Became a member of The Pastel Guild of Europe

After years of painting in soft pastels, I decided it was time to become a member of a Pastel Society and decided upon The Pastel Guild of Europe after looking at their website.

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I wanted to be part of a community of artists for several reasons, but mainly because I wanted to be part of an active community created to help artists like myself but also to have the opportunity to contribute in a way that would be helpful to other artists.

The PGE is run by a wonderful group of dedicated artists who contribute a huge amount of their time to make the Pastel Guild a fantastic resource for a growing membership of artists like myself.

Since joining the PGE as a Journeyman I have become an active participant in their monthly "Get Dusty" competitions and have become the designer and editor of their quarterly digital magazine "The Scribbler" which is made available to all members.

The regular "Get Dusty" competitions which have a different theme every month are designed to take artists out of their comfort zone and try painting subjects and techniques that they may not normally tackle which can only help us improve our craft. Winning something is a bonus and the winning entries each month are featured in the "Scribbler" magazine.

Editing the magazine is a commitment that I thoroughly enjoy and more recently has got me thinking about articles that I can write and share with other members.

Being a member of the PGE has the added bonus of being part of a global organisation, IAPS (the International Association of Pastel Societies) which has a very prestigious pastel exhibition bi-annually.

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Below are the front covers of some of the issues I have edited for the PGE

summer 2020 pge scribblerspring 2020 pge scribblerautumn 2020 pge scribbler

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