I grew up in the bay area and moved to Portland and Bend Oregon for 25 years.  My career was a Human Resources director and I have dabbled in art since college. I discovered the perfect medium (pastels) for me about 10 years ago. I’ve shown my work in several galleries in Oregon and hope to show in the Sacramento and surrounding area. I’m looking forward to being an active member of the Sierra pastel group of artists.

I wanted to let you and everyone else in the Sierra Pastel Society know what has been going on with Wallis Paper. We’re still trying to find a manufacturing site that will meet our standards for quality and is able to use all archival materials. The facility we had been using for the last several years had slowly been deteriorating in the quality of the material it produced for us, resulting in larger and larger portions of each run that we had to throw away. It was adding more and more to the expense of providing Wallis paper to artists and was going to result in significant price increases if we continued production there. Since we stopped manufacturing Wallis paper there, another company has started using them to produce sanded paper for pastelists, but we expect they will face the same problems we walked away from.

Our most recent manufacturing run was at a new facility with very modern equipment, but unfortunately that equipment was not entirely compatible with our archival materials and resulted in a loss of about 80% of the paper that was made. We do have some perfect paper from that run available, in the new Warm Mist color, but nothing in larger sheets.
So please let your society members know that we are still working on finding a facility that will allow us to produce Wallis paper with the quality and archival properties that you have all come to expect. In the meantime, we do have both sizes of pads available in Warm Mist. Warm Mist is very similar to our Belgian Mist, but with a maroon oxide undertone rather than the brown oxide undertone you’re familiar with in the Belgian Mist.
Here’s what we have available and the prices. Please share this with your members through Facebook, email, or whatever you generally use.
12″ x 18″ Warm Mist Pad, 8 sheets, shipped in 3-packs
3 pads – $114, free shipping
9″ x 12″ Warm Mist sheets, shipped in 45 packs
(Equivalent to 10 pads + one extra sheet per pad)
45 sheets – $100, free shipping
Free shipping applies in the continental U.S., of course.
Also, please let your members know they can keep up with any updates, ask questions, or see what other Wallis users and societies have to say by liking our Wallis Facebook page at facebook.com/WallisArchival.
And if they want to keep up on the latest development in Kitty’s art, they can find me and friend me atfacebook.com/Kitty.Wallis.
Kitty Wallis


You can send an email to Kitty.Wallis@gmail.com and have us call you back for a credit card number or just call it in to503-244-4724. I don’t recommend sending any credit card numbers through email. Sending the order information via email is good, though, since it cuts down on the possibility of errors when we ship it.




The 28th IAPS Juried Exhibition


is Open for Entries!!


hosted at the



ENTRY DEADLINE: March 20, 2016


Attached is the prospectus, but to read online and enter


This link takes you directly to the show

on OnlineJuriedShows.com





(If you cannot open the attached pdf file, please email paulaford9660@aol.com.)



International Association of Pastel Societies





Learn to apply Pastel Ground to a surface before applying pastel to create an intuitive response.  Learn to drag soft pastels over the surface to create the feeling of texture.


A demonstration will be given each morning using a step by step method: 1. Drawing,  2.  Applying Pastel Ground, 3. Watercolor under-painting, 4. Apply pastels


You will be working from your own photos and thumbnails with individual attention at your easel.  A material list will be provided.


Limit of 16 students. Price:   $350 (50% deposit)


The workshop will be March 17, 18 & 19 , 2016;  9:00  AM to 4:00 PM at

A Sense of Place Fine Art Gallery, Fresno, CA


Contact Ginny Burdick at 559-392-6775 for additional information, or via e-mail atGallery@ginnyburdick.com


THE FIGURE IN PASTELS, Margaret Dyer Workshop

In Margaret’s workshops, students are taught a traditional pastel painting technique. Working with live models, students will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color and pastel application. Emphasis will be placed on developing form using light and shadow with Margaret’s easy step-by-step method. For those who are bewildered by color or are wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent workshop to take. Students do not need prior pastel experience. Some drawing would be helpful, but not imperative.

Margaret Dyer is an internationally known Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America. She lives and paints in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has been featured in:  • Pastel Journal • International Artist Magazine  • Pastel Highlights 2 • The Artists’ Magazine  • American Artist • Pastel Artist International  • Pure Color-The Best of Pastels  • 100 Ways to Paint People & Figures, Vol. 1 & 2

Date: February 12, 13, 14, 2016

Cost: $395.00 + $40 Model Fee

Where: Morro Bay Art Center

835 Main Street, Morro Bay, California

To register, contact KC Caldwell: Fogcatchers@gmail.com or (805) 540-1470.          Brought to you by SLO Learners Fine Art Workshops

Hello!  If any member needs to change any of their personal information…please fill out the “membership form” under the Membership heading and send it in.

Thanks!!! ~Jennifer


Be sure to contact Susan Levitsky by this Saturday to RSVP to the potluck/fun critique at her house on Saturday, Feb 6.

See you there!!

Welcome to the Sierra Pastel Society blog!  Please contact Jennifer if you would like anything posted!