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A Portrait by Laura Anning Bell in Tate Britain

We dive deep into the details of this portrait by artist Laura Anning Bell. Located in Tate Britain, it’s believed to be a depiction of Annie Horniman, a pioneer of the repertory theatre.

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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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From Thumbnail To Underpainting

How do you go from thumbnail to underpainting? Gail gives examples of a thumbnail with a corresponding underpainting along with the final pastel.

from thumbnail to underpainting - feature image

From Thumbnail To Underpainting

How do you go from thumbnail to underpainting? Gail gives examples of a thumbnail with a corresponding underpainting along with the final pastel.

We dive deep into the details of this portrait by artist Laura Anning Bell. Located in Tate Britain, it’s believed to be a depiction of Annie Horniman, a pioneer of the repertory theatre.

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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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Hidden beauty: Gail Sibley, "The Red Bowl," Unison Colour pastels on UART paper, plein air painting

The Hidden Beauty In The Mundane

As I was reminded recently by a dear friend, as artists, we possess a unique gift—the ability to perceive the extraordinary

Big shapes - Gail Sibley, “Tuscan View with Vineyard,” Unison Colour pastels on UART 320, 6 x 6 in. First layer

Paint The BIG Shapes First

Painting the big shapes first establishes the composition and value pattern. Big shapes give your work an underlying strength. Let’s look at five examples!

Letting go of the outcome - a selection of Gail Sibley's 31in31 work!

Letting Go Of The Outcome

Letting go of the outcome of a painting can free you up to take risks. Basically, this mindset gives you creative freedom! Ruminations following the month of 31-pastels-in-31-days Challenge.

Andrew McDermott, "Warm Lights on a Cool Evening," 2023, pastel on UART Dark, 10 1/2 x 11 inches

Andrew McDermott – How To Loosen Up

Guest Andrew McDermott shares tips for spontaneity, textures, and maintaining a loose painterly style, all while having fun with your artwork.

Understanding Colour Temperature

Uncover the magic and mysteries of colour temperature. Let’s look at why it’s so important to understand this aspect of colour!

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I'm Gail!

Artist. Blogger. Teacher.

There are so many ways to be artistic, and no one way is better. I believe, that art is a journey that we can all take, and that being creative is something that is healthy and possible for anyone. 

In the How to Pastel Blog I let my love and the enjoyment I receive from teaching about pastels inspire and encourage others to explore the art form. The blog has tips, reviews, guests, and all manner of information about pastel use through the years – old and new.

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Gail Sibley

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