Well it’s all over for another year. The 2nd Annual Pastel Live wrapped on Saturday after four whole days of amazingness (is that a word??). Based on what they’d experienced, I know that a whole lot of attendees signed up for Pastel Live 2023 as soon as it was announced. And who wouldn’t?!! I can’t wait for next year’s event.
We already have some crazy fantastic artists lined up, artists like Aaron Schuerr, Emma Colbert, Sandra Burshell, Christine Swann, Casey Klahn, Jeri Greenberg, Tom Bailey, Albert Handell, Greg Barnes, Peter Adams, Isabelle Lim, Julie Freeman, and Jill Stefani Wagner!
Over the past few days, you’ve been receiving daily highlights about the 2nd annual Pastel Live from Cheri Dawn Haas who basically did a Pastel Today take over while I was co-hosting the event with Eric Rhoads. A HUGE thank you to Cheri Dawn for putting these together!! (If you missed them, here’s Beginner’s Day, Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.)
It was an intense, exhausting, exhilarating experience for me both as a co-host (a new role for me!) and as an attendee. The artists we had teaching were all brilliant and I didn’t want to miss a thing! The magic was seeing them work, bringing their paintings to life before our eyes. AND, we got to hear what they were thinking – why they added that colour, made that mark, changed that edge. As a faculty member itself, I know what a task it was to put together a demonstration that would clearly share everything we wanted to say. So bravo to them all!
Fascinating and confirming for me as an instructor is that so many of the faculty talked about the same things – the importance of value, edge, composition, intensity, linear and atmospheric perspective, measuring, and understanding colour. Yet each spoke about it and illustrated it with their own verbal “language” and artistic style.
We were offered such a wide variety of subjects – cityscapes, landscapes, still life, floral, animals, and portraits – and in so many different styles, from impressionistic to hyper-realism. And it didn’t matter if you weren’t necessarily interested in a particular genre or style of painting, there was always something to learn, some tip to pick up and takeaway.
I have a stack of notes! Some attendees took super cool notes:
The other thing I thought very cool was the variety of presentations! What I mean by that is the different ways each instructor shot their video – what environment they were in (lovely to see other artists’s studios!), how they did their introductions, what angle the camera was at to shoot the demo. I hadn’t thought about this at the start, but this too added to the interest and excitement of the event.
Another fantastic thing about Pastel Live 2022 was the Silent Auction! Many faculty had paintings in the auction and it was fabulous to see the Sold signs popping up! (I’m kicking myself for not putting in a bid on a couple of pieces! You snooze, you lose.)
Many of the 2nd annual Pastel Live participants actually painted along. How??? How did they do that?
One of the other highlights beyond the learning was checking in with attendees in breakout rooms (two sessions a day) and then at the Paint-Along in the Cocktail Hour at the end of the day. I LOVED meeting people, hearing where they were from, and hearing their passion as they talked about what they’d just seen and learned. So exhilarating!
The Pastel Live crew were incredible as were the whole Streamline support team in the background. (You have no idea the amount of work, fixes, communication, teeterings, that goes on behind the scenes!) And I think, it all went pretty smoothly.
And now it’s time to settle in to watch replays and try out different techniques and possibilities in our own work. We get on such a high, learn sooooo much (as Eric said, it’s like a firehose into a teacup!), and then collapse from exhaustion. But we need to make sure we keep the momentum going and get into our studios!
And hey, if you loved the event, tell your art retailer (where you buy your pastels) how incredible it was and inspire them to become sponsors for next year’s event. I bet this year’s sponsors were happy with the extra traffic to their websites! We all wanted to support them to make sure they could feel the loooove and come back next year 😊.
If you were at the 2nd annual Pastel Live, leave a comment under this post. Let me know three things:
- Your #1 takeaway and how you are going to implement it
- One thing we can do to make the event even better next year
- Who would you love to see on faculty at next year’s Pastel Live?
And if you weren’t at this 2nd Annual Pastel Live, let me know if you have any questions about the event by also leaving a comment below.
Look forward to hearing from you!!
Pastel Society of New Hampshire Call For Entry
It’s not too late!!
You still have time to enter the 14th Annual Juried show! Only open to artists in the United States, the deadline is Monday 29th August.
The show moves back into the physical world after being online for the past two years and will run from 22 October to 18 November – a full month!! The gallery at the Discover Portsmouth Center will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm giving your work maximum visibility!
And guess what?? I’m delighted to tell you that I’m the Juror of Selection. 😁 Juror of Awards is Alain Picard who will give a talk at the Opening Reception.
So get your entries in NOW!!
And that’s it for this time,