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Marie Marfia, Beach at Stearns Park, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10 in x 10 in, $1,000.

Classes coming up

So I’m going to teach a few pastel classes during Summer 2022 at Ludington Area Center for the Arts.

  • The Beach, Tuesday, June 28, 6-8pm
  • Wildflowers, Tuesday, July 26, 6-8pm
  • Waves, Tuesday, August 23, 6-8pm

To register go to the LACA website or call them during business hours, 231-845-2787.

I’ll bring reference photos for you to use or you can bring your own if you prefer. We’ll be using a warm underpainting — think red, orange and yellow — for each class and working on 8×10″ size sanded paper. All the pastel sticks will be provided. You really only need to bring yourself. I’ll also have a couple of framed pieces to show you how best to display your finished painting.

This’ll be fun! Below are some examples of pastels paintings that I’ve done that fit the theme for each class.

Beach at Stearns Park, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10 in x 10 in, $1,000.
Weeds, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8 in x 10 in, sold.
Marie Marfia, Wavy, soft pastel on textured board, 5 in x 7 in, $450
Wavy, soft pastel on textured board, 5 in x 7 in, $450.

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Pastel Portrait Class January 26

Hey, y’all. I’m planning to teach a pastel portrait class from 6-9pm on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St., Ludington, Michigan.

I will provide everything you need to make an 8×10″ pastel portrait on sanded paper. There will be paper already mounted on a board, there will be a large selection of pastels to choose from, although you can certainly bring your own (not oil pastels, though, cuz that’s a different can of worms). All you need to do is bring a reference photo of either an animal face or a human face.

Please note: the reference photo should be 8×10″ with the size of the head measuring at least 7″ from top of the brow to the chin. There’s some leeway here, but basically, I want you to be able to draw a face that’s large enough to easily put some details in.

We’re going to be using the grid method of making a portrait. So you’ll draw a 1 inch grid on your reference and then a 1 inch grid on your sanded paper. This will let you get a pretty good likeness right from the get go.

If you want to participate, you should go to LACA’s website, and register for the pastel portrait workshop. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. There is a limit of 6 people.

Here are a couple of time lapse videos showing the process.

Maeve Speaks Out, soft pastel on sanded paper, 10×8″. NFS.
Roger Dodger You Old Codger, soft pastel on sanded paper, 8×10″. NFS.

Hope to see you there!


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You can buy my art imprinted on all kinds of cool stuff in my Fine Art America Shop. You can purchase downloads in my Etsy shop or cards imprinted with a personal message and mailed for you in my Signed Cards store. Buy greeting cards, prints and stickers in my Square shop. Please contact me directly about purchasing original artwork. Thanks!

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