"Misty Morning" Pastel on Sanded Paper 12" x 12"

"Misty Morning" Pastel on Sanded Paper 12" x 12"

“Pastels for Everyone” July 7-13 and

“In Depth Study in Pastels” Sept. 8-13

Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM


Join me for a week of painting at beautiful Ghost Ranch!  Here are answers to questions you might have.

Q:  What kind of medium can I bring?

A:  Emphasis is on the Pastel medium, but you can bring other mediums as well!

Q:  What will our schedule look like?

A:  The JULY class meets from 9 am-Noon and 6:45 pm- Sunset M-F.  You will have afternoons free to paint on your own or explore the many offerings of Northern New Mexico. I will check in to the studio daily at 4:30 pm to answer questions. We will be doing a combination of plein air and studio painting.

The SEPTEMBER class will meet from 9-noon and 1-4 p.m. We will be doing a combination of plein air and studio painting.

Q:  Will we be painting solely on Ghost Ranch?

A:  Although we could because there is so much to paint, we will be taking two off campus field trips by Ranch vans.  Dates to be determined.  

Q:  Will I need my own easel?

A:  Yes.  Winsor and Newton makes a very lightweight easel that packs into a suitcase.  If this is truly a problem, please contact me.



Materials List- Both Classes


Pastels:  Bring a combination of hard and soft pastels.  I can’t stress the importance of this                     enough.  If you can only swing bringing one brand, then it should be the Sennelier 40 count

            Half stick set.  Better yet, the 80 count.  More colors = less frustration in the field.  

            Hard:  NuPastel, Creatacolour, Pastel Carre´, Rembrandt 

            Soft:   There are many brands of soft pastels- Unison, Schmincke, Sennelier. Richeson

Sennelier makes a very nice 80 Color set of half sticks.  At the very least you should have the equivalent of a 40 count half sticks set.  I like the half sticks with no wrappers to peel!

Paper:You may bring your own SANDED pastel paper or purchase some directly from me.  Please do not        bring Canson drawing paper.  It is not a fun surface to work on if you are a beginner. I like Art Spectrum paper, Canson FEATHERLIGHT pastel boards.  Sennelier has a beautiful sanded paper but it is not waterproof, so I don’t recommend those for July in NM because it frequently rains in the afternoon.


Equipment:  A lightweight outdoor easel- Winsor and Newton makes a relatively inexpensive and

            very lightweight collapsible easel.  French Easels are sturdy but heavy.

            Clamp on umbrella- is nice but not required. Helpful to keep  the sun off your face and artwork.

            Stool or lightweight folding chair for sitting or to hold your pastels.

            I have a roll-up aluminum camp table which I love because I like to paint standing.

Miscellaneous:  A Masonite drawing board or a piece of Gator Board  up to 20” x 26” 

            A neutral color tape for attaching your work to the board.  

            Small Sketchbook and pencil for thumbnail sketches

            Viewfinder or viewfinder/greyscale combination

            A couple of cheap bristle brushes 

            Baby wipes- nice for cleaning fingers in the field


            Sunglasses-ones with good UV protection but not too dark.

            Vine charcoal, soft variety

            Insect repellent

            Water bottle

            Gloves in a Bottle- a barrier cream for your hands

            Photos to work from in case of inclement weather

            A small bungee cord to weight your easel with your pack

Clothing:  Appropriate clothing for working outside in the desert is:

            Long, lightweight slacks

            Lightweight long sleeve shirt

            Closed toe shoes and socks- no sandals!  Lightweight hikers preferable.

            Bandana or neck cooler

            Wide brimmed hat- the best ones are black under the brim for less glare.

            Sunglasses- helpful-need to come off every now and then to check for color!        

            Bring layers.  It can get chilly at night at elevation.


Please have some type of backpack for holding your gear and making transport easier.  Bring your sense of adventure and spirit of flexibility! Schedule may be changed due to weather or other circumstances.