Alain J. Picard is an award-winning artist, instructor, author and speaker. His acclaimed pastel and oil paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, China and the UK. Alain travels internationally as an art instructor, demonstrator, speaker and artistic advocate for the vulnerable. Alain’s work and writing have been featured on numerous occasions in such publications as The Artist's Magazine, The Pastel Journal, and Practique des Arts. In an effort to share his passion for art, Alain has written three instructional books, including “Mastering Pastel” and “Beginning Drawing,” and stars in a growing collection of instructional art videos.


 We at PGE are a colourful and mixed bunch of people. A lot of  our members are already accomplished pastels artists.They  may be PGE journeyer members, they teach classes, they  show their work in exhibitions and sell, they have won  competitions. But we also have quite a few members who just  started their pastel journey and may be daunted by the learning curve they see before them. For you we  are going to introduce a new challenge. We have decided to call it SPROUTS  because we would like to help you grow and thrive as pastel artists. Several times during the year we will open a challenge in the forum which will be built around a theme like ‘value’, ‘composition’ or ‘colour palette’. Only real beginners may participate. The general Get Dusty rules apply. The winner will get a signed certificate and will be presented on our front page and in the Scribbler. Read more about our first challenge in the forum.

Our guest judge Sarah Blumenschein has chosen a winner; it is Deborah Damgaard-Hansen with 'Dancing with teapots'. Congratulations! Deborah wins a set of Unison pastels.

In second place is Dolores Saul with 'Good luck!'. In third place is Dorothea Schulz with 'Chinese souvenirs'.

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