The Sierra Pastel Society General Meeting will be held at the El Dorado Senior Center in El Dorado Hills on Sunday June 4th. Meeting starts at 12 Noon.
Sandy Lindblad, a contemporary animal portrait artist, will be our Guest Demonstrator and will share her techniques on how to catch the feeling of pets and other subjects with vibrant color.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW SO YOU DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! Invite your friends to join us for this free event.

If you visit Alain’s website and sign-up for his newsletters/blog.
These are the UART paper underpainting techniques.

Remember there are still a few openings in his May 2017 workshop in Vacaville/Napa area.

Mother Lode 2017 Call to Artists
March Show Flyer 2017.doc

Four Art Events to Light Up January!

January can sometimes seem like a dreary month, especially after the excitement of the holidays, but I’ve got four special events that I’d like to invite you to attend.

Dawn’s Early Light,
pastel, 15 x 20″

Dawn's Early Light

The first is an art auction that I just want to share with you. Works of Heart is the annual fundraiser for the

Jewish Community Free Clinic (JCFC), an ongoing health clinic for the uninsured in Sonoma County. But the $75 tickets for this brunch and auction on January 29 in Sebastopol sell out quickly, so get yours soon:

Winter has a special beauty all its own, and I’m celebrating the season’s special qualities with a group show called “Colors and Shapes of Winter.” The exhibition is on view at Gallery One in Petaluma only until February 23, and you’re invited to attend the opening this Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 209 Western Ave. in Petaluma.

Yosemite Thaw

Yosemite Thaw,
pastel, 12 x 9″

Southern Californians are invited to the Randy Higbee Gallery for the closing celebration of 6″ Squared this Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s a great exhibition of small works, all 6 x 6″ in size. The gallery is located at 102 Kalmus, Costa Mesa.

Those of you in the San Rafael area this month are invited to stop by the Bartolini Gallery for a group exhibition called Marin Pastels. I’m delighted to be showing six of my pastel paintings along with pastel works by several other talented, local artists in this exhibition running through March 24. Bartolini Gallery is located at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael.

Storm Gathering

Storm Gathering,
pastel, 24 x 42″

And just in case you haven’t visited my website recently, I’d like to invite you to come and see my new collection of plein-air sketches, most of which have never been offered for sale before. Go to to see this collection of little pastel gems.


The Priceless Name Your Price – Art and Frame Sale

PlacerArts Auburn
910 Lincoln Way, Auburn

Wednesday, January 25 through Saturday, January 28, 2017
Hours: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

THAT’S RIGHT! PlacerArts has moved into it’s new Auburn location and has unearthed some ART, BOOKS and FRAMES during the process that would love to find a home with you! This is a donation based sale so it is a wonderful opportunity to find a great deal and help support our new gallery which is currently in need of track lighting for the new gallery walls! PlacerArts Auburn Gallery will soon be presenting shows of artists living and working in Placer County! Do not miss this opportunity to support your local arts organization and find a priceless treasure for your very own!

Call to Emerging & Established Artists for Kings Beach Streetlight Banners

Put your artistic mark on the Kings Beach commercial core revival and beautification by responding to a call to artists for “artistic” banners to be displayed on streetlights in the newly renovated Kings Beach.

North Tahoe Business Association (NTBA) recently released a call to artists and is inviting proposals for streetlight banner art to be displayed among the promotional-style banners already on display on main street Kings Beach.

Proposals from artists of all experience levels, young and old, established and emerging are encouraged. The banners for this art call will be selected based on design and content. NTBA is looking for artwork that is colorful, meaningful, and enhances Kings Beach main street.

“NTBA looks forward to further beautification and differentiation of Kings Beach with this program, and is pleased to provide an opportunity to established and emerging artists for their art to be viewed by millions,” explains NTBA executive director, Joy Doyle.

Call to Artist submissions are due February 24, 2017 and should include both a preliminary color rendition and a brief narrative description about the artwork. The banner size is 18 inches wide by 36 inches high and will be professionally printed onto poly canvas. An $80 artist honorarium will be awarded for each selected banner.
Those interested in submitting artwork for consideration must read and follow the call to artist. To request the call to artist, email or call NTBA Staff at 530-546-9000.

NTBA is also seeking sponsors for “artistic” streetlight banners this year and beyond. $250 sponsorship covers one artistic banner production, shipping, installation and artist honorarium cost, and helps to fill the 38 streetlights with colorful and artistic banners. To sponsor an artistic banner in Kings Beach, or to learn more including sponsor benefits, contact Joy Doyle at 530-546-9000.

North Tahoe Business Association (NTBA) is a non- profit 501(c) 6 organization founded in 1979 that works to improve economic vitality and quality of life in the communities of North Lake Tahoe. NTBA is a member-based organization made up of more than two hundred and twenty businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals. For more information, visit

Check out Artists Network on line for additional information or visit the subscriptions link for Pastel Journal on line.

Christmas may be over, but Valentine’s Day is on the way…

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