I can’t believe how quickly the summer has been speeding by! I have been teaching group classes, private classes and workshops and loving it! It’s been wonderful to see the growth of my students artwork! And, of course, I have been doing lots of painting! 

This painting below, Azaleas, is a commission piece of my collector’s back yard. What a beautiful piece of property they have!

Downstream 9×12 pastel

Here are some progression shots….


Reference photo for Downstream



1. Watercolor underpainting
on UArt sanded paper


3. More pastel coverage


As you can see, I took artistic liberty and interpreted this scene to make it more pleasing and dynamic. During the early spring, this pond is full of azaleas, and my client wanted me to add them. I started off with a watercolor underpainting to give me a strong foundation and also to inspire color choices besides all that green. 

Pastel En Perigord

 Le Musée du Pastel de Saint-Aulaye, France

July 4th – Sept. 2

Pastel En Perigord is a beautiful exhibit in The Museum of Pastel in Saint-Aulaye, France. I, along with 4 other American pastel artists, were invited to exhibit 3 paintings. Unfortunately, I am unable to travel to France to see it. I feel so honored to be part of this show and to have been awarded “Prix pour la technique“ for “Coming Home” which included a big box of Girault pastels! 

Michel Bordas, the President of the Pastel Society in France with my award of Girault pastels

Coming Home winner of the “Prix de Technique” award in Pastel En Perigord Exhibition

The July ’18 issue of Pratique Des Arts, a French Art Magazine, features numerous articles of wonderful pastels artists. Here’s a photo of my page. Thank goodness for Google Translate to understand what was written!


My article explained the progression and inspiration of my painting, 

Morning Has Broken. 

Morning Has Broken was also featured in Pastel Journal Magazine, along with After the Rain.    

Three big Exhibitions coming up!  

American  Impressionist Society

19th Annual National Juried Competition

Sept. 27th-Oct. 27th

Peninsula School of Art 

Fish Creek, WI

A Place in the Sun included in this AIS Exhibition


Pastel  Society of America

Forty-Sixth Annual Exhibition

Enduring Brilliance!

Sept. 5-Sep 2018

National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, NewYork, NY


Riverwalk Cable Car will be include in this PSA Enduring Brilliance Exhibition 9 x 12 pastel


Reflections of a Southern Life – Works on Paper Exhibition

Mason- Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont College

567 Georgia St., Demorest, GA 

August 30-September 27, 2018



I just finished teaching two 2-day workshops.  One in beautiful Lake Toxaway, NC and the other through the Sawnee Art Association in Cumming, GA.  These classes are chock full of inspirational and instructive information that will take your paintings to the next level. 


I am now booking workshops for 2019 and 2020. If interested in having me come to teach with your pastel society or art center, please email me: nancy@nancynowak.com

Upcoming 2 Day Workshop! 

November 3rd and 4th 

Successful Starts for Sensational Paintings! Double the instruction and double the fun! I will be teaching with Karen Margulis in this upcoming workshop. 



The April issue of Pastel Journal Magazine was a highlight! Included in this issue is the 19th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, 100 top pastel paintings in 5 different categories (landscape and interior, still life, portrait /figure, animal /wildlife, abstract).  I feel truly honored that my painting Gallery Street, has been awarded the Ruth Richeson Pastel Gold Award which is considered 3rd Place overall. Tuscan Dream won an honorable Mention in the Landscape category.

I thought I’d post the published article written by Stephanie Laufersweiler, who articulated my words and thoughts perfectly.





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