Sarah Blumenschein is a pastel artist living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Although she earned a degree in Industrial Engineering in college, creating art has always been a passion.  Upon retiring from industry, she initially thought she wanted to paint landscapes, but eventually found herself more interested and excited about painting still lifes due to the variety of colors, shapes, textures, and reflective surfaces possible.  

The winner of our April competition is our new member Claudia Chimenti with 'Harley'. Congratulations! Claudia wins a set of Unison pastels.

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In second place is Dolores Saul with 'Explorer'. In third place is Elisabeth Blass with 'Triplet'.

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Right now before the spring is here, the new Pastel Scribbler is published. There is plenty of interesting reading matter in this issue; in addition to articles about our wonderful ‘Get Dusty’ winners and judges. Dolores Saul takes us to her demonstrations at the fair and other jobs with pastel demonstrations. There are new PGE members for you to meet. Mario Vukelic offers fantastic workshops in Croatia. The new Scribbler is only for members! Go to the little image on the right sidebar and log in again.

If you have an article or picture demo you would like to see featured in the Scribbler, do send them to us: scribbler(at)pastelguild.org

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American pastel artist Rita Kirkman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. Meanwhile, in 1986 she began a 12 year career sketching quick portraits at amusement parks, and in 1988 she began a business drawing detailed pencil portraits from client photos.

Since 2003, Kirkman has improved her own style and technique with pastel through independent study and workshops with renowned artists each year. This effort has been consistently rewarded with major awards in national and international competitions. Her work has been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Pratique des Arts Spécial Pastel, and published in many others. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a recipient of the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her portraits and paintings are in private collections all over the world.

Rita is well-known for her sun-lit animal portraits; she has done more than 500 in the last few years!