The countdown is running; only two days to go until our Open Online Competition starts! It's time to read the rules and prepare your entries. You may post your work in one or several of our four categories and have a chance to win a prize in each. For more information, go to OnlineJuriedShows

Our October Get Dusty is open for entries. The category is 'Animals', the challenge is 'Closeups/details'. Zoom in on your favourite animal and paint scale or feather patterns, horns, eyes, mouths etc. Please do not post paintings of detached animal parts like skulls or single feathers, only closeups of living animals.

Every member may post two entries, deadline is October 25. Happy painting!


Born in Libourne in 1952, pastellist Marie-Christine Coupillaud now lives in Bearn in the Pau region in France.

Passionate about painting since childhood, she took watercolour lessons and tried her hand at oils before discovering pastel in 2000. After a period of self-teaching, she perfected her training by participating in two workshops with the Maîtres Pastellistes de France in July 2004 and 2005 during the International Pastel Festival at FEYTIAT.

Like the impressionist painters, it is through the play of light and through blending that Marie-Christine COUPILLAUD shapes her works and transcribes a panel of emotions. Nature is a source of inexhaustible inspiration for her, and her landscape and animal pastels combine striking realism and surprising creativity.

The technique of dry pastel wonderfully combines softness, radiant colours, transparency and textures. Tactility is essential in this medium where pastel is worked into the paper with one’s fingers, like a sculpture modelled in two dimensions. The immediate contact allows real spontaneity.



Have you seen that we have a new Main Menu Category, called 'Member news and events'? Do you have a workshop you want to announce? Have you been juried into an international exhibition or won an award? Then this is for you. Submit an article into this category and we will see that it is published. Let's showcase our members' achievements!

We are introducing a new category into our main menu, 'Member news and events'. Whether you want to announce a personal exhibition or workshop or tell us about an award you won, this is the right place. Post your article in that category and the admins will publish it. We are looking forward to hearing about your activities or success!