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Plein Air in Soft Pastels

Artist: Nancie King Mertz

3-day workshop
Beginning to Advanced Levels

This workshop will improve your speed & confidence when using soft pastels for Plein Air painting.  The information shared over the 3 days will also be helpful for studio work.

One or two paintings will be fully completed each day, depending on your comfort zone.  Individual attention is stressed in this workshop, rather than group lecture.  Short demos will be offered as needed, throughout the workshop, to help clarify techniques. We will be traveling via pontoon boat to paint private lakefront gardens during this peaceful and beautiful time on Lake Martin.

Artist’s statement:  “Pastels are perfect when painting on-site because they’re so immediate…no time is required to mix paint.  This is a huge benefit when racing against the clock or chasing the sun.  I’ll share techniques that help you capture light & shadow quickly and that enable you to complete works in 2-3 hours.  Lake Martin is beautiful in springtime and provides a wealth of subjects, just begging to be painted!”


Earlier Event: November 19
The Figure in Pastel or Oil
Later Event: April 14
Making Art Outdoors