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IN-PERSON "Painting the Lowcountry Landscape" A Workshop with Susan Mayfield



PAINTING THE LOWCOUNTRY
LANDSCAPE in PASTEL
with Instructor Susan Mayfield
 
WHEN: 
Tuesday to Thursday
(9am to 4pm)
March 29, 30, 31, 2022
 
WHERE: Art League Academy
(Located south-island at 106 Cordillo Parkway)
 
Join Colorado-based pastelist and instructor Susan Mayfield for this 3-day workshop designed for painters exploring ways to make a more dynamic painting. In this workshop, students will focus on the landscapes of the Lowcountry as inspiration and subject matter.
 
This workshop will consist of demos, painting exercises, group discussions, positive critiques and lost of hands-on individual attention. Oil and acrylic painters are welcome to attend, as long as they understand that the demos will be done in pastel. Make your painting more expressive and visually interesting from start to finish, from choosing subject matter, editing reference photos, simplifying and improving design and composition, using dynamic value contrasts, pushing color schemes, and using color temperature to create mood and emotion. Make colors pop, develop more interesting compositions, learn to edit and simplify, learn to use contrasts to push values and color temperature to make a stronger painting. Students will learn guidelines to help them critique their own work while strengthening the fundamentals in their paintings.
 
 
NOTE: To ensure a safe environment, the instructor for this workshop has asked all participants to please be fully vaccinated.

 



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Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: This class is a great choice for intermediate pastel, oil or acrylic painters.
Materials Included: No materials are included in this class
Requirements: Supply List for Susan Mayfield's
Painting the Lowcountry Landscape Workshop


Pastel Painters

1. A portable easel, Art League Academy has easels you can use, or you can bring your own preferred easel.
2. Small sketchbook for notes and preliminary sketches.
3. Vine charcoal, soft or extra soft. Pink Pearl eraser for toning exercise.
4. Pantone or Copic markers in 3 shades of gray and black (light gray, medium gray, and medium dark gray,plus black.
5. At least a dozen or two of your favorite reference photos of landscapes, preferably photos that you took yourself. You can bring in your ipad or computer or print them out. Please choose simple scenes. I will have extra photos.
6. Pastels
Working in pastels, you will find that unlike oil, more is better..If you are just getting started in pastels, get a large set of harder pastels like Nupastel, and as many softer pastels as you can afford. All the nice, soft, expensive pastels come in sets, and you can save by buying sets instead of individual sticks. I use a variety of pastels: Sennelier half-sticks, which come in gorgeous darks, you can find them on sale at Dick Blick. I also use pastels from Terry Ludwig, Unison, Schminke, etc... If you don?t want to invest yet in a lot of expensive pastels, Michael?s carries a good inexpensive sets from Faber-Castell, Rembrandt, and various Nupastel sets.

Unlike oil or acrylic, the more colors the better with pastels. Make sure you buy some good, deep darks in various hues

7. A container for your pastels: If you don't already have a commercially available pastel box with individual compartments, you can find good ones at http://heilmandesigns.com, http://www.judsonsart.com and other art supply stores. If you don't have a pastel box, you can improvise with a large size Tupperware container with a top filled with a bag of plain cheap grits, corn meal, or rice. This keeps the pastels clean and protected.
8. Masking tape (not blue)
9. Scissors
10. Pastel Paper:
I recommend bringing to the workshop 11x14 or 12x16 sized pastel paper or larger, and we can tape off into smaller sections. We will be doing various exercises on these small taped off sec
tions, along with several larger pieces. I recommend for this workshop using UArt 400 or 500 grade which can be found online at various sites such as: http:// www.jerrysartarama.com/ and http://www.dickblick.com/, http:// dakotapastels.com/. Other papers I use- Art Spectrum pastel paper, Sennelier La Carte paper, PastelMat. Please bring whatever pastel papers you usually use, and I will have several kinds of paper on hand for students to try out, and will demonstrate how to make your own pastel paper.
11. Baby wipes. Get the big pack...
12. Drawing board or boards larger than paper sizes. I use store-bought masonite painting boards
13. Rubbing Alcohol and old paintbrushes to tone paper and to under-paint. Denatured alcohol or 90-percent isopropyl alcohol is best.
14. Apron


OIL PAINTERS

1. A portable easel, Art League Academy has easels you can use, or you can bring your own preferred easel.
2. Small sketchbook for notes and preliminary sketches.
3. Vine charcoal, soft or extra soft. Pink Pearl eraser for toning exercise.
4. Pantone or Copic markers in 3 shades of gray and black (light gray, medium gray, and medium dark gray, plus black.
4. At least a dozen or two of your favorite reference photos of landscapes, preferably photos that you took yourself. You can bring in your ipad or computer or print them out. Please choose simple scenes. I will have extra photos.
5. Painting surfaces. Students will be doing several exercises a day on larger paper, canvas or canvas paper taped off into 2-4 smaller square or rectangle surfaces. 12x16 or 11x14 Arches Oil Paper or Canvas Pads work well.
6. Odorless Mineral Spirits for Oil Painters and containers with lids. Important to bring ODORLESS!
7. Painting Palette (disposable or otherwise)
8. Brushes. I use Filberts size 4-12, mainly 6 and 8, but bring whatever brushes you normally use
9. Masking Tape and a Masonite board to tape paper or canvas to for sketches
10. Roll of paper towels, I use Viva original paper towels.
11. Palette knife for mixing paint and as a painting tool
12. PAINT:.
Oil and Acrylic painters should bring in a minimum of a warm and cool of each of the primary colors (yellow, red, blue) plus white. Please buy good quality paint-Gamblin, Utrecht, Windsor Newton paints are readily available. Student grade is good. Here are the colors I use:

1. Cadmium Lemon, or Cadmium Yellow Light
2. Cadmium Yellow Medium
3. Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Rose (or both)
4. Cadmium Red Light
5. (French)Ultramarine Blue
6. Cerulean or Manganese Blue
7. Titanium White

Optional colors: Viridian, Cadmium Orange, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber
13. Apron
Instructor: Susan Mayfield
Instructor Bio: SUSAN MAYFIELD is an award-winning artist known for her use of color and light in her pastel and oils. She was raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a watery landscape dominated by rivers, creeks and marshes, where she lived until moving to Salida, Colorado, in 2007. Mayfield now divides her time between the high mountain desert and big open skies of Colorado, and the semi-tropical coastline of South Carolina, and finds inspiration in the dynamic contrasts between these two places.

After graduating with honors and receiving the Outstanding Fine Arts Student Award from the College of Charleston, Mayfield continued her studies with prominent artists from around the country. Her career has included solo and group exhibits in galleries such as the Wells Gallery and the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, SC, the Joyce Robins Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, The Red Piano Gallery in Hilton Head, City Art Gallery in Greenville, NC, among many others. Her paintings have been chosen for the Art in Embassies Program, and her work is included in many corporate and private collections.

Susan, along with artist Stephen Smalzel, opened up the Smalzel Mayfield Art Gallery in 2012 in Salida, Colorado. She participates in plein air events around the country, and in 2015 she won the Best in Show award at the South Park Plein Air Festival, and in 2016 she won the "People's Choice" and "Quick Draw" competition there. In addition to her painting, she teaches art classes and workshops in Colorado and in the South. Her paintings can currently be seen at the Sandpiper Gallery in Charleston, SC, and at the Palace Hotel Gallery in Salida, CO.

Mayfield explores and interprets the landscape wherever she finds herself. Recently her work has focused on the incredible wild places in and around the canyon country of the Southwest with particular emphasis on the rivers that carved them. Mayfield is inspired by her time spent hiking, camping, and exploring the great outdoors in Colorado and all through the Southwest. She served as a board member of Friends of Browns Canyon during the time Browns Canyon was designated as a National Monument and is an active proponent and avid fan of public lands. She hopes to bring awareness to the need to preserve and protect our public land so that future generations will be able to wander, explore, and draw inspiration from these wild places as she does now.

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