Rebecca De Mendonça Book Competition Winner

We recently held a joint competition with pastel artist Rebecca De Mendonça to win her inspiring new book ‘Pastel for Absolute Beginners’ which The Artist magazine says ‘is one of the best & most comprehensive books on pastel there has been for a long time – possibly ever’. Alongside winning the book was also the chance to win a Unison 36 set.

Artists were asked to submit a picture that had an autumnal theme. We were overwhelmed with entries. Rebecca said ‘it was great to see how everyone had interpreted the challenge, and a pleasure to see lovely pastel work. It was very difficult to pick a winner’.

The winner was Tatsiana Kashtalyan with her painting ‘Lake in the Fall’.

Rebecca loved the simplicity & calm of the piece, and the variety of mark making that gives a great sense of depth. The use of light & dark in the foreground, & softer more subtle tonal contrasts in the background all make it a beautiful painting.

Lake in the Fall, by Tatsiana Kashtalyan
Lake in the Fall, by Tatsiana Kashtalyan

Equestrian Artists and their use of Soft Pastels

This year, Unison Colour have sponsored the ‘Best Pastel Award’ at the Society of Equestrian Artists ‘Horse in Art Exhibition’, with the lucky prize winner receiving an Emma Colbert Animal Set as their prize.

#thepastel8 Visit to Thorneyburn

A fabulous day was spent at Thorneyburn last Friday in the company of Fiona Carvell, Michelle Lucking, Nina Squire, Cathy Pierce, Lynn Howarth, Meral Altilar, Lucy Brangwin and Rebecca de Mendonça.

Associate Artist Intake for 2022

It seems a while ago since we asked for applications from artists to become an Associate Artists & wow the applications came in thick & fast. So much so it took our Unison Helen a good while to get through them all.

Associate Artist Recruitment

Are you a pastel artist? Do you use Unison Colour pastels? Would you like to be part of our Associate Artist family?

Lifelong Learner

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  1. Hi I am a beginner I hope this is the right place to post this. I just received Pastels for the Absolute Beginner from my husband. What a great book to introduce newcomers like me to Pastel painting!
    I can’t wait to try some of Rebecca’s instructions when I get my supplies together.
    Phyl

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