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Light and Shadow


Paint the Light in Pastel!
● Step-by-step demonstrations of how to paint light in pastel!
● Learn to use the properties of light to create mood
● Learn to establish accurate patterns of light and shadow for stronger compositions
● How to create luminous shadows from dark photo reference
● Strategies for matching color in shadow
● Tips for using the Form Principle
● How to manage changing light
● Practice creating dramatic lighting effects
● Create the illusion of light on a pathway
● Practice painting indoor + outdoor light
and more…

Light & Shadow is finally ready for prime time! We worked hard to bring you this advanced and in depth study of this dynamic, elusive subject! It sports over 3.5 hours of video instruction, 4 studies, 5 assignments and peer sharing & reviews as you finish your assignments. This workshop is probably the most advanced that I’ve developed thus far and will provide you with technical information to help you create compelling and emotive art depicting any subject that inspires you.

The principles presented apply to everything in visible light. When we’re attracted to a subject, it’s usually not the actual “thing” itself, but the way the light falls on it that is inspiring to us. When light works its magic, creating mysterious shadows, sparkling iridescent highlights and nuanced reflected lights, even the most mundane scene can be transformed into one of infinite beauty. Personally, I’d much rather paint the way the light dances between some blades of grass than a grandiose mountain range. That’s why I’m always saying that it doesn’t matter what we are painting, whether it’s a lush landscape or a roll of paper towels, it can make a successful, beautiful painting. Mastering the principles presented will literally open up a new world for you where your skills and ideas can meet! I hope you’ll join us.

Join Marla for a 5-week in-depth exploration in this video workshop to learn how to influence the mood of your paintings by using the properties of light. Create luminous shadows from your photo reference and open the door to a nuanced understanding of the properties of light such as direction, strength and color. You’ll also follow along with me as I paint a landscape in pastel featuring a canopy of trees, a plein project, a figure in an interior and more. You’ll see my techniques for layering pastels, blending colors, and working dark to light in pastel. Learn valuable pastel techniques in this workshop!

Complete with four powerful studies and five start-to-finish demonstration assignments, this online workshop is for any artist who wants to take their pastel painting to the next level. Transform your pastel painting with my unique approach that will lead you to better, bolder results, as well as greater confidence and joy in the process.


Light and Shadow

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