February 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artisan Art Supply
2601 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe
New Mexico 87505
Artisan Santa Fe
(505) 954-4179

Mastering the Landscape in Pastel
Painting with Control & Spontaneity
with Mike Mahon
Includes Free Instructional Video
Artisan, Santa Fe • 10:00am-4:00pm, February 22, 2019

 1 Day Workshop
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Participants will receive access to Mike’s Aesthetic Categories online instructional video and a pastel practice lesson to help them prepare for the workshop. The 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 Mahon – Santa Fe, NM

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 https://www.mmahon.com. Painting demonstrations in pastel and oil can be viewed on his Youtube channel at the following link:

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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. 

He will begin with an introduction explaining the painting principles and procedures necessary for successful painting. After a question and answer session and Mike will do a large scale demonstration from a photo resource.

High Road Meadow

High Road Meadow – 12×16 by Mike Mahon

Demonstration by Mike Mahon

Landscape Demo by Mike Mahon





Following the demonstration, Mike will supply each student the same photo reference he used.  Mike will then lead everyone in his step-by-step painting process. He has found that this is the fastest and most effective way to build confidence while learning his painting method.

You will learn why Mike recommends pastels for beginners. Your ability to judge values, colors, and perspective will greatly increase.  You will learn how to edit your photo source to the essential elements for the most successful painting.

Pastel by Mike Mahon

Arroyo Chamisa – 18×24 by Mike Mahon

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, easy to learn, 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.

Video Instruction & Review

In addition to Mike’s personal instruction, videos will be made available at a modest cost to those interested in re-living and reviewing the learning experience received, for years to come.

Registration Information

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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 as often as you like.

 Click on the Youtube logo below to see more videos and subscribe if you want to see more as he produces them.

Mikes Youtube channel

Mikes Channel

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!


     “…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.

To register for this workshop, please contact Artisan Art Supply, 2601 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 • call
(505) 954-4179, or email [email protected].

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