Friday, April 15, 2011

Pastel Workshop with Richard McKinley

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

Richard, if you read this, THANK YOU!
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.

William Hazlitt


Jo Potter said...

Hi Lucinda,
Well, I can totally understand why you would want to go to Richards pastel workshop!
His work is very beautiful and inspiring. I like the watered down pastel textures and his use of colour is amazing!

Have a lovely creative weekend.
Jo. x

The world according to m3 said...

Where does he live in Oregon? I live here now in Portland!

Luzia said...

Thank you for this wonderful post. The result of this workshop is lovley! Hugs from Luzia.

PoetessWug said...

It sounds like he made you as excited over paint as I am over yarns and crochet thread! How great is that! :-) And I love the water-color painting! He really does have an eye. I can't paint it, but I know what I like! ^_^

mermaid gallery said...

always love to see how artists work...the watercolor works very well with the pastels...fascinating post!

A Brush with Color said...

I'm not familiar with him, Lucinda, so thanks for the introduction. His work IS beautiful! It sounds like it was a wonderful class. I'm so glad you went--you can take that exam later. Life is short!

KathyA said...

Well wasn't THAT serendipitous!!

Can you make up the midterm?

Kerry O'Gorman said...

How fantastic! i always wanted to do some outdoor's so Renaissance, romantic and that landscape looks so that big grove of trees with the blue flowers...your pastels are equally gorgious...Bella!

Tammie Lee said...

thank you for sharing your experience and teacher with us, lovely palette indeed!

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Cobalt Violet said...

Thank you all for the comments! I am happy to share him with you guys! :)