Pastel Journal December 2017 – Plus a Giveaway!

by Bethany, November 13, 2017

I’ve shared a little about this on my various social media and newsletter outlets, but I’m so thrilled to have an article out for the December issue of Pastel Journal magazine!  This is a long-wished-for goal and I am thrilled and delighted with the results.  Thank you doesn’t quite express my gratitude to the amazing people of the editorial and writing staff.

Several months ago (waay back in the Spring), Anne Hevener, the editor-in-chief for the PJ, emailed me asking if they could feature me in the 2017 December issue.  Of course my immediate thought was “Of course!” followed by “do people really say no to this?”  She mentioned wanting to cover my work and especially the snowy scenes I paint (since it was the December issue after all).  This sent me into a mini panic as I didn’t paint as much snow in the Winter of 2016 – early 2017 and was anxious about having enough current work for the article.  I figured I just needed to dig deep and make sure I had good printable photos to share and also decided to paint a few new pieces just in case.

The first thing I had to do was go through my existing works and pull those I thought would fit the article as well as show my range and style.  I have my paintings stored flat in multiple acid-free tracing paper booklets and they are sorted by size/year painted/subject matter…(that’s the plan anyway!). I pulled around 20 paintings and checked to see if I had good photos (most magazines require images to be at 300dpi and printable up to 8x11ish).  Many of my paintings are smaller works and so I looked for a range of paintings in various sizes, formats, and aspect ratios.

If I didn’t have a good picture,  I carefully photographed my pieces using my Nikon D800.  (This is the camera I use for all my filming and video work and it is a strong, solid, professional workhorse.  Nikon has since upgraded the model to the D810). The lighting for image work in this manner is key as well as correct color temperature.  I hand-edited my images in Adobe Photoshop using various curve layers and masks to make sure they were as close to the originals as possible.  There is always a risk that your color will be off (especially if your monitor is not color calibrated) between digital and print images) but I sent them on a wing and a prayer and am very pleased with how they look in the magazine!  The layout is gorgeous, clean, bright, and well-designed.

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(details below…)

After several email exchanges with the editorial staff, I was put in touch with my writer, the esteemed Michael Chesley-Johnson.  He is a multi-talented artist and author and it was wonderful being able to talk to him and tell him my story.

He sent me questions ahead of time and we also had phone conversations to flesh out some of my answers. I am an effusive “talker” and absolutely love to share the process of painting and things that I’ve learned, what works for me, and things that haven’t worked for me.  He was very kind and patient and a great interviewer with good questions.

The painting below (La Luna, 13×16 pastel on paper) was painted specifically for the article.  I felt I needed a vertical snowy piece that could be used in a possible “full page” placement. Most of my paintings are either square format or horizontal works.  I had no idea what paintings would be chosen until the article was ready but am so thankful this one made the headliner image!

Bethany Fields Pastel La Luna - Pastel Journal December 2017

I took one “in process” photo of the underpainting beginnings of “La Luna.”  (at right)  I first began by pencil sketching in the rough main shapes.  I then used my acrylic ink in Sepia to scrub in the main bush/scrubby tree) and also the cast shadows.  The cast shadow ink is a diluted mixture of Sepia and Indigo Daler-Rowney acrylic inks.

In the photo, I have just begun to swipe in some purple and peachy pastels at the bottom.  This is pre-alcohol wash-in and all done on Uart 400 grit sanded paper.

I wish I had taken more photos.  I’m sure after this photo was taken, I quickly got in the zone  – you know how hard it is to stop once that happens!

Bethany Fields Pastel Journal Article

This was a huge dream realized and I am so thankful for the opportunity to share my work.  It is the work of my heart and soul and I so grateful for everyone who has cheered and encouraged me.  So many thanks to all the people who made this possible!!  I am still on Cloud ELEVEN.

Now for the fun part!!

I have some extra copies of the magazine and want to send them to you!  I will autograph and send your magazine in a happy package (maybe even with some extra art goodies).

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To enter the drawing, please do one or all of these!  The more you complete, the more entries you get! 🙂

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Email me and let me know so I can enter your name!  I will be drawing the winners on Monday, November 20…stay tuned!

Thank you all for reading and sharing.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

Happy Monday!



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  1. Jennifer Akins November 13, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I am immensely proud of you!!

  2. John L Kemmis November 13, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Beautiful article and blog!

  3. Amanda Hinders November 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Incredible! Your work is so beautiful <3

  4. Hyunji Kim November 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I have been a big fan of you and watched all of your utube videos! And those always make me want to try sof pastels.(I actually did tried. But didn’t come out very well yet) So I am sooooo happy that your paintings were introduced on the journal!!!!!!! I would be soooo thrilled if I could have a chance to get a signed copy. Not only because they don’t sell one here in korea but also because I would be so happy to have your autograph!! Congratulations again!

  5. Emily Lackey November 13, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    This is a beautiful painting!! Congratulations!!

  6. Doug Decker November 13, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Bethany! I can only imagine how thrilled you are. I’ve been a faithful reader of your blog and the Pastel Journal and I’m looking forward to seeing your article soon. You deserve the special attention. Keep on keeping on.

  7. Lisa Garcia November 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    I am an extreme beginner to soft pastels. Your amazing work and videos inspire me to keep trying. Keep practicing with the hopes that one day I will find my own style and that I create beautiful pieces like you. Keep inspiring those of us that have a long road ahead of us. 😊

  8. Linda Kriegel November 14, 2017 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Great job Bethany! I wondered where you were over the summer and up until very recently! Congratulations! Not only is your work amazing, but you are so great at teaching and sharing your talents! So proud of you!

  9. Cheryl Sward November 14, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Great article, and so well deserved! I’m a big fan.

  10. Tom Cole November 14, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Congratulations on a very informative article!!! Write some more!!! God has given you special talents!!!

  11. Shannon L Johnson November 14, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Congratulations! Great article, I enjoy learning from you.

  12. Tracy Rajkowski November 14, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Congrats on a wonderful article!

  13. Maryse Migué November 14, 2017 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Way to go, Bethany! I am thrilled for you. I have been following you for quite a while and I have a subscription to the Pastel Journal, so I can’t wait to read the article. From your writings and videos, I see that you are very determined, steadfast and passionate about your art. Your paintings are well executed, warm and contemplative. I am grateful to know you through social media and I thank you for all that you share with us. Congratulations!!!

  14. gloriajpowell November 14, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on a well-deserved accomplishment! Your art is beautiful and I so appreciate your willingness to share your talents and insights with other aspiring artists so freely and joyfully. You are such an inspiration!

  15. SUSAN E CLARK November 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! I love your work and find your blogs and videos to be very helpful.

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  17. Denise Page November 20, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

    This was fun to read about Jeff and his work. I have also been captivated by his snow scenes! It was great to read about his process too. He is nice guy too as we have communicated about his Pastel FB page. Thanks for sharing Bethany! I’m a big fan of yours too!

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