February Member Challenge - Sunrise/Sunset
February 28 is the deadline to enter the PSST Member Challenge, painting the beauty of sunrises or sunsets. For a little encouragement or how-to information, take a look at how the great Alain Picard, tackles the luminous sky and water at sunset.
Sunsets Part 1 https://youtu.be/Oppww0GLmSo
Sunsets Part 2 https://youtu.be/4jUMWAEyUWk
Painting a Sunset https://youtu.be/VgXk93ArGSM
View Alain's website Alain J Picard (picardstudio.com)
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PSST Feature Interview March 2021: Craig Lemley, Dakota Pastels
"I am proud to have been a participant in this renaissance of the pastel medium. It is a cool biz AND is populated by wonderful people – from entrepreneurs hand making color and coating papers, to the artists - aspiring to accomplished."
Couldn't be said any better. Click to read the full interview.
The PSST March 6 Zoom meeting includes a warehouse tour of Dakota Pastels.
PSST member benefits on the Members Only page
Links for online model sessions
Special pricing offered by our Sponsors
Library of art videos available to borrow
Jen Evenhus demo February 6, 2021
Who would believe how beautiful--and colorful--cacti can be! Jen taught us that color can be imagined if the value and temperature are right and that imperfection can be welcomed.
Jen starts with an underpainting of random colors washed in with alcohol or turpentine. She preselects a range of pastel that identify with color swatches. (Tip: check out design-seeds on Pinterest). After a loose charcoal sketch of the cactus, she works into the dark values of the cactus, lightly, then more heavily on the light areas. Her final step is the background, carving negative spaces that make the cactus pop up and out.
Jen gave quick tips throughout the demo, from the pastel tray attached to her easel to draping a towel over her arm to clean the pastels. The last image below is her finalized painting--stunning and loose. Click the images for full views and look for the textured strokes, especially on the lights.
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