May 23, 2018 Journal


I recently attended a plein aire workshop in Hot Springs village with Richard McKinley from May 7-11. There were 18 artists in attendance, and although the heat and humidity were exceptionally high we had a wonderful time.

image of Pastel painting of a Rock in Spring

If you ever get the chance to attend one of his workshops it is amazing!  We compared plein aire set ups, made new friends and learned a great deal about the different underpainting and painting techniques that Richard McKinley uses in his work.

Here’s one of my paintings from the workshop of a cool rock at the edge of a spring I found during the workshop.  It is done with pastels, and I finished it after the workshop.


I returned home with plans for streamlining my plein aire set up, new techniques which I’m thoroughly enjoying, and an appreciation for plein aire artists as a whole.

As the Arkansas Pastel Society’s next meeting is a paint out in Two Rivers Park I’m looking forward to painting and evaluating my streamlined set up.



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