Featured Pastel Artist: DAI YongJie

YongJie Dai "In The Midst of Desert Storm"
YongJie Dai “In The Midst of Desert Storm”

DAI YongJie (b. 1964 -) is a pastel artist based in the province of Ningxia, north China. Dai is a graduate of Fine Arts from the Ningxia Shaanxi Normal University and has studied soft pastel painting from Hang Ming Shi at the China Pastel Research Center in 2001.
Dai paints subjects around his desert environment of the Ningxia province. His paintings have been selected to feature in many Chinese publications.  Currently, a Deputy Director of the Art Council, Ningxia Art Association.

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Rae Smith in PSA Hall of Fame

Rae Smith "Into the Light"
Rae Smith “Into the Light” 19″x25″

Rae Smith, elected Master Pastelist by The Pastel Society of America in 1997, is their 2014 Hall of Fame Honoree. She has exhibited her pastel and oil paintings throughout the United States, as well as Japan, China, France Italy, Russia, Taiwan and Canada. Rae has been following her painting passion for most of her life, using so many different media or combinations, from pen and ink to water color, oils and pastels, at times specializing in one medium or another. Her work has sometimes been abstract (very large watercolors) and then at other times, more realistic, but always her very own impression of a place, time, or figment of her imagination. There was a time that all of her works were of, or included people, but when she moved to the country, Nature took hold of her, and she began to specialize in Landscape painting and the pastel medium.
“My painting is all about emotion, mood and atmosphere. I am always looking for the ‘out of the ordinary’ feeling in a composition. At times my paintings have been described as spiritual and I would hope I am able to express myself so that one who views my work is touched.”

The Pastel Society UK Open Exhibition 2015

The Pastel Society Digital Pre-Selection closes on December 5th 2014! Go to www.mallgalleries.org.uk and submit your entry!
Pre-Selection Notification: 12 December 2014.
There are a number of prizes and awards available to win, including: NEW for 2015: £5,000 Zsuzsi Roboz Prize for artists aged 35 and under.
Minimum price: £300

Enjoy the gallery of works from 2014.

Spotlight on Aboo Bakar Siddick Nuckcheddy

Aboo Bakar Siddick Nuckcheddy
Aboo Bakar Siddick Nuckcheddy is the 1st Prize winner of the pastel competition “DISCOVERING THE BEST TALENTS” organised by the Society of French Pastel Artists.

The works of the top ten finalists will be exhibited during the summer of 2015 at the International Festival of Feytiat and the website of the Société des Pastellistes France.

Spotlight on Hang Mingshi

Hang Ming Shi, the Chinese artist who has been pioneering the pastel art movement in China.
The Master Hang Mingshi was recently hosting the delegation of 10 international pastel artists representing the United States, France, Spain, and Singapore. José del Riego, Aurelio Rodríguez López, Vicente Romero, Richard Mckinley, Alan Flattmann, Liz Haywood, President of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Jimmy Wright, President of the Pastel Society of America, Jason Chang, President of the North American Pastel Association, Gwenneth Barth-White, vicepresident of the Pastellistes de France and the painter – resident in Hong Kong – Isabelle V. Lim. More info about the event can be found on Richard’s Pastel Pointers blog.

“Pastel 100″ winners for 2015

Dianne Rudnick Mann "8 or 9 Glass Bowls", First Place in the Still Life category
Dianne Rudnick Mann “8 or 9 Glass Bowls”, First Place in the Still Life category

Congratulations to all 100 finalists and award winners in the Pastel Journal’s 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition!!!! The grand prize winners are:
Simone Bingemer, Pastel Journal Best of Show
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Stan Bloomfield, Pastel Journal Award of Excellence.
Lisa Ober, The Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastel Prize.
Joe Mac Kechnie, Richeson/Unison Pastel Gold
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Zhu Wenlin, Richeson/Unison Pastel Silver.

Landscape & Interior Winners
1. Leoni Duff, 2. Christine Debrosky, 3. Patricia Meras, 4. Colette Odya Smith, 5. Marianna MacDonald. Honorable Mentions, Jan Frank, Brian Sauerland, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Linda Mutti, Willo Balfrey, Don Rantz, Mike Barrett Kolasinski, Jane McGraw-Teubner, Ted Fuka, Bud Edmondson, Katrina Thorstensen, Jennifer L. Hoffman, Don Williams, Nancy Nowak, Jennifer Evenhus, Arne Borring, Frederick D. Somers, Helen Kleczynski, Jacob Aguiar, Chistine Ivers, M. Katherine Hurley, Patsy Lindamood, Kim Morin Weineck, Anthony Davis.

Portrait & Figure Winners
1. Susanne Mull, 2. Alain Picard,, 3. David Wells, 4. Christine Obers, 5. Gaela Erwin. Honorable Mentions, Andrew Bartos, Gwenneth Barth-White, Cristen Miller, Candace Grieve, Christine Swann, Laurent Botella, Sharon Allicotti, Amber-Rose Hulme, Bill Kaufmann, Tina Moore, Sylvia Nitti, Ryan Bradley, Harry Burman, Sandra Kuck, Jane Radstrom, Neva Rossi Smoll, William Schneider,

Still Life & Floral Winners
1. Diane Rudnick Mann, 2. Randy Carden, 3. Kari Tirrell, 4. Jacqueline Meyerson, 5. Donna Timm.
Honorable Mentions, Yael Maimon, Jeanie Schlump, Gail Faber, Phil Kidd, Lisa Ober, Jennifer Evenhus, Robin Frisella, Sarah Blumenschein, Maggie Whitney, Christine Mikesell-Bidwell.

Animal & Wildlife Winners
1. Yael Maimon, 2. Laura Talbot, 3. Sharon Bamber, 4. Carmen Griehl-Gross, 5. Anne Marie Propst. Honorable Mentions, Marla Rush Parnell, Resa Grogan, Sharon Bamber, Brian Brigham, Sue Gombus, Roberta Combs, Jean Terry, Deborah LaFogg Docherty, Nancy MacDonald, Cindy House.

Abstract & Non-Objective Winners
1. Colette Odya Smith, 2. Mel Grunau, 3. Bre Barnett Crowell, 4. Janice Wall, 5. Arlene Richman. Honorable Mentions, Anna Wainright, Jack Jung, Loreta Feeback, Frederick D. Somers, Bernadette deCesare.

Camille Pissarro “Poultry Market at Gisors”

Camille Pissarro "Poultry Market at Gisors"
Camille Pissarro “Poultry Market at Gisors”

Title “Poultry Market at Gisors” (1885)
Tempera and pastel on paper mounted on wood;
Dimensions 82.2 x 82.2 cm (32 3/8 x 32 3/8 in)
Current location: © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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