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Taos Art School

Taught by Paul Murray
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This class will be primarily focused on the lusciousness of the Pastel Medium. However, Oil & Acrylic mediums are also welcome.

Pastels: I use mainly Great American for soft pastels and Holbein for harder pastels. I would suggest these or similar pastels such as Schminke, Sennelier, Terry Ludwig, etc. For harder pastels, possibly Nupastel or Rembrandt. A good well rounded selections of colors, somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 - 200 sticks of color. If you buy sets, skew them towards landscape colors.

Your preferred pastel surface, Kitty Wallace or Art Spectrum. I will also show how to make the pastel surface I use and give some samples.

Oil/Acrylic: Preferred colors: Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Titanium White, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue. Optional Colors: Burnt Umber, Dioxazine Purple, Thalo Green, Raw Sienna and Yellow ochre.

Liquin or Walnut Alkyd as dryers. A diverse selection of your preferred brushes. It should include a 3/8" Flat or bright Bristle, and soft synthetic brush. A large brush, 1 to 1 1/2". A small 1/4" flat or bright both bristle and soft synthetic.

Your plein Aire set up should include: An umbrella if possible,
odorless mineral spirits and rags/towels.
Medium: Oil, Acrylic and Pastel artists are welcome.

The school has a few easels to rent, $50 for the week
(Reservations required) and will provide turpentine.


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