Contact me!

Gail Sibley at her easelIf you have any questions, comments, feedback, please don’t hesitate to email me. I look forward to connecting with you.

gail@howtopastel.com

You can also schedule a free 15-min call with me to talk any problems you may be having in your art world. Just click here to schedule a time.

Also, why not join us on the HowToPastel Facebook group. 🙂

26 thoughts on “Contact me!

  1. Donna Anders

    HI,
    I am a beginner doing pastels. I have been looking for some one to teach step by step in doing pastels. I am interested in doing flowers and small animals. Would you be working in this area? Thank you

    Donna

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    1. Gail Post author

      Thanks for you comment Donna.
      I plan to show step by step photos of the work I do on this website. Also, I am planning an online course for beginners where you will be able to follow along with me as I paint. I do paint flowers but rarely small animals. No matter, I hope what you learn will be applicable to anything you choose to do 🙂

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  2. Renee

    I love your work, your videos , your instruction, and your joyful spirit! When will you have the on line class? I have painted with pastels for awhile, but one always needs to return to the basics . You demonstrate those things one could only find in a personal workshop or class—like how to break new pastels! How true, it’s so hard to break the beautiful little sticks—am I worthy enough to use these treasures? You hit it right on all the time. Ilove to watch the videos over and over—I’ m a slow learner!

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    1. Gail Post author

      Thanks so much Renee!!! Makes all the work sooooo worthwhile!

      As to those online classes, I have almost finished putting together a course on painting en plein air. Once it’s complete (soon I hope!!!), I will start back on the online How to Pastel course. I have some new ideas for it!

      Thanks again for your unbounded enthusiasm!!!

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  3. Gailenlovett

    Your December choices: initial scroll, I picked Ellen Eagle – she is the medium for pastel – her self portraits reveal her and I love the woven texture of her backgrounds. Then, I carefully looked at Anita Stoll’s recent work and understood the mature artists need for economy – a beautiful lesson. Thank you for your thoughtful choices.

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    1. Gail Post author

      Gailen thank you so much for your considered words. I’m glad that Anita Stoll’s work offered you a lesson. And yes to Ellen’s amazing work!

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  4. joan painter

    hi, i have been a professional pastel artist for 40 years and found cleaning pastels extremely easy with this technique. Take a box of dirty pastels outside (because of pastel dust ) and feather dust them, The dirt comes right off, This is so easy you WILL be laughing.

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    1. Gail Post author

      Hi Joan, I am laughing already!! I wonder if you have written this idea in the comments under the video I did on cleaning pastels? Thanks for the tip!

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  5. Cheryl Ginsberg

    Gail, Thanks for showcasing the work of Takeyce Walker Her story is very inspiring to me and her work product of 30 days is phenomenally wonderful. She is truly a gifted artist. I come from New York and I could feel like I was home. Bravo to both of you.

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  6. Charlotte Wells

    First…I absolutely love your work and the work of others that you share every month. So much inspiration for this beginning pastel artist!
    Second…I am going to try the 31 for 31. Clicked on the facebook link but I can’t tell if I’m a part of it. Am I?
    I look forward to your posts.
    Thanks for all that you do….
    Char

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    1. Gail Sibley

      Thanks so much Charlotte! And glad you are taking part in the challenge. If you clicked ‘Join’ on the Facebook Group page, I’ll accept and you’ll be in!

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  7. Fernando

    Hi, Im from Argentina. I love your works, its no easy to understand english, but i understand artist language. In Argentina we have EUREKA pastels. I want to send a info of them. Really i don´t like at all, cause in the past was the best of the world, but now need betta corrections. For me its a good hard pastel, to draw the strong lines. But to paint i prefer Goya (that you can buy in Spain), Toison from Koh-I-Noor and Rembrandt from Talens. Great soft pastels (all of them). Oh, i wish Rembrandts now. Well expensive here (inflation, you know). The other ones that are interesting, Reeves. 😀

    EUEREKA are the best on oil pastels, not at all on chalk pastels. Next time a send a picture.

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    1. Gail Sibley

      Hi Fernando,thanks for sharing the pastel world from Argentina (where one day I will visit and dance tango!). I have never heard of Eureka but have heard of the others. They are all relatively hard compared to others like Unison, Sennelier, Schminke, Mount Vision, Terry Ludwig, and Great American. I think the price of good pastels anywhere is pretty high but when you think of the amount of pure pigment there is in each stick, it’s understandable. Mind you, knowing that doesn’t help much at the check out counter!!

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  8. Nancy Malard

    Hello Gail, How do people send their pastels to you? I find they don’t travel well; the powder can come off ans soil the matting. Or they send photos?
    Warmly and thanks for you super site.
    Nancy Malard from Paris france

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    1. Gail Sibley

      Hi Nancy, if you are referring to the critique service or working one-on-one over the internet, then yes, please send photographs by email. Happy to hear from you in Paris 🙂

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  9. Keith Rodway

    Hi Gail, I loved the article on Florence Rodway, very inspiring. How do some artists produce highly detailed work ( Jonies Ponies) with pastels, are they using pastel pencils?

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    1. Gail Sibley

      Hi Keith, Glad you enjoyed the article on Rodway.
      To answer your question, some artists use pastel pencils while others are highly skilled at taking a stick of pastel and creating amazing detail!

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  10. Lindsay Watts

    Hi Gail, just wanted to respond to you re life drawing groups. I attend a life drawing group in Hobart Tasmania ( Florence Rodway country!) The group meets 3 times a month and we usually get around 12 -18 each time. A mix of ages, but mostly 40 – 70 age group, and 80% female artists. I am in the other 20% !! So, why do i attend? This group has been going for approx 20 years. I joined in about 8 years ago. Every one gets on well with each other, there is a mixture of medium used and the format seems very similiar to the one you mention. No formal tuition, but tips are freely shared between all artists. I suppose it is because the group has a good vibe. There is no formal management structure to the group. However we do have a main organiser, but there are several ” lieutenants”, who organise if the need arises through holidays, sickness etc. So we are a mixed bag of talents, ages and genders who enjoy each others company and the joys and tragedies of trying to get the right artistic result. Like some of the other comments others have made……I would be happy if you cut back on the amount of “news letter” information you supply. You do a great job, but give yourself time to smell the roses and give yourself a bit more “Gail time”. Thank you for all that you do .

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    1. Gail Sibley

      Hi Lindsay, thanks so much for sharing info about the life drawing group you are in – sounds like a very supportive community.
      And thank you too for your caring comments about my wellbeing. I do try to take to paint, and have ‘Gail’ time but I am pulled to write and share in the blog. Still, it’s nice to know I have a forgiving audience 🙂
      Thanks again for taking the time to write.

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