April 15, 2023
Zoom, 9am - 12pm MST
Instructor: Diane Fechenbach
Date & Time: April 15, 2023 from 9:00 - 12:00pm MST
Minimum 20 attendees


Please sign up before 10pm MST on April 14th, 2023 so you will have time to get the files and zoom link before the morning zoom! I will be disabling the link after that!!

Rocks Aren't That Hard!

Let's talk about rocks. When you learn the secrets to believable rocks, they are not so difficult to paint. This zoom paint-along explores painting a rock cliff that includes rocks large and small, smooth and jagged, close in and far away. We will discuss tips on blocking in to establish a solid foundation, tricks to mastering texture (and how much is too much), and how to handle rocks in sun and in deep shadow. Join me on April 15th when I talk about rocks.

Painting isn't heart surgery. It is supposed to be fun. I delight in finding interesting subjects and then trying to capture these three-dimensional subjects on a two-dimensional surface. That is only half of the picture (if you will). What really gets my juices going is capturing light. More specifically: light and shadow. Better yet, really dramatic light and shadow, or complicated light and shadow. The challenge is in identifying all of the light sources, analyzing them, and trying to render them in paint. Some light sources are pretty obvious: sunshine, lamps, fire light. Other light sources (the really intriguing ones) are not so obvious: light reflected from other objects or multiple light sources. Sometimes shadow areas have multiple light sources - but are still in shadow. To make it more entertaining, each light source has a different color, so the objects it hits appear to be different colors. Rendering these complex lighting puzzles is the most fun of all.

I have always looked at the world this way. From the time I was a little girl I saw the world as a series of paintings. Everywhere I looked there were wonderful compositions and delicious color. It was a shock when I learned that other people did not "see" this way. My observation is that every small child starts with a keen eye and fearless passion for art. Preschoolers draw and paint with glorious abandon. Somehow that joy gets lost along the way and adults grow up thinking they cannot master art. Now, as an instructor, I delight in helping others rediscover this joy.

Plein Air (outdoors) painting is one of my favorite things. Sitting in the sun (occasionally in the rain), enjoying the breeze and the birds twittering (but not the bugs) opens up the senses. I make sketches in oil, pastel, or watercolor and ink. While soaking up the local color, it is a great way to meet people. When I travel, these sketches are mementos of the places visited. Back in the studio sketches provide subjects for larger paintings, where the fun begins again.

Diane Fechenbach's paintings have been featured in magazines, in juried exhibitions across the country, have received national and international awards, and are in corporate & private collections throughout North America. She is a Signature member of Pastel Society of America, Master Signature/Distinguished Pastelist of Pastel Society of the West Coast, Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Master Signature with Pastel Society of Colorado and numerous other art organizations.

Cost is only $20 per person!
Open to members and non-members!

Sign up through link below using EITHER a Credit Card or PayPal account. Confirmations, images and zoom link will be sent to the name and email associated with your payment used for registering.

Questions: Contact Christina Oddo,
LIVE Silent Auction of Members Donated Paintings
April 29, 2023 to April 29, 2023
At the Wheat Ridge Center for Music & Arts 7530 W. 38th Av, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
We expect to have at least 150 beautiful original paintings that our members are donating for sale! Sizes will range from approximately 5x7" to 12x18" and will be priced between $100-$600, each with a minimum bid amount based on a percentage of the retail value.

Please mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend to enjoy the community, purchase a new painting to take home and to support the Pastel Society of Colorado!! Doors will be open at 10am but the paintings will be auctioned off between 1-3pm, sales finalized between 3-4pm.

If you'd like more information, please email Jeannette Stutzman or call at 720-320-3929 (cell) or email Ivadell Marie or call at 303-748-0141 (cell).

• • • Pastel Society Members, we need YOUR DONATIONS!! If you will be planning to donate pieces please email Jeannette at and let us know how many pieces we can put you down for bringing in or shipping to us. Donations need to be framed please!

Shipped paintings to be sent to:
Ivadell Marie
3371 S Corona St
Englewood, CO 80113
• Must include a pre-paid return label with your painting in the event that your piece isn't auctioned off.
• Please include a label/tag with the painting title, your name and phone #, the retail value, minimum bid/sale amount (if a bid for the minimum amount isn't received your painting will be returned to you).

Please complete the donation commitment form through the link below so we know what to expect : )
Art on the Farm
April 29, 2023
38th and Ward, Wheat Ridge
Art on the Farm has been happening for several years in Wheat Ridge. I've participated as a demo artist and it's a fun spot to hang with artists and art lovers.

This event takes place on the last Saturday of the month, April-October.

Farm property owner Guy Namiach is also the publisher of the Wheat Ridge Neighborhood Gazette, for which I write human interest stories, mainly about artists who live in northwest metro Denver.
PSC Aaron Schuerr 3-Day Workshop
May 10, 2023 to May 12, 2023
Location: Curtis Center for the Arts: 2349 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80121
May 10, 11 & 12, 2023, 9 am - 4 pm

"Direct, Simple, Fresh and Honest"
From sketch to finished pastel, you'll learn to paint it in a way that is direct, simple, fresh, and honest. You'll engage in fun exercises designed to focus on value, color, and shape. From that foundation, you'll explore edges, atmospheric perspective, color relationships, composition, and mood. We'll talk about ways to get the most out of your colors through varied pressure, layering color, and broken color. Most importantly you'll learn to paint with greater intention. Through demonstrations, group discussions, painting exercises, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn to approach the landscape in enthusiasm and confidence.
We will split our time between plein air and studio painting.

Current Members: $385 (includes processing fees)
Non-Members: $437 (includes processing fees)
Maximum: 15 students
Attendees will be sent additional information.

Cancellations: If you need to cancel before April 10, 2023, you will get a full refund minus $75 for processing. IF you need to cancel after April 10, you will only be able to get a refund (minus $75) if we have others on a waiting list that can take your spot. IF we have to cancel the workshop, you will receive a refund for the total amount paid.

Any questions please feel free to contact our workshop coordinator, Jane Christie 720-480-3683

*This workshop is now FULL. We will start a wait list in case someone needs to cancel. If you would like to be added to the wait list please email
PSC 19th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition
May 12, 2023 to July 1, 2023
Curtis Center for the Arts: 2349 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80121

JUROR AND JUDGE: Aaron Schuerr

Show Dates: May 12-July 1, 2023
Show Opening: May 12, 2023, Reception 6-8pm
Show Closing Date: July 1, 2023

Show Co-Chairs: Rita Bhasin, Anne Cooper Salazar
Contact: Rita Bhasin, 303-667-5092 and Anne Cooper Salazar, 303-905-5741. Email at

Download and read the prospectus from our Resources page.
Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational 2023
August 12, 2023 to August 27, 2023
Crested Butte, CO
Crested Butte is a special place, being among the most beautiful mountain painting locations in the United States. Crested Butte has reasonable roads extending into a wide variety of pristine backcountry areas. The Elk Mountain Range, one of the most significant and high ridges in the 48 states, passes within ten miles of Crested Butte. Numerous other lesser ridges surround Crested Butte, providing an endless array of top shelf painting options. Also Crested Butte has the most picturesque downtown in Colorado, full of brightly colored original mining architecture.

In addition, Crested Butte has an excellent ski area, which over time has collected many second homeowners and Crested Butte lovers who are also highly qualified art patrons. I have had a gallery in Crested Butte since 2007, and have sold thousands of paintings by myself and by other painters into this market.

We have some of the most accomplished landscape painters in the country leading the event as Invited artists. These include Bill Anton, Jay Moore, Josh Elliott, Ray Roberts, Carolyn Lord, Katie Odom, and Dave Santillanes, just to name a handful. The event also has an Open Artist category in which any painter can participate by submitting paintings through a free jury process. The only parameter is that the paintings need to be new and plausibly of the Crested Butte area.

The event is happening at the new and spectacular Crested Butte Center for the Arts, in the main gallery and in a large tent gallery in a rear courtyard. We will have the space to hang at least 300 paintings and will have a patron group to match.

The Invitational is a way for your painters to interact with me and my gallery, which could potentially lead to representation here and in Telluride, where I will be opening a second gallery. Crested Butte and Telluride are the two most beautiful mountain towns in Colorado with significant art markets. I need plein air painters to launch and sustain the Telluride gallery and to grow the Crested Butte gallery.

Take a look at the gallery and Invitational websites for more information.
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