Friday, June 10, 2016

That's a Wrap! Instructional Painting Videos Coming Soon!

I’m a little late posting my monthly blog, but with good reason! I’m excited to announce that I’ve just completed filming a series of instructional painting lessons … 4 in oil and 4 in pastel. They'll be available as digital downloads, with the option of also being purchased as a DVD.

As we were wrapping up the filming, we also shot this brief video so I could describe this series in person:

Production should be completed later this summer.  If you’d like to receive notification of when they’re available, click here to go to a page that will prompt you to enter your email address. (Don’t worry, you’re not signing up for junk mail, just this notification.) 

The completed painting demos from the videos are shown below. You’ll notice I’ve painted the same image in oil and in pastel, which I thought would be helpful for those who work in both media and would be interested in viewing both courses. Each medium covers 4 topics: Color Temperature, Composition, Edges & Editing, and Color Harmony. (The demos below are shown in this order.)


I'm asked frequently if I have any videos available, so I'm excited to soon finally be able to say that I do! A special thank you to Adam Houston, owner of Bridge Creative ( in Atlanta, GA, for putting this all together, and Eric Parnell ( of Bend, OR, our videographer.

Winter's Warms and Cools, pastel, 9x12

Winter's Warms and Cools (oil), 9x12

Everything Has Its Place (pastel), 9x12

Everything Has Its Place (oil), 9x12

A Brief Impression (pastel), 9x12

A Brief Impression (oil), 9x12

Winter's Harmony (pastel), 9x12

Winter's Harmony (oil), 9x12

Upcoming Workshops:

Lac du Flambeau, WI (northern Wisconsin) - 4-day PASTEL/OIL workshop
(studio & some plein air)
June 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2016 (Mon-Thurs)
Dillman's Creative Arts Foundation
3305 Sand Lake Lodge Lane
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538
This will mainly be a studio workshop, but will also include some plein air time. Dillman's is a resort facility where you can enjoy gorgeous (paintable!) scenery right outside your door, boat rides on the lake and other outdoor recreation right there where the workshop takes place. The studios stay open after workshop hours for artists wanting additional painting time. Workshop fee also includes a welcome dinner the evening of your arrival. Affordable accommodations in the resort are available through Dillman's. This is a great option if you're looking to completely immerse yourself in a painting workshop!
Call 715-588-3143 for more information or register online at

Florham Park, NJ - 3-day PASTEL workshop
July 22, 23 & 24, 2016
Debarry Studio Ten
Contact Christina at 973-525-2544 or

Cape Cod, MA - 3-day PASTEL/OIL workshop
Aug. 9, 10 & 11, 2016
Falmouth Artists Guild
Falmouth, MA
$425/member; $475/non-member

Dahlonega, GA - 3-day PASTEL/OIL workshop
Sept., 22, 23 & 24, 2016 (Thurs/Fri/Sat)
The Art Loft
Dahlonega, GA

For full workshop schedule, visit

Online Critiques
Would you like me to personally critique your oil or pastel painting? Visit and click on my name for quick, affordable feedback on your work.

NEW! Critique Group in Bend, OR
In the Bend area? See the workshop page on my website for information on a new monthly critique group that I'll be leading!


  1. Hi Barbara! I love your work and am inspired by it and your work ethic. I am at that stage where I am struggling with creating a 'work of art' or 'fine art' or 'a poetic landscape' that is my idea of what I'm seeing instead of just rendering the scene literally. Looking forward to your videos coming out! It's funny, I get ideas on what I might want to do with my work or have visions of what it might look like and then I see an artist already doing it! Doh! :) lol Thanks for all your work and efforts!

    1. Thanks for the nice comment, Mike (here and on FB!)! I look forward to having these videos completed and hope you'll find them helpful.

  2. Great clip Barbara! I'm looking forward to the release of the DVDs...happy painting!

  3. This is wonderful for those of us who have been wanting to get to one of your workshops but cannot easily travel for one reason or another! Thank you for helping us by creating these videos. The studies look awesome! I can't wait!

    1. Thanks, Jacqueline! I'm certainly hoping that the video lessons will fill that need.

  4. I am interested in your video series Painting the Poetic Landscape

  5. Judith, you can either click the link indicated above, or go to and you'll be prompted to enter your email address to receive a notification when the series is available. Thanks!