Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Studying with Jennifer Evenhus...

Three days spent learning more about 
"The Beauty of Imperfection"
with nationally recognized pastel artist
Jennifer Evenhus
was the ultimate in practicing being Brave, 
while exploring being Bold. 

Day 1 we started with value studies
and did thumbnail sketches.

To explore the composition of the landscape,
 I used charcoal, black marker, and pencil.

These warm up exercises had specific guidelines to follow for color choices.

I chose a to try a black marker to block in my darks before applying the pastels.

Each study was timed.

Choosing from our favorite smaller 10 minute color study,
 we then did a larger 20 minute version.

Day 2 and 3 were filled with more exercises and practice.

We all enjoyed watching and learning from Jen's demo's.

and also learned from each other while sharing our work and doing critiques.

Now it's time to keep practicing as we continue to search for our artistic voices!

We took time for an adventure out,
 when we had the pleasure of visiting 
for lunch one day.

What a joy to meet new artists and reconnect with some as well!

Thank you Jen for coming to 
and sharing your talent and knowledge!

To learn more about Jennifer Evenhus art go to 

To find out about more opportunities at 
The Studio on the Knoll,

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Revisiting Painting Studies...

Being a hot summer day today,
 Deanna and I chose to stay in the studio to work.

We both worked in pastel,
Deanna working on a painting she had started 
on location in July.

I decided to revisit a study that I had done last year in a Susan Ogilivie workshop.
Susan had helped me with some details on the sketch and the painting.
 This piece has been up in my studio ever since as inspiration, with the thought of trying it again.
 It's such a great learning experience having an artist help with a painting,
 however once they have put marks on the painting, 
it is no longer your own, it is truly just a study.

Here is what the revisited version is looking like...
I am working at using more color and making more confident marks.

Now it's time to set it aside and come back with fresh eyes to see if it feels finished.