Meetings for the society are held on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10am – 12pm (unless otherwise scheduled).
During 2021 all meetings will be virtual and will highlight a demonstration by a prominent pastelist. Please see the schedule of programs planned for each month in 2021 listed below.
Check out the Meeting Archives to see some photos and notes from our past meetings.
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Click on the artist’s name to see examples of their work.
January – Terrilynn Dubreuill
By following a few inspirational ideas, Terrilynn will present some approaches that can help us be more intuitive in our landscape paintings.
February – Nancie King Mertz
Landscape demos on painting sunlight and shadow and the concept of underpainting using three values of blue for the shadows and three values of yellow for sunlight.
April – Maryann Mullett
Painting animals and fur
May – Fred Fielding
Fred will be demonstrating his process for developing a pastel painting over a watercolor underpainting on 11×14 lux archival paper, discussing the underpainting techniques and his color choices.
June 9-11 – Stephie Clark
The perfect 3 day workshop to discover the beauty of soft pastels with the focus on bright, loose florals. Each day will begin with a downloaded 2 hour demo, followed by participants working on their own and end each day via ZOOM with a live critique (4- 6pm). $130. Registration opens at noon on May 1. For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite.
Please note: On June 12th Stephie Clark will have a free demo for all PSNC Members from 2-4pm EDT.
July 10 – Jen Evenhus
“A 10-Minute Masterpiece”
Watch Jen create a pastel painting in just 10 minutes!
She will explain how to mentally prepare, what materials to have on hand, and the use of unconventional tools. Jen will talk about quick color application techniques, share WHY you will benefit from painting fast and demo two or three different 10-minute paintings – ex: a still life, a floral, and a palm tree.
August – Nancy Nowak
“Shapes Not Things – Simplifying What You See”
Nancy Nowak will demo one of the most important aspects of painting, simplifying by painting shapes not objects. With this one major fundamental concept, you will be able to recognize patterns and be able to paint anything! Her demo will include adding people into the landscape to tell a more impactful story. Learn some easy tips and techniques to add figures into your paintings!
September – Patricia Savage
“Light Falling on Form”
Light sparks our mind and our heart. It creates the illusion of dimension. It colors our world. It makes our paintings glow or creates subtle, shifting gradations of light. This lecture will cover:
- the color of light bulbs and how that color affects the subject matter,
- how to light a studio for drawing and painting still life’s, portraits, and from photographs,
- all the different ways to light a subject,
- how light effects surfaces and
- atmospheric effects.