Wednesday, February 22, 2012

1st Annual Spring Paint Out and a Demo by Kraig Kiedrowski

Upper Meadow by Kraig Kiedrowski

Join us on Thursday , March 22 , 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for our 1st Annual Spring Paint Out!  Kraig Kiedrowski will do a plein air demo. 

Schedule is as follows:
             Demo - 10 a.m. - 12n.
             Lunch break 12- 1 p.m.
             Paint Out - 1 - 3 p .m. No teacher.
 Bring your easels, a chair, umbrella, hat, water, etc.

Spring Paint Out will take place at the Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 E. Evans Rd., 210-651-4565.  Directions:  from SA, 35N, left on 1604, right on FM 2252(Nacogdoches), Rolling Oaks Mall is at the corner, left on Evans Rd.  If you are coming south on IH35, then turn right on 1604, and follow through with the previous directions.

To read about Kraig and see his beautiful artwork, go to .

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Two for Show-Artworks by
Jeannette Cuevas and Terry Smith
By Appointment
The Villa
2403 St. Mary's
San Antonio, Tx.
Closing reception on March 9

Doug Dawson Studio Landscape Workshop

Doug Dawson will be in San Antonio  for a 3 - day Studio Landscape Workshop.  That's Monday - Wednesday, October 15 - 17 , 2012.  A great opportunity to study with a Master Pastelist!

Workshop fee: Members - $325
                        Non-members - $375
$100 deposit to hold your spot.  Send check made out to Texas Pastel Society, P.O.Box 37066, San Antonio, Texas 78237-9998.

"Snow on 16th St." pastel
©Doug Dawson

Doug Dawson was born in Oak Park, Ill. He attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He taught science and art for the Denver Public schools for 6 years. He has taught art for Colorado Institute of Art, Colorado Christian University, and The Art Students League of Denver. He is a founding board member for the The Art Students League of Denver, where he presently teaches a Plein Air class and a Studio Landscape class. He teaches 8 to 10 workshops around the country each year. For a list of workshops go to Workshop Info.
Doug Dawson has received numerous awards from a number of different art organizations, including but not limited to:  The Pastel Society of America,  American Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists,  The National Academy of Western Art,  Southeastern Pastel Society, Pastel Society of West Coast,  Audubon Artists,  Kansas Pastel Society,  Pastel Society of the Southwest, and the International Association of Pastel Societies. To honor his achievements, he was given the title of Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America (NY, NY) in 1985 and awarded the title of Master Circle by the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2005  (California). 
***Pastel Society of America in New York---2008 Hall of Fame
Doug Dawson is represented by the Ventana Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico;  Telluride Gallery, in Telluride Colorado, the Corpus Christi Art Connection in Corpus Christy Texas, and the Total Arts Gallery in Taos, New Mexico.  To see his works, list of museum shows, books and magazine articles go to

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February meeting notes by Roger Snyder. TXPS Secretary

Texas Pastel Society Minutes
February 4, 2012
After the business meeting (see minutes below), Mary introduced Janis Langley, a pastelist from Austin. Janis has been painting portraits for the past 30 years. She brought along a commissioned portrait, as well as the portrait that won 2nd place in the TPS 2011 show.
After relating an interesting and informative biography, she proceeded to demonstrate how she painted the commissioned child’s portrait. The demonstration was done on a blue-gray tinted sheet of Canson. Besides showing how the portrait was developed, Janis pointed out many of the techniques she had learned, such as typical measurements, best methods of lighting, the use of cool and warm colors, working from hard to soft and from dark to light, as well as her selection of pastels.
The meeting was opened by our President, Mary C. Lopez with an introduction of the officers for 2012.
Membership cards will be mailed out next week. Please send dues and application to The Texas Pastel Society, c/o Maria Aguirre, Membership Chair, 7318 Silent Hills, San Antonio, Texas 78250
Mary then reviewed the status of the Society’s program for 2012.
January – A tour of the McNay’s exhibit of the Influence of Japanese Art on European Art was enjoyed by all.
February – A portrait demonstration by Janis Langley (see above).
March – A Paint Out and demonstration with Kraig Kiedrowski will be held on the 22nd. It will take place at either the Antique Rose Emporium or the Botanical Gardens. The consensus of the group appeared to favor the Emporium as less expensive and less crowded.
April – There will be an exhibit for all members at the Tobin Library. Paintings will be accepted on April 1st and 2nd from 10 to 12. The exhibit will run until May 5th. There will also be an opportunity to participate in running a workshop for children and adults at the library.
May/June – Planning on a Paint In.
September – Members have been invited to participate in the Comfort Art Fair. This includes the opportunity to hang art for sale and to participate in a sidewalk demonstration.
October – Our National Juried Show starting October 19th. This year it will be held at Art, Inc and will be judged by Doug Dawson. Doug will also give a demo for members on either the 16th or 17th. He will also lead a workshop on the 15th thru the 17th (Monday thru Wednesday). Cost is $325 for members. $100 required to hold a space. Spaces available will depend upon the venue, but could be limited to 14 or 15 participants. Sign up has already started.
More details on the monthly meetings, other demonstrations, and the opportunities described above will be reported as they develope. Please return to the Society Blog often.