Trees in Pastel
Study and Expression
An Online Pastel Workshop
Assignment 1: Outdoor Sketching
Study and Observation
Find a comfortable spot that appeals to you. Relax and take in the moment. Find the tree or grouping of trees you want to draw.
Assignment 2: Character Studies
Silhouette + Gesture
Gather together your reference photos or better yet go on location! You can also use some the references I’ve provided for some or all of your studies. That’s up to you.
Assignment 3: Cut Paper
Values + Mass
When we are painting we are paradox dancing. We need to see things with innocent eyes, as though we don’t know what a single thing is; not a tree or a leaf or a blade of grass. Try to see only shape, value and color and interpret these in the simplest possible terms.
Assignment 4: Seasons
I always get excited about painting in the fall. There is such an explosion of color! It seems as though everywhere you look there are layers of glowing foliage and you see trees in your neighborhood that you don’t notice any other time of year! So, I’m going to start in fall and work my way through the seasons.
Assignment 5: Beyond Greens
Pushing and Inventing
I love to paint outdoors in the summer here in Oregon. There is one problem; so much GREEN! It can get downright boring. So let’s get a deeper view into greens and see if we can make some sense of them and make them a bit more exciting.
Assignment 6: The Master
I selected Edgar Payne for our assignment because he was an amazing painter! But particularly the way he massed foliage clusters together.
Assignment 7: Putting It Together
A Sense of Place
We’ve spent a number of weeks studying and painting a revered subject that is near and dear for most of us. For our final assignment, find that special location that you’ve been wanting to paint. Take some time with your choice
Assignment 8: Drawing Focus
This exercise has two parts. For the first part you’ll be creating a tree from your imagination and the second part, you’ll be drawing a tree from direct observation, using either photo reference or a real tree model!
PDF - Instructional Guide
Follow along with beautifully made step-by-step instructional PDF guide written and produced by Marla.
Trees in Pastel
I’m pleased to bring you this in-depth workshop, “Trees in Pastel”! For this workshop, think of yourself as naturalist/artist. Think John Muir and Ansel Adams! Let yourself be enchanted by the diversity and magnificence of trees!
I live in the Northwest where we’re surrounded by an almost infinite variety of types of trees. Out my kitchen window is a layered backdrop of distant pines and cedars. Not far from my house is a bustling downtown with city blocks lined with heritage trees and just a bit farther afield one can walk amongst old growth forests filled with majestic pines and redwoods.
As I worked on this class I gained a greater appreciation for the region that I live in! Everywhere I go, I’m surrounded, supported and in awe of the beauty and power of trees! Without trees our landscape is not just uninviting, we wouldn’t have oxygen, shelter or shade naming just of few of the things trees provide for us. Trees are imbued with personality and gesture. They are enigmatic, elusive, yet rooted as individual living beings.
Artists have a special appreciation of their dignity, scale and role in the environment and in landscape painting. They are the most personal objects in the landscape and most related to us as we live amongst them and they us, different from the vast sky or distant mountains. They are right here!
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