Our guest judge Julie Freeman has chosen her winning painting. It is 'Douceur Frisee(Amina)' by Ghislane Fabre!

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Congratulations! She wins a set of Unison softpastels.

In second place is 'Grace' by Lynn Howarth; in third place is 'Pears' by Teresa Allen.

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Our September Get Dusty category is 'Landscape'. To make the challenge a bit more interesting, we have chosen the following poem by Paul Hansford:

Reflection (A Palindromic Poem)

Still waters, deep, 
surface like glass reflecting green above; 

and below are trees, sky, 
shadows, leaves, sunlight, 
moving and motionless. 
Here silent images shimmer now, 
and - air breathing suddenly - break. 
Unbidden feelings confuse 
reality and fantasy. 
Which is which? 
Fantasy and reality confuse; 
feelings unbidden break, suddenly breathing air; 
and now shimmer images, 
silent here, motionless 
and moving.... 
(sunlight leaves shadows) . 
Sky, trees are 
below - and above - 
green, reflecting, glass-like surface. 
Deep waters, still.

We think that this poem is a wonderful starting point for a painting featuring reflections. Let yourself be inspired by it!

The deadline for this competition is September, 25. You may enter up to two paintings.

Julie is a self taught artist and over the years has developed her skills especially in the medium of pastels. Her style is photorealistic. She is a Distinguished Member of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand ( PANZ ), and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America ( PSA ).

She has had much success with national and international awards and her artwork is in private collections in the UK, USA, and NZ.

Julie's fascination with realism started as a child, she remembers clearly the enjoyment and sense of achievement in sketching and painting realistic pictures. Pastel became her favourite medium many years ago while living in the United States and England where she was doing commissioned animal portraits, initially using black and white. When she broadened her subjects, began using colour and more specifically pastel pencils, her work gained increased recognition.

Julie aims to create work that is better than a photograph. She uses her own reference photos, and when she is not in the studio at the easel, she will be off on a photographic trip with her husband around the New Zealand countryside, looking for inspiration, which isn’t hard to find. Her subject matter is varied, from coastal and nautical to the natural fauna and flora of New Zealand.


We did it; PGE finally has their very own signature members! A long-cherished plan has come true.

In the last few weeks the board discussed and approached suitable candidates. Yesterday, during our latest board meeting we brought them to a vote. Congratulations to our first signature members Lynn Howarth, Ruth Mann, Marie-France Oosterhof, Annika Östmann, Dolores Saul and Dorothea Schulz!

Are you interested in joining the club? These are the criteria as stated by the PGE membership rules:

A PGE Signature member not only has to be an experienced and highly skilled pastellist, but someone who actively contributes to PGE by sitting on committees, writing articles, moderating in the forum, helping with the website, finding sponsors etc. This type of membership has to be earned. The board will meet once a year and consider which journeyer members deserve to be promoted to signature status. The candidates will then be contacted and asked to apply by sending in an artist statement, listing their artistic achievements (winning the Get Dusty, being juried into exhibitions, teaching pastel painting etc.) The final decision will be made by a jury of members of the PGE board who will later be joined by PGE signature members.


We have now reached the letter 'S'. Unfortunately, several of our members haven't posted photos of their art work in our member gallery. Without that, we can't choose your work as 'Member painting of the week' which we show on the PGE FB page. Our post are viewed by an average of a thousand people or more. Don't miss out on this chance to show your work to a wider public! Send the photos to Dolores' email. She will upload them into the member gallery!