Florence Thomas Art School


Florence Thomas Art School
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Florence Thomas Art School

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May 22 2018 - May 23 2018


09:00 AM - 04:00 PM



Pastel Plein Air “Sketch to Studio” with Addren Doss

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This plein air/studio workshop is for the intermediate pastel artist who would like to create studio work that has the light and feel of a plein air piece.

The mornings will be spent in the field doing value sketches and quick color studies.  In the afternoon we will return to the studio and use these to create a larger studio painting.  By relying on the sketches done in the field and not a photograph, the studio paintings will be  more simplified and light filled.  In addition to learning to simplify a scene, we will use a different underpainting technique each afternoon.

As with all of Addren’s workshops, a strong value structure, composition, and color harmony will be stressed.

Workshop Teacher

  • 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