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Bill Cone pastel. This painting and the one below were painted a few years after my earlier ones. They were painted one after another, in the late afternoon.

Bill Cone – On Returning To The Same Location

I’m a huge fan of the pastel paintings by Bill Cone! Truth be told, I was slightly anxious about reaching out to ask him if he would consider contributing a guest post to HowToPastel. But I did and, oh my, he said Yes!! I can’t wait to share his words of wisdom with you! Before

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Fiona Carvell, Wild Abandon, 2021, Unison Colour Pastels on UART paper, 18 x 18 inches. Available. Exhibited with The Pastel Society UK 2022

Fiona Carvell – The Physicality Of Still Life

I’m delighted to introduce you to pastellist Fiona Carvell. I can’t remember when I first came across Fiona’s work but I do remember that I was knocked over when I saw her cool ladle and kitchen utensil paintings. I was already familiar with her money plant still life paintings with their intricate relationships between subjects

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Karen Margulis, Wonderland, 2022, pastel on LuxArchival, 12x12 in - detail

Karen Margulis – Journey Into Abstraction

Many of you will know Karen Margulis and her work. (And if you don’t, where have you been?!) I’ve always admired Karen’s work as well as her consistency in painting and commitment to teaching. I’ve often thought about inviting her to guest blog but it was when I started seeing Karen’s postings of amazing and

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Olga Abramova, "Summer Shadows," 2021, pastel, 90 x 90 cm - detail.

Olga Abramova – Moments of Quiet Contemplation

I remember the moment I encountered the work of Olga Abramova. It was at the 2019 IAPS exhibition in Albuquerque. I walked in and saw this large painting of a bodhum with a steaming cup of coffee in front of it. A couple of jars completed the scene with the whole thing set contre-jour. This

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Detail of Final book cover for "Brotherly Love."

On Illustrating A Children’s Book With Jory Mason

I’ve been enjoying artwork by Jory Mason for sometime now (definitely go check out her fabulous Great Dane portrait that I wrote about here) but it was her announcement that she was illustrating a children’s book that spurred me to invite her to write a guest blog for HowToPastel. I wonder how many of us

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Mark Price, Winter's Call, no size - FEATURE

Mark Price – Imagination Is Your Most Important Tool!

I remember the day I was going through Instagram (it may have been Facebook?) and I was stopped mid-scroll by an unusual and colourful painting. The painting happened to be by Mark Price. It was an explosion of colour in tiny squares. Its vibrancy and unusual appearance drew me in.

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