Newsletter: the Pastel Scribbler, Feb 2013

Mario Vukelic Physalis blue
Mario Vukelic “Physalis blue”

The Pastel Guild of Europe announced the winner of the Winter “Get Dusty” Challenge. I’m happy and honored that this time it is me. You can follow my art journey at my new blog Colored by Mario.
The latest beautifully redesigned Pastel Scribbler is bringing a few interesting articles for pastel artists.

  • Get Dusty Winter Challenge results
  • Meet Get Dusty Winner Mario Vukelic
  • Workshop experience with Elizabeth Blass
  • You are the boss!

You can find old issues here and you are welcome to subscribe at the bottom of the PGE home page.

Merethe Torbergsen “Raw Breakfast”

Merethe Torbergsen named this painting Raw Breakfast, and my wild guess is that she has raw eggs for breakfast after a rock concerts where she sings and plays :). Merethe is a soft pastel artist form Norway and a rock & blues guitarist and singer in a B.B. Queen & Stringmasters Inc. band.
She started with pastel painting in 2002 and she also works in graphite, charcoal and colored pencils. Her favorite subject is still life and her paintings are sometimes described as a Romantic Realism, where an artist renders everyday objects seen through her eyes. The artist aim for an emotional and personal rendering of the subjects she choose to paint. Merethe is the winner of the latest Get Dusty competition, held by the Pastel Guild of Europe, with the painting above.
You can follow her work on a blog and listen some of her music on the My Space.

Malcolm Jarvis Autumn Landscapes



Malcolm Jarvis is an internationally recognized artist who holds the Diploma in Design from St. Martin’s School of Art, London, UK. He lives in the rural county of Norfolk, England, and has spent most of his life with the vast skies, the miles of inland waterways and the windswept coast. Although he tends to use watercolor on his travels, the soft pastels are his favorite painting medium. In many of his paintings Malcolm explores the effects of light on the landscape. Malcolm draws inspiration from the English countryside as well as from the Mediterranean light. His work has been exhibited in England, Washington DC, South Carolina and Spain and he holds regular workshops in England, around the Europe and Mediterranean.
Malcolm is the winner and the runner up of the latest Get Dusty competition, held by the Pastel Guild of Europe.
In his words, “I hope you see my pieces as a response to nature, to beauty, to life, to that sudden awareness of being in the presence of a mystery that baffles understanding.”

Marie-France Oosterhof: the “Get Dusty” Winner

Marie-France Oosterhof
Marie-France Oosterhof

The Pastel Guild of Europe has announced the winner of the monthly challenge “Get Dusty”. The theme for September 2010 was colored glass.
Marie-France Oosterhof is living in the homeland of pastel art – France. She studied pastel with the Société des Pastellistes de France – particularly with David Hervelin and Alain Bellanger, and she studied oil painting at the Belgian school of Béatrice Cols. Born in a cosmopolitan family, Marie-France has traveled the world over and she is inspired by those faraway countries as well as her local surroundings of Provence. You can read an interesting interview with Marie-France in the October issue of the Pastel Scribbler.

Heather Gail Harman Won the “Get Dusty” contest

Heather Gail Harman

Heather Gail Harman is a founder of The Portrait Society of Andalucia (Spain) and is a member of The Portrait Society of America. In the mid 70’s Heather began her long affiliation with the music and entertainments industries as a tour artist and worked for concert promoters. She had commissions of many famous names at that time including Elton John, Diana Ross, Boy George and – one of her favorite subjects – Barbra Streisand. Heather is an active member of the Pastel Guild of Europe and had won the latest Get Dusty challenge with this winter landscape.

Ruth Mann Won the “Get Dusty” contest

Ruth Mann "Watching"

The Pastel Guild of Europe has announced the winner of the monthly challenge. The theme for January 2010 was Animals – wild life. You can find all the entries in the gallery here.
Ruth Mann has re-discovered art just over 2 years ago and soon realized that the soft pastels were the right medium for her. She has done mainly wildlife and animal art so far but she is trying a lots of different subjects and developing her style with the help of two art classes and the internet forums. Ruth is married and lives in rural parts of Norfolk, England with her husband, dog and cat. She still does not have the web presence, but is working on it.

Update: Ruth Mann website.

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