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
A close up of pastel work on paper.

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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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A close up of pastel work on paper.

Let’s talk about Pastel Paper

Paper is a fantastic medium to work on soft pastels, but selecting the one that’s perfect for you can be a challenge, as there’s plenty to choose from. Whether you choose your paper from availability, price or quality, whether you are an amateur or a professional, it boils down to what works best for you.

Artistic Talent – Nurture vs Nature?

Whether we are born with an innate artistic talent, or, whether it is learned, is an age-old multifaceted debate that is fascinating, complex and compelling. I am sure most artists have considered it at some point or have an opinion on this theory.

A Kitchen Tool and Pastels?

Over the years, I have learned that there are infinite ways in which pastels can be manipulated as a drawing and painting medium.  Examples range

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