As a landscape painter, going to the source of our inspiration is key to understanding the subtle value and color shifts as well as aerial and linear perspective. Time spent observing, sketching and painting outdoors will enable you to paint more effectively indoors, especially when using photographic reference.
This outdoor sketching workshop will focus on how to edit and simplify a scene using the fundamentals of drawing and design to help clarify and express your emotional response to it. Through various, fun drawing exercises, using a limited value range, this workshop will help produce stronger design and enable you to paint more effectively outdoors and in the studio.
After an introduction and discussion of handout materials, we will go to work directly from the landscape, using graphite, charcoal, and/or markers. Through various drawing exercises, we will explore different subjects using line, shape, edges, and value. Taking the time to observe, writing notes as well as taking photos/video for future reference is encouraged.
We will continue our practice of designing and developing another series of sketches, notes, and value studies. Your choice of medium, working monochromatically, with a limited range of values. We will discuss how to create a good studio painting by using the strongest grouping of outdoor sketches and value studies, along with notes and reference material. Tips on working from photographs; capturing the atmosphere, mood, and harmony in your landscapes; and other topics will be covered.
Sketch pad(s): Easy size to carry such as 6×8, 6×9, 8×10. I like the spiral-bound sketchbooks so I can open them flat.
Several Medium to Soft Pencils such as 4 to 8B or Ebony pencil
Portable chair or stool
Hat, sunscreen, bug spray
Charcoal, charcoal pencils, white chalk pencil
Markers in various shades of gray
Pan Pastels in various shades, white to black
Loose drawing paper or larger sketchpad with backboard
All mediums are accepted for this workshop but we will only work with limited monochromatic color and/or black and white.
*If painting in oils, please use odorless mineral spirits
Denise LaRue Mahlke is an award-winning artist, known for her sensitively painted pastel landscapes. She has taught numerous pastel painting workshops over the years, in locations across the US, most recently at the Booth Art Academy in Cartersville, GA and in Fredericksburg, TX.
Being a student herself, Denise continues to study and learn from master artists who have also become her colleagues, mentors, and friends.
Denise has gained national recognition for her pastel paintings, which have been featured in numerous publications, including Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art, Plein Air, and Pastel Journal. She has been twice honored as winner of the First Place award in Landscape with the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon. In 2013, she was awarded the Gold Medal for works on paper and Best of Show award at the Phoenix Art Museum’s West Select show. In 2017, her work was featured in the Painting Red Rocks Country Exhibit at the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia.