Cuong Nguyen is a renowned Vietnamese-American portrait painter and teacher. He is a PSA Master Pastellist and an IAPS Master circle member. 

'Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in my native Vietnam, I have always had a passion for drawing human faces. I believe that a successful painting requires that I establish an emotional connection with my subject, so that the viewer in turn connects at an emotional level with my work.
I like exploring all mediums, but particularly pastel, oil, charcoal and watercolor. My favorite is pastel pencil.'

Hats, caps, work helmets, bonnets, turbans or a hijab or headscarf are all possible headcovers. Please don't upload portraits with small bows or other decorative items. Also, this is a portrait challenge, so no full figure, please! Deadline is June, 25. Happy painting!





MaryAnn Mullet PSA, our guest judge for the April Get Dusty Competition wrote: Thank you for the opportunity to serve as a guest judge for such a talented group of pastel artists!

The winner is Marie France Oosterhof PGE with "Flamingo´s flamenco" Congratulations! Marie France wins a set of 10 PanPastel colors and a set of Sofft tools from our sponsor PanPastel.

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In second place is Kerstin Birk with "Three grey geese", in third place is Michele Ashby with "Swans on black water".

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Dorothea Schulz PGE, our judge for the May Get Dusty Competition has choosen:

The winner is Dolores Saul PGE with "Peeled off" Congratulations! Dolores wins a set of 10 PanPastel colors and a set of Sofft tools from our sponsor PanPastel.

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In second place is Teresa Allen with Dappled doorway, in third place is Ute Farr with "The blue gate".

2.+3. May 2019


The April Get Dusty Competiton is closed! Now you can upload to the new category Still life, theme: Doors and Gates

The door or gate has to be the main feature, not the building it is part of. A partial view of a door is allowed as long as the door itself is clearly visible; no portrait of a door handle or keyhole, please. It doesn‘t matter if it’s old or new doors or gates. Have a look at our Reference Photo Library for inspiration (Cityscape,Detail). Or paint your own door or your neigbour’s door.

For informations about the next Get Dusty Competitions have a look on the Schedule 2018/19.