Cacti and succulents come in a huge variety of shapes and textures but are not often depicted in still lifes or florals. Let us change that! You may show a close-up or plants en plein air, or compose a still life with a cactus or succulent as your centre of interest. 

As usual you may enter two paintings. Deadline is November 25. Please do not forget to mention the size of your work and your reference.



Mary Ann Pals,  our judge for the October 2021 Get Dusty Competition has made her decision:

The winner is Kerstin Birk with "The Little Green Visitor.". Congratulations! Kerstin receives a gift voucher from our sponsor,

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In second place is Alena Rachinger with "Taijitu"in third place is Ronald Hoppe with "Vineyard Snail".

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October 2021 - Category: Animal - Challenge: In the garden and down on the ground

In this challenge we want to see the small inhabitants of your garden; snails, small lizards, spiders, bugs, caterpillars etc; all those creepy-crawlies we tend to overlook. No birds and no big mammals, please! The only exceptions are mice and moles! 

The deadline is October 25,  2021, every member may upload two entries. Happy painting!



Mary Ann Pals is a pastel and charcoal artist living near the southern tip of Lake Michigan in Chesterton, IN (USA). She has enjoyed doing artwork all her life. In college, she received her degree in Humanities with an emphasis in the Visual Arts. Pals regularly exhibits her work in area, national, and international shows and art fairs. She is a member of three nationally recognized pastel societies: Great Lakes Pastel Society, MidAmerica Pastel Society, and Chicago Pastel Painters. She has received Master Circle status from the International Association of Pastel Societies. In 2008, she was honored to have her pastel painting of a Lake Michigan sunset chosen by Indiana's Lieutenant Governor to hang in the Indiana Statehouse for one year. In 2013, she had a drawing published in the highly acclaimed art series, Strokes of Genius 5, and in 2018 she received Fourth Place in the Animal /Wildlife category of Pastel Journal magazine's Pastel 100 competition.

Mary Ann's artwork is her passion. She enjoys creating lifelike scenes that depict the natural beauty she sees around her. She has traveled extensively with her family across the US, hiking, bird watching, and taking lots of reference photos. Her frequent travels provide her with a rich library of visual images and memories. Back in her studio she uses her photos and memories as a springboard to convey those special moments and her mood on paper. Pals claims, “Nature says it best. I just embellish the tale.‘‘


Bruce A. Gomez,  our judge for the September 2021 Get Dusty Competition has made his decision:

The winner is Roger Holmes, PGE with "First snow above Postbridge on Dartmoor". Congratulations! Roger receives a gift voucher from our sponsor,

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In second place is Adian Butler with "November Rain, Thurles"in third place is Anne-Laure Glaude with "Mer agitée temps sombre".

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