Judith Kazdym Leeds is an internationally recognized award winning artist whose paintings reflect her unique and colorful view of our daily life, sometimes with humor and sometimes with pathos.

She paints portraits, still lifes and landscapes in both pastels and oils. Her work has garnered many awards, medals and honors. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of The International Association of Pastel Societies’ IAPS Master Circle,

Judith was formerly an internationally known award-winning graphic artist who created over 3,000 hard covered book jackets including The Color Purple.

She gives workshop and demonstrations throughout the United States.

Her work can be found in both public and private collections.

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Lynn Howarth PGE, our Signature Member and judge for the June Get Dusty Competition 2020 has made her decision:

The winner is Tai Meng Lim with "Ready to Serve" Congratulations! He receives a gift voucher.  Postage and packaging are included in the prize.

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In second place is Jeremy Lee Mun Loong with "Palette to palate" , in third place is Jeri Greenberg with "End of Shift".

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One or several full or half figures of people preparing a meal, chopping, kneading, stirring, cooking - or eating!  A painting of someone cooking outside is, of course, also allowed! It is BBQ season, after all!

As usual, you may enter up to two paintings. Deadline is June, 25th. Happy painting.


Our Summer Get Dusty is open for entries. The competition will run until August, 25. Every member may upload up to three entries.

The challenge is 'Window scenes', but you are free to choose the category!

Here are a few suggestions: light falling through windows into a room, scenes seen from a window, people or animals looking through windows, shop windows, a few objects, a flower pot or a vase of flowers on a window sill etc. Important: The window has to be part of your composition!

We look forward to your paintings!

Lyn Diefenbach, PSA our judge for the May Get Dusty Competition 2020 has made her decision:

The winner is Silja Salmistu with "Backlit Bouquet" Congratulations! Our winner receives a gift voucher from our sponsor Pastell-Shop.de.  Postage and packaging are included in the prize.

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In second place is Stephie Clark with "Hollyhocks" , in third place is Roger Holmes with "Early Morning Poppies".

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