We did it; PGE finally has their very own signature members! A long-cherished plan has come true.

In the last few weeks the board discussed and approached suitable candidates. Yesterday, during our latest board meeting we brought them to a vote. Congratulations to our first signature members Lynn Howarth, Ruth Mann, Marie-France Oosterhof, Annika Östmann, Dolores Saul and Dorothea Schulz!

Are you interested in joining the club? These are the criteria as stated by the PGE membership rules:

A PGE Signature member not only has to be an experienced and highly skilled pastellist, but someone who actively contributes to PGE by sitting on committees, writing articles, moderating in the forum, helping with the website, finding sponsors etc. This type of membership has to be earned. The board will meet once a year and consider which journeyer members deserve to be promoted to signature status. The candidates will then be contacted and asked to apply by sending in an artist statement, listing their artistic achievements (winning the Get Dusty, being juried into exhibitions, teaching pastel painting etc.) The final decision will be made by a jury of members of the PGE board who will later be joined by PGE signature members.

 

Julie is a self taught artist and over the years has developed her skills especially in the medium of pastels. Her style is photorealistic. She is a Distinguished Member of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand ( PANZ ), and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America ( PSA ).

She has had much success with national and international awards and her artwork is in private collections in the UK, USA, and NZ.

Julie's fascination with realism started as a child, she remembers clearly the enjoyment and sense of achievement in sketching and painting realistic pictures. Pastel became her favourite medium many years ago while living in the United States and England where she was doing commissioned animal portraits, initially using black and white. When she broadened her subjects, began using colour and more specifically pastel pencils, her work gained increased recognition.


Julie aims to create work that is better than a photograph. She uses her own reference photos, and when she is not in the studio at the easel, she will be off on a photographic trip with her husband around the New Zealand countryside, looking for inspiration, which isn’t hard to find. Her subject matter is varied, from coastal and nautical to the natural fauna and flora of New Zealand.

  

Our guest judge Alain Picard has chosen his winning painting. It is 'Fleur de Japon' by

Ghislaine Fabre. Congratulations! Ghislaine wins a set of Unison pastels.

In second place is ' Zuza in a Blue Dress' by Agata Maciagowska; in third place is 'Hula Kahiko' by Carmen Gardner.

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We have now reached the letter 'S'. Unfortunately, several of our members haven't posted photos of their art work in our member gallery. Without that, we can't choose your work as 'Member painting of the week' which we show on the PGE FB page. Our post are viewed by an average of a thousand people or more. Don't miss out on this chance to show your work to a wider public! Send the photos to Dolores' email. She will upload them into the member gallery!

Like every summer, our GET DUSTY is a free choice competition. It runs until August, 25th at 00:00C ET. Every member can upload 3 paintings!

Please remember the rules before you upload:

1. Your photo has to be 800px on the long side; smaller sizes will be disqualified.

2. Please state the size of your original painting (size without mat and frame).

3. Please state your source! If you do not use your own set-up, you must have the right to use the reference and tell the name of the photographer! We do not want any copyright issues! 

If your entry was done from life, imagination or your own reference photo, say so. If an external reference was used you should state its source and, where appropriate, the name of the person to whom it belongs. If you do not add this information when entering, or later in the comments box, your entry will be disqualified.

Happy Summer painting!