Inspired by Nature’s Studio


Perhaps no one knows better the beauty awaiting us just outside our doors than the plein air painter. Here we share the work of five pastel artists who found inspiration close to home in a variety of gardens, yards, and greenspaces.

Giverny — Pond in Spring
(pastel, 18 x 24 in.) by Maria Marino
Hillside Color
(pastel, 10 x 8 in.) by Bonnie Griffith
Water Lily
(pastel, 16 x 20 in.) by Marcia Holmes
Morning Sunflowers
(pastel, 8 x 10 in.) by Julie Skoda
The Queen and Her Court
(pastel, 12 x 12 in.) by Jill Stefani Wagner

Karen Margulis’s “Expressive Pastel Painting” video workshop is PERFECT for you if:

  • You want to LOOSEN UP and be more free with your wildflower and grasses references…
  • You want to have more interesting colors and move away from using only local colors…
  • You have a “fear of the blank canvas” and aren’t sure where to start…
  • You aren’t sure when to stop and finish a painting…
  • You want to explore the pastel medium and want to try UNUSUAL underpaintings


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