Friday, October 17, 2014

Adventures in Texas and Colorado

Roadside Walk, pastel, 12x12

I just returned from teaching a three-day pastel workshop in New Braunfels, Texas. As with most workshops, the group of artists was comprised of a variety of skill levels and experience. However, we all shared such a great enthusiasm for painting that we enjoyed what seemed like a continuous positive flow of knowledge and encouragement, with some laughs thrown in.

If you ever have the opportunity to take a workshop at Farmers Road Art Workshops, run by Mary McIntosh, in New Braunfels, TX, I highly recommend it. And if you're coming in from out of town, she also runs a fantastic bed & breakfast right there by the studio.

Above and directly below are two of my demos from the workshop.

Hidden Pasture, pastel, 11x14

Following below are a couple of other pieces painted in the past few weeks...

Suburban Respite, oil, 11x14
"Suburban Respite" was painted for a private class recently. Separating the busy green foliage from foreground to background was the challenge of the day. Carefully controlling the warm and cool hues was key, since the values from foreground to background were very similar.

Waterton Canyon, pastel, 9x12

AIS Artists Choice Award!

I had the awesome opportunity to attend the American Impressionist Society show and paintouts recently in the Denver, Colorado area, and painted several plein air studies while there. "Waterton Canyon" was done in pastel back in my studio from one of my oil studies painted on location there. I'm hoping to paint some more studio versions of my studies real soon! What made the AIS event even more painting, "The Six O'clock Show" won Artists Choice award!

Next week it's off to Charlotte, North Carolina to teach an oil painting workshop. Below are some more workshops I have coming up...


NOV. 6 & 7 (Thurs/Fri)
The Art Loft, Dahlonega, GA
Visit to register.
Workshop fee - $225

Nov. 15 (Sat.)
Red Cockerill Gallery
2845 Cemetery St.
Austell, GA 30106
Contact Ann Cockerill to register: 770-944-3160 or 
Workshop fee: $130

PASTEL Workshop - Stevensville, MD - 3-day 
Workshop - February 6, 7 & 8, 2015 (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Demo - Thurs., Feb. 5, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, $45, $55 at door
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio 
609 Thompson Creek Rd.
Stevensville, MD 21666
(about 40 minutes from downtown Baltimore)

PASTEL Workshop - Bonita Springs, FL - 3-day 
Feb. 25, 26 & 27, 2015 (Wed/Thurs/Fri)
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
26100 Old US 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
$350/members; $400/nonmembers

See my workshop page on my website for details and complete schedule through 2015, or email me with any questions.

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