Have you seen that we have a new Main Menu Category, called 'Member news and events'? Do you have a workshop you want to announce? Have you been juried into an international exhibition or won an award? Then this is for you. Submit an article into this category and we will see that it is published. Let's showcase our members' achievements!

Born in Libourne in 1952, pastellist Marie-Christine Coupillaud now lives in Bearn in the Pau region in France.

Passionate about painting since childhood, she took watercolour lessons and tried her hand at oils before discovering pastel in 2000. After a period of self-teaching, she perfected her training by participating in two workshops with the Maîtres Pastellistes de France in July 2004 and 2005 during the International Pastel Festival at FEYTIAT.

Like the impressionist painters, it is through the play of light and through blending that Marie-Christine COUPILLAUD shapes her works and transcribes a panel of emotions. Nature is a source of inexhaustible inspiration for her, and her landscape and animal pastels combine striking realism and surprising creativity.

The technique of dry pastel wonderfully combines softness, radiant colours, transparency and textures. Tactility is essential in this medium where pastel is worked into the paper with one’s fingers, like a sculpture modelled in two dimensions. The immediate contact allows real spontaneity.




This month's category is landscape, the challenge is 'Mountains'. Please do not post a landscape with some hill in the background or some vague, faraway mountain range.We want to see mountains and they should be your centre of interest. The landscape part should take up at least 50% of your painting, this is not about skies either.

Every member may post up to two entries, deadline is September 25. Happy painting!


We are introducing a new category into our main menu, 'Member news and events'. Whether you want to announce a personal exhibition or workshop or tell us about an award you won, this is the right place. Post your article in that category and the admins will publish it. We are looking forward to hearing about your activities or success!

Judith Leeds PSA, our judge for the July/August Get Dusty Competition 2020 has made her decision:

The winner is Silja Salmistu with "A Sunny Day " Congratulations! As this is Silja's third Get Dusty win in a year, the material prize goes to the second place, according to the competition rules. 

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In second place is Marianne Holtermann with "Morning Light", in third place is Karen Israel with "The Last Resort".

Marianne receives the material prize from our sponsor Pastellshop.de.  Postage and packaging are included in the prize.

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