Les Pastellistes 2017 - International

Our international exhibition, Les Pastellistes, 2017 edition, will be held from October 27th to November 5th, 2017, at Galerie 203. Instructions and form are available. Open to all!

5e Biennale Internationale du Pastel des Monts du Lyonnais

September 8th to 24th, 2017, Horizon Pastel presents its 5th International Pastel Biennial and the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada will be an Exceptional Guest.

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Colorado State University's online master's in arts leadership and cultural management is now accepting applications for fall admission. Click here for details.

Storing your pastels makes you roar? "L'Oiseau Rouge" cases are made by Sylvie Cardinal, a pastellist/illustrator mec.Come on November 6th, at Galerie 203. You'll roar of pleasure!

"Soleils Verts", from our master pastellist Danielle Richard, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Pastel 100, 2016, Pastel Journal, US. See the complete list where we can also see that two other PSEC members have been honoured: Mélissa Breault and Alain Dansereau. Congratulations!

Pastel Society of America's (PSA) Fall Newletter has arrived. Lots of news to share! Take a look at the online exhibition and spot the works of Elaine Despins and Danielle Richard.

A pastel of Danielle Richard has been selected for the annual exhibition of the Pastel Society of America , Grand Gallery, Natioal Arts Club, New-York, until October 1st.

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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help a beginner pastel artist:

  • After your painting session, do not throw away the dust that falls from your pastel sticks. Keep it in a tightly sealed container. This dust can be used to create a neutral gray pastel stick (simply mix the pastel dust with water and a few drops of tragacanth or arabic gum to create a paste that can be shaped into a stick, and let dry completely)
  • Completed and unframed pastel paintings can be kept in a neat pile, separated from each other by a sheet of tracing paper or, better yet, a sheet of “glassine”. Always store them in a dry place.
  • You can use a spray fixative at any stage of the painting process in order to stabilize the body of your work. It is less recommended to spray fixative to the final work (some brands darken the colours)
  • Other pastel tools are now available, ex: PanPastel

More tips & tricks to come!