Painting Big Sur with Pastels - June 8

  • Led by Jim Tyler

  • Class size was 12 people; suitable all skills levels ages 18 & up

  • Saturday, June 8, 2019, 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

  • $65 per person; plus $10 for materials the day of the workshop. 

This was the perfect class for you if you had been using pastels and were ready to take the next step, or if you were brand new to pastels. Over the course of this 3 hour workshop, one completed a pastel painting while learning the basics of handling pastels, which are:

  • How to use the sides, ends and edges of a pastel stick;

  • Layering colors;

  • Types of pastel paper; brands of pastels and their softness ranking;

  • Correcting mistakes;

  • The order of painting the elements of a composition;

  • Finishing and framing the painting.

The workshop included reference photos and sanded pastel paper with the scene pre-sketched. Pastel sets were available for use during the workshop for an additional fee.

About The Instructor:

Jim Tyler, of San Luis Obispo, CA, is exploring the deep, rich side of pastel. Long known as a medium for soft portraits and light colored landscapes, pastel is actually the purest painting medium and provides deep, rich colors. Tyler is using this richness to emphasize the lighting and intense colors in scenes around the Central Coast. His paintings of people and places offer an intimate glimpse of local life. The artist’s distinct style can be seen through his focus on lighting and composition. “Paintings are made captivating through lighting and composition. The scenes that capture my eye consistently have strong lighting, and I use pastel to capture that boldness in paintings.”

Tyler paints exclusively with pastel. Largely self-taught, he began working with pastel at an early age and began painting seriously in 2001. His artwork has been featured in Pastel Journal Magazine’s Top 100 Pastels issue. He has been the featured artist at several galleries and has won awards at numerous national shows. Tyler has been awarded signature status with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Sierra Pastel Society. He is a founding member of the California Central Coast Pastel Society. He has also been the featured artist on Charter Cable Television’s “This is Art.”

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