Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Happy 10th Anniversary!

Greetings Members and Happy 10th Anniversary!

It was January 2008 when we held our first Texas Pastel Society meeting!

It's been a great ride, sometimes bumpy but we've all received so much knowledge and encouragement from fellow artists. Not to mention fun!

A special thanks to all that have worked hard to keep it going. And thanks to all that have supported our efforts.

Couldn't have done it without you...

Remember our motto:  Shared  Ideas=Inspiration! 
Mary Campos Lopez

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Texas Pastel Society News

TPS Members:

Our next art event is coming up this Saturday, October 7th, 2017.  We'll start at noon for lunch and a social, and that will be followed by a 1:00 p.m. meeting, plus an art demo by Jan Weaver.  It's all happening at Coppini Academy of Fine Arts--Studio.  

Our TPS Members Show at the Alamodome this past weekend included pastel demos and an art show. It was part of the San Antonio Fall Home & Garden Show.  Photos are attached.  Thanks to Cindy McBride, Denise Beard, Dawn Marie Rae, and Cindy Morawski for participating!  We raised awareness about art and the pastel medium, displayed a beautiful art show with painting sales, and educated through art demos-- FridaySaturday, and Sunday.

Coming up!  We are planning a Juried Pastel Show called Texas Treasures for November 29 through December 3, 2017.  The show will be at the Coppini Gallery and will end with a reception and awards ceremony.  Stay tuned for more info!  

Stay inspired!
Cindy Morawski
Texas Pastel Society



Friday, September 22, 2017

Pastel Portrait Classes with Cindy McBride

Wednesdays, 9:30AM- 12:30PM
September 27 (12 weeks $315)
Click HERE to sign up

Interested in pastels?  Come learn from Coppini's pastel portrait instructor.

This class is for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Cindy will explain and demonstrate from the model as well as critique students' work. 
Students will learn how to see and analyze color and value, as well as how to be both bold and subtle in their application of  pastels to creatively express their portraits as vibrant, living people. Tuition includes cost of models and teacher demonstrations.
Cindy's love for art began at an early age.  She took private art lessons through high school and then earned a B.S. in Art Education and later a Master's in Education.  However, her career as an artist has been on again off again through the years. In the '70s and '80s she volunteered for mission work in Africa.  Upon returning to the States, she immersed herself in art in both California and Oklahoma demonstrating and speaking to small and large art organizations, hanging in galleries, winning numerous professional awards, taking 36 hours of graduate level art classes, and selling work by commissions and through showings. However, needing a living wage, she entered a career in teaching English as a Second Language.  This brought her to San Antonio where she worked at Defense Language Institute at Lackland AFB for 17 years.  Although she continued her portrait work for commissions and exhibited in a few places, her ESL career took most of her time, energy and effort.  Having recently retired from that career, she has now returned to art with a renewed eagerness.
Portraiture is Cindy's specialized field although she admits she loves still lifes as well.  Her style comes from studying Impressionism in her early years with renowned artist Dick Goetz in Oklahoma City.  Abstract Impressionism, personified in Nicolai Fechin, is her favorite style with Fauvism a close second.  She loves to use brilliant colors as well as subtle varieties.  Pastels are her favorite medium.  When asked how long it takes to do one of her vibrant portraits, she likes to say, "Fifty years!"  It has taken her 50 years of experience to get to the level of skill that she now has.  And she expects she will be increasing her skills for another 50 years!
Cindy's art name is "Sindisiwe" which she adopted when she lived in Africa.  Needless to say, Africans are among her favorite subjects to paint.  She loves teaching art and giving demonstrations.  Her collections are found in homes around the world.
Wednesday 9:30AM-12:30pm
September 27 (12 weeks)

Friday, August 4, 2017


"Sydnie", 14"x 11", Pastel, by Gaye Sekula

Sydnie is the daughter of one of the members of my portrait group. This was her first time to model. She did a great job!

Friday, July 21, 2017

TPS Summer Update

TPS Summer Update

Good News for the Summer . . . we have two-- TPS art shows lined up, a Fall Art Demo in September planned, and an updated blogspot for the Texas Pastel Society!  

  • ART SHOWS for Members:
Courtyard Cafe, 7600 Eckert Rd., SA--Aug/Sept 2017.  I'm extending the deadline till July 28th.  I can accept more members into this show.  If you are interested, please email either Kay, our secretary, or me.  Thanks!

San Antonio Home and Garden Show, Alamodome, Sept. 29 & 30 and Oct. 1st.  I can take a few more artists for this show as well.  Your deadline for participating is Sept. 9th.  There will be a small fee of $25 for this show.  

  • FALL Kick-off ART DEMO:
Saturday, Sept. 9th, 10:30 to 12:30, pastel art demo and meeting, followed by lunch

Gaye Sekula, artist and NBAL art instructor, will be creating a pastel painting for us on Sept. 9th.  We will be meeting at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, our art home, 115 Melrose Pl., San Antonio.  The meeting will be first, followed by the art demo.  Lunch will follow at the cafe across from Coppini.  It's also a time for all of us to catch up and to socialize! 
  • TPS News--Staying Informed with our updated Blogspot and Facebook
Gaye Sekula, new member and September's demo artist, has graciously volunteered to update and maintain our TPS blogspot.  Stay current with our organization's news.  Thanks, Gaye!  


Also, here's the link for our TPS Facebook page:

Hope you're having a creative and fun summer!  If you have news that you want to share, please forward it to our Secretary Kay or me.  I've been posting artwork from our members on our Facebook page; it's been well-received . . . lots of LIKES!  If you have artwork you'd like to share, please email it to Kay or me.  Thanks!

Stay inspired!
Cindy Morawski
Texas Pastel Society, President

Friday, July 14, 2017

Congratulations to Jerry Henkener!

1st place in Drawing Media was awarded to Jerry A. Henkener 
for "Goliad Massacre"
 Texas Special Show at the New Braunfels Art League. 
The judge commented, "Great Tones, wonderful highlights confident strokes, Great Shading."

Monday, July 10, 2017

TXPS Summer News

Hi Texas Pastel Society Members!

Hope you're having a great summer!  Here's a news update for the summer.  I'm working on additional--TPS Member Art Shows for August and September.  Hope you'll read on.  Thanks!

  • Members Art Shows:  1.)  Courtyard Cafe, Aug./ Sept.--Art Show/Exhibit at a San Antonio Restaurant --(We'll have a reception for this show.)  2.)  2017 San Antonio Home & Garden Show--Featured Artists-- Art Booth & Exhibit--(I've already paid a $100 deposit for this show.)  This will take place Sept. 29, 30, and Oct. 1.  
*Please sign up through me.  Email: or Call:  Studio--210.522.0706.  I can provide more details later if you are interested.  I need a response for both shows no later than July 10th.  There will be a limit of 10 members per show.   Thanks!
  • IAPS'12~~Connie Burkhardt, Vicki Smith, Denise Beard, and I attended the IAPS convention in Albuquerque, NM, this month.  Photos are available on our Facebook page.  Lots of inspiration, art demos, classes, and supplies through the trade show!  New Braunfels Artist--Rita Kirkman taught a workshop and her artwork was on the cover of the Art Exhibition catalog.  Way to go, Rita! (I also attached a photo from IAPS.)
  • I'm featuring our members' artwork on our TPS Facebook page.  So far, I have spotlighted Connie Burkhardt, Barbara Gadsby, and Tom Beasley.  Please send me your images with titles, sizes, etc.  I will post them on our page this summer to promote you and your pastel artwork.  
  • I am currently working on putting together a nominations committee for new 2018 Board Members.  The following officer positions will be open:  President and Treasurer.  If you would like to volunteer or have a suggestion, please let me know.  Gaye Sekula, a new member, has volunteered to replace Kay Brooks for our secretary.  Our TPS election will take place in November 2017.  BIG Thanks!

Please stay in touch.  If you have art news, please send it to Kay Brooks and she can forward it to our members.  

Stay inspired!
Cindy Morawski, 
President, Texas Pastel Society

TXPS blog will soon be up again!

Hi to all!

The blog is being worked on and will soon be providing updated information.

Stay tuned!  Happy painting!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fall Kick-Off Event!

Please mark your calendars for the Texas Pastel Society's Fall Kick-off Event on Sunday, September 11th, 2016.  Susan Carlin, master artist, will be featured in a pastel portrait art demo at Coppini Fine Art Academy, our current art home on Melrose Avenue near Trinity University, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. following lunch at 1:00 p.m. --across the street from Coppini.  We will also have a general meeting so that we can meet and greet, plus get caught up on our new art events for 2016-2017.  

*Note:  This year our events will be on Sundays at Coppini.  That will be a change from the past.  

No reservation required for lunch. We'll meet at Coppini and walk to the restaurant.  It's close by.  Hope you'll join us in September.  We're going to have a GREAT year!

Cindy Morawski
Texas Pastel Society, President

Friday, May 20, 2016

Texas Pastel at the Bijou

Still time to see the wonderful pastel art show at the Bijou Theatre Lobby.  It will run through May, invite family and friends.  If not planning on a movie, you may tell them that you just wish to see the art show, they will let you in.  Lots of great art!

The Bijou is located at Wonderland Mall(formerly Crossroads), corner 410 and Fredericksburg Rd.