all things pastel
Anne Maree Healey, President
The Pastel Society of Southeast Texas promotes the beauty of soft pastel painting through artist demonstrations, workshops, and member exhibitions. PSST has a vibrant and growing membership representing artists within the greater Houston/Southeast Texas area, from professional artists who have exhibited nationally and won major awards to artists new to the medium. We all share the love of pastel and its unsurpassed beauty in the world of fine art.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas welcomes corporate and individual sponsorships.
Art of the Pastel 2017 Awards
The Pastel Society of Southeast Texas presented its juried, open exhibition
Art of the Pastel 2017
at the beautiful gallery of
The Center for the Arts and Sciences
in Clute, Texas.
April 18 - May21, 2017
Lisa Ober, PSA, IAPS-MC was Judge of Awards and held her still life pastel workshop April 20-22. Collectors recognize Lisa's paintings for their exquisite realism and detail.
Feature Artist Interview May 2017
PSST: Your bio mentions the light and chroma of the Cape Cod colorists. You use vivid colors that somehow have a subdued effect, and your color combinations are sometimes unusual. How do you select your colors and achieve such realistic skin tones?
Diane: Yes, I do use vivid colors – they are so joyful to work with! My color selections are based on pure observation – letting go of expectations such as “this is a shadow so it must go grayer.”
I keep a selection of brilliant colors in my pastel box – warm and cool versions of all the primary and secondary colors on the color wheel. Working in pastel is especially fun because of the “sparkle” created by the optical mixing of layer upon layer of pure pigment. I try not to blend my strokes so that I can preserve that freshness and purity of color.
Read the full interview