Pastel painting workshop with Amanda Houston!
“This workshop will go beyond the “how-to” steps of creating radiant sky paintings from photographs. It will explore the intuitive creative process while still covering the foundation of good design and composition. We will focus on a series of small-scale color sketches and finish with one larger piece. While I will share how I approach skies, this workshop is for you to explore your own marking making, and undergo a deeper self-discovery to define your own unique painting style. Learn what habits holds you back so your true voice can come out.
I will show a variety of different techniques working with pastel on a variety of different surfaces so you can explore new possibilities in your own work. I will demo in pastel but all mediums are welcome. We will focus on simplifying our subject matter in 4-5 values, refining shapes, harmonizing color palette, how to paint “the glow” and strengthening how to lead the viewer through your painting.
You will learn to analyze your own mark making and work on a series of small paintings, exploring variations on a theme, and learning how an artist’s creative spirit comes out. This workshop is a unique balance of left and right brained exercises preparing you to paint with composition authority and creative curiosity. Be prepared to walk away with at least 8-10 pieces from the workshop.”