I have found this painting by Paul Cezanne for which Wikipedia claims to be in pastel. I’m not sure about it and maybe someone knowledgeable can help with some information. The painting hangs in The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Please click on it to enlarge it and tell what you think in comment area and/or in the poll.
If you love pears, there is a great place for you – visit Pearathon website. They have collection of over 30 original paintings and the collection is growing. What is interesting to see is the amount of paintings done in pastel. There are over half of the works in soft pastels. This is unusual since the similar online galleries have majority of the works in oils and acrylics with a few pastels. Only conclusion that comes to my mind is that pastel artists love pears :).
If you have your own painting of pears you can also submit your work, and if folks at Pearathon like it, it will end up in the gallery. Your pear painting needs to be original, and not a copy of some other work or photo, and it needs to be already somewhere on the web.
There are many virtual paintouts on the Internet and I found an interesting one using Google Street View. Last year Google has allowed using images from Google Street View as a reference for creating paintings and drawings, and the artists can sell these works.
Bill Gufey is running a blog where he picks a place in the world monthly and the artist must use a view found through Google Street View as the reference for the painting or drawing.
The participation is open to all levels of artistic ability.
The Pastel Journal magazine is having a new challenge for the soft pastel artists. This time the task is to use fruits and vegetables to explore the subject of color and design. You have to submit a pastel painting where you can show an unconventional approach to your portrayal of these classic still life subjects. The deadline is February 12th. The challenge is presented through the art of pastelist Maceo Mitchell and his painting of 42 pears.
Creative Spark Challenge by the Pastel Journal magazine.
Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Show one or more pastel paintings that celebrate the beauty in seemingly commonplace subjects. E-mail your image(s) as JPGs with a resolution of 72 dpi to email@example.com by December 22, 2009. Include the title, dimensions and a brief description. Please type “Creative Spark” in the subject line and include your name, e-mail and mailing address. The “editors’ choice” will be published in an upcoming issue of the magazine… The Pastel Journal