Oct
15
Tue
Plein Air Painting Workshop – Taos Landscapes 2019 @ El Monte Sagrado
Oct 15 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 18 @ 3:00 pm

Plein Air Painting Workshop

 Let’s Paint Taos Landscapes
with Mike Mahon in Oil and Pastel
Includes Free Instructional Videos
Registration – $425.00 

 El Monte Sagrado, Taos, New Mexico
October 15-18, 2019
Reception/Demo Painting • October 15, 4:00-6:30pm

Mike Mahon in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mike Mahon paints in plein air.

Participants will receive in advance access to Mike’s Aesthetic Categories online instructional video and videos on preparation of oil limited palette and PDF on pastels. The Aesthetic Categories video explains and illustrates the 7 principles Mike utilizes in his painting. These principles take the artist through the entire painting process from start to finish and is the source of Mike’s highly acclaimed painting and teaching success.

Mike’s yearly workshop in Taos is always an anticipated event for his followers, and this year the El Monte Sagrado Hotel will be honoring Mike again with a FREE Reception/ Painting Demonstration in their beautiful Gallery Room, on Tuesday, October 15th, from 4:00-6:30 pm.

At this reception, as students arrive before the first full day of the workshop on Wednesday, Mike will be introducing his workshop artists to the way he paints. He generously welcomes others in the Taos community who may also be interested in watching his fluid style take shape. He will begin and finish a landscape painting from one of his favorite photos of the Taos area at the reception.

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Plein Air Workshop/Studio Painting Workshop

 This 2019 Workshop is during a week when the Taos fall colors should be at their height. Mike will be doing outdoor and indoor demonstrations.

Autumn Colors in the mountains

Fall Colors in the mountains by Mike Mahon

He has had great success doing Paint-Alongs at other workshops, and wants to begin teaching this way indoors before taking the class outside. The more controlled environment is very encouraging to those who want to learn how to think in Aesthetic Categories before using these painterly techniques out in the open air.

Outdoor Painting, or En Plein Air Painting, is often the goal of painters who are impressed with the wonderful light and changing colors of the Southwest. On the second day of the workshop, when students will have some studio practice under their belts, Mike will take the whole class to a Taos location to paint in the late day sun.

Mike’s Signature Memberships

As a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Mike is the perfect instructor to advance your painting skills while visiting the Land of Enchantment. Painting Northern New Mexico landscapes has always

Oil of Ghost Ranch, NM Mike Mahon

Ghost Ranch by Mike Mahon

been one of Mike’s passions, and there is no better time than in October. His en plein air impressionism captures the unique qualities of of this time of year. Enjoy the unmatched scenic beauty, many art galleries/museums and the unique architecture of this renowned art colony.

Paint-Along Procedure

To prepare you for the best possible plein air painting experience, Mike will make sure you are well prepared. He will begin with a thorough introductory PowerPoint presentation explaining the painting principles and procedures necessary for successful painting. After a question and answer session and review of everyone’s equipment, Mike will lead you in a workshop Paint-Along.

Mike Mahon gives instructions in oil

Taos landscape workshop

In the studio PaintAlong session, Mike will supply each student with a photo identical to the one he is using. The photo will be of a Taos scene similar to what you will be dealing with when we go into the field to paint the next day. 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.

He will demonstrate in both pastel and oil, but at different times; and he will address the specific nature of any mediums used at the workshop. There will be plenty of plein air painting tips given along the way.

The workshop will be headquartered on the spacious second floor in the Gallery Room, overlooking the beautiful El Monte Sagrado courtyard. The Power Point presentations will be held in the cozy Library, only steps away.

If you have had little or no experience painting outdoors, painting what Mike paints after he paints it will greatly increase your efficiency and confidence when we do go outside to paint.

Reviewing your painting equipment

Mike will help you set up your equipment at the Paint-Along exactly the way you will need to use it in the field. This gives you an opportunity to test your equipment and painting technique under Mike’s supervision. If you find that you need any plein air painting supplies, there will be time to get them before going to our painting location.

On the second day, Mike will briefly review the material he has taught and introduce specific instructions on measuring techniques, scene selection, and many plein air painting secrets. He will do another painting demonstration followed by an afternoon plein air experience for the class. 

John Dunn Bridge

John Dunn Bridge – Taos

Throughout this process, you will discover how plein air painting will improve all of your artistic skills, especially your studio work. 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. You will learn the joy and stress-relieving activity of painting in the great outdoors! 

A Systematic Painting Process

You will also be introduced to Mike’s “DiVine Setup” ©, a 7-step systematic approach to painting based on classical principles of art which are logical, learnable, 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.

Mike Mahon paints New Mexico in oil

Mike Mahon gives oil painting demonstration

Mike will teach you how to see in “aesthetic categories”. The paintings and photos you do on location will serve as great source material for studio paintings when you return home. 

Mike utilizes demonstration paintings, PowerPoint presentations, and personal instruction to help you every step of the way to a more productive painting experience. Each student will receive a comprehensive workbook that covers the material presented at the workshop, as well as videos of the main lecture and demo painting.

30 page workbook by Mike Mahon

30 page illustrated workbook


All outdoor locations will be easily accessible and only a few steps from your vehicle with nearby restroom facilities. Mike will be working your artistic muscles not your leg muscles.

Registration for Plein Air Painting Workshop

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Painting the Taos mountains in a Mike Mahon workshop

Painting the Taos Mountains

Click the “Register” button above and you will be taken to a page where you can register and payout. The workshop fee is $425.00, plus NM sales tax and the Eventbrite ticket fee. 

The workshop will be 10 to 12 artists so that everyone will have plenty of personal attention.

At registration, you will have the option to pay the full amount, or to put down a $100 deposit that reserves your spot in the workshop. All payments, except the deposit, are refundable until Sept. 10, 2018. After Sept. 10, no payments are refundable.

If for any reason the workshop is cancelled, ALL workshop fees received by Mike Mahon will be refunded!

When you have registered for the workshop, you will receive a confirmation email, with a link to the supply list. Your workshop fee includes a complete 3-ring workbook to take home, and exclusive workshop videos of Mike’s lecture on Aesthetic Categories and his Painting Demo.

Accommodations

We are especially delighted to headquarter this workshop at the El Monte Sagrado Hotel again this year. It is Northern New Mexico’s Premier Hotel Resort. Because of the convenience, camaraderie, and luxury accommodations at specially discounted workshop prices, I highly recommend that you stay there with us.

They have a block of individual casitas set aside for us at a discounted rate.  However, you are not required to stay at El Monte Sagrado to attend the workshop.

To reserve you room, call the hotel at 575-758-3502 and ask for the Reservations Department. Tell them you are with the “Let’s Paint Taos” Mike Mahon Workshop. 

El Monte Sagrado Entrance

You may also go online to http://www.ElMonteSagrado.com, where you can provide the Group Code-191015LETS for reservations. * You can click here to reserve a room on line at El Monte Segrado.

You may book your room at our special discounted price for additional days (before or after the workshop) at the same low price. You must book your room by September 16, 2019 to be guaranteed these special rates. Check out the El Monte Sagrado Hotel and grounds:
http://www.http://elmontesagrado.com.

Please plan to arrive at the hotel by 3 pm, if possible, on October 15. Attending the special 4:00 pm-6:30 pm reception/painting demo on the evening of October 15th is the beginning of your workshop!

Click below to view Mike’s time-lapse video of a landscape painting demonstration with teaching comments done at Mike’s 2018 Taos workshop. This painting received an Award of Excellence at the 2019 MasterWorks of New Mexico Juried Exhibition. 

This painting video has been compressed to only 9 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 hereMikes Youtube channel 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.”
Painting en plein air is an exhilarating and pleasurable experience. However, it has unique challenges that can be overcome by proper preparation!

Testimonials

Plein Air Painting Workshops

     “…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, Ph. D. 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.
*****

Plein Air Painting Workshop
Let’s Paint Taos Landscapes

 

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Nov
11
Mon
Mastering the Painting Process in Pastel – Naples, FL 2019 @ Miromar Design Center
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – Nov 13 @ 4:00 pm

Mastering the Painting Process
in Pastel
Painting with Control & Spontaneity
with Mike Mahon
November 11 – 13, 2019
Location: Miromar Design Center
10800 Corkscrew Road, Suite 380 Estero, Florida 33928

Southwest Florida Pastel Society
is opening this workshop to non-members who may be interested in attending.

Beginners through Advanced Pastelists
2 1/2 day session: Monday 10 AM-4 PM, Tuesday 9 AM-4 PM,
and Wednesday 9 AM-4 PM – Cost $335

Mike will also do a demo beginning at 10am at the November 11, monthly meeting of the SFPS at the Miromar Design Center

For more information and/or to register for this workshop, please email Diane Kendall at [email protected] no later than September 23, 2019.

 Taos Scene

 

Introductory Videos

Prior to the workshops, each participant will receive links to introductory videos to Mike’s teaching principles and a practice lesson for beginners.

 

 

Mike Mahon teaching mastering the painting process in pastel

Background

Mike has been a professional artist for 48 years and has been teaching painting workshops for the last 18 years. Pastel is his favorite medium, especially for landscapes. 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 http://www.mmahon.com. Painting demonstrations in pastel and oil can be viewed on his Youtube channel at the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzDk_VCOpwU_4W3y6ud4nzA

For more information and/or to register for this workshop, please email Diane Kendall, with the Southwest Florida Pastel Society, at [email protected].

Teaching Approach

Pastel Painting Best of show image

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

Mike 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.

 

High Road Meadow Pastel

High Road Meadow – 12×16 Pastel by Mike Mahon

Workshop Schedule 1st Day
and Paint-Along Procedure

Following the Society meeting and lunch, Mike will begin with an introductory discussion, a question and answer session, and review of everyone’s equipment. Mike will then lead a workshop Paint-Along.

Pastel process Demonstration by Mike Mahon

Pastel Landscape Demonstration by Mike Mahon

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 morning of the second day, Mike will complete the previous days paint-along. He will briefly review the material he has taught and introduce specific instructions on measuring techniques, scene selection, value studies and computer enhancement.  After lunch artists will begin work on scenes from their own photo references. On the 3rd day everyone will continue working 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. 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.

Pastel landscape by Mike Mahon

Arroyo Chamisa – 18×24 Pastel by Mike Mahon

Throughout this process, you will discover how to paint with pastels in a variety of ways. You will discover how pastels free you from technical concerns that can interrupt creativity. 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. 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 painting.

30 page workbook by Mike Mahon

30 page illustrated workbook

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, some of his demos and paint alongs will be videoed and made available to workshop participants. These videos will be your way of reliving and reviewing the learning experience you receive at this workshop for years to come.

12x12 Pastel Reachin' for Sky Mike Mahon

Reaching for Sky-12×12 Pastel by Mike Mahon 

Registration Information

 

For more information and/or to register for this workshop, please email Diane Kendall, with the Southwest Florida Pastel Society, at [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.

For more information and/or to register for this workshop, please email Diane Kendall, with the Southwest Florida Pastel Society, at [email protected].

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