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mudfish
06-28-2015, 01:56 PM
Finally arrived back home Wednesday evening after a month away - a week at IAPS, two weeks in Taos, a week driving back and forth. It was a dream trip devoted to pastels and well worth it. I met so many wonderful artists, felt so intimidated by their talent, felt so exhilarated, felt such renewal. Some things that stuck in my mind -
Every instructor had their preferred brand of pastel but the one that appeared in every single box was Great American.
Every instructor worked slowly and the marks they made were very deliberate & thought out as to what they added - no random filling or scribbling
Everyone used an underpainting but each was different - some pastel, some washes, some watecolor.
Everyone started with a value drawing! Do it!
The art show alone is worth the trip. Congrats to all those accepted.

Here are just a few moments...

Luanna Luconi Winner - if you don't know her work, she is an internationally famous pastellist and portraitist. She put the first pastel in my hand years ago & has been endlessly kind.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jun-2015/141973-Luanna_Trish_sm.jpg

Some pieces from workshops - not enough time to finish any of them but you get the idea

Mike Beeman's still life workshop - his set up was not complicated!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jun-2015/141973-Beeman_still_life_sm.jpg

and the result
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jun-2015/141973-Beeman_painting_sm.jpg

Barbara Jaenicke's landscape color theory
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jun-2015/141973-Jaenicke_landscape_sm.jpg

Alan Flattman's rainy day scenes - this was fun! Done on a textured pumice/gesso on rag paper surface. His value drawing is incorporated in the piece, and he sprays fixative after every layer, using it to set his darks.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jun-2015/141973-Flattman_step_9.JPG

Not to be neglected, my share of the take from the Candy Store
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jun-2015/141973-Goodies.jpg

Paint on, people! Now, my garden requires some attention.:wave:

water girl
06-28-2015, 02:58 PM
Now it's time to take that inspiration to your easel. We'll be expecting great things from you. :angel: Happy to hear your trip was a success.

Still-trying
06-28-2015, 06:09 PM
Glowing praise to you for your accomplishments. And thanks so much for sharing. (Love the haul!!)

Donna T
06-28-2015, 06:48 PM
Thanks for the report! One of these years I hope to be able to go.

robertsloan2
06-29-2015, 05:58 AM
Wow, great! Love the stories and your swag. Lovely clear photo of your newest pastels, that looks like a good plein air assortment. That little value finder can be very useful.

Barbara WC
06-29-2015, 01:48 PM
Great report Mudfish! It was amazing wasn't it? We drove over too and were gone for over two weeks- we drove with our two small dogs. New Mexico and Arizona have beautiful skies. I'm not a plein air painter, but if I lived in New Mexico or Arizona, I think that the landscape would call to me more... where I live it's too green... Those pesky greens and changing light! :)

AnnaLisa
06-30-2015, 09:10 AM
What a wonderful trip that must have been!!!!!

Thank you very much for your report and the lovely photos!

Thank you for telling about Luanna. I have never heard of her.
Its great to hear of a woman that makes it even overseas and that
likes portraits:)