Painting Pastel Landscapes
with Lorenzo Chavez
This workshop will stress the fundamentals of landscape painting outdoors.
Pastel is a great sketching medium—its consistency of color and quick handling are valuable when working outdoors. The importance of simplifying the landscape and composing on location will be discussed and applied. Theme emphasis, values, colors, edges, emotional involvement, atmospheric and linear perspective will be discussed. All three days will be spent in the field where we can observe and study the outdoors first hand. This is the single most important method for improving landscape painting skills.
Demonstrations will be done for the group and critiques will be conducted on an individual basis. Plenty of personal attention is the goal of the instructor.
The first meeting will be at 10:00 am on October 22, 2020 at the Sedona Arts Center. Lorenzo will set subsequent hours and meeting locations at that time.
October 24, the last day of the workshop, is the opening reception at the Sedona Arts Center for the Sedona Plein Air Festival. 25 – 30 of the best plein air artists from around the country will be bringing 6 works each to the opening reception including both studio and plein air work. This years festival is a first of its kind all woman event as we celebrate the year of the woman at the Sedona Arts Center. Plan on joining us at 7:00 pm. See more about the festival @ www.sedonapleinairfestival.org
WHY OUTDOORS ?
I am often asked why I like to paint outdoors or in plein air. The reason has evolved over the course of 25 years. Initially it was a way to grow as an artist wishing to paint landscapes in Colorado.
The best artists I consulted with advised that I take my French easel out into nature to study from life.
From this simple but timeless approach to painting landscapes grew a love for and need to commune with the natural world and to enjoy painting the effects of natural light in all seasons. This resulted in a far better understanding of the natural elements of light and atmosphere.
Eventually I felt the need to share insights gained in the field with others which lead to my teaching plein air workshops throughout the country. This sharing of my passion has been a great pleasure and journey.
Thorough out the years I have set up my French easel or Oil box in many locations all across America and overseas and have had the pleasure of studying incredible beauty. My love for this simple act of painting to understand light and the natural elements has not diminished but has grown to a deep and passionate love of the process and a need of being in the environment and feeling and needing to communicate the intangible life force that pulsates through the landscape.
I am still amazed and enchanted by this way of painting.
– LORENZO CHAVEZ