Spacers or no spacers, that is a question many pastel painters are asking these days. As framing trends have evolved from the traditional matted presentation for pieces under glass to the canvas painting presentation of a simple wide molding, the issue of using a spacer to separate the pastel painting from the glazing has become more pertinent.
In the April 2016 issue of Magazine we profiled mixed media artist Steven Spazuk and his unusual choice in medium in our “Artist’s Life” column. Be sure to order your copy of the April 2016 issue here, or click here to subscribe to Magazine!“I have a bachelor’s degree from Université Laval in Québec City in Fine Arts.
Pastel Journal is pleased to share a preview of the April 2016 issue featuring the talents of the top award and category winners in the 17th Annual Pastel 100 Competition.Also included in the April issue: exclusive interviews with 30 prizewinning artists, insight from the Pastel 100 jurors, quick tips for painting flower “portraits,” how to recharge your painting process and more.
I’ve always been an ardent fan of the profile portrait drawing. It reminds me of antique cameos, the profiles of emperors stamped on Roman coins, and 18th-century silhouettes. But learning how to draw a face in profile does come with its share of possible missteps, so here are a few portrait-drawing tips to keep in mind.
My dad is a little manic about asking our family to get our holiday wish lists to him waaaaaaay before he has to fight the crowds and wait in long lines. As usual, I’m procrastinating, but if I were to give him my art wish list, I could have it ready and waiting for him at a moment’s notice.The Red Bow by Charles Webster Hawthorne,circa 1902, oil on canvas.
Harness the power, or embrace the subtlety, of this versatile hue by mixing your own versions using primary colors.Watercolor artist Keiko Tanabe invites us into her studio to learn color mixing alongside her. She shows how subtle neutrals can be — even made with primary colors — and answers a popular question: what colors make gray?