Pastel 70th Anniversary Competition Winners


We present the semifinalists in the pastel category.

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CRITIQUE: "Maddy No. 1"

0710maddy_447x600_2Pay careful attention to color temperature.

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David Stout: A Disciplined Approach to Pastel

0711stou3_600x462_2 With limited time to paint, pastelist Dave Stout has learned to pare down his supplies and develop an efficient and effective working method.

Chat about Stout's work and pastel techniques on our message board, Artists' Forum.

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Fran Hardy Video: "Pentimento: The Artist's Process"

0707hard1_490x391View an excerpt from a video about Fran Hardy's multimedia artwork.

Join us Thursday, July 26 at 3 p.m. EST as we chat with Fran Hardy about how she transforms graphite drawings into remarkable multimedia pieces that incorporate sgraffito.

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The chat room will not open until 20 minutes before the chat begins, and will close 30 minutes after the chat ends.

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Albert Handell's Pastel Paintings: A Retrospective Exhibition

0710hand3_472x600Albert Handell, one of the most important artists working in pastel today, is currently the subject of a retrospective exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art. Here, he describes some of the seminal paintings in the show and his continuing exploration of the medium.

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GALLERY: Albert Handell's Pastels and Oils

0710handoe2_600x555_2In the October 2007 issue of American Artist, Albert Handell described some of the seminal pastels in his current retrospective exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art. WeGallerylogo_2 showcase more of his pastel work and three of his oil paintings in this online exclusive gallery.

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Fran Hardy's July 26th Chat Transcript

0707hard1_576x363Read the transcript from our online chat with mutimedia artist Fran Hardy. If you have more thoughts to share, chat with your peers on Artists' Forum, and check back for more online chats with featured artists.

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Ann Sanders: The Practical Pastelist

0704sand1_600x440_1Santa Barbara artist Ann Sanders finds natural beauty in her surroundings and puts it down in pastel using proven methods—and she stresses that you can too.   

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CRITIQUE: "Kate Menendez"

0707kate1_462x600_2It is important to consider the background color in a portrait.

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In Focus


0709youngdemo_460x600 In the 22 years since he was discovered by American Artist magazine, Stephen Scott Young has mounted several museum exhibitions, seen the prices of his paintings skyrocket, and been called a master of watercolor by scholars and critics. Take a peek into his studio and learn about his technique in this demonstration (5:03).

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