"Painting in pastels is like speaking the language of color."
Jeanne Rosier Smith
Jeanne Rosier Smith
It’s a beautiful world out there. It’s a lucky thing to be able to spend my time noticing and expressing the beauty in the world. It is demanding, rigorous, joyous work. Right now I’m most interested in working with the abstract underlying designs beneath the realistic images I paint, and seeing just how far I need to go in order to maintain realism while still leaving something to the imagination. I love pastel because the rich, pure pigments allow vibrations of color and visual mixing impossible to capture in any other medium.
Jeanne Rosier Smith grew up painting, but first discovered pastel when she received a gift box in the mail 20 years ago. Seven years later she left her career as a college English teacher and switched to professional art full time. She now maintains a Pastel Studio school, teaches around the country, and is represented by several East Coast galleries. She recently produced a 3-DVD series of instructional videos on painting seascapes.
Jeanne is best known for her seascapes, and her most recent paintings are a river series inspired by kayaking this summer on local rivers. She’s also known for her realistic still life paintings of food, and paints the New England landscape in all seasons. It is the light—falling on snow, filtering through trees, lighting up that crest of a wave, or creating a glow along the top of a chunk of Roquefort cheese that creates the magic in all of her paintings.
Jeanne's switch from college English professor to fulltime artist included teaching from the beginning, and that teaching continues to enrich her painting. Many former students are now signature PSA members and some have even judged national shows. She credits her students for her education. She’s had to keep learning more, pushing further, in order to have new things to teach them.
Jeanne Rosier Smith is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the American Society of Marine Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, an IAPS Masters Circle member, and a juried artist member of the Copley Society, the Salmagundi Club, and Academic Artists of America. She has demonstrated at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and shown work at the National Arts Club and museums around the country. Her work has garnered top awards, and has placed in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 for the past six years, including first place in 2017. Her work has appeared many magazines and she is a regular contributor to the Pastel Journal. Her paintings are in collections on five continents.
Color Confidence Workshop
April 24 - 27, 2018
Brazosport Art League Gallery at The Center for Arts & Science
400 College Blvd, Clute, TX 77531
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. Email Anne Maree Healey for waitlist..
Workshop Fee: $450 for PSST Members; $525 for Non-Members
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Jeanne Rosier Smith believes that painting in pastels is like speaking the language of color. Each stick in our fingers is like a different word, and the more we paint, the more comfortable and familiar we get with the language they speak.
We’ll spend four days playing with color to improve our color fluency. This workshop will hone your ability to see and understand color in terms of value, chroma, and temperature -- opening up a whole range of possibilities in your painting.
Using structured exercises and more open paintings, you’ll be experimenting with combinations you might never have considered before, and learning about color relationships through hands-on techniques.
Would you like to feel more confident with your color choices? Are you ready to become more expressive with color? Whether you’re just beginning to understand the language of color or are already fluent, this challenging and fun workshop will raise your game. Learn to find exactly what you need, when you need it, and even see other 'right' colors you might not otherwise have thought of. Be prepared to enjoy a whole new way of seeing your colors.
Jeanne provides lots of attention at your easel and lots of discussion in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere as you expand your color vocabulary. Click here to download supply list.
Coastal Plein Air Workshop
April 28 - 29, 2018
Galveston or Lake Jackson Coastal Area
Workshop Fee: $225 for PSST members; $275 for Non-Members
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We’ll spend two days on the gulf coast, painting the shoreline and surrounding landscape.
Jeanne will start off each day with a morning demo, with the option to paint along, while she shares tips on how she chooses a location, finds and executes a good design, and zooms in and simplifies for a more satisfying plein air experience.
Jeanne’s demos will focus on the water one day and the land the other (possibilities include reeds, trees, tidepools, depending on what looks good).
She’ll share her approach to painting the shoreline plein air: how to compose and paint moving water, including special considerations such as how to plan for the moving light and tides.
She’ll also cover how to use plein air studies in the studio, how to use photo references with plein air studies.
Jeanne will provide lots of at-easel attention each day, and will conclude the workshop with a group review. If needed, a studio is available for our use in case of inclement weather.
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