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  • How to Paint with Soft Pastel
    by Sophie on June 20, 2020 at 07:10

    Soft pastel is one of the most exciting and versatile painting mediums I know. It has a long history of varying popularity but pastel is here to stay. Pastel societies around the world have sprung up and remain popular. Professional and hobby artists enjoy soft pastel for its unique looks and application methods.READ MORE

  • Highlights of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2020
    by Sophie on May 4, 2020 at 13:52

    The Royal Society of Portrait Painters usually has its annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. The prestige of the society and the location always attracts many artists to submit to this open exhibition and the competition for a spot on the wall is high.READ MORE

  • Ten Steps to Painting a Floral Still Life
    by Sophie on April 27, 2020 at 16:41

    The process of painting a floral still life in pastel is the same as the process of painting anything you like! I look for shape, form, value, colour, composition; you know, the usual lot. Ever since I started teaching I realised I follow the same strategy for most of my paintings.READ MORE

  • Best Museum Websites (in a Lock-Down)
    by Sophie on April 20, 2020 at 16:01

    Museum websites are completely missing a trick. That's what I concluded after an afternoon of museum website browsing. I am writing this article during the Corona lock-down and wanting to experience the art collections of museums worldwide. But whether we are in lock-down or not; I will not be visiting the MET any time soon, or the Louvre.READ MORE

  • Review Rembrandt Soft Pastel
    by Sophie on April 13, 2020 at 15:02

    Rembrandt soft pastels were first introduced in 1924 from the Talens factory in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. They were my first pastels as a teenager and are still one of my favourite pastels as a professional artist. In this article I would like to describe what they are like, how they compare to other soft pastels and how ‘good’ they are.READ MORE

  • Bitesize Blog: Liotard’s Opera Singer
    by Sophie on April 7, 2020 at 19:51

     Jean Ettienne LiotardPortrait of Louise Jacquet (opera singer)Pastel, 59.8 x 45 cms, 23 1/2 x 17 3/4 in1748-52Private collection. Photo © Sotheby’s/Art Digital StudioThis lively and confronting portrait is by Swiss master pastel painter Jean Etienne Liotard (1702-1789.READ MORE

  • Best Free Online Painting Demonstrations
    by Sophie on March 30, 2020 at 14:33

    There are a lot of online painting tutorials. A lot. One could easily spend hours watching them and forget to paint at all. But ever since much of the world is in lock down due to the Corona virus we are all looking around for more painting tuition and entertainment.READ MORE

  • How to Paint an Eye in Pastel
    by Sophie on March 28, 2020 at 10:12

    So often people ask how to paint this or that. So often you find tutorials about how to paint something specific. You might have noticed (or not) that on my blog there are no ‘how to paint x’ posts at all.READ MORE

  • Create Fine Art prints from your Paintings
    by Sophie on March 16, 2020 at 15:54

    Creating prints from your art work is a great way to open up your sales. But once you decided to go for it, an avalanche of options appear and you might well give up before you got started.Printing YourselfI have toyed with the idea of offering prints from my artworks on and off over the years.READ MORE

  • A Place for Everything Pastel
    by Sophie on March 2, 2020 at 22:44

    To blend or not to blend? To fix or not to fix? Do I need to buy those expensive pastels? Where do I start? Are these chalks from the newsagent's any good? How do I move on from my silly looking attempts?READ MORE