Les Pastellistes 2017 - International

Our international exhibition, Les Pastellistes, 2017 edition, was held from October 27th to November 5th, 2017, at Galerie 203. See our online Exhibition!

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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"Crystal de roche" from William-Daniel Cadieux, which received an honourary mention during "Les Pastellistes" enxhibition in 2016, was  published in the French magazine "Pratique des Arts". William-Daniel is among the 39 selected artists under the free theme contest entitled "Devenez l’artiste de l’année 2017". Good luck for the final selection that wil be published in 2018!

IAPS is pleased to present the IAPS 31st Juried Exhibition - The 2017 Webshow. It can be viewed by clicking the red link in the NOTICES section of the IAPS Home page:

IMPORTANT REMINDER to all PSEC members: Do not forget that your annual membership renewal fees are due before December 31st 2017. To pay, open a member's session with your username and password then click on "Renew my membership", on the left under "My Profile".

Did you know that the Pastel Journal magazine features a 8-page article on our Signature Member Elaine Despins in the December 2017 issue? Now available in newstands and online.


Michelle Bonneville is thrilled to have won an Honourable Mention in the ‘Pastel 100’ annual competition for her painting of the Schnauzer Debonair Dog which will be featured in the April 2018 issue of the Pastel Journal.

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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!