Expressive Pastels: Loosen Up and
Add Some Spice to Your Paintings
October 26-28, 2018
Three day studio pastel workshop with Karen Margulis PSA IAPS- MC
It has been said that as artists we are either moving toward or away from abstraction. No matter where we fall on this journey we can all benefit from ideas to help us create more expressive paintings. Karen is always striving to interpret her subject by including her personal touch rather than a copying the reference or painting exactly what she sees.
On day one of the workshop she will share some of the ways she has discovered that helps her paint in a more expressive ‘loose’ manner. She will introduce a simple method for a successful pastel painting from the planning stage to the addition of those final important spices!
On the second day we will explore the use of underpaintings and how they contribute to more expressive pastel paintings. She will demonstrate two different underpainting techniques. Students will use an underpainting to develop their paintings.
On the third day we will continue to explore techniques that will lead to more expressive paintings with an exploration of new and exciting ways to start a pastel painting.
There will be demos, handouts and plenty of individual help at the easel during the workshop.
Karen Margulis was born in Connecticut and was raised in South Florida. Shecurrently lives in Marietta, Georgia. Karen received her BA in Education from the University of Florida. Karen’s primary medium is pastel, although she enjoys all mediums. She is a Master Circle recipient of the International Association of Pastel Societies and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. She is also a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Her landscape and wildflower paintings have received recognition in many International exhibitions including PSA and IAPS where her Queen Anne’s Lace painting won the 2011 poster competition. Karen’s work has been featured in the June 2014 issue of Pastel Journal. Her painting, Summer Reprise, was chosen for the cover image.