Mike Mahon holds art workshops throughout the year in the Santa Fe and New Mexico region as well as other select domestic and foreign locations. His signature DiVine SETUP systematic painting and critiquing process helps artists young and old to remember a step-by-step process to work through any problems or blocks, and helps them get from blank canvas to a finished piece they can be proud of, no matter the medium. Mike Mahon is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), the American Plains Artists (APA), and the the Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM) and the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM).
His workshops include demonstrations of Mahon’s painting using his signature painting procedure while providing opportunities for one-on-one assistance. His three- to five-day workshops primarily cover either “Mastering the Painting Process,” “Portrait Painting,” or “Plein Air Painting” with a focus on expression through acrylic, pastels or oils. He also has special interest workshops and seminars on request.
Whether you’re a retiree or art novice, looking to start or hone your technique, or a seasoned pro or art teacher looking to expand your skills, Mahon’s workshops combine classic painting principles with his unique style and approach, providing the groundwork for beginners and a challenge for experienced artists. Using demonstrations and lectures, combined with PowerPoint presentations and group and one-on-one painting assignments, participants are sure to walk away with a better understanding and enhanced artistic process.
Mahon’s focus on consistency and self-critique shows his focus on preventing artist burnout and honing mastery of the craft. Whether you are attending for a landscape workshop or looking to improve your portrait skills, the experience gained from attending one of his workshops will help you express yourself more clearly and confidently.
“I’ve read and heard other methods (for portraits) but yours made more sense to me. It was also good to get a clear picture of how measuring is done from life. I really like the mix- demonstrations, lectures, practice and application. You have a good balance and practical information.”
Carol Knight, Amarillo, Texas
“The workshop was very well organized! Demos were short & for a purpose. I liked how the basic concepts were covered in the DiVine Setup – it was basic information for the beginner, yet enough content & detail for the more advanced artist …. I would definitely recommend your workshop to artists, both beginners & advanced.”
Candy Mayer, El Paso, Texas
“I enjoyed your workshop so very much and I sincerely hope to take some more in the near future. They are wonderful and I really learned so much. You are a wonderful instructor.”
Eleanor Leeper, art teacher, Andrews, Texas
“You are one of the hardest working artists I’ve ever known, bar none. Not only did you spend every minute talking us through the fine points of scaling art to fit a canvas, but you did two paintings of your own AND spent time with each of us, from the oil neophyte to the more advanced oil painters in the group. All of us were most appreciative of your tact, attention to detail, and desire for us to do the best paintings we were capable of producing in 3 days…
…You don’t pull your punches. If a painting has elements that are not well done, you say so, and work with the artist to make improvements. I have been distressed in past workshops or in critique meetings when no real critique was provided, other than the false critique of gushy flattery… Thank you for your encouragement and your expertise. I greatly admire your painting AND teaching skills.”
Martha Wofford, Ph. D. Dalhart, Texas