New Orleans artist Carol Peebles is a successful and sought after American portrait painter and teacher.  Her work has been shown in renowned international art shows. Her exquisitely sensitive portraits reflect the technical and emotional skills she has honed in the 25 years she has devoted to her art. Her early years of formal training at the University of New Orleans, BA, Penn State, MFA, and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts were enhanced by extensive traveling and working abroad. In 2009, Carol founded her own drawing atelier, the Blue Easel Club. Her goal is to teach people how to draw from life as an antidote to the isolating effects advancing technologies are having on society. For more information about Carol, visit her website


Our guest judge Suzanne Godbout has chosen the winner of our Winter 'Get Dusty'. It is Martina Zingler with 'Winter Blues'; congratulations! Martina wins a box of Unison pastels. 

In second place is Judy Tate with 'Towards Poole' and in third place Elisabeth Blass with 'In the evening glow'.

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The February competition will be open from January, 26. The theme is 'Figure/Portrait', the challenge is 'Monochrome'.

This can either be from an old black and white or sepia photograph or from a contemporary photo. We want a monochrome or nearly monochrome painting, using one colour in different values with the possible addition of white and black for the lightest and darkest areas. Remember, the judge will pay close attention to the values for this challenge. Deadline is February, 25.

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A pastel painter since 1995, Canadian artist Suzanne Godbout combines her own professional career with teaching, demonstrations, conferences, and workshops in order to spread the renaissance of the pastel media, its materials and its techniques. 

Her work has been shown in many exhibitions in America, Europe, Russia and China and has been awarded many prizes. Developing her work from observation, her favorite subjects are still life and landscape. 

President of the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada from 2005 to 2011, she has studied with several great French and American masters. She has exhibited in Giverny, France many time and her work has been featured in Pratique des Arts magazine in 2016.