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Our December Blog by Kath DeWitt Hess

               I just took the wonderful Aaron Scheurr Landscape workshop. It was a great learning experience as well as a chance to bond with artists outside of the MSA group.
I took the Aaron Scheurr workshop not only because I like his work but because I felt I needed help to get to the next “level” personally in my own work. The things I learned from Aaron besides what he had to say was  how he held his pastel /brush ,layering both pastel  or oil, learning how to alter my touch on the paper to lay down lines and most of all seeing and comparing what I was looking at now to how I didn’t take my work to the next level.  Pastel was my first love at the age of 16.At that time, there were few avenues to learn through. At RIT we worked mainly in oil so I didn’t return to pastel until the 80’s. As with most of us family interrupted consistent work. In the 90’s through the present I’ve focused on pastels starting with classes from Sari Gaby until Aaron Scheurr. Each  experience has only increased my love of pastels.
               Workshops are inspiring no matter the medium or subject. You work hard and come home tired but the knowledge and experience last a lifetime.
                The holidays are looming and we all ask for Rochester Art Supply gift cards. There are several workshops coming up in 2017, Marla Baggetta, Jeff Hein and Stan Sperlak to name a few.  Now’s  the time to drop a hint or two for “help” towards enjoying one of these workshops.
                Here are some tips from Aaron Scheurr during his workshop:
1.)  Look back and forth  between light and shadow areas . It helps you to see color in the shadows.
2.)  Dirt tens towards red and warmer shades. Think of this as you lay down a “dirt” color before adding grass or weeds.
3.)  Think in terms of big abstract shapes as you lay in masses for a sketch or painting.
4.)  Compare the importance of value vs color as you choose a focal point. Which is more prominent in your subject.
5.)  Pay attention to what’s influencing the colors.
6.)  Colors can be related through the use of warmer & cooler temperatures.
“Art needs an audience” The piece tells the artists’ story as well as the viewers story.

I wish you all “artfilled” holidays.

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