Jon Thornton Demo/Speaker at January 14, 2017 Meeting

Preparing your Art for Promotion, Sales and Exhibition

Jon Thornton, owner of Four Sticks framing, is an experienced Photographer and Framer that will be demonstrating "How to Photograph your Artwork" as well as converting the image to proper format for submission to exhibitions and online promoting. Jon will be working in the Irfanview program (a free photo editing program) and will walk us through the step-by-step process of creating high quality images that represent your fine artwork.

Bring Your Artwork to be Photographed!

After the General Meeting, Jon will also be offering his services to photograph members' artwork for a special offer of $5 per image. This will include converting the image to be submission ready. With our exhibition approaching, this will be a wonderful opportunity to get your artwork professionally photographed and ready to submit online for our show. So please remember to bring your finished paintings, unframed, any and all that you would like photographed and converted.

Fill out the PDF Form

To have your artwork photographed, please download the attached PDF form, fill out and bring it with you to the meeting with your check or cash to pay Jon Thornton directly.  

Contact Paula Somma

Please contact Paula Somma at  paulasomma@gmail.com if you plan on having your images photographed and she will add your name to the list of participants.

Download the Photograph Form PDF

Molly Lipsher Mini-workshop at November Meeting

A Moment of Radiance

A Moment of Radiance

Molly Lipsher will do a demo of her work at the November 17th member's meeting. After the meeting and our holiday catered lunch, she will offer a mini-workshop. Currently the workshop is full but a waiting list is available.

 

Please email Paula Somma at paulasomma@gmail.com to get on the waiting list.

 

From Molly ...

"I am inspired by vast open spaces, and the primorial landforms I find there. I travel extensively to paint in remote locations, most recently focused on New Mexico, the Sierra and the great deserts. I utilize light and form where I find them, formulating an emotional response for my paintings through the actual existing physicality; the terrain, geology, climate, topography, and vegetation. 

When in the midst of painting it, I must be in tune to capture its innate spirit, wit, and ultimately, the irony of its mystery, since the true origin will always remain unknown. I am less concerned with "finish" than I am with capturing this intuitive spirited, mood of a place. I like to express my emotional response through bold, gestural, colorful strokes, and I leave these strokes as is, trying not to refine them excessively in the finished piece."

 

Visit www.mollylipsher.com to see more of her work!

Lavone Sterling Mini-workshop at September meeting

Lavone Sterling is a presenter at our next member's meeting on September 17, 2016.

She will do a demo on Atmospheric Perspective. After the meeting she will conduct a mini-workshop. Currently the mini-workshop is full but there is a waiting list available.

Please email Paula Somma at paulasomma@gmail.com to get on the waiting list.

Topic of Demonstration: Atmospheric Perspective

Description of Workshop

"In this workshop we will be dealing with the artist's task of creating the illusion of distance or depth in landscape. The saturation of light on distant objects as mountain and trees or atmospheric perspective causes the object to appear to fade. Leonardo da Vinci referred to this phenomenon as "the perspective of disappearance" . There are several techinques pastel artists can use to achieve atmospheric perspective or the desired "distance in a landscape". We will explore those methods in our workshop and learn a few tricks. So bring photos to work from and get ready to have fun"

LaVone Sterling, a Signature Member of PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA; PASTEL SOCIETY OF THE WEST COAST and SIERRA PASTEL SOCIETY, is a California artist whose landscapes and portraits are found in both private and public collections throughout the world.   Her painting “Golden Glow”is currently on the box lid of SennelierSoft Pastel30 piece pleinair landscape set and is available at most art supply stores. 

“I feel so fortunate to live in this beautiful valley”, the artist says. “I never lack for subject matter or inspiration.  Mornings, when my mind is fresh, is when I do my best work.  I begin painting when the sun comes up. Capturing the light is truly a challenge and creating art has its own sense of restful reward. My hope is that those who view my art will feel the same sense of quiet inward peace as I do when I create it."

LaVone’s work is available for sale at The Sense of Place Art Gallery in Fresno, CA or on her website www.lavonesterlingfineart.com

Realistic Still Life Workshop with Lisa Ober - October 2016

October 20-22, 2016

Riviera United Methodist Church

375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

 

Don't miss the opportunity to sign up for this workshop with talented artist Lisa Ober. Check out her amazing realistic artwork at www.lisaober.com

There are only a few places left so don't delay, contact Arturo Fribourg to secure your spot!

Artist Lisa Ober, PSA,  teaches a color-filled workshop on how to create beautifully detailed still life paintings in pastel. She will take a step-by-step approach through her unique still life technique, from the first sketch to the finished piece using a photo reference. Short demonstrations followed by plenty of class work time will ignite a passion for still lifepainting as students see their colorful paintings take shape. Participants will learn the skills needed to create believable and realistic still life paintings that are loaded with impressive details.

Lisa will discuss developing keen observation skills, color selection, pastel application, and she will disclose her secrets for handling difficult surfaces such as glass or metal—giving special attention to this area.


"I love people.  I love painting.  I love painting people.  Put those three statements together and you have the perfect combination for a portrait painter which is exactly what I have endeavored to be my whole life.  As a small child I was inspired by my grandmother, a self taught artist who seemed to also enjoy portrait painting.  I recall spending hours with her in her studio hanging on to her every tip, trick, demonstration or suggestion.  My greatest hope was to be as good a painter as she was and my favorite past time was trying to do just that."

--- from www.lisaober.com/about-lisa.html
 

Alain Picard Workshop Openings - March 2016

There are still a few spots open for the Alain Picard landscape and portrait workshops! Don't miss the chance to sign up for one or both of these workshops since they are not offered on the west coast very often!

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THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT California

Three-Day Workshop, 9:00am-4:00pm
March 7-9, 2016
Location: Pastel Painters of Southern California, Redondo Beach
Registration: Please contact Arturo Fribourg at fribourgarch@aol.com

Learn to develop lifelike portrait paintings, whether working from the live model or photographic references. Using the live model as our reference, we’ll learn all the techniques necessary to create stunning portraits in pastel and oil. Lighting and posing the model, photographing the model for reference, designing the portrait, creating lifelike skin tones, learning the painterly approach, and refining your portrait will all be covered in a relaxed and friendly learning environment. Alain will demonstrate each morning based on the day’s theme, and students will work from the live model throughout the day to develop lifelike portraits with personalized instruction at their easels. The workshop will conclude with an encouraging group critique on the last day. 

---from picardstudio.com/workshops/


THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE California

Two Day Studio/Plein Air Workshop, Thursday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm
March 10-11, 2016
Location: Pastel Painters of Southern California, Redondo Beach
Registration: Please contact Arturo Fribourg at fribourgarch@aol.com

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly look.

---from picardstudio.com/workshops/


For more details and information on cost and payment deadline download this Workshop Notice from Arturo Fribourg.

You can also download the Workshop Supply List

 

Julia Patterson Meeting Demo and Mini-Workshop - January 16, 2016

 

Join the fun with a demo by Julia Patterson on Texture and Whimsy at our January 16th PSSC meeting. Afterwards a mini- workshop will be offered to continue exploring these subjects using highly textured gaterboard, pastels and a little color theory to create masterpieces of whimsy.

 

There are only 12 places available for the mini-workshop, contact Vickie Sekits or Lynn Attig to secure your spot!

 

About the Workshop      ----from Julia Patterson                              

Texture Madness!

Let’s just play for 3 hours using highly textured gatorboard, hard and soft pastels, and a little color theory to create masterpieces of whimsy. Recommended subject matter: animals or objects. Nothing serious. One prepared board included.

Fee:  $35/person
Class Size Limit: 12

Materials List:
Assortments of pastels, mostly semi-hard to hard.
Any size piece of gatorboard or hardboard you like(no foamcore), 16” x 12” recommended
2” brush from hardware store
water container
largest black Sharpie you can find
Easel

SpectraFix ColourFix pastel Primer (colored or clear)

I will provide a small textured board for each participant to experiment with while our larger boards are drying as well as some acrylic paints and other goodies.

Dawn Emerson Workshop - February 2016

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Grazing the Blues

Grazing the Blues

This workshop is currently full but there is a waiting list available. Contact Carolyn to be added to the waiting list.

 

FEBRUARY 19-21, 2016 in SANTA MARIA, CA

“The Dynamic Horse” 
3 Days of creating images of horses that are infused with energy, color, and life! In this beautiful setting you’ll explore ways of drawing and painting with pastel that will re-inspire your love of the medium to express your passion for this most beautiful animal. You’ll be photographing and sketching the horses at the Blue Moon West ranch, and working from photos in the studio. 

Download the Materials List here.

Workshop Coordinator: Carolyn Buchman


About Dawn

I grew up on the east coast in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and graduated from Brown University in 1977 with a BA in English and a minor in art. After a career in the Boston area as a graphic designer, I moved in 1992 to the high desert plateau of Central Oregon with my husband and two children. I taught in the public schools as an artist in residence, and began attending workshops given by pastel artists Harley Brown, Albert Handell, Sheila Reiman, and Doug Dawson. Pastel felt “like home” the first time I tried it, and my world literally changed from black and white to color. By 1997 I was winning major awards for my pastel work, and had achieved “signature member status” with the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the American Academy of Equine Art, and “associate member status” with the Society for Animal Artists.

---dawnemerson.com

Save the Date for the Alain Picard Workshop - March 2016

 

The workshop will take place on March 7-11, 2016. The first three days will be dedicated to portraits and the last two days to landscapes.  You can sign up for any one session or for both portrait and landscape sessions. Alain Picard has also agreed to be our 2016 show awards judge!

Sign-ups will start at the July 18 meeting so be sure to secure your spot.

Workshop Coordinator: Arturo Fribourg


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Alain Picard earned a BA in illustration from Western CT State University and went on to study at the Art Student's League in New York City. He cites Sargent, Degas, and Sorolla among his artistic influences. A love of light and beauty are immediately apparent in his pastel and oil paintings.

A frequent workshop instructor and demonstrator for art associations, schools, galleries and museums, he recently demonstrated at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Arts Club in New York City. In an effort to share his passion for art with others, Alain’s first book, "Pastel Basics," was published in 2013, followed by a series of instructional DVD’s in pastel. His newest book, "Mastering Pastel," was released on April 29, 2015.

  --picardstudio.com

Lyn Asselta Workshop - October 2015

"A painting should speak to your soul"

"A painting should speak to your soul"

Pastels and The Expressive Landscape

Event Date: October 22-24 at the Riviera United Methodist Church

 

"Choosing pastel as her medium, Lyn Asselta creates vivid, thoughtful images of places that are close to her heart.  These images are often meant to make her viewer feel as though they've stumbled upon a place of quiet strength and solitude. 

More often than not, you the viewer are able to step into a landscape that will take you away to a place where you can slow down, breathe the air, and feel as though you are surrounded by the peace and quiet of nature."

lynasselta.com


More information will be added as it becomes available. To reserve your spot contact Arturo Fribourg

Fran Nichols Mini-Workshop - September 2015

This half day workshop will follow the September 12th PSSC meeting at the Riviera Methodist Church. Fran will also be doing the demo during the meeting and so will have the opportunity to continue the lesson in the mini-workshop.

Underpainting in Acrylic and Watercolor. 1-4pm, $50.

Learn to encourage your painterly technique in pastel by first underpainting in acrylic and watercolor.

We will concentrate on composition, massing shapes, and the beauty of light, atmosphere, and color in a demonstration of painting the Antelope Valley's poppyfields. 

Workshop Participants:

Bring a surface that will accept water media, such as an Ampersand board or mounted U-Art paper, and watercolors if you have them (I will have some extra).

The acrylics will be provided.

   Contact Vickie Sekits to sign up.

Sherrie Nielsen 3 Day Horse Workshop in Santa Maria - June 2015

Blue Moon West ranch is about 20 minutes Northeast of Santa Maria on CA highway 166 and has 50 acres with white fences, two barns, a house and other outbuildings, including an empty chicken house, along with the art studio. 

Down the street five more minutes is Blue Moon cattle ranch, with lots of cows to photograph and paint on another 450 acres.

 

Workshop cost - $350

  • for three days - June 24 - 26 

  • breakfast and lunch included.

Horse clinic

Bring your cameras, phones and ipads. We will work on how to create new work from photographic sources and creative use of a model.  We will combine your background photo with the horse models.  Each student could create a monochromatic under-painting from these sources. 


We will work on how to use photographic resources without having your creativity tied up to how good or poor the photographic image is.  Then we will translate value to color. Horses range in color from chestnut to palomino to bay and two colors of paints--charcoal/white and chestnut/white. 

Some of the horses on the property are an Arabian, a Quarter Horse, a Tennessee Walker and the two paints, one of which looks a bit Mustang-like.  

 

Download the Workshop flyer in pdf format here!

 

Information to book your room:

Santa Maria Historic Inn

800-462-4276

http://www.santamariainn.com/

For more information call Carolyn 310-370-7894, or email careart@icloud.com with "horse" in the subject line.

 

We could  carpool!

Doug Dawson Workshop - May 2015

"Battleground"

"Battleground"

Doug Dawson has exhibited with and/or received numerous awards from a number of different art organizations, including but not limited to:  The Pastel Society of America,  American Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists,  The National Academy of Western Art,  Southeastern Pastel Society,  Pastel Society of West Coast,  Audubon Artists,  Kansas Pastel Society,   Allied Artists,  the Pastel Society of the Southwest,  the Pastel Society of New Mexico, the Pastel Society of Oregon,  the Pastel Society of Colorado,  and the International Association of Pastel Societies.


Please join us!

  • Location: Destination Art:

    • 1815 W. 213th Street, #135

    • Torrance, CA 90501

  • Cost: $350

  • Date & times: May 28 - 30, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Contact Arturo Fribourg to sign up

 

Doug Dawson has indicated that this workshop will be a Studio Landscape Workshop and requests that the participating artists bring their own landscape photos. Doug Dawson's Supply List is available to download on the link below.

In addition, participants should bring their own table top or floor easels (tables are available), two drop cloths and their lunch for each day. Please arrive early to set up your workspace.

At this time there is room for a few more participating artists. Please make your reservations now. Please contact Arturo Fribourg at fribourgarch@aol.com

Doug Dawson Workshop Supply List

Richard McKinley Workshop - March 2015

Misty Memories

Misty Memories

The PSSC is sponsoring a workshop with premier pastel artist Richard Mckinley in March of 2015!

The workshop will be divided into two sessions, one for beginner and one for advanced artists.

 

 

March 21-23, 2015, Redondo Beach, California.

3-day Pastel en plein air and studio geared to beginner painters.

This beginner workshop will focus on the fundamentals of pastel landscape painting. Composition, value relationships, and color harmony will be discussed.  Techniques will cover a straight forward alla prima approach as well as dry underpainting and wet pastel underpainting approaches. There may be a couple of spots still available.

March 25-27, 2015, Redondo Beach, California.

3-day Pastel en plein air and studio geared to advanced painters.

The advanced workshop will focus on a variety of creative underpainting techniques and compositional orchestration. It still has openings available.


The beginner session will take place at:

Destination: Art

1815 W. 213th Street, #135

Torrance, CA 90501

(310) 742-3192

The location for the advanced session is:

Riviera United Methodist Church

375 Palos Verdes Blvd.

Redondo Beach, CA. 90277

The class size is 18 for each class.  Richard Mckinley uses multimedia board, and Wallis sanded paper as well as a huge assortment of pastels both hard and soft.  One would need watercolors and a variety of medium large brushes to do the underpainting.

The total cost of each of the segments is $300.  A $150 deposit check made out to PSSC needs to be sent to:  Suzanne Kuuskmae, 621 29th St., Manhattan Beach, CA  90266.

Email Sue if you need additional information. 

 

Doug Dawson Workshop - November 6-8, 2014 - Cancelled!

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This workshop was cancelled due to illness.

 

"The Burning Hour"

"The Burning Hour"


Doug Dawson has exhibited with and/or received numerous awards from a number of different art organizations, including but not limited to:  The Pastel Society of America,  American Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists,  The National Academy of Western Art,  Southeastern Pastel Society,  Pastel Society of West Coast,  Audubon Artists,  Kansas Pastel Society,   Allied Artists,  the Pastel Society of the Southwest,  the Pastel Society of New Mexico, the Pastel Society of Oregon,  the Pastel Society of Colorado,  and the International Association of Pastel Societies.


  • Location: Riviera United Methodist Church

    • 375 Palos Verdes Blvd.

    • Redondo Beach, CA 90277

  • Cost: $350

  • Date & times: November 6 thru 8, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Contact Arturo Fribourg to sign up

Doug Dawson has indicated that this workshop will be a Studio Landscape Workshop and requests that the participating artists bring their own landscape photos. Doug Dawson's Supply List is available to download on the link below. In addition, participants should bring their own easels, two drop cloths and their lunch for each day.

Please arrive early to set up your workspace. Space is limited, but a waiting list will be available if necessary.

Doug Dawson Workshop Supply List

 

Morgan Kari Half Day Workshop "Watercolor Special Effects"


Morgan Kari was one of the original founding members of the Pastel Society
of Southern California (PSSC). She has had extensive Art teaching
experience having taught at Art Center College of Design, Palos Verdes Art
Center, Otis College of Art and Design and now at the Manhattan Beach
Creative Arts Center. She also holds Classes at her beautiful 900 square
foot Art Studio at her home in Woodland Hills.



Morgan is especially interested in many art mediums and how to combine them
in unique ways. Over the years she has done dozens of Demos and Workshops,
showing these techniques to interested groups. For this Demo, she will be
demonstrating in various mediums how to create underpaintings and
overpaintings for working in Pastel. For the Workshop she will be
introducing Watercolor Special Effects used for the underpainting of Pastel
artwork.



A Materials List will be available upon registration to the Watercolor
Special Effects Workshop. This will be a fun afternoon experimenting with
common and unusual items to create unique backgrounds, over which you can
apply your Pastel artwork as desired.

 

Drawing Horses with Sherrie Nielsen - Sept. 27, 2014

This is a 1 day workshop on September 27th.  Dr. Sherrie Nielsen will speak on animal locomotion with emphasis on the horse. 

South Coast Botanical Garden

26300 Crenshaw Boulevard

Palos Verdes Peninsula CA 90274


The workshop is from 9:00am to 4:00 pm.

It will start at the botanical garden class room B. 9:00am-1:00pm, Lunch at 1:00pm and the stables after lunch to 4pm.

Please bring your lunch. We will have lunch at the garden picnic tables near the parking lot.  We can walk or drive across to the stables for the afternoon portion of our workshop.

In the afternoon we will draw live from horses at the stable.   No umbrellas please so, do bring a hat that fastens to your head.  It is most important to have your paper well fastened, horses do spook.

Download a workshop flyer here

Download the materials list here.

 

The cost is $75. Mail a check to Carolyn or pay at the next meeting, but be sure to email  Carolyn Buchman to secure your spot.

Desmond O'Hagen Workshop - July 2014


Desmond O'Hagan was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and was raised in the United States. He enjoys working in several media including watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, pen-and-ink, and monotypes; but his primary focus is pastels and oils.

He is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and is listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in America. O'Hagan has won awards at the Pastel Society of America's annual shows in New York City including the Mrs. Pearl Kalikow Award, Hudson Valley Art Association Award, and the Connecticut Pastel Society Award.

For more information visit his website at www.desmondohagan.com


The workshop takes place on July 18,19 &,20 

                                           - 2 days indoor, and 1 day outdoor

    Contact Mike Ishikawa for more information.


"Street Corner, New York City" 24"x 36" pastel

"Street Corner, New York City" 24"x 36" pastel

Marla Bagetta Workshop - April 2014


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Marla graduated from Art Center College of design in Pasadena, Ca. She worked as a commercial illustrator for 25 years. After moving to Oregon in 1993, she was inspired by the beauty of the Willamette Valley. She began painting landscapes that blend realism and abstraction that convey a sense of calm and balance.

Among her numerous awards and honors are Arts for the Parks Annual Juried Exhibition IAPS.  She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Masters Circle recipient in the International Association of Pastel Societies. She has been featured in the Pastel Journal and is included in Pure Color: The Best of Pastel. She is the author of Step by Step Pastel by Walter Foster Publishing. Her paintings can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the country. While she makes her home in Portland, Oregon, Baggetta travels extensively throughout the United States teaching, painting and jurying shows.

The first three days of the workshop will be dedicated to landscapes, the last  two days are for figurative work. All the workshop classes will be held indoors. The dates are as follows:

Apr 28-30, Palos Verdes, CA. The Landscape  in Pastel

May 1-2, Palos Verdes, CA. The Figure in Pastel.

 

There is a waiting list for the landscape portion of the workshop, but there are still spaces available for the portrait days. Contact Marj Lightle for information.

 

FIDM Museum Draw - April 7th, 2014

Carolyn Buchman, our Workshop Co-Chair, has arranged a Once-in-a-Lifetime experience for PSSC members!


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The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum’s 22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Exhibition is on from February to April. Carolyn has arranged for the Museum to be open for PSSC exclusively on Monday, April 7 from 10am – 4pm. 

The day will begin with a docent led tour. Then chairs will be provided for us to set up any where in the museum to draw (dry media only) using our own easels. There is only room for 20 participants and 9 spaces are already reserved.

Sign up by contacting Carolyn. The cost of renting the Museum will be divided between the participants so if there are 20 participants it will be $50 each, more if there are fewer participants.  The deadline for signing up is March 1. Payment by check made out to PSSC with FIDM in the memo line will be due at the March 15 meeting.

FIDM is located at 919 S. Grand Ave. in Los Angeles.   Other details will be forwarded to you from Carolyn when you sign up.

 



Dori Dewberry Workshop - March 15, 2014

 
Skyline Drive 2 won Best of Show at the 2013 Pastel Society of Southern California Competition and Exhibit.

Skyline Drive 2 won Best of Show at the 2013 Pastel Society of Southern California Competition and Exhibit.

 

The workshop by Dori Dewberry will be held at the Torrance Airport Community Room, located at 3301 Airport Drive,Torrance, CA 90505, on March 15th.

This half day workshop will follow the March PSSC meeting, from 1-4 pm.

 See how to do an ink underpainting. 1-4pm, $50.

The workshop is full at the moment, but there is a waiting list available.

Contact Carolyn Buchman to sign up.