite Pastelmat, 12 x 12 in - detail

The Grid Method That Michele Ashby Recommends!

Advisory Board member Michele Ashby shares how to use the grid method. Plus how to become a Pastel Today Ambassador!
paintings of spiral staircases - Michele Ashby, "Aldeburgh Beach Lookout," pastel, 40 x 40 cm

Paintings of Spiral Staircases By Michele Ashby

To celebrate National Take the Stairs Day, Michele Ashby shares her collection of paintings of spiral staircases. Plus Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (No.2).
Best Floral - Marcia Holmes, "Rainbow Water Lilies," pastel, 30 x 24 in, October 2022 Best Floral - Detail

Best Floral Winner Marcia Holmes Shares Her Inspiration

Marcia Holmes, the winner of the Best Floral Award in October's PleinAir Salon, shares the inspiration behind her winning painting and offers an excellent suggestion for entering shows. So do enter the PleinAir Salon's January competition!
Casey Klahn, "Rembrandt Lighting," 2015, pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes paper, 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. Detail

A Creative Prompt From Casey Klahn

Casey Klahn shares how he uses memory as a source of inspiration. Plus Sargent and Spain exhibition.

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