Learning Tools

  • Online Videos
F+W Media, publishers of The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor Artist, and The Pastel Journal, (for which I often write) and owners of WetCanvas (where I spend a lot of time,) asked me to make two videos that are available online. You can find detailed information at Artist's Network.

If you've ever wanted to be able to attend an introductory class, this hour-long video should answer a lot of your questions. I discuss pastels and paper, along with some of the tools I use, and demonstrate haw to tone the paper, do a detailed underdrawing in charcoal and lay down one layer of color on the painting 'Mountain Morning'. (Please note that the painting demonstration is not completed in this video. It's only meant to introduce you to the process. In the shadow video, below, I show the process of detailing the finish of a painting.)

In this hour you'll see me start from a prepared underdrawing of the painting 'Pyracantha', and develop the soft and sharp shadows  demonstrating how to layer colors softly without too much finger blending and achieve a detailed finish.

A 30-minute video showing you the development of this sunset from sketch to finished painting using PanPastels on PastelMat paper. A different approach to painting in pastel.

This one is entirely free. Enjoy!

A step-by-step, photo illustrated demonstration painting on La Carte Pastel Card, beginning with the layout sketch and taking the painting to completion, with close up shots and written information. (Page about half way down to begin.)

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