Steps to The Expressive Landscape  A-K

 In this workshop we explored ways to create depth and atmosphere in your paintings; how to decide which parts of a scene or photo to include in your painting, which parts to leave out; and how to make your landscapes more “painterly”.   We worked on creating expressive paintings, learning to quickly capture the essence of a particular scene.  Knowing how to emphasize the play of light and shadow can add real excitement to your work.  We used thumbnail sketches to see values and big shapes, to create a composition that works and to find ways to simplify your painting.  Elaine brought reference photos for the landscapes.

Maria has displayed her pastels in galleries and restaurants for the past 20 years. Her other mediums are oils, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and airbrush. Her travels and illustration background have helped her structure concepts and given her a strong foundation to build on for her present art work.

Guests interested in the pastel medium and in becoming a member are welcome at our CTPS demonstrations.


March 18, 2017

Kraig Kiedrowski, a San Antonio artist, gave a presentation on Degas and pastels, discuss Degas Japanese woodcuts and notan. He demonstrated creating a notan as a guide to painting a pastel. He also covered life after Kitty Wallis. The meeting is free and open to anyone interested in pastel art.​​​


Gordon demonstrated his watercolor underpainting technique, which he layers with pastel for a vibrant and exciting final painting.

Gordon's work has long been respected for his impressionist landscapes of Texas and Mexico. He's been a painter for over three decades. The Wally Workman Gallery on West Sixth Street in Austin represents his work and has mounted multiple solo shows for him.​


Guest Artist/Presenter

Guest presenter


Central Texas Pastel Society

MAY 20, 2017 at 9:30 am

​   Guest Artist:  Gordon Fowler   

Enid Wood studied still life and portrait painting at Westminster College in Salt Lake City with Don Doxey. Her subsequent career as a violin teacher took her to Berkeley, New Haven, London, Pittsburgh, and Bastrop, TX. Ten years ago, inspired by the beautiful paintings and places seen during her travels, she joined Albert Handell’s mentorship program in New Mexico and became a landscape painter.  

Her paintings usually begin with one color or an unexpected pair of colors. The rest of the painting takes shape from that beginning.  For Enid, the vitality of each stroke evokes a mood, makes textures, and creates harmonies. She enjoys finding a balance between the intuitive and analytical paths to art. Enid also likes thinking about the creative process and is a frequent contributor to Pastel Journal.

"Somewhere Over The Panhandle"  6x18

Sonia offered a thoughtfully provoking discussion while visually motivating us to create more artwork.

"The essence of Sonia Marie Colonna-Mathis' presentation included a demonstration of how she uses pastels while explaining how she  learned to feel free to be herself in a way that applies to any medium.  She will share how her art journey has developed her artistic expression to be herself AND be collectable."

ELAINE MONNIG presented Steps to The Expressive Landscape A-K. She  demonstrated in the morning and held an optional afternoon mini-workshop following the regular meeting.  Cost was only $35 limited to first 17 MEMBERS who signed up.

Afternoon workshop ( 1pm to 4 pm) with Kraig
Seeing color as value with a notan as your guide
Making a notan as a design for a pastel painting either full color or monochrome

• Notan on white paper
• Notan on mid value grey paper
• Notan with brush and ink
• Notan with pan pastel

Enid Wood at work

Includes: special exhibit at RS Hanna Gallery; demos by artists inspired by Frank Reaugh, including our own, Jeri Salter; Sunday tea with Lucretia Coke,  Reaugh's last surviving student; and special screening of Marla Field's new documentary "Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains" about Frank Reaugh's life and art. Click here for full details.


Carolyn Hancock 

Painting Emotion...

Hot Strokes & Portraiture.

  • Using a CTPS volunteer model, Carolyn will demo a portrait, covering
  • The 4 important marks to drawing a face
  • Using angles and comparisons
  • Finding the gesture that defines the person
  • Pushing the darks and the colors
  • How to know when it is finished.