-- The Connecticut Pastel Society provides a general overview of pastels: what they are, how they are used, the history behind them, and how to care for pastel paintings.
Tips & Techniques: Pastel
-- Ursula Reese, a member of the Society of Canadian Artists, gives tips and answers questions about dry pastels.
Oil Pastel Painting Tips
-- Sarah Theophilus talks about various oil pastel brands and explains how to create textures and fine detail.
-- Margot Schulzke discusses twelve common mistakes that pastelists make and how to avoid them.
Pastel Painting Demo
-- Pastelist Michael Chesley Johnson paints a beautiful landscape that demonstrates how color, value, and detail can be used to effectively lead the eye of the viewer.
Pastel Painting Demo: "The Harmony of Light"
-- Diana Randolph uses pastels to capture the magical mood of the sun's rays filtering through the trees.
-- Gerard Mineo creates a wonderful portrait of Robert De Niro, showing each step along the way.
Pastel Demonstration (Portraits)
-- Jerry Hunsinger explains the materials, colors, and techniques she uses to create her award-winning portraits.
Pastel Demonstration (Landscape)
-- Follow along as Clark Mitchell's landscape, "Au Parc", evolves from simplified shapes and values into a beautiful sunlit afternoon in Golden Gate Park.
Painting with Pastel and Alcohol
-- Paul Solomon provides tips on using alcohol with pastels.
-- Joyce Nagel paints the Chicago River site buildings step-by-step.
Online Lessons for Painting with Pastels
-- Several artists share step-by-step demonstrations for painting with pastels.
-- Georgiana Cray Bart discusses composition and color application in her demonstration of "Green Still Life".
Pastel Demonstration (Landscape)
-- Anita Wolff, an American Impressionist who has a love for vibrant color, describes how she captures the feel of a sunny spring morning.
Sunset in Soft Pastel
-- Pastelist L. Diane Johnson gives helpful advice to those working from photos, pointing out compositional possibilities and providing effective solutions.
Pastel Demonstration (Still Life)
-- Betsy M. Kellum explains the step-by-step process she uses to create her pastel paintings.
-- Distinguished Pastelist Marbo Barnard shares how she developed her pastel painting "Silk Kimono Series V".
Combining Gouache and Pastel
-- Bill Suttles' technique of combining gouache and pastel creates lively images of vibrant color and expressive strokes.
-- In her demonstration of "Salzburg III", Margot Schulzke discusses materials, colors, and techniques of pastel.
Demonstration of a Floral
-- Thelma Davis demonstrates the steps involved in creating "Pink Iris", from preparing the support to glazing techniques and softening of edges.
Care and Framing of Pastels
-- McBride Gallery gives advice on how to frame pastels.
Tips & Tricks
-- Pastel Artists Canada offers advice on pastel safety, keeping colours vibrant, exhibiting pastels, and more.
FAQ's about Oil Pastels
-- by John Elliot
Oil Pastel Demonstration
-- Carly Clements shares her techniques for using oil pastels as she creates a landscape painting.
Coastal Landscape Painting
-- by Maggie Price, co-founder of The Pastel Journal, a national art magazine for pastel artists.
Making Professional Pastels
-- Paul deMarrais shows how to create your own pastels and expand your color options.
Deterioration of Artists' Papers: Causes and Prevention
-- A very informative article for artists and collectors alike. Provided by Daniel Smith, manufacturer and supplier of fine artists' materials.
Paper and pH
-- Daniel Smith explains the terms often used to describe a paper's acidity.
Useful Paper Terms
-- Daniel Smith explains the terms used to describe paper and its various characteristics.
Maintaining A Healthy, Safe Studio
-- Daniel Smith, manufacturer and supplier of fine artists' materials, addresses this very important topic.
Using Art Materials Safely
-- Daniel Smith provides advice specific to each medium.
Working with Solvents
-- Daniel Smith gives tips for using solvents and describes the characteristics of those most commonly used.