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“The reason why I can’t wait to paint with Colette, not including the GREAT job she did at IAPS this year, is that she is not interested in making me paint any specific way. She is dedicated to helping YOU become the best painter in the way YOU paint. It’s like going on a high wire and having Colette there to hold the net.
This workshop is designed for people that have been thinking about their painting path and would like some guidance just to help them be better.
Personally I am looking for the confidence to work with both realism and non-objective shapes in the same painting.” From an email from the first PSNM student to sign up.
John Preston Workshop at Lion's Den Gorge: September 19-20, 2015
John lives in Fairfield, Iowa and has been painting the landscape since 1984. He especially enjoys painting the often dramatic weather we have in the Midwest, particularly far horizons and a sky filled with clouds. He "finds an idea in an image, rather than finding an image for an idea."
He has exhibited nationally and is in many public and private collections, including Iowa State University, John Deere and the Chicago Federal Reserve.
WPA artists gathered at Lion's Den Gorge in Grafton, Wisconsin for a two-day workshop.
April 10th - 12th. 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
PUBLIC DEMO: Wednesday the 11TH at 10:00 am
Hispanic Arts Building at New Mexico Expo Fairgrounds
Cost of Workshop:
$320 for PSNM members $330 for OTHER MasterWorks societies’ members.
$345 for non-members.
$100.00 deposit with registration.
Workshop is limited to 13 students on a “first come, first served” basis, with registration opening September 9th , 2017 to PSNM members; all others November 1, 2017.
Enrolling deadline is March 9th, 2018.
For more information: Nance@NanceMcManusStudio.com
Colette will also be offering the PSNM monthly meeting (10:00-Noon) demo on April 14th, 2018 at the ABQ Museum. The demo is free.
Susan attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Fresh out of art school she worked as a freelance portrait artist for a Chicago chain of department stores. She fell in love with the Impressionist paintings at the Art Institute and became completely smitten with the pastels of that era. Since there was very little instruction at that time in this medium she moved to Woodstock, New York to study with Master Artist Albert Handell and became his studio assistant for the next two years.
After two years in New York she opened her own studio in Chicago where she taught workshops and classes. In the mid 1980’s she began painting at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art with another living Master Painter, Richard Schmid. In the early 1990’s she moved to the Northwest and started "a beautiful family." She is "now back in the studio full time and loving every minute."
Artist Statement: "My life’s work is to leave the world more beautiful than I found it. I look for light beauty. It is everywhere... My job is to translate it onto canvas and share it."
Please check her website www.susankuznitsky.com.
Rita Kirkman teaching at the Wisconsin Pastel Artists' workshop in July at Grafton High School. Attendees included 16 artists from all over Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and even Canada. Rita is from Texas. We were so lucky to have her here!
And thank you, Marcia, for making all the arrangements. Here are the happy attendees!
Rita Kirkman has been using pastel since she was 11 years old. She received her BFA in 1988 and has improved through workshops with renowned pastelists including Richard McKinley, Desmond O'Hagan, and Maggie Price. Since 2003, Kirkman has consistently won major national and international awards. Her work has been featured in the Pastel Journal and the Pratique des Arts Special Pastel. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and an IAPS Master Circle member. In 2011, Kirkman joined the Daily Painting movement and has since posted hundreds of small, affordable paintings on her blog, ritakirkman.blogspot.com.
To contact Colette, go to her website: www.coletteodyasmith.com or send an email to
OPPORTUNITIES & EDUCATION
COLETTE ODYA SMITH WORKSHOP:
Colette Odya Smith is a widely-exhibited, award-winning painter, educator and juror, working primarily in soft pastels for over 20 years. Working from natural subjects, her paintings have a contemporary, almost abstract sensibility. She has been featured in newspaper stories, publications and artist magazines including American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, and Pratique des Arts. Her recognitions include Masters Circle IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies), signature member PSA (Pastel Society of America) and Distinguished Pastelist PSNM (Pastel Society of New Mexico).
E-Linear Thinking - Colette Odya Smith, artist
Wisconsin Pastel Artists is delighted to announce a new workshop for Members:
Susan Kuznitsky, July 13-15, 2018
Three full days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Location and more details coming soon.
Four-Day workshop at
Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI
July 16 – 19, 2018
RITA KIRKMAN WORKSHOP - JULY 15-17, 2017