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Karen Margulis

Expressive Pastels: Loosen Up & Add Some Spice to Your Paintings

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
October 22, 23 & 24, 2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


It has been said that as artists we are either moving toward or away from abstraction. No matter where we fall on this journey we can all benefit from ideas to help us create more expressive paintings. I am always striving to interpret my subject by including my own personal touch rather than copying the reference or painting exactly what I see. 

On day one of the workshop I will share some of the ways I have discovered that help me paint in a more expressive ‘loose’ manner. I will introduce a simple method for a successful pastel painting from the planning stage to the addition of those final important spices!

On the second day we will explore the use of under-paintings and how they contribute to more expressive pastel paintings. I will demonstrate two different under-painting techniques. Students will use an under-painting to develop their paintings.

On the third day we will continue to explore techniques that will lead to more expressive paintings with an exploration of new and exciting ways to start a pastel painting.

There will be demos, handouts and plenty of individual help at the easel during the workshop.


Karen is a full time artist and art educator. She lives in Atlanta Georgia with her husband Michael. Karen received her BA in Education from the University of Florida. She currently teaches painting workshops around the world. Karen is a contemporary landscape painter. She works in most painting media but has achieved recognition for her pastel paintings. She has exhibited her award winning work around the world and has been reviewed by Pastel Journal for her wildflower paintings. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Masters Circle recipient of the International Association of Pastel Societies. She was recently a faculty member at the prestigious IAPS Convention.

Karen has a passion for travel and painting while on location. She enjoys the opportunity to share her techniques and approach to making art in her workshops. She is known for her ability to make art simple, accessible to all and fun.

Karen is also an avid Daily Painter and blogger. She paints every day and shares her work, art tips and inspiration in her daily posts on her blog ‘Painting My World’. Karen is delighted to be able to be a pastel instructor. She is excited to share her love of art and help students experience the joy of painting.

Website:   www.karenmargulis.com


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