Kathleen Newman will provide a flower painting demonstration by starting with a watercolor underpainting which will then be followed by layers of pastel. She will discuss the use and planning of the artwork by creating a black and white sketch (notan) beforehand. She says that she loves drawing and pastel provides the “tactile” experience of drawing and mixing color on the paper right before one’s own eyes. It is a very intuitive way to work as one responds to the painting and the painting responds back to the artist. A set of pastels is like a visual candy store of color and all one has to do is pick up a stick and try it out. Patience to let the pastel build slowly for layering effects is important in the way she works. She also works in other mediums and says that each medium has specific methods that need to be mastered. For pastels, it is important to develop the “touch” and the pressure sensitivity to glaze, layer, and the decision of when and when not to use bold strokes.
After studying at the American Academy of Art, Kathleen began an illustration and design business, Queen of Arts Studios, Inc. After the arrival of her children, she put aside the illustration work and began painting full time. She creates artwork inspired by her love of the outdoors and the many moods of light and shadow that occur across the landscape and in particular, over water. She has been awarded the Master’s Circle Gold Medal by the International Association of Pastel Societies and also signature letters in the Pastel Society of America, the American Impressionist Society, Chicago Pastel Painters and the American Transparent Watercolor Society. Kathleen teaches weekly in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood and workshops across the country. She also recently began teaching online. You can see her works and learn more about her at her website.
Join us for the monthly meeting of the Lemont Artists Guild! Meetings are open to all; you do not have to be a LAG member to attend. For more information on the Lemont Artists Guild, click here.
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