Rita (CTPS member!) has mastered the technology of filming her painting process, which makes her demos, live sessions, critiques and discussions very clear and interesting. She is known for her unique texturizing and underpainting techniques.
Scroll back to the beginning for her color lessons! What is really neat about this site is that her Patreon site still has the Community feature, where students can post and comment. Vianna gives excellent content, plus responds to comments, plus holds ZOOM Q&A’s, plus her voice is really soothing!
“Margaret Dyer, a master of the figure, gives two demonstrations each month—one in pastel, one in oil. Her work is impressionistic, and utilizes the layering of warm and cool
hues within the same value. There are additional benefits for the higher-level memberships, including one critique per month at the $15 level.”
“The video quality of his painting process is good, so you can really see how he makes his marks.”
“Scroll all the way back to her first basic lessons, with hands-on exercises that give an understanding of warm/cool and the values of colors. Well worth the price. Can cancel at any time.”
Twelve pastel lessons available for download. Subjects include “Color Temperature in the Green Landscape”, “Shadows”, “Working with Neutral Local Color”, etc. These are short lessons with super clear, valuable basic info.
Also offers individual workshops for pastel, drawing, painting—$55/ea. “Once you purchase a workshop you have unlimited access to it. If she adds to the workshop after you purchase it, you will get access to the new content! Her minilessons have great tips!
“I belong to several pastel Facebook groups. In fact, that is the reason I joined Facebook eight years ago—to see pastel artwork on a regular basis!” –Jane Copeland, CTPS member
Pastel Society of America
Passionate About Pastels
Red Rock Pastel Society of Nevada
Austin Pastel Society (you have to be a member)
Artists Network $14.99/month — Membership includes multiple free pastel instructional videos and articles, and they have contests. They also sell other pastel instructional videos. https://www.artistsnetwork.com
FASO (Fine Art Studio Online)— “Artists can setup website/shop online, they have contests and they also have a marketing plan to follow.”
Jackson Art Blog — A tremendous resource for understanding pastel, pastel paper, and grounds. There is information on art materials, techniques, interviews and features, shop material and Jackson’s painting prize. www.jacksonart.com/blog
“I’ve used this site to get documentation on the different properties of Pastel paper. I can never remember what takes a water color wash, what is archival, the range of tooth and so on. They even have a table that provides a comprehensive set of information about all the brands of pastel paper. The information I get on this blog helps me choose paper, choose ground, choose pastels, etc. Especially helpful are the articles and interviews. Also, when trying to find ArtSpectrum ground, completely out in the US, I found it, and got it in four days, from Jackson’s.”