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Written Critique Services

The Pastel Society of America has expanded its critique services to better serve the needs of member artists. Rather than one artist doing all evaluations, we now have four PSA-Master Pastelists with expertise in different genres, one of which may be particularly relevant to the artist. For a $50 fee, artists will receive a 350 word or more evaluation of their paintings, focusing on drawing, color, value, technique, and composition, all aimed at expanding artistic options and producing paintings of high competitive quality.

Artists interested in this service may send a CD or flash-drive with three in-focus jpg images to the PSA office. Each image should be photographed or scanned in-focus without frames or matting as a 72 dpi, 1200 pixels or more on the longest side file. Include, if you can, no more than three additional images of source materials, such as a photo references or drawings that relate to the submitted art work. For the application form with detailed instructions please click here.

For additional information please email PSA at or contact the PSA office at (212) 533-6931.

Elaine Augustine, PSA Master, is nationally known for her vitality of color, strength of composition, and versatility of subject matter. She paints award winning colorful landscape, vibrant still life and energized abstract paintings.

Robert Carsten, PSA Master, is an award winning workshop instructor, exhibition juror and contributing author to The Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine. Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, Robert is a master of a broad range of creative techniques and subjects.

Nancie King Mertz, PSA Master, received a BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Her plein air pastels earned her a 2015 cover of The Pastel Journal and a growing national reputation for urban scenes, interiors with figures, and scenic landscapes.

Daggi Wallace, PSA Master, specializes in contemporary portraits and realism. A native of Berlin, she now lives in Los Angeles. Her pastels create a narrative using strong composition and lighting to provoke emotions and social consciousness.

Articles on Styles of Pastel Painting

The following articles, all authored by Master Pastelists, illustrate diverse approaches in current pastel art and explore how personal styles of painting emerge in the creative process. The articles appeared in back issues of PSA's magazine Pastelagram. The complete back issues, along with the most recent issue, are available under "Publications" in the Main Menu.
To view "Journey Toward Abstraction" by Elaine Augustine, PSA, Winter/Spring 2010 Pastelagram, page 16, click here
to open a separate window.
The process of critiquing is discussed in a Pastelagram article written by Master Pastelist Alden Baker, PSA, former critiques chair of Pastel Society of America.  

To view this article, which appeared in the Winter 2005 Pastelagram, page 6, click here to open a separate window.
To view "Working with Multiples" by Maceo Mitchell, PSA, Winter 2004 Pastelagram, page 20, click here to open a separate window.

To view the article "Inspiration for the Pond Series of Rae Smith," Winter 2004 Pastelagram, page 8, click here to open a separate window.
To view "Defining Personal Style" with analyses by Rainie Crawford, PSA, and Duane Wakeham, PSA, which appeared in the Summer 2002 Pastelagram, page 4, click here to open a separate window.

To view "My Way of Pastel Painting" by Jimmy Wright, PSA, Summer 2002 Pastelagram, page 18, click here to open a separate window.
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