This month's Get Dusty challenge is all about animals in a social group. That means that we want to see more than two animals - that's a pair - of the same species. A flock of chicken, a murder of crows, a herd of elephants, a school of fish, a gaggle of geese, a pride of lions; the list goes on and on!

As usual, every member can enter up to two paintings. Deadline is April, 25. 

Remember that you need the photographer's permission if you do not use your own reference photo!


We have created a brand-new private FB group exclusively for PGE members. Go to the new forum thread New private FB group for PGE members for more information.

The PGE Annual General Meeting is coming up. It will be held online on Sunday, March 21, 2021 in a Zoom meeting room. The meeting will start at 6pm GMT/19:00 CET. 

You should have received an invitation email with all the details by now. You can also find the information in the new forum post 'PGE Annual General Meeting 2021' under 'Information from the board' . 





Gareth Jones lives and works in his beloved North Wales.

He trained at Flintshire and Loughborough colleges of art, followed by a long and successful career in Graphic Design and Illustration.

In 2010 Gareth decided to enter the world of fine art, and he completed his first painting in 30 years – in acrylics. Within 2 years he was exhibiting at the Royal Society of Marine Artists show at the Mall Galleries, London.

Five years ago, he used pastel for the first time - It was a eureka moment, he had discovered his true medium.

Gareth’s reputation has grown rapidly, he now works exclusively in soft pastel. and is predominantly known for his realistic and emotive seascapes.

Gareth’s work features in private collections and galleries throughout the UK and overseas. He was elected a member of the noted East Anglian Group of Marine Artists in 2015 and has since returned to exhibit at the Mall Galleries – this time with pastel seascapes.

He won first prize in the prestigious North Wales Open Competition 2019.

In 2020 he became a Unison Colour Associate Artist and was guest blogger for Gail Sibley’s renowned ‘How to Pastel’.

Gareth also holds demonstrations and is a popular teacher to workshops where he loves to share his passion for pastels with others.



Ruth Mann PGE, our judge for the February Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Jeremy Lee with "Sweet Lullaby" Congratulations! He receives a gift voucher.

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In second place is Tai-Meng Lim with "Playing by the shorein third place is Alena Rachinger with "I´am a tiger".

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