• Sharlyn Lightfoot "The Sun is Shining on Me"
    Sharlyn Lightfoot "The Sun is Shining on Me"
  • Orit Reuben "Main Street Twilight"
    Orit Reuben "Main Street Twilight"
  • Kathy Karol "Surf Fishing"
    Kathy Karol "Surf Fishing"
  • Carlene Crowley "At the Marsh"
    Carlene Crowley "At the Marsh"
  • Orit Reuben "Retired Red"
    Orit Reuben "Retired Red"
  • Lorelei Hoff "Wildfire"
    Lorelei Hoff "Wildfire"
  • Joanie Ford "Unforgiven Sin"
    Joanie Ford "Unforgiven Sin"
  • Kathy Karol "Express Your Funky Self"
    Kathy Karol "Express Your Funky Self"
  • Jan Vermilya "Coastal Sunset One"
    Jan Vermilya "Coastal Sunset One"
  • Kathy Karol "Gull Watching"
    Kathy Karol "Gull Watching"
  • Carlene Crowley "Crystal River Marsh"
    Carlene Crowley "Crystal River Marsh"
  • Joanie Ford "Determined Practice"
    Joanie Ford "Determined Practice"
  • Lorelei Hoff "Abandoned"
    Lorelei Hoff "Abandoned"
  • Donna Kindel "Tilly"
    Donna Kindel "Tilly"
  • Joanie Ford "Blowing in the Wind"
    Joanie Ford "Blowing in the Wind"
  • Carlene Crowley "In The Sun"
    Carlene Crowley "In The Sun"
  • Sharyn Lightfoot "Misty Eyed "
    Sharyn Lightfoot "Misty Eyed "
  • Jan Vermilya "Coastal Sunset Two"
    Jan Vermilya "Coastal Sunset Two"
  • Sharyn Lightfoot "Siblings Digging"
    Sharyn Lightfoot "Siblings Digging"
  • Francine Levy "Dickson Azalea Park, Orlando"
    Francine Levy "Dickson Azalea Park, Orlando"
  • Francine Levy "Flood Water at the Riverwalk, Lake Monroe"
    Francine Levy "Flood Water at the Riverwalk, Lake Monroe"
  • Francine Levy "Lake Apopka Wildlife"
    Francine Levy "Lake Apopka Wildlife"
  • Donna Tweedle "Wild not Crazy"
    Donna Tweedle "Wild not Crazy"
  • Suzanne Zielinski "Dark and Stormy Night"
    Suzanne Zielinski "Dark and Stormy Night"
  • Mary Planding "Sailors Moon"
    Mary Planding "Sailors Moon"
  • JoAnne Sherburne "Sister
    JoAnne Sherburne "Sister's Plot Thickens"
  • JoAnne Sherburne "Her Muses"
    JoAnne Sherburne "Her Muses"
  • JoAnne Sherburne "Aahh The Stories"
    JoAnne Sherburne "Aahh The Stories"

Welcome to the Pastel Society of Central Florida

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October 14, 2023 - Demo by Helen Mathyssen Dobbins at Leesburg Center for the Arts,

Helen will be demonstrating how she gives a sense of mystery to a pastel painting using walnut ink as an underpainting. That particular style of painting is called tonalism. She will bring several examples of that style of painting.

Tonalism is an American art form that started in the 1880's depicting atmospheric landscapes often using grays, blues and browns.

Many would label Helen as a self–taught artist because her only college art course was art appreciation, but she doesn't consider that title quite accurate. She has read numerous books and studied many paintings by different artists. Helen also had the opportunity to take workshops with Robert Carsten, Elizabeth Mowry, Stan Sperlak, Christina DeBarry , Aaron Schuerr, John MacDonald, Stapelton Kearns and Thomas Kegler. Much of what she has learned is due to what other artists have shared with her; either by the written word, examples of their work, sitting in on demonstrations or through conversation. The self-taught experience comes from many hours of painting on her own and frequently experimenting with different techniques. Even if a painting has not met her expectations, the experience was still a worthwhile lesson. Helen has won numerous awards in both miniature and full-size paintings and is honored that her works are in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.

November 11, 2023 - Seascape Demo with Lana Ballot via Zoom
November 11 and 12, 2023 Workshop with Lana Ballot via Zoom
Lana Ballot is a professional artist and pastel painting instructor, living on Long Island, NY. Ocean and coastal landscape are the main subjects in Lana's work. Expressive use of color and painterly mark making are characteristic of her style.

Lana Ballot is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the IAPS Master Circle and a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Lana has been exhibiting and won awards in National and International Juried competitions, including the Pastel Society of America's annual show Enduring Brilliance and the prestigious Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 competition. Lana's coastal work has been featured in articles and on the cover of in the Plein Air Magazine (September 2021) and the Pastel Journal (June 2022). She was also featured in the Pastel Issues of the French magazine Pratique des Arts (2017 and 2020). In May 2022, Lana was part of the group of American Women Artists working in pastels, invited to exhibit in the international show Pastels of the World in Bourbonnais, Montluçon, France. To see Lana Ballot's work and the current teaching schedule, please visit lanaballot.com

December 9, 2023 Holiday Party and Pot Luck at Leesburg Center for the Arts.

January 13, 2024 - Orit Reuben will be presenting "Architecture in Nature" at Leesburg Center for the Arts.
I am an impressionist pastel painter. Born in Israel to a family of artists, I am greatly influenced by my late grandfather, who was also a painter. As a child, I painted at the side of her mother, who still paints. I am inspired by the beauty of nature, and love to paint outdoors where I can truly experience my surroundings. I draw inspiration from light effects and love to observe how objects are illuminated. My paintings often depict glow and intense light. I prefer to paint on sunny days, which are plentiful in Florida, where I live. My innate sense of color results in playful and inventive color pallets. In My previous career, I was an interior designer, which is why I often include structures in my paintings. I find compositional balance in the combination of linear geometry and organic plant shapes. I am a member of Pastel Society of Central Florida, a member of Pastel Society of America, American Impressionist Society, and a Master Member of the Southeastern Pastel Society. I participate in plein air events and draw inspiration from the landscapes I encounter where I live and on my travels.

February 10, 2024 - "Dancing with Stardust" with Terrilyn Debrueil via Zoom.

Terri will be working on finding the essence of an image

Terrilyn Debrueil a wonderful pastelist out of Asheville, NC . Travel and art share a life-enriching and creative partnership in this artist's life. She has a passion for exploring new places throughout the world and creating original art with a focus on pastel painting, but also uses watercolor, photography, and other media. Color, light, and texture convey a balance between impressionism and realism.

Augmenting a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, she has studied Master level courses and pursued opportunities to expand personal knowledge and creative resources. She has been teaching various media and techniques for thirty-five years, including many Pastel Societies, the Asheville Art Museum and other studios. She's a founding member of the International Pastel Teacher's group: PATIO.

Terrilynn is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), an active member and volunteer of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), Signature and Vice President of the Pastel Society of Maine (PSME) and the Appalachian Pastel Society (APS), and various other international organizations. She exhibits and sells artwork in diverse venues, has received multiple top awards at juried International Shows. To date the artist has traveled or lived in fourteen countries, speaks 3 languages, and lives in Asheville, NC. She presents demos, mentorships, and fine art instruction through her PATREON, YouTube Channel and other venues. www.patreon.com/travelingartista

Recent works and links can be seen online at travelingartista.com

March 9, 2024 - Members Show and Tell

If you would like to participate, please bring something to show and tell, if not feel free to come and enjoy your fellow pastelists.

Ideas for what to bring: This can be anything related to pastels or a pastel painting. It could be certain paper you enjoy that you would like to show, a tool or procedure for using pastels, or a practice that you would like to talk about.

If you bring a painting, you may share the 'before reference', or talk about the inspiration behind the piece. We will divide up the program time between those members participating. Meeting held at Leesburg Center for the Arts

Spring Workshop with Dawn Emerson (In Person) April 10,11, and 12th.

April 13, 2024
Jan Vermillya - Topic to be announced

May 11, 2024 - Donna Tweedle - Practical Approach to Painting from Photographs

June, July and August - Vacation

September 14, 2024 - Lisa Regopoulos demo "Birds in the Landscape – Paint with Looseness" via Zoom

October 12, 2024
November 9, 2024 - Laura Pollak demo on Abstracts
December 14, 2024 - Holiday Party and Potluck

Our regular meeting location is at Leesburg Center for the Arts (LCFA), 429 West Magnolia Street, Leesburg, Florida 34748. We meet there unless noted otherwise. For Zoom meetings, the meeting information is sent to all members about a week prior to the event.