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PanPastels—A New & Convenient Pastel Medium with Diane Murray

PanPastels are an exciting new medium that will make life easier for pastel artists. They are pure pastel pigment with almost no binder and create little dust. PanPastels are easy to carry, clean to use, and combine well with pastel sticks and pencils. They are wonderful for rendering portraits, backgrounds, and dogs, cats, birds, and other animal subjects. Diane will demonstrate the advantages, techniques, effects, and best grounds to use with the medium. Diane's gallery talk and demonstration will include time for questions and a chance to experiment with her set of PanPastels, tools, and grounds.

Diane Murray, a member of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, was an early adopter of PanPastels and gives talks and workshops on their advantages and use. She has learned techniques in pastels, as well as watercolor, from numerous workshops by locally and nationally known artists. Diane has won local awards for her work in both pastel and watercolor, and often combines the two mediums.

Diane has been interested in art all of her life. She studied basic design and drawing as an art major at San Jose State in the early 1960s, but did not become a dedicated artist until 2012 after returing from teaching English in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

"I find painting helps me appreciate the beauty around me in my day-to-day life. That is what I try to portray in my work. Art helps me deal with emotions and reduces pain levels. I am most influenced by the Impressionists, but I appreciate and gain from all art." — Diane Murray, pastel artist

This gallery talk and demonstration is one of several special events being held in conjuction with Pure Pigment, an exhibition presented by the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. Pure Pigment is on display at The Artsmiths from April 9th through May 20th, 2017.