Workshops Can Be Motivators

 “All Things are Difficult Before They are Easy” ~ Thomas Fuller

First Fall Final Reduced Workshops can be wonderful motivators as afterward they inevitably leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.  This past weekend The Rockport Center for the Arts held a two-day Enid Wood pastel workshop which was wonderfully stimulating.  It was a weekend of many “firsts” for most of her students – first time to paint on highly colored backgrounds, first time to use (and fall in love with) pan pastels, first time using vine charcoal as a problem solver, first time to successfully paint water and rocks and the first time to complete a painting in one day (well, almost).  Pan pastels are interesting as they can be used separately or mixed together, similar to oils, and then applied in one glorious swoop leaving a beautiful trail of colors.  Try this on black paper – it is so dramatic.  Pastels continue to amaze artists everywhere as there are uncountable ways to use them – they truly are the most versatile art medium.

Many thanks go to Enid who was extremely generous with her talent, instruction, painting tips and supplies.  She brought a carload of various pastel brands along with a complete set of pan pastels, which she then spread out, for everyone to try.  There is nothing better than having a truly ‘hands on’ introduction to a complete product line of art supplies.

Thanks also to The Rockport Center for the Arts which is a beautiful facility set in a spectacular location with the picturesque marina at Rockport Harbor on one side and Aransas Bay on the other side – can’t get any better than that! The following photos are progression shots of the above final painting.

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