Featured Pastel Artist: Mike Beeman

Mike Beeman Pastel Collage
Mike Beeman Pastel Collage

Mike Beeman was raised in Banbury, England, and now lives and paints in Wyoming. Painting in oils or pastels, in studio or on location, Mike’s love for a challenge takes him from figurative work to landscapes to still lives. No matter the subject or medium, Mike is focused on capturing the light and creating a mood that will engage the viewer. His work has been selected three times in Pastel Journal’s top 100 annual competitions, the Richeson 75, and International Association of Pastel Societies’ exhibits. Mike is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and his work has won several awards in both regional and national exhibits. The latest award was the Pastel Journal Silver Award at the 14th Annual Pastel 100 Competition.

Mike Beeman
Mike Beeman

Mike is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Colorado; he is also a member of the Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies and the Degas Pastel Society.
You can follow Mike on his Blog Daily Pastel Painting.

Featured Pastel Artist: Dianna Ponting

If you are a soft pastel artist it is very unlikely that you haven’t come across Dianna Ponting. Dianna is an award winning Canadian artist and lecturer who excels in soft pastels. She is an elected member of the Pastel Society of America and holds Senior Signature status in the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Dianna’s use of light, shadow and her ability to denote texture results in nothing less than a stunning art.
Dianna is an international artist and pastel instructor with students and patrons in both North America and Europe. If she comes close to your place don’t miss her. The list of workshops can be found on her website and you can join her Facebook fan page.
Dianna is a regular contributor to Wet Canvas and the first time I saw her work I was overwhelmed. Her ability to make realistic paintings is hard to match. You can try out her licorice candies lecture on Wetcanvas.

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