About twenty years ago I was wine tasting in Amador and noticed a group of artists painting in the picnic area,I was drawn closer by the vibrant colors in their work. My experience with painting had been water colors and acrylics,but I always felt I was not capturing the colors I was seeing. As I watched them create,one of the artists asked me if I painted?….that was the beginning of my love affair with pastels. The artist stopped her work and gave me an enthusiastic introduction to the medium,including the types of pastels and the the variety papers to paint on. After lots of trial and error,pastel became my medium of choice. Thank You Connie Randmaa, Sierra Pastel Society will miss you. gary brockett

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First of all, we would like to wish you all a very happy and prolific 2017! We are very proud and humbled to have loyal customers like you and can’t wait to see your paintings on UART for 2017.
We are also very excited to announce that we will be launching a bunch of great new items this year. We always strive to offer the highest quality products on the market and we hope you will welcome these new additions with open arms. Please keep an eye on future emails as we will make the announcement very soon!
Today we start things off with a brand new UART tip from Susan Kuznitsky. If you like what you read, please know that Susan is teaching a UART workshop in Portland, OR this March. If you live in the area or want to spend a fun weekend in Portland, then make sure you don’t miss out on this workshop. You can get all the info here:

Happy New Year!

We hope this year brings you inspiration, motivation, plenty of time for painting, and the space and materials to create. To wrap up the last year, and celebrate the new, would like to share with you our latest IAPS Newsletter. Enjoy!


Happy Painting!


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“Enliven Your Pastel Landscapes with Vibrant Underpaintings”

2-day Workshop in Morro Bay, California

Oct. 28-29, 2016

Morro Bay Art Association is proud to present a 2-day Workshop in Pastel by award winning artist, Clark Mitchell.

This workshop coincides with Pastel Society of the West Coast’s Pastels USA 30th Annual International Open Exhibition at Art Center Morro Bay, which features works by some of the world’s finest pastel artists. Reception for the artists is October 30th from 1pm-3pm, wine and refreshments will be served.

Clark is ranked as Master Pastelist by Pastel Society of America and Distinguished Pastelist by Pastel Society of the West Coast and Signature Member of Laguna Plein Aire Painters of America. He is represented by several prestigious galleries. His work is collected widely throughout the world. Clark’s paintings have been featured on the cover of American Artist, Pastel Journal, and Southwest Art’s annual landscape issue. He was chosen as poster artist for the Sedona Plein Air Festival for 2008.


Sign up early and take advantage of a pre-workshop photo outing on October 27th, 4-7pm.

Free for registrants.


WHAT: Pastel Painting Workshop

WHEN: October 28 & 29, 2016 9am4pm

COST: $225.

WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442

CONTACT: KC Caldwell 805-540-1479 or email fogcatchers@gmail.com

Visit http://www.morrobay.org/ to get acquainted. Additional lodging & dining suggestions are available upon request.



“Enliven Your Pastel Landscapes with Vibrant Underpaintings”

2-Day Workshop in Morro Bay, California


DATES: October 28 & 29, 2016 COST: $225

Morro Bay Art Association invites you to attend these other free events:

Come early for a pre-workshop photo outing on October 27 from 3-5pm!

Stay over for the PSWC Pastel USA reception on October 30 from 1-3pm

Class size is limited to 10. This is a studio workshop at Art Center Morro Bay.

Payment accepted by credit card or check. If paying by credit card, please call

Art Center Morro Bay at (805) 772-2504. If paying by check, please return this form with your payment. Make checks payable to:


835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California

Refunds will be given of balance paid less $100 non-refundable deposit only if cancellation is received 30 days prior to start of workshop and space is filled by another participant

Name: __________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________


Telephone: __________________________________________

Email: __________________________________________

For more information, contact KC Caldwell at fogcatchers@gmail.com or call (805) 540-1470


Recommended Materials for Indoor Pastel Classes

(Daily demos and plenty of at-easel assistance)

(We will be working from photos or previous outdoor sketches)

pastels: as many as possible from hard to soft (student grade and Nu-pastel alone are not sufficient). Think of colors you might like to use in your scenes. Rembrandt, Girault, Sennelier, Holbein, Great American, Art Spectrum, Schmincke, Unison, etc.

pastel paper: something with “tooth” to it, toned or white. (preferably more substantial than Canson paper) LaCarte, Art Spectrum, Canson Touch, Uart, Pastel Premier, etc. For quick paintings, I use these sizes: 12 x 12, 12 x 16 and 8 x 18. Bring precut whatever sizes youʼre comfortable with. A border is often useful to tape down the paper.

Turpenoid (unscented turpentine) NOT Turpenoid Natural, and a small bottle to put it in (can be shared between students) or rubbing alcohol 91%

an inexpensive paint brush, maybe half inch wide, flats are best

a pastel pencil to sketch your scene out with

sketch pad and graphite pencil

masking tape

drawing board

an old tooth brush or bristle brush to erase with

photos to work from, the bigger the better. If a beginner, I suggest something simple. Photos on laptops are fine. I also have a big box of photos you can choose from.

Clark Mitchell

8967 Cypress Avenue

Cotati, CA 94931


website: cgmitchell.com e-mail: clark@cgmitchell.com



Please join us at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center

on June 12th at 1pm 

for a General Meeting and 

Demonstration by Tina Moore!

See you there…