I have been hearing about him since I started taking classes at Bert Collins' studio.
"Richard this" and "Richard that" ... "he's so great ... wonderful ... inspiring ... knowledgeable" ... and on and on.
Hmm. Who is this guy? I mean, Bert is amazing and if she thinks he's fabulous ....
So, I checked out his blog. It's called "Pastel Pointers with Richard McKinley," which is indeed a great blog and yes, he is very knowledgeable. So, I got on a waiting list for his next workshop. And I waited. It was so long ago I can't even remember when it was.
Then, last month I got an email that someone had to cancel and there would be an opening for his Ojai Workshop (which was perfect since my family lives there!) It turns out he lives in Oregon and travels around the country teaching these workshops. In a week or two he is off to Illinois, then New Mexico, Washington and by summer he will be in France.
At the risk of missing my Italian midterm (which I did!) I took the spot.
It was amazing. He was a wealth of both new information and techniques, as well as reminding us about all of the good old art 101 stuff about composition, value, creating depth etc. I don't think anyone had ever explained things so clearly!
There was A LOT of information imparted and if you are interested you should get his book. It also covers how do do watercolor under-washes for pastels, which might be one of my favorite things ever! There were also a couple of people doing oils. If he is ever in your neck of the woods and you want an amazing workshop, you would not regret it. You can check the schedule on his website.
Richard McKinley at Lake Casitas doing a "demo" for us
His yummy watercolor under-wash ...
Here come the pastels ... how gorgeous is his palette?
And here is the magic he created. I wish you could see it person! It's was so rich and glowed at the same time~
Pastel by Richard McKinley
I left inspired, jazzed, excited
and ready to head to the great out doors with my palette in tow!
(Although I still have to take my Italian Midterm!)
We do not see nature with our eyes,
but with our understandings and our hearts.