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Kelly Kane

PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.

Down and Dirty

Doug Dawson loves the tactile qualities — the dusty, get-on-your-fingers (and sometimes your face) dirtiness — of pastel.

Keeping a Beginner’s Mind

Lorenzo Chavez shares his secret to taking on the unknown.

Congratulations Are Due!

Mary Ellen Goetz won Best Plein Air Pastel Honorable Mention in the March PleinAir Salon competition with Downward S. Bristol (pastel, 12 x 12 in.)!

Designed for Balance

Tony Allain demonstrates his pastel process step by step.

Fixes to 7 Common Tree Painting Problems

Doug Dawson shares his best tips for painting trees in pastel.
Colour Theory For Dummies: Georges Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884-6, oil on canvas, 207.5 x 308.1 cm, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Color Theory For Dummies

Emma Colbert shares the painting that’s had the biggest impact on her work.

Double the Kudos

Michael and Julie Freeman have been awarded Master Pastellist status by the The Pastel Society of Australia.

Aaron Schuerr Takes Top Pastel Prize

"Into the Valley" by Aaron Schuerr took home Best Plein Air Pastel in the February 2023 PleinAir Salon competition.

2 Ways to Start Out on the Right Foot

Pastel artist Debora Stewart shares her best prep tips.

Women Get Real

A unique exhibition explores a moment when more realistic portrayals of women increasingly superseded idealized images.

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