Jude Tolar is our guest judge for November’s Get Dusty. Florals - 'Autumn beauty in nature'
This months Award winning guest judge Jude Tolar studied at Oklahoma State University and went on to have a career in graphic design and illustration which led to her writing and illustrating children’s books.
In recent years she has focused on fine art, working mainly from life. She used pastels as a way to study color and work easily en plein air, and immediately loved the results and feels that today’s soft pastels and sanded surfaces offer many exciting painting options.
Her art is lyrical and representational, and celebrates beauty and joy in the world. She is known mainly for her floral and tree portraits en plein air and for glass subjects in the studio. She prefers working from life, using mostly Terry Ludwig soft pastels on Art Spectrum ColourFix paper.
She exhibits regularly in invitational group shows and solo shows, and her work is in collections across the US. She also demonstrates her pastel techniques to art groups and teaches pastel workshops on various subjects.
"Before the Blue norther"

Our guest judge Rita Kirkman has chosen her winning painting. It is "After my Bath", by Marie France Oosterhof!

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Congratulations! She wins a set of softpastels.

In second place is "Redeye Treefrog", by Kerstin Birk;  in third place is "Through a Hedge Backwards", by Jan Hargood.
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Our guest judge Claude Carvin has choosen the winner; it is Ruth Mann PGE with 'In the deep'. A beautiful and mysterious painting and a worthy winner; congratulations! Ruth wins a box of pastels from our sponsor Unison pastels.


 In second place is Roman Burgan with  'Summer memories II'. In third place is Dolores with 'Lotus pond'.

Rita Kirkman is our guest judge for the Get Dusty Competition October 2017 again. Read about Rita in our article from April 2017.




After studying art at the Aix en Provence art academy, Claude Carvin worked in various professions to earn a living. He moved to Ardèche in 1992; inspired by the landscape, he began to exhibit in the region. After working in oil for years, he discovered pastel.

This technique changed his way of working; this direct and intuitive medium brings him closer to his subject, especially during plein air sessions.