Events at the Hispanic Arts Building,
New Mexico Expo Fairgrounds, Albuquerque
All Workshops 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
No Registration Required for Free Public Demos
Pastel Society of New Mexico Workshop:
NEW Pastel Workshop: Natasha Isenhour
Monday-Wednesday, March 28-30, 2022
Free Demo Tuesday, March 29, 10 am
Pastel Class Description:
In this three day immersion with your inner artist, my goal is to help you enhance your understanding of recording what you see in your own unique voice in pastel. In concert with understanding the mechanics of the medium I will be helping you to create a pathway from what you see in front of you, through your heart and into your hands. In my intuitive approach to painting, that connection is vital for your understanding of why composition, temperature and value work. This intensive study will set you on your way to better paintings!
So much of the process of learning to “see” is being able to articulate what it is that causes you to react to the beauty of a scene or a still life. Pastels are the perfect, direct medium towards achieving your goal. I will teach you how atmosphere, big shapes and composition, temperature and color all play a part in expressing that reaction in your painting.
Each day will begin with discussion about the reference we will be concentrating on for the day. After you begin working I will be going around to each of you individually to help you toward creating your best work. I will supply you with photo references of the landscape. You can paint from the printout I provide, or if you have an iPad or tablet that you can bring, that works great for your reference. I will be sending you jpegs prior to the beginning of class. Please bring a few references of your own for later in the class.
This class requires at least minimal experience with the medium of pastels, but all levels of skill are most welcome to attend. You will be “starting where you are” once we get settled into the first painting of the class. My classroom is a highly nurturing environment where the only competition you will have is the last painting you painted. I look forward to meeting each one of you on this journey.
Fee for PSNM Members, $275; Non-Members, $300
See Natasha’s bio on the RGAA Oil Workshop
Rio Grande Art Association
Oil Workshop: Natasha Isenhour
Friday-Sunday, April 1-3, 2022
Free Demo Saturday, April 2, 10 am
Strong, moody, sensitive and light-filled are adjectives often used to describe the work of Natasha Isenhour. She is known for her striking still life paintings, architectural and atmospheric, representational landscapes. Her style explores local color while incorporating a slight contemporary edge, allowing her mark-making to control the impressions of mass and delicacy. Natasha has accumulated numerous awards and extensive recognition during her career while holding key positions in Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and the Pastel Society of New Mexico to name a few.
American Realist Natasha Isenhour, conveys her emotional response to landscape, architecture and still-life in both oil and pastel. From a distance a first impression is the realistic feeling of the work, but a closer look reveals a contemporary edge where her mark-making controls the impressions of mass and delicacy. Isenhour depicts what she sees as unpopulated spaces with an edgy lonesome starkness that defines the very essence of her work.
Participating in plein air events throughout the year informs her studio work through the on-site study of value and color temperature as it can only be seen with the eye. Observation and a BA in Geology afford her a deep understanding of the landforms and the bones of the earth that allow her to so effectively convey the depth and mass of her subjects.
In the works for 2022 is a solo exhibition at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, “The Beautiful Lonesome,” Oct 25th – Dec 4th, and a solo show at Ventana Fine Art in Santa Fe, “Essentially Isenhour”December 2nd -16th. Natasha will also be faculty for the 2022 Plein Air Convention and Expo and will participate for her second year at the Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational in California.
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine featured Isenhour as one of “Five To Watch” in their September/October 2021 issue as well as featured in “Look Up,” an article in their October 2020 issue. Also in 2020 she received a six-page feature in the July/August Art of the West Magazine, “Emotionally Engaged,” and an article co-featuring Isenhour, “Why Pastel is Perfect for Plein Air” in Septembers Plein Air Magazine. Her work has also been published in International Artists Magazine and Southwest Art.
Ventana Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Ethos Contemporary, Newport Beach, CA
Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
Salmagundi Art Club, New York
Signature Member, American Women Artists
Signature Member Pastel Society of America
Distinguished Pastelist and Past President, Pastel Society of New Mexico
Signature Member and Past President, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico
Oil Painters of America
Member of Laguna Plein Air Painters and California Art Club
What a wonderful opportunity to study for a few days with this amazing artist!
New Mexico Watercolor Society Workshop:
Friday-Sunday, April 8-10, 2022
Free Demo Friday, April 8, 9:30 am, 1 hour
The New Mexico Watercolor Society is delighted to host David Drummond as its Watercolor Workshop Guest Artist. David says of the workshop “I plan to teach my techniques for painting sky, rocks and walls, and water. Because these tools and techniques may be new to many of the students, I don’t expect finished paintings. But hopefully students will come away with new tools, techniques, and ideas to incorporate into their own paintings. The class will have two and one-half days of rigorous work on these techniques, and I will provide demos on each step of the process and work with each student as needed. The last half day students will choose the demo that they would like me to do.”
Registration for the workshop will open on the NMWS website in early January and is limited to 14 participants.
Widely recognized for his realistic watercolors of Lake Powell and western landscapes, watercolorist David Drummond concentrates on attention to detail and mood. His expressive realist figurative work and still life paintings give testimony to talent, as do dozens of honors and critical acclaim in the national fine arts media.
Drummond, a career physicist with the U.S. Air Force, resigned in 1986 to paint full time. He returned again and again to Lake Powell and created a unique process to capture the subtle variations of light and shadow on water, which he teaches today. Over the years he has accumulated numerous honors and awards and was commissioned to paint the 2007 White House Christmas card.
He won “Best of Show” in 2014 at the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society Annual Exhibition in Washington DC. With “The Rose”, his miniatures were exhibited in Russia in 2012 as part of the World Miniature Exhibition. Drummond’s work is represented in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the White House Collection, National Park Foundation, and the St. George, Utah Art Museum.
His painting “Canyon Ripples” is the Mini Grand Prize in the Paint the Parks show, and sixteen of his Lake Powell paintings were included in the National Arts for the Parks top 100 show. Drummond’s Arts For the Parks pieces have been made into posters, calendars and postcards, and featured in a special “Arts from the Parks” book.
He earned his American Watercolor Society (AWS) membership in 1986 and Watercolor West membership in 1987.
He resides with his wife Priscilla in Albuquerque, NM and Page, AZ.
Any questions – please contact Caryl Trotter, email@example.com