Saturday with the Central Texas Pastel Society

This pastel painting beginning is from yesterday's demo and workshop for the Central Texas Pastel Society at the Windberg Art Center. I'll continue work on this painting during my Tuesday evening session (6 p.m. Central) at

No, I'm not waltzing with an invisible dancer- I must have been offering one of my fervent opinions.
I do have a few.

There were perhaps 40-50 people at the demonstration in the morning and, as I painted, the image of my painting was projected on a huge screen so all could see. I worked from an image on my laptop, which also was projected.

This is during the sketch...

I'd taken some photos of Karen reading the evening before and showed the members how to take a poor photo and, with cropping and the adjustment of brightness and contrast, have something worth using as a reference.

I was so impressed by the members of CTPS... all were positive and supportive of each other, and those who participated in the workshop worked their tushes off. I respect that.
This is Bob Douglass, CTPS President. He sets a joyous tone for the group, I could tell.
This is Jeri Salter, Program Chair and past president and also a member of Austin Pastel Society, who arranged for me to give the demonstration and afternoon workshop on painting the figure in an interior. Thank you, Jeri!
Artist Mike Windberg was a whiz at setting up all the electronics and such a gentleman in helping at every turn. His father, artist Dalhart Windberg, has created Windberg Art Center- a beautiful workshop venue and oasis for emerging artists.
Thank you all for a wonderful, exhausting, satisfying day.


Pattie Wall said...

Kudos Susan! What an event. Looks like you had all the wonderful tech devices to help others see. A think that is a real plus!

SharonWrightArtist said...

Already a great portrait. The workshop sounds fabulous, veywell organised and with an added!

Jo Castillo said...

Ah, Susan, couldn't make it up there. Looks like I missed a good time and some great "learnin'". Hope to see you one of these days. Thanks for sharing. said...

Wish I could have been there - looks like a very good demo.

Susan Carlin said...

Hi Pattie, Sharon, Jo and (Bill? Lisa?) - Windberg Art Center is a dream of a place. Dalhart Windberg designed all the easels and makes many of the materials, including a sanded pastel surface. He sent one home with me to see how I like it. Can't wait to try it out.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Susan,
What an inspirational braveheart you are. How exciting. You dazzle me.