Stephie Clark is a soft pastel obsessed artist from Australia working mostly in her country studio at home in Armidale. She divides her time between painting in her studio and teaching workshops both here in Australia and overseas in France. Stephie is best known for her free and flowing florals and fruits her style uninhibited by rules and boundaries. She is inspired by the nature and colours it produces. Stephie’s work has been featured in french magazine Practique des Arts and you can see her in action on her Patreon site. Stephie sells her art in her online shop around the world.

Artist website


Hi all! The new Get Dusty Competition Schedule is now visible on our website! Print it, pin it on your wall and start now!
Main Menu, Get Dusty Competition, Undermenu Get Dusty Schedule 2021/22
Happy painting!

Mary Ann Pals,  our judge for the October 2021 Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Kerstin Birk with "The Little Green Visitor.". Congratulations! Kerstin receives a gift voucher from our sponsor,

the little green visitor 20211025 1923394084

In second place is Alena Rachinger with "Taijitu"in third place is Ronald Hoppe with "Vineyard Snail".

taijitu 20211025 1268069945 vineyard snail 20211007 1405024646

Cacti and succulents come in a huge variety of shapes and textures but are not often depicted in still lifes or florals. Let us change that! You may show a close-up or plants en plein air, or compose a still life with a cactus or succulent as your centre of interest. 

As usual you may enter two paintings. Deadline is November 25. Please do not forget to mention the size of your work and your reference.



Mary Ann Pals is a pastel and charcoal artist living near the southern tip of Lake Michigan in Chesterton, IN (USA). She has enjoyed doing artwork all her life. In college, she received her degree in Humanities with an emphasis in the Visual Arts. Pals regularly exhibits her work in area, national, and international shows and art fairs. She is a member of three nationally recognized pastel societies: Great Lakes Pastel Society, MidAmerica Pastel Society, and Chicago Pastel Painters. She has received Master Circle status from the International Association of Pastel Societies. In 2008, she was honored to have her pastel painting of a Lake Michigan sunset chosen by Indiana's Lieutenant Governor to hang in the Indiana Statehouse for one year. In 2013, she had a drawing published in the highly acclaimed art series, Strokes of Genius 5, and in 2018 she received Fourth Place in the Animal /Wildlife category of Pastel Journal magazine's Pastel 100 competition.

Mary Ann's artwork is her passion. She enjoys creating lifelike scenes that depict the natural beauty she sees around her. She has traveled extensively with her family across the US, hiking, bird watching, and taking lots of reference photos. Her frequent travels provide her with a rich library of visual images and memories. Back in her studio she uses her photos and memories as a springboard to convey those special moments and her mood on paper. Pals claims, “Nature says it best. I just embellish the tale.‘‘