Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, the tip of my shoes, to the top of my hat.
Thank you Juror and Judge Tony Allain! Thank you all of the wonderful artists of the 13th Mile High National Pastel Exhibition and the Pastel Society of Colorado. 


13th Mile High National Pastel Exhibition 


Paul Birchak
Best of Show
"The Magic of Books"


Pastel 
21 x 29 inches 


I created the support from 140lb watercolor paper in which I applied two coats of pumice mixed with gesso and toned it very dark with acrylic paint. 
The picture was conceived from an adventure in which my sweetheart and I were at a small bookstore in Nederland, Colorado. 
I started with two concept sketches and then moved into the larger format on the paper I had prepared.
I used vine charcoal to lay out the composition and then used pastel pencils and regular pastel stick. 
Rembrandt, Sennelier, Carb Othello, Schmincke

and Nu Pastels were used in this painting.
I use Sennelier and Schmincke fixatives.

Starring my Sweetheart, our kitties,
And our imaginary wild kingdom.
 

WELCOME TO GALLERIA DE EXTRAORDINAIRE OF

PAUL BIRCHAK



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