The Pastel Society of Virginia is pleased to host Maggie
internationally known and respected pastelist and author, on Veteran's
Day weekend November 10-12, 2012 (Saturday through Monday) at the Franconia Governmental Center.
The theme is developing your vacation photos into pastel paintings,
whether you're a beginner or advanced. The $400 registration fee
includes three days of instruction, daily boxed lunches, and 2012/2013
membership in the Pastel Society of Virginia. As part of the workshop,
but separately and only for workshop participants, Maggie will judge a
painting contest, awarding gift certificates for Richeson products.
See Maggie's website maggiepriceart.com for workshop registration information and
direct any questions to Susan Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org
703 533 0891. This workshop already has reached the attendance quota to
be held, however, the registration deadline has been extended to October
10 to assist you in getting your payment submitted. Due to Maggie's
extensive teaching schedule and limited availability, Susan Webster asks
that you contact her, instead of Maggie, with all your questions and
Much of my work is done en plein air, French for "in the open air." People often associate it with the Impressionists, but the move to paint outside preceded them by a number of decades. The trend to appreciate landscapes as a genre at all was new for the time.
Several characteristics contribute to the distinctive beauty of en plein air painting. They are generally smaller in size in order to be able to capture a scene in a single sitting. Because of the time limit and environmental factors such as the sun and shadows moving, they often lack extensive details and might appear slightly fuzzy or unfinished. Lastly, they tend to have a freshness and spontaneity which makes them impossible to compare to traditional and methodological studio work. That said, my own studio work tends toward the same feel as en plein air, which then identifies my overall style: softness with an edge.
My aim when painting en plein air is for alla prima paintings, which roughly translates for me as "what happens outside, stays outside." It adds another level of difficulty to the work.
These are some local places for landscape painting; most are within an hour of the Beltway. Look here for the complete album, a couple hundred views from my photography collection, which are mapped here.