Winter Fields: A Demo
By Liz Haywood-Sullivan
In this step-by-step demonstration, we're led through the painting of a snowy landscape in pastel, beginning with the initial drawing and on through the final detail (including a stop for corrections).
A Celebration of Snow
By Anne Hevener
Many landscape painters find themselves particularly drawn to the quiet magic of a snow-covered scene. In this special feature, we went to five such artists to learn about their thoughts on the technical demandsand creative delightsof painting snow.
Extreme Plein Air
By Anne Hevener
For Aaron Schuerr, painting on location injects his paintings of the Rocky Mountain West with a special vitality, so he still heads into the field, biting wind or not. We talked to him about why he does it, what he takes with him and why it makes a difference.
Cast a Wide Net
By Sarah A. Strickley
The work of French artist Claude Texier, which includes still life, florals, portraits and figures, shows a sensitivity to light, color and edges, a quality that seems fitting for someone living in the Land of Impressionism.
Strength in Numbers
By Robert K. Carsten
When Maceo Mitchell paints a pear 42 times, it's not for love of the fruit; it's his way of exploring and celebrating the fascinating subject of color.
Compiled by Jessica Canterbury
The Pastel Society of America reveals its picks for "the year's best." Plus, we remember Michigan artist Jerry Power, announce our latest contest winner, and more.
By Richard McKinley
As you compose your next painting, don't let yourself get mired in the nitty-gritty details. To get off to the best start, try to see "the big picture" first. Our pastel pro tells you how.
By Margot Schulzke
The story of French master Camille Pissarro is a good reminder that being an artist can require a certain amount of persistence and convictionnot to mention nerve.
State of the Art
Meet Maine pastelist Carolyn Caldwell and take a quick tour of "The Pine Tree State" with this resident artist as your guide.