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Richard McKinley
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Margot Schulzke
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Richard McKinley

Pastel Pointers with Richard McKinley – The Limits of Photography for Painters
As I was cleaning out the other day, I ran across a page from an article I’d saved from a February 2006 issue of Time Magazine. The article, “Twilight of the Bad Boy,” was about artist David Hockney. Many years ago, I was fortunate to see an exhibit of his work in the Los Angeles County Art Museum and have been interested in his various projects since then. More...

Margot Schulzke

Pastel Society of the West Coast: Brief History and Purpose
The Pastel Society of the West Coast was effectively “born” in 1984, when I attended an Albert Handell workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area. Smitten by the medium, I suggested to him that there should be a society for pastel artists in the western United States. He replied that if I were to get the ball rolling, he would help in any way he could. With the help of other dedicated artists, we did, and he was good for his word. More...

Various Hardnesses of Pastels and How to Use Them
Pastel is a 400-year-old medium, known as pastel for most of that history; oil pastel is a post-World War II medium. They are two altogether different media and do not mix any better than oil and watercolor do. More...

Plein Air Without Pain
*Be comfortable. Provide for your own creature comforts so you will not be distracted by the lack of them. Sun screen, a brimmed hat to keep the sun off your head and out of your eyes, sun glasses, sturdy walking shoes, water to drink, a snack, bug repellent, a folding stool, and of course, a French easel—in which are stashed your paint tubes or pastels, etc.More...

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
Master teacher Robert Henri wrote, “Never change the course of a line until you have to.Never change the plane of a form until you have to. Never change the tone of a color or from one color to another before you have to. If you follow these conjunctions intelligently you will practice that great economy which is necessary to expression in your medium....” More...

What is Pastel?
It is dry pigment, the same pigments used in the wet painting media, but without oil, water or acrylic binders. It contains a minimum of binder and is basically pure pigment. The pigment is worked into a paste and rolled into sticks, like crayons or sticks of chalk. However, the similarity with chalk stops with the shape. More...