Free choice - Winter

Our guest judge Barbara Archer-Baldwin PSA has choosen the winner; it is Ghislane Fabre with 'Frosty Morning´. This is a beautiful painting and a worthy winner; congratulations! Ghislane wins a set of Premium Sanded Pastel Paper from our sponsor UART.

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In second place is Roman Burgan with  'Winter Time'. In third place is Martina Zingler with 'Colours of Snow'.


We are waiting for spring and the new Get Dusty competitions. The board has discussed a lot of possible challenges and has agreed on the following:

February - Portrait / Figure - challenge: Dance

We want one or several dancing figures. That can be ballet, ballroom dance, ethnic dances. Step or modern dance like Hip Hop is also possible.

March - Landscape - challenge: Cityscape, day or night

Your entry may contain human figures, but only as part of the scenery. Remember, this is a landscape challenge!

April - Animals - challenge: On the bird table

A painting of one or more local wild birds that visit our gardens. It’s fine if they are perched on a twig or sitting on the ground; a bird table is not essential for this challenge.





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A demanding artist requires a partner that demands more from its paper. Our dedication to quality, dependability and value ensures you can create without compromise.

Barbara Archer-Baldwin is our guest judge for our winter Get Dusty. Winter- free choice.

 Barbara Archer

Barbara Archer-Baldwin, PSA, lives in Venice, FL, USA.

Member of: Pastel Society of America, Signature Member; Women Painters of Southeast, Pastel Society of Colorado, Pastel Society of Tampa Bay, and Pastel Society of West Coast..

Although she was primarily trained in oils, her passion is, now and forever, Pastels. She has been painting with Pastels exclusively for the last 12 years She has taught many mediums, including oil, acrylic, drawing, for the past 25 years, but now concentrates all her creative energies on Pastels teaching a weekly pastels class for the last 10 years.



Happy New Year!

2017 is  over and it is time to choose 'Best of Get Dusty 2017'. All placed entries in the January to November competitions are eligible. Go to the folder 'Best of Get Dusty 2017' and have a look at our 30 beautiful entries. You have until the end of January to choose your favourite. Please post your choice in the forum. The winning entry will be featured on our website and FB page. Happy voting!