Saturday, September 29, 2012

Upcoming events

We have a lot of wonderful upcoming events for the First Coast Pastel Society. Please make a note of these on your calendar as we look forward to seeing everyone.

Saturday, OCT 13, 9:30~?

Plein Air Painting at the Fountain of Youth

St. Augustine, FL. Your admission is free if you’re here to paint with us! Bring a bag lunch and a drink.

Saturday, NOV 3, 10:00-noon 

General Meeting and demo by Lyn Asselta

“Framing your Pastel Paintings” at ReddiArts, Jacksonville, FL Learn the proper way to frame your pastels using mats, spacers, etc. for shows, galleries or your own walls at home.

Saturday, DEC 1, 10:00-noon

Still Life Painting with FCPS

Join us for an informal session of still life painting. Location to be announced.

December 31

Deadline to register for Workshop with Kathleen Galligan. See below for info

2013 events

February 22,23,24, 2013

WORKSHOP: “A PLEIN AIR EXPLORATION: Letting Go of the Literal” 

with pastel artist, Kathleen Galligan (for info:

This 3-day plein air workshop is an excellent opportunity to help you loosen up your style and take your pastel painting to the next level. Learn to interpret the landscape with an emphasis on color, atmosphere and composition. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with such a talented teacher!! You can see more of Kathleen’s work at

October 21,22,23, 2013


with plein air artist Michael Chesley Johnson

Friday, September 7, 2012

A Wonderful Opportunity!

For those who saw Richard Lundgren's wonderful demo on painting waves at our August 25th meeting, for those who *didn't* see Richard's demo, but wish they could have .... Here is another opportunity! Richard will be conducting a two-day workshop on "Capturing Water with Pastels" at the St. Augustine Art Association on Saturday and Sunday, November 10-11.

Richard's demo gave us all just a taste of the beauties of capturing water with pastels. Now you can experience a full workshop on the subject. Call 904-824-2310 to enroll, or get more info. Cost is $225 for non-members of STAA and $210 for members. I've already sent in my check!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fountain of Youth paint-out

Now that the weather is turning milder it's time for our next scheduled FCPS paint-out. Once again we have to modify our date as most of our officers will be unavailable on October 6, which would be our normal first Saturday of the month. Instead we will be holding the event on the second Saturday, October 13.

Our meeting place for this day will be The Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine. Their address is 11 Magnolia Ave.  which is on the left side of San Marco Ave. just past the A1A turnoff if you are headed south.

The hours for the Fountain of Youth are 9-5, so we should arrive as close to 9 AM as possible. There is plenty of free parking. You can then bring your supplies in through the main entrance.

They are allowing us in as their guests, so we will be admitted free of charge! Just tell the folks at the entrance that you are with the First Coast Pastel Society.

Lyn tells me that there are wonderful options for things to paint there. There is a tall tower overlooking the marsh, and a replica ship being built on the grounds, and peacocks wandering around as well. There are areas in sun and areas in shade. With 15 acres of grounds to explore there should be plenty of painting opportunities.

On weekends they also fire the cannons every hour! Be prepared. And there will be Native Americans performing that weekend, a great opportunity to paint people in costume.

So bring your paint supplies. Bring hats, bug spray, a picnic lunch. There are picnic grounds where we can meet and eat. I look forward to seeing you on October 13th. I hope we have a great turnout.