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May 14 2019 - May 15 2019


9:00 am - 4:00 pm



Beyond the Photograph: Pastels with Addren Doss

Beginners with experience – Advanced
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Beyond the Photograph … Creating Better Pastel Paintings

In this two-day pastel workshop, for intermediate artists, we will be exploring different ways to work creatively with photographs.  We will look at how to simplify and change a photograph into a better composition, and how to use elements from more than one photograph in one painting.  You will also be using two different surfaces for your paintings, and different approaches to underpainting.

Both days you will be exploring compositions using thumbnails and small color studies done on UArt pastel paper.  Strong value patterns and color harmony are vital to good paintings, and these practices will be stressed and help you attain these goals.

On day one you will be working on UArt sanded pastel paper with a traditional pastel/alcohol underpainting.

On day two you will be working on UArt sanded pastel paper mounted to Gator Board with an acrylic under painting.  When using a water-based underpainting it is vital to mount your pastel paper.  Addren will show you how she mounts her paper for painting, and provide the Gator Board, ATG tape, and acrylic ink for a small fee.

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  • Addren Doss

    “For me, plein air painting is about recording my emotional reaction to a specific place at a specific time of day.  The studio painting that may come from that experience is an extension of the intense feelings and reactions I had when painting outside.” — Addren Doss

    The goal of Addren Doss is to engage viewers emotionally by creating representational light filled paintings with intense colors and strong value patterns.  Her oil and pastel paintings are filled with bold brush and knife work, and passages of pure clean color.  One viewer recently said, “I feel a part of the landscape, the sun on my face, and the wind in my hair when looking at your paintings.”  Another said “I feel like I can reach out and touch your animals”.

    Addren spent the first twenty years of her art career as a graphic designer doing corporate and freelance work.  In 1990 she decided to follow her true passion, and began her career as a painter.  Over the years she has studied with many noted American artists.  Now she feels the need and responsibility to share what she has learned by teaching classes and workshops in oil and pastel, which she has been doing for over 12 years.

    Addren is a Master Signature Member of Women Artists of the West, Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, Founding and Charter Member of the Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society, Member of Excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society, and member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina.  She is represented by Tyler White O’Brien Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina; and Peacock Alley, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections across the country and internationally.  She and her husband live in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    Visit Addren’s Website

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