May
4
Wed
Mastering the New Mexico Landscape – Santa Fe, NM 2022 @ Bluebird Studios “The Atelier of the West”
May 4 @ 9:00 am – May 6 @ 4:00 pm

Pastel of Monastery RoadMastering the New Mexico Landscape
Painting with Control & Spontaneity
with Mike Mahon
May 4-6, 2022


Sponsored by 
Bluebird Studios “The Atelier of the West”
 8 Joy Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508

 Beginners through Advanced Artists-Oil, Pastel, Acrylic
Monday-Wednesday 9 AM-4 PM
 Cost $435

To register contact Beth Cooper at 720-933-4022 or [email protected]

 
  Preliminary Videos

Prior to the workshops, each participant will receive links to introductory videos to Mike’s teaching principles which will be expanded on during the workshop.

Background

Mike Mahon teaching mastering the painting process in pastelMike has been a professional artist for over 50 years and has been teaching painting workshops for the last 20 years.  He has won many awards for his work including many best-of-shows and has taught and exhibited in various museums in Texas and California. His work is recognized for its strong sense of design and dynamic and painterly use of color and value. He is the inventor of the unique pastel handling system, Mike Mahon’s Pastel Porter™.

Samples of his work and testimonials can be viewed on his website at https://www.mmahon.com. Painting demonstrations in pastel and oil can be viewed on his Youtube channel at the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/mikemahonfineartist1

For more information and call or email Mike Mahon, 505-795-4639 or email, [email protected].

 

Teaching Approach

Pastel Painting Best of show imageMike has had great success using Paint-Alongs to teach his pastel process. The more controlled step-by-step procedure of a paint-along is very encouraging to those who want to master the seemingly contradictory qualities of control and spontaneity. You will learn how to think in Aesthetic Categories which form the foundation of all forms of art.

 

 

Workshop Schedule

1st Day

and Paint-Along Procedure

Mike will do a painting demonstration followed by a workshop Paint-Along. In the PaintAlong sessions, Mike will supply students the identical landscape pictures to paint as the one he is using. Mike will demonstrate his step-by-step painting process, stopping at each step to allow students to reproduce what they have just seen him paint. He has found that this is the fastest and most effective way to build confidence while learning his painting method.

Schedule – 2nd & 3rd Days

On the  seconArt Coach Mike Mahon giving painting instructionsd day, the paint-along from the previous day will be complete. Depending on the progress of the class, another paint-along will be begun or the students will begin painting from their own source photos. Mike will work with each artist regarding choosing their source material and cropping it.

Weather permitting we will do a Plein-Air Paint-Along during the workshop.

At the end of the 3rd day, there will be a comprehensive class critique of all the work produced during the workshop. Many artists consider this one of the most useful sessions of the workshop experience.

 

A Systematic Painting Process 

You will also be introduced to Mike’s “Aesthetic Categories” ©, a 7-step systematic approach to painting based on classical principles of art which are logical, learnable, and memorable. Also known as the Divine SETUP, this systematic process will free you to be more spontaneous, while still in control of your painting. You will learn the necessary steps and the order in which they must be used to accomplish a good painti

 

Portrait Manual

In addition to a demonstration painting and paint-alongs, Mike utilizes PowerPoint presentations to help you be more productive. Each student will receive a comprehensive workbook that covers the material presented at the workshop.

 

 

Video Instruction & Review

In addition to the above, videos of the demonstration paintings done at the workshop will be made available following the workshop. These videos and the workbook will be your way of reliving and reviewing the learning experience you receive at this workshop for years to come.

Taos Tranquil-landscape-Pastel-18x24 by Mike Mahon

 

Registration Information

To register contact Beth Cooper at 720-933-4022 or [email protected]

 

 

Click here to view Mike’s time-lapse video of a landscape painting demonstration.

This painting video, produced at the Pastel Society of Southern California, in Redondo Beach, CA, has been compressed to only 17 minutes, but it includes Mike’s audio commentary explaining his painting process, along with helpful painting tips. You may view the video whenever and as often as you like.

After seeing the video, click here to subscribe to Mike’s YouTube channel if you would like to see more videos as he produces them.

Your success is Mike’s goal!
“Success is where preparation meets opportunity.”
Pastel painting is a pleasurable experience. However, it has unique challenges that can be overcome by proper preparation!

Testimonials

     “…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.” [capitalization emphasis is not mine]
Martha Wofford, PhD., Dalhart, TX
*****
     “Mike, you have a great teaching persona.  I think you have given me some great insights in to how my students feel!  And I think I’ve learned some good things to pass on to my students!
Deb Wheeler, art teacher, Andrews, TX
*****
     “Being a novice, the step-by-step process has given me a solid foundation on which to build any work in any medium that I may choose.  I have learned more this week than I have in all the other workshops I have taken this year – combined!”
Joy Russo, Hot Springs, Ark.
****

Mike’s Signature Memberships

As a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of New Mexico and the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Mike is the perfect instructor to advance your painting skills in producing landscape paintings.

Aug
1
Mon
Mastering the Painting Process-Cloudcroft Art Workshops 2022 @ Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – Aug 5 @ 4:00 pm

Mastering the Painting Process
August 1-5, 2022
Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Cloudcroft, NM

 

 

Mike Mahon will teach this 5 day workshop
for Pastel, Oil, and Acrylic Mediums
Demonstrations will be in Oil and Pastel

$425.00
plus one time per season registration fee

Click here to register

Be prepared for an intense learning experience. Mike teaches a process rather than a technique, and students consistently rave over their results. This workshop is for all levels because his unique and thorough presentation of classic painting principles applies to every skill level.

Video Instruction & Review 

Prior to the workshop, Mike will provide students with the following:

Aesthetic Categories video1. Exclusive access to a one hour video on his 7 principles of painting.

 

 

Limited Oil Palette

2. Exclusive access to a 3 part video on how Mike prepares his limited palette for oil painting.

 

3. A PDF Pastel painting lesson for beginners and suggestions on organizing pastels prior to the workshop.

 

Mike’s demonstration paintings and paint-alongs will be videoed at the workshop. Some of these videos will be made available exclusively to the students following the workshop.  This additional resource will help you relive and review your workshop experience for years to come.

Mikes Youtube channel

Mikes Channel

 

Teaching Approach

Chama Escarpment by Mike Mahon – Best of Show, Santa Fe, Plein Air Festival National Show

Mike has had great success using Paint-Alongs to teach his painting process. The more controlled step-by-step procedure of a paint-along is very encouraging to those who want to master the seemingly contradictory qualities of control and spontaneity. You will learn how to think in Aesthetic Categories which form the foundation of all forms of art.

 

 

 

 

Workshop Schedule
1st Day

Ghost Ranch Vista Landscape Mike Mahon

Mike will begin with an introductory PowerPoint presentation explaining painting principles and procedures necessary for successful painting, a question and answer session, and then will do a painting demonstration showing the principles he has explained.

After lunch, Mike will review your supplies and equipment and help you set up for a paint-along. He will hand out landscape pictures for each student that are identical to the one he will be using.

Mike will demonstrate his step-by-step painting process, stopping at each step to allow you to reproduce what you have just seen him paint. He has found that this is the fastest and most effective way to build confidence while learning his painting method.

Click here to register

Schedule – 2nd Day

Mike Mahon paints oil portraitOn the second day, Mike will briefly review the material he has taught and have a short Powerpoint teaching session. Mike will do another paint-along demonstration.

 

Schedule – 3-4th Day

Everyone will finish paint-alongs and then start on paintings done from their own source material. Mike will work with each artist to determine how to choose the best photo and how to crop it. Throughout the week, he will have short lectures or presentations on measuring techniques and other technical issues. 

Schedule – 5th Day

Students will continue working on paintings from their own source material. At the end of the day, there will be a comprehensive class critique of all the work produced during the workshop. Many artists consider this one of the most useful sessions of the workshop experience.

Taos Tranquil-landscape-Pastel-18x24 by Mike Mahon

Throughout this week, your ability to judge values, colors, and perspective will greatly increase and you will learn how to edit what you paint to the most essential elements for the most successful painting.

 

A Systematic Painting Process 

You will also be introduced to Mike’s “Aesthetic Categories” ©, a 7-step systematic approach to painting based on classical principles of art which are logical, learnable, and memorable. This systematic process will free you to be more spontaneous, while still in control of your painting. You will learn the necessary steps and the order in which they must be used to accomplish a good painting.

32 page Portrait Manual

Each student will receive a newly edited and updated workbook that covers the material presented at the workshop.

 

 

Click here to register at Cloudcroft Art Workshops
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Your success is Mike’s goal!
“Success is where preparation meets opportunity.”

Testimonials

     “…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.” [capitalization emphasis is not mine]
Martha Wofford, PhD., Dalhart, TX
*****
     “Mike, you have a great teaching persona.  I think you have given me some great insights in to how my students feel!  And I think I’ve learned some good things to pass on to my students!
Deb Wheeler, art teacher, Andrews, TX
*****
     “Being a novice, the step-by-step process has given me a solid foundation on which to build any work in any medium that I may choose.  I have learned more this week than I have in all the other workshops I have taken this year – combined!”
Joy Russo, Hot Springs, Ark.
*****

Mastering the Painting Process
August 1-5, 2022

Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Cloudcroft, NM

Click here to register

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