When I was starting out as a painter, I wanted to be part of a supportive and like-minded community of artists that I could connect with on a REGULAR basis, but I never really had that other than the very occasional meeting with an artist friend or the input from family, which was usually pretty biased!

I wanted a truly supportive, non-competitive, but honest community of painters. This little online community is such a place. Learning from each other’s journey, trials and successes is a great advantage of these lessons.

In addition, I’ll send you all of the free mini lessons you see below. Just register your account (free) and you’ll immediately get access once you log in. I’ll send you an email every week or so with the announcement of any new free mini lessons.

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56-Carlson's Theory of Angles
55-The Magpie: Why It Works
54-Reminder to Self: Make Better Paintings
53-A Tree is Not a Tree
52-Don’t forget it’s just a shape!
51-What to Leave In, What to Take Out
50-Primary Color Cubes
49-Seeing Mona
48-Those Pesky Greens!
47-Stuff to Avoid
46-Composition Basics
45-IAPS Road Trip!
44-The Johnny Depp Factor
43-What's In a Name?
42-Simplify
41-Erasing Pastels
40-Seeing A Vision
39-Taking It Abstract
38-Just Holes?
37-Grand Gradations
36-Chasing Magic
35-Permission Granted and the 3 P’s
34-The Big Finish
33-Finding a Groove, then Grooving
32-A Case for Drawing
31-The All Important Focal Point
30-Willamette River Pastel & Oil
29-Taos in the Morning
28-Sparks Lake
27-Keep Track of Those Colors!
26-Vistas & Vineyards
25-Traveling with Pastels
24-Do Your Pastels Need a Home?
22-Making Time to Paint
23-Searching for Style
21-What's On the Edges?
20-What Should I Paint?
19-Eleven Tips For Getting Into Juried Shows
18-To Blend or Not to Blend?
17-Color Interaction & Reaction!
12-Simultaneous Contrast
15-Your John Hancock
14-Focusing on the negative!
13-Mini-Demo: Pastel Painting Video
16-More Simultaneous Contrast
11-Oil Painting Demo
10-​​​​​​​Seeing Planes in Light
09-Color On the Edge: Shadow Meets Light
08-Inventing Color
07-Setting Up Your Spot!
06-Pushing Color
05-Aerial Perspective
04-Photo Reference: Don't Be A Slave to It!
03-Don't Be Boring: Use Spacing & Intervals
02-Making Values Work: Basic Value Patterns
01-Good or Bad? What Makes a Good Photo Reference?

“My working process is a simple one; I start on location, sketching, photographing and painting. Some of these field studies make their way to the studio.

In the studio I use all of that visual information and combine it with the sense or feeling I had for a location and create what is inevitably an abstraction of sorts in that it is not merely a copy of a photo but an interpretation of place. I hope that you enjoy the work!”

-Marla
PastelPaintingLessons.com

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