The Pastel Journal

An Island Retreat for a Lake-Loving Pastelist

The International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) is hosting a pastel immersion retreat in August

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No artist has handled pastel more adroitly than did Maurice Quentin de La Tour (1704–88). His portraits, perceptive in characterization and brilliant in technique, represent a virtual who’s who of the French Enlightenment. La Tour’s facility was hard
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Some of the most important breakthrough moments for artists occur with pastel or brush in hand. You might remember a time when you tried a new underpainting approach or perhaps used a familiar technique but on a new surface, and the results were surp
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Dejanovic favors the suede-like surface of Clairfontaine’s Pastelmat. In particular, he enjoys its softness and its ability to handle a wet underpainting. He finds many other pastel papers too abrasive. He also uses Canson Mi-Teintes nonsanded paper,