How to Pastel

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Call yourself an artist - Gail at the easel with "Be Who You Are" on wall behind her

Do You Call Yourself An Artist?

Do you call yourself an artist? Or do you have trouble identifying yourself this way? Here are some ideas about why that may be.

Recent Guest Artists

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Julie Greig – The Feeling Of Being There

New Zealand artist Julie Greig shares her pastel landscapes along with her process. She also takes us through her journey to becoming the artist she is today.

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Mary Cassatt, After the Bath, 1901, pastel, 26 x 39 3_8 in (66 x 100 cm), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA - deatil - feature image

Mary Cassatt – After The Bath

In honour of Mother’s day, a close look at “After the Bath,” a painting of a mother and her children by Mary Cassatt. We take a close look at this glorious painting!

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Gail Sibley

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My love of pastel and the enjoyment I receive from teaching about pastel inspired the creation of this blog. It has tips, reviews, some opinions:), and all manner of information regarding their use through the years – old and new. Please enjoy!

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