Learn Pastel Painting from Marla at Home…

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Beginner

You just bought some pastels and maybe have never even touched them. If you have, you feel really unsure of yourself and but you really want to explore what they can do! Maybe you don’t feel like you can draw or paint but you are impulsed to try.

Intermediate

You have some pastels and you’ve been playing around with them. Maybe you’ve even done a few things that please you or you think are pretty darn good! But you know that your work has a ways to go or you can see a direction in some other artist’s work that you’d like to head towards.

Advanced

You’ve logged some mileage behind the easel and had some successes. You might have sold work and or won some awards. You’re here to stretch out and try doing some things differently and hone some skills.

1. Oaks Bottom River

(meandering river) – 58min.

This lesson is a nice warm up for all levels! It’s also a great beginner to intermediate lesson. It gives you an opportunity to practice making a variety of kinds of marks and to play with some color.

2. Red & Green

(abstract landscape) – 35min.

This lesson is a nice warm up for all levels! It’s a simple composition that can be taken in an abstract direction if you are moved to do so. It’s an opportunity to explore mark making and color and texture in the large shapes. Follow along for a first try, find your own forgotten piece of reference, one that you maybe discounted as not a good candidate for a painting.

3. Simple Pleasures

(water reflections) – 1hr. 7min.

This lesson is for all levels! It’s a simple composition which gives you lots of opportunity to explore mark making and color in the large shapes. It’s about keeping things simple and saying them simple. Try capturing the feeling of water and reflection! It doesn’t have to be too complicated.

4. Promise of Red

(fall foliage)- 1hr. 7min.

You might as well get started on the right foot with foliage! This lesson helps to make sense of the overwhelming masses of color and value that foliage can present. I explain how to plan for the shapes and how to handle sky holes.

5. Under-Painting Techniques

(starting with an under-painting)- 1hr. 11min

This lesson is for intermediate to advanced painters that are interested in expanding on their vocabulary of techniques! These under-painting ideas can add spontaneity and excitement to your work.

I walk you through four different under-paintings and give you some ideas for expanding on these.

6. Manifesting Green

(handling a large foreground) – 1hr. 11min

This lesson is for intermediate to advanced painters that are interested in expanding on their vocabulary of techniques! These under-painting ideas can add spontaneity and excitement to your work.

I walk you through four different under-paintings and give you some ideas for expanding on these.

Learn Pastel Painting from Marla

You’ll get “members only” access to step-by-step video lessons
in the Watch and Paint Lesson Library.

(These lessons are not available anywhere else.)

Get Personal Feedback on Your Artwork

As a ‘Pastel Painting member’ – you’ll get personalized video
critiques from Marla based on your artwork.

How it Works

It’s simple and easy. Just log in and send a picture of your artwork – when you’re ready.
She’ll get a notification of your upload and respond to you personally with a
One on One video critique.

Join the Community!

Discover how encouragement and a positive team spirit can enhance your learning.
You’ll learn from watching the other students, seeing Marla’s feedback, make new friends,
find like minded artists and even make new professional connections worldwide!.

Still Have Questions?

Check out the Learn More page for detailed info on how the site works.
Let Marla help you become a better painter- quickly and easily!

Real Life Student Testimonials

I jump at every opportunity to take a workshop with Marla. She is a gifted teacher and has the capacity to work with students wherever they are in their painting ability. Her workshops are packed with useful information, including lecture material, demos, exercises to practice the instruction, and then feedback at the easel. Just watching her paint has been so instructive and such a pleasure. I have repeated some of Marla’s workshops, and have found that the content may be similar, but I hear it and apply it in new ways making it even more useful the second time around. Marla knows what to say to push and encourage students. She has a wonderful sense of humor and has this intuitive sense of knowing where students are struggling or getting in their own way and how to help them move past that. She has helped me grow in my painting and I appreciate her teaching and mentoring so much.
Donna Schreiner
Donna Schreiner
“Jam packed with amazing information and seeing it done, Marla’s workshops are beyond extraordinary! She exudes a passion that is infectious and encourages the creative spirit.”
Ed Chesnovitch, President, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
Ed Chesnovitch, President, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
After four of Marla’s workshops (so far!), I continue to be amazed by her depth of knowledge and the joy and care with which she shares it. Her warmth, humor, thorough preparation and supportive approach make the experience both fun and of extraordinary value to me. I continue to benefit from what I’ve learned for months afterward — and plan to sign up for the online workshops to help fine-tune my process in between workshops.

Dick Eaton, Portland, OR
Dick Eaton, Portland, OR
“Workshops with Marla leave me super motivated and confident. “Color confidence” and, “Trees, Skies and Water”. In all of them I really enjoyed the balance and combination of painting time, demos and knowledge share. After all, painting is not only about putting material on a piece of paper but we also need to develop as artists in our hearts and minds. Marla dedicates time to nurture that special side of us during the course.

She does not hide any of her secrets and she will also help you with marketing and promotion tips so you can get started or better at showing your art. If you feel like you are stuck, I highly recommend taking her lessons. You will get the push you need and you will produce more in less time and be confident while doing it. You will be encouraged to focus on what you do well instead of concentrating on those things that are hard to paint for you.

And I wont share more – experience for yourself!”

Alejandra Gros, Seattle, WA
Alejandra Gros, Seattle, WA

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