Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Texas Pastel Society 2015 "Texas Treasures" Members Show

You are cordially invited to the Gallery Show at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, 115 Melrose Pl. San Antonio, Texas.

November 12-15 , 2015,  9-5 p.m.

Art Reception - Sunday, Nov. 15,  2-4 p.m.

Our Art Reception will include light refreshments and the juried awards presentation for our art competition.  Juror Gaye Sekula.

Member's artwork on display will also be for sale.

Hope you'll support our local pastel artists! 

Join us for our annual show!

Texas Treasures Drop off Reminder

For those participating in the Texas Treasures Show:

Hand Deliver:  9-12 noon, Wednesday, November 11th

Coppini Academy of Fine Arts
115 Melrose Pl.
San Antonio, Texas

Questions? Contact: Cindy Morawski, 210-522-0706 or cscki02@sbcglobal.net

Monday, September 14, 2015

September and October Meeting Notes

Texas Pastel Member meeting
October 5, 2015

The October Texas Pastel Society Meeting was held at the Coppini Art Academy. 16 members and 2 guests were in attendance.
Cindy started the meeting by introducing the Board and having each attendee introduce themselves. Jerry then introduced our demonstrator, Enid Wood. Enid has her studio in Bastrop.
“She studied still life and portrait painting at Westminster College in Salt Lake City with Don Doxey. Her subsequent career as a violin teacher took her to Berkeley, New Haven, London, Pittsburgh, and Bastrop, TX. Ten years ago, inspired by the beautiful paintings and places seen during her travels, she joined Albert Handell’s mentorship program in New Mexico and became a full time painter.  She has also studied pastel painting with Linda Wallen, Doug Dawson, Terri Ford, Duane Wakeham, Fred Somers, Dina Gregory, Rita Kirkman, Richard McKinley, Elizabeth Castonguay, Judy Mattei, Dawn Emerson, Clayton Beck, Mike Beeman, Sally Strand, and Suchitra Bhosle. “
Enid described the pastels she uses and how she began first using Pan Pastels. These first came in “stacks”, but someone invented a tray (like a shallow muffin tin) that would hold and protect the individual colors. In addition to standard colors, these pastels also come in metallic and pearlescent colors.
She normally uses stick pastels (of varying softness) on top of the Pan Pastels. She applies the pastels with a variety of soft foam tools made for this purpose, but often uses cheaper foam cosmetic sponges. She touches a color two or three times before applying the pastel to the surface. For the demonstration she used pre-mounted UART 400.
Enid normally does not start with a drawing, particularly when painting in Plein Aire. The pastels will work on a variety of surfaces, including Canson. The Pan Pastels go on really fast. In general soft pastels such as Terry Ludwig and Schminke will go on top of the Pan Pastels, but pastel pencils are problematic.
The Pan Pastels can be blended, hence there is no need to purchase different values of each color. This is accomplished by dabbing the sponge on several colors (such as blue and white to get a lower value of the blue). Enid demonstrated the use of two or three complementary colors to easily obtain the desired shade of New Mexico soil. She used paper towels to clean the surface of the Pan Pastels.
Edges can be achieved by using pencils or vine charcoal, or by using sponges with sharp corners. Plastic palette knives fitted with foam covers can also be used for details. She finished (at least 85%) the picture using Terry Ludwig pastels to add “pops of color”.
The meeting was adjourned for lunch. After lunch Enid conducted a workshop.

Texas Pastel Member meeting
September 12, 2015

The September Texas Pastel Society Meeting was held at the Coppini Art Academy. 19 members and 2 guests were in attendance.
Jerry Henkener started off the meeting circulating 3 sign up sheets for Kay Brooks. 1) the attendance list, 2) a sign up sheet for the October 3rd Enid Wood workshop, and, 3) a sign up sheet for those interested in hanging their art in several San Antonio locales.
The meeting continued with an introduction of our officers and our guests. News from the floor included Cindy Morawski’s appointment as artist for the Mitchell Lake Audobon Center, Mary Lopez’s new classes at the San Antonio Jerry’s Artarama and Georgia Stok’s classes.

Upcoming events include the October 3rd meeting (starting at 10:30) that will feature a demonstration of pan Pastels by Enid Wood. From 1:00 to 4:00 Enid will conduct a workshop. The demo is free to all members. The workshop will be $50 for members and $60.00 for non-members.

November will feature our all members show at the Coppini. Details are still being arranged. Gaye Sekula will judge the show. She is an oil painter and pastelist, teaching at the NBAL in both media. She is featured in a number of galleries in the southwest and was recently selected as ambassador to the various Texas portrait painting societies. There will be a reception and an entry fee to cover prizes.

Next meeting will be in February. Currently, Jeannette Cuevas is scheduled to be the demonstrator, showing her landscape painting techniques. For March, we are considering a paintout at one or more of the San Antonio Missions, an opportunity to paint San Antonio’s new world heritage site.

Our demonstration was by Libby Peters. She is a nationally recognized portrait artist whose work is included in the collections of legislators and families across America and England. She is a signature member of the pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the Southwest and a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, the Degas Pastel Society and Past President, Exhibition Chair and Webmaster of the Austin Pastel Society. She has been published in a number of journals and books and won numerous awards.

Libby demonstrated her techniques, painting from an iPad, using an Artist Grid app. She had prepared ahead of time several stages of her work, which allowed her to demonstrate what is a meticulous process. As she pointed out, a recognizable likeness requires getting tiny differences right.
She selected a fixed reference point (the most prominent feature) and a fixed reference measurement, typically the inside and outside of an eye. Everything is then carefully positioned and measured from this point. In order to accurately locate the portrait, especially if it is her preferred ¾ length, she will divide the paper into squares, with either the vertical or horizontal being in halves, in order to ensure fit.

Libby then concentrated on the reference point and proceeded to lay out the pupil and work her way out, layering pastel (or, as she called it, chipping away”) to correct the shape. She spends more time on the first eye than anything else, often taking 3 hours or more to get the effect she wants. She used pastel pencils (or sometimes a broken pastel to blend and get the small details.
She then turned the picture upside down and proceeded to correct any details that did not seem right. Then, still working upside down, proceeded to expand outward from the eye, working, blending and correcting as she went along. She indicated that she typically finishes the nose and mouth last, as these tend to move as the subject moves.

At one point, she added some background (in this case a dark green, since the background was shrubs), but no detail. She noted that this was necessary in order to assure that the correct values and colors were selected as the portrait proceeded. Turning the picture right side up, Libby began adding hair, using long brush like strokes and starting with the darker highlights.
Libby used a variety of pastels, harder Giraults for their ability to hold an edge, American, and other softer pastels with a lighter touch as the portrait progressed.

The meeting ended with a brief question and answer session and many thanks to Libby for presenting a very difficult subject an informative and entertaining manner.

Roger W. Snyder

Thank you Libby!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September Meeting Update!

TXPS Reminder!  Mark your calendar for this Saturday, September 12th, 10:30 to 1:00.  The Texas Pastel Society will be meeting at Coppini Academy of Fine Art, 115 Melrose Pl., San Antonio.  Our Art Demo will feature Libby Peters, Portrait Artist.  We will also have a general meeting with updates about our TXPS Calendar of Events.  The meeting will be in a renovated space downstairs with plenty of room for us.  (No need to use the stairs or elevator.) Coppini is also expanding their parking lot this week.  That's good news for us too.  Street parking is also legal in that area if you can't get into the main lot.  Let's KICK-OFF FALL with Pastels and TXPS this Saturday! 

Cindy Morawski

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Upcoming Fall Meeting Details-

Sept. 12, Saturday -  Libby Peters, Pastel Portrait Painting Demo & TXPS General Meeting--10:30 to 1 p.m., upstairs at Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, 115 Melrose Pl, San Antonio
October 3, Saturday -  Enid Wood Demo with Pan Pastels, TXPS General Meeting, and Afternoon Pastel Workshop--10:30 to Noon, Lunch Break, and workshop --1 to 4 p.m.  --  upstairs at Coppini~~sign up & pay at meeting in Sept. or in Oct. for workshop.

Our Oct. workshop with Enid Wood will cost $50 for members and $60 for non-members.  We're looking at a minimum of 8 for the workshop's sign-up. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fall Line-Up!

News from Cindy

TXPS is planning a terrific Fall Line-up! On Sept. 12th, Libby Peters, Pastel Portrait Artist from Austin, will demo for us. That will be followed by a general meeting. On our first Saturday of October, Oct. 3rd, TPS will host a mini-workshop with master artist, Enid Wood, also of Austin. She will demo with pan pastels in the morning and do a workshop with us in the afternoon. Stay tuned for more info!


Monday, May 11, 2015

A Wall of Pastels at the Bijou

Come by the Bijou Theatre during the month of May to view a wall of pastel art.  Great art at great prices! A couple of participating artists have already made sales.  Bring friends, family, art collectors for a movie or just to enjoy beautiful pastel art.

The Bijou is located at Wonderland Mall at the corner of 410 and Fredericksburg.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TxPS Upcoming Events and a great meeting!

TxPS ~~  Upcoming Events! 

  • Saturday, March 21st, 9 to noon, PAINTING PLEIN AIR IN NEW BRAUNFELS' LANDA PARK, sign-up with Roger Snyder ,rsnyder831@gmail.com
  • Saturday, April 11th, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., NEXT TxPS MEETING WITH ART LUNCHEON AND ART SPEAKERS~~Creating the Business of Art~~at 7600 Eckert Rd. San Antonio, near Medical Center, sign-up with either Roger Snyder or Cindy Morawski 
    (cski02@sbcglobal.net).  We will need a head count for the restaurant reservation.  Thanks!
  • April 23 to 26, Kathleen Cook Pastel 3 Day-Workshop in Ingram--We have 6 participants already, but Kathleen will accept more members for extra workshops if needed. $275 with a $50 deposit. To be held at the Kathleen Cook Studio on Old Ingram Loop in Ingram, Texas. Contact Cindy:cski02@sbcglobal.net

    The above was given out at the general meeting this past Saturday held at the McNay Art Museum Learning Center.  A great demo by Kathleen Cook, PSA, from Ingram.  

    Thanks Kathleen!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

February Meeting RSVP

February 2015 Meeting/Demo

The Texas Pastel Society will meet on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the McNay Art Museum's Learning Center, 6000 North New Braunfels, San Antonio, TX, from 10:30 to 1:00 p.m.  Kathleen Cook, PSA, Hill Country Pastel Artist, http://www.kathleencook.com/  will demo for us with pastel.  We will also have a general meeting and social with refreshments in order to exchange ideas and look at the 2015 calendar.  The McNay requires a list of participants.  Please rsvp to Cindy Morawski, cski02@sbcglobal.net or Roger Snyder, rsnyder831@gmail.com, to let us know if you are participating by February 4th.  Thanks 

Cindy Morawski