Sydney McGinley

Sydney McGinley is a master pastelist who uses PanPastel Colors for her pastel paintings. Using pastel sticks in combination with PanPastel.

“I love to draw. My desire to integrate drawing and painting is a constant endeavor in each of my pieces. PanPastel allows me the freedom to use tools such as sponges to add to my mark making. With a sponge loaded with color I am able to make a swathe on the paper surface which can stand alone or become a layer to hold pencil or stick. The area can be fresh and alive with just the PanPastel alone. More layering is possible if desired.

Three dimensional areas can be built if PanPastel is applied thickly, much like Cezzane when he used graduated color, stroke next to stroke, to give form to his apples.

One of my favorite combinations is PanPastel and an eraser. I draw with the eraser exposing the bottom layer of pastel. The possibilities are endless, the more I use PanPastel, the more ideas spring forth. I am excited about the paintings to come.” - Sydney McGinley


About Sydney McGinley

Sydney is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and designated as a Master Pastelist by this New York City organization. She is also a full member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club in New York City.

She has won many national and international awards, and her work is collected in the United States and Europe.

Several publications have included her pastel work including The Pastel Journal, The American Artist, The Artists’ Magazine, Pratique des Arts, and Fine Art Connoisseur.

Book publications include: A Painter’s Guide to Design and Composition, Pure Color/The Best of Pastel, Stroke of Genius 3/The Best of Drawing, Lessons in Classical Drawing , and Sketchbook Confidential.

Her work can be seen at the Peninsula Gallery located in Lewes, Delaware, and at the Rehoboth Art League in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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Recent Posts:

Our latest Q&A is with New York City based artist Beverly Brown. We wanted to share her beautiful PanPastel paintings and to find out more about her creative process and why she uses PanPastel. Beverly used PanPastel Colors for all of the work shown below.

My grandfather was a painter, illustrator, and professor. I grew up sitting on his lap watching him draw. It fascinated me. I had an amazing (and patient, ha) art teacher in high school that nurtured my abilities and helped me create a portfolio that was awarded several scholarships to major art schools.

Lora Murphy was born in Ireland and educated in Ireland, USA and Italy. Trained as an oil painter, she now works primarily in Encaustic and mixed media. Lora teaches workshops in Contemporary Portraiture in Encaustic throughout the world and is currently working on an E-course, due to be released this year. She divides her time between Ireland and Denmark and maintain studios in both countries.

Our latest Artist Q&A is with Canadian artist Amy Hetherington of Headspace Illustrations.

We have been following Amy’s work on Instagram, and love how she uses PanPastel for her beautifully delicate nature inspired illustrations. So we asked Amy to tell us more about her work, and how she uses PanPastel.