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February 23, 24 , Milwaukie OR
9am to 4pm
Join Marla for this dynamic introduction to pastel painting! Students will have fun completing 3 small paintings and one large fun and simple piece while learning about color, style, value, texture and overall composition. Beginners will enjoy trying their hand at a variety of techniques which will include layering, controlling edges, adding texture and depth for an outstanding introduction into the possibilities of the medium. Marla will be covering materials and work-space practices, basic mark making and layering techniques, some painting fundamentals, how to spray and store your finished work and lots, lots more.
Why is pastel great for beginning painters?
You don’t have to mix, you are picking.
It’s a pick it up, put it down media you don’t have to clean up your palette.
It’s great for people who have drawing experience, but little painting experience.
You can get results fast.
You can get started with a small investment in materials.
I try to find the quiet spots with hidden beauties; a richly textured path, a trickling stream of light. Those are the subjects that deeply resonate with me and connect me to the landscape and to life. Each of my pastel paintings is created on archival sanded pastel paper which is specifically made for grabbing onto those small particles of pigment that make a pastel so luminous! The pastels are pure pigment made into sticks using a little water and a binder, nothing more. Most of the brands that I use are hand rolled by artisan makers.
When completed, I spray each piece lightly with a fixative to assist in the framing process, but the piece itself is very lightfast and archival. They do not fade! When you see a pastel in a museum under low lighting, it is not the pastel they are trying to preserve it is the paper or ground that the artists of that period used which was not archival, causing them to degrade.
My working process is a simple one; I start on location, sketching, photographing and painting. Some of these field studies make their way to the studio. In the studio I use all of that visual information and combine it with the sense or feeling I had for a location and create what is inevitably an abstraction of sorts in that it is not merely a copy of a photo but an interpretation of place. I hope that you enjoy the work!
A prolific painter and teacher, Marla’s artwork and workshops are nationally sought after. Her work has been represented throughout the country for over 25 years. Contributing to many art publications such as Pastel Journal, she is a signature PSA member and an IAPS Master Circle Recipient. 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 and began painting landscapes that blend realism and abstraction to convey a sense of calm and balance. Her Among her numerous awards and honors are Arts for the Parks Annual Juried Exhibition. She has been featured in the Pastel Journal and is included in Pure Color: The Best of Pastel and Sketchbook Confidential II. 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.