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Pastel demonstration results

Thanks for showing up for my pastel demonstration. I had so much fun interacting with all of you. The black areas of the photo needed color so I decided on cooler colors in the background trees and several warmer colors in the foreground grasses.  If […]

Subject for my demo May 4th 2019

When looking for a photo reference for my Demo on May 4th, I came across this photo I took several years ago near Consumnes River. I love all the bright colors, the way the ducks and clouds lead you to the focal point.  I cropped […]

25 minute Pastel Exercise

OK I had fun today I did 2 pastel paintings each taking 25 minutes with underpaintings.  These are my quick studies for future paintings or just warm ups to get me started. I got my studio ready picked the pastels I wanted to use, set […]

Can technology help you as an artist?

I say YES!  I use my iPhone on location all the time to capture photos of what I want to paint, not for pictures but for values. OK, I can admit tools do help my tired eyes to see things more clearly and take out […]

Here’s a teaser for my workshop

Do you struggle with understanding why values can make or break your painting? Or how to see values?  Take a look at the images below and squint your eyes so they are blurry.  These images are the same the only thing that has changed are […]

Got painters passion? What the heck is that?

You may have heard of a saying “I’m in the zone” well that’s what painters passion is all about. I have spent days on location, plein air painting in the heat, rain and yes even in the snow to be “in the zone” and happy […]

Crazy in Love with alcohol and watercolor?

As it turns out these two liquids are my favorite choices for pastel underpaintings but which one is right? Well, the answer is both and in fact, one of my favorite ways to apply both of these applications are in one painting. In my wave […]