This month, our Get Dusty challenge is about the relationship between human and animal. Show us a double portrait or figure of someone with their furry, scaly or feathery friend. Please do not enter far away riders or someone in the distance walking their dog; this is not a landscape competition. Human and animal should be the main elements of your composition and should dominate the picture plane.

As usual, every member may enter up to two paintings. The deadline is June, 25. Happy painting!


                     Dorothea Schulz PGE, Master copy after Mary Cassatt, Sara and her dog

Dorothea Schulz PGE, our judge for the May Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Svenja Starke with "On the ground II". Congratulations! Svenja receives a gift voucher from our sponsor the

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In second place is Kerstin Birk with "Seaweed washed up on the beach"in third place is Alena Rachinger with "Nature´s treasures".

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This month, we want to see a veritable 'nature morte'. Set up a natural still life with stones, wood, dry leaves or seashells. Your entry should contain no man-made objects and no freshly cut flowers or leaves, unless in a very minor, supporting role.

As usual, every member may enter up to two paintings. The deadline is May, 25, 2021. 

Please do not forget to mention the size of your work and the author of your reference photo if you didn't work from 'life'.


Rita Kirkman PSA , our judge for the April Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Motti Shoval with "Crams". Congratulations! Motti receives a gift voucher.

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In second place is Jeremy Lee Mun Loong with "Circle of life"in third place is Yael Maimon with "Kittens".

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American pastel artist Rita Kirkman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988. Meanwhile, in 1986 she began a 12 year career sketching quick portraits at amusement parks, and in 1988 she began a business drawing detailed pencil portraits from client photos.

Since 2003, Kirkman has improved her own style and technique with pastel through independent study and workshops with renowned artists each year. This effort has been consistently rewarded with major awards in national and international competitions. Her work has been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Pratique des Arts Spécial Pastel, and published in many others. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a recipient of the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her portraits and paintings are in private collections all over the world.