August 2020 National Artist Workshop: 
Karen Margulis PSA IAPS-MC
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June 30, 2017

I used this photo of the Amaryllis with the Juan Gris poster in the background.

This is an 8 X 10 inch photo.
I covered this photo with a piece of  clear acetate, actually, an 8.5 X 11 inch transparency.

I used a Pigma marker, .02, to trace all of the important shapes and lines.  I made sure I had all of the lines I needed by sliding a blank sheet of paper under the acetate .

I marked the lower right hand corner of the tracing with an "R" for "right side". (To avoid copying my drawing in reverse).

I laid the transparency on a copier and made a p...

Like the Boy Scout motto, " Be Prepared", you, as a plein air painter,  must also remember to prepare wisely and to expect the unexpected!   If you enjoy painting outdoors, you must think and plan ahead for your painting trip and carefully choose where you wish to paint and then check your surroundings. 
Always research your location before you pack in order  to understand what types of bugs or snakes live in the locale. Pack a small first aid kit with Benadryl for insect swelling and a sting stick for itchy bug bites. With the seri...

February 26, 2017

Every artist needs to learn to do a self critique - to look at his or her painting and be able to see what your painting may need to improve or finish it.

This information comes from Kathleen Dunphy's blog. Kathleen is a wonderful west coast oil painter who also paints the Maine coast. I had the privilege of seeing her work when the Plein Air Painters of America exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art a couple summers ago.

Kathleen Dunphy keeps a "Critique Notebook". She records the date, size and location of her painting.

Kathleen assesses how effecti...

November 27, 2016

I just noticed in the most recent issue of the Pastel Journal a featured article on Maria Marino.  Maria was in our pastel workshop with Terri Ford out at David Corneal’s facility [McCann Art School] in the woods.  Good artist who made the Journal.

July 24, 2016

This began with a wonderful slide show plus original works of art in Desmond O 'Hagan's unique style.  He emphasizes  the value of color, the temperature and the intensity;
the shapes of dark and light.
This promises to be a very interesting workshop.

Day 2
Desmond uses a very bold approach.  He really presses hard I the pastel stick, changes direction with the pastel and blocks in the composition.

He began  with a charcoal sketch, and used a black pastel to define shapes.

He continues using a dark shade of blue to further define shapes.

February 3, 2016

As an artist I enjoy being immersed in the moment of nature with the landscape. I have always been inspired by the Impressionistic era capturing the experience of the scene and 'being in the moment' of the artistic creation. It has been my passion to hike the California and Oregon areas of nature experiencing the quiet peacefulness of the land. It is my escape from the chaotic world that is around me. The more that I have spent in nature, the more I attempt to see the texture of a gold field of wildflowers, the calligraphy of a moving tree or the va...

February 3, 2016

Susan McCartney sent in this information regarding a wonderful video about Roche Pastels.  It talks about the history of the company and has a demo by a wonderful artist, Pierre Boncompain.

September 4, 2015

Betty Gobeille was invited by CPPS President, Marianne Fyda, to attend the Presidents' Forum at the IAPS Conference in Albuquerque, NM as a CPPS representative.  This is a partial report. 


There are many changes coming to the international Association of Pastel Societies - both in the scheduling and the way the IAPS organization can help the individual societies.
The Forum was scheduled for all day Thursday, June 4th, 9 am - 3 pm. They had a new format - we would break into 8 small groups of 6 or...

July 1, 2015

International Association Of Pastel Societies

Betty Gobeille wrote of her experiences while attending IAPS conferences.


Hi Everyone! Greetings from New Mexico!
As many of you know, my husband and I, and our 4-legged family, moved from Mifflintown, PA, to Corrales, New Mexico, a year ago. I had fallen in love with New Mexico; and I can blame it all on IAPS!
Back in 2007, my husband gave me a most wonderful Mother’s Day gift – a trip to Albuquerque, NM, to attend the bi-annual IAPS Convention! We now had an “empty nest” and I wanted to get...

“The Boating Party” By CASSATT

Looking directly into his eyes
she feels the pull, ache
of his hands on the oars,
the pressure of yellow wood
in his arch, the harsh tickle
of his old wool cap black with
chimney dust and sweat.
A feathering of spray
on her naked nape dries quickly
in a refreshening breeze,
she trembles slightly from the chill.
She wishes he would pull
the bunched jacket from his
thick sweatered middle.
His eyes reflect lapis from the lake.
Her eyes, dark, water in the wind.
The child’s legs rest heavily
between her thighs, swinging,

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