Workshop Report: Landscapes with Pastels

Our second workshop of the year kicked off on March 26th with six intrepid students, a slew of gorgeous photos for inspiration, and guidance from Susan Ogilvie. Each student brought a number of beautiful photos from their own travels to reinterpret through pastels. The early spring weather even gave the group just one day warm enough to do some quick sketches outdoors on our grounds in a warm sun.

We’ll share a few of the images we captured here on our blog, but encourage you to also check out the full gallery on our Facebook page. You can also scroll back in our Instagram feed to see what we captured during the class.

Also, we’re also now producing videos of each of our workshops. For the moment, you can watch them through our Facebook Video Library.

Five Questions for Portrait Artist Paul Leveille

Portrait artist Paul Leveille returns to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops this year with mixed media class on Expressive Portraits in Watercolor, Oil, or Pastel from June 25-July 1, 2017. As we edge into spring, Paul took a few moments to answer five short questions for us about his work. Also, we still have a few seats left in this popular workshop, so make sure to reserve your spot soon – call (518) 966-5219!

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
PL: Since most of my work is portrait, I derive a good deal of my inspiration from my sitter.

Q: What are you most proud of in regards to your art?
PL: I’ll have to trade “proud” for “grateful”! I am so thankful to be blessed with this talent and thankful that I can make a living at my art.

Q: What are you biggest challenges to creating art and how do you deal with them?
PL: Everyday responsibilities of home and studio are challenging but necessary. I try to deal with this through prioritizing my time such as attempting to devote a determined amount of painting in each day. The remaining time is devoted to non-painting activities. 

Q: What advice has influenced you?
PL: Stay positive.

Q: Is there something you are currently working on, or excited about starting that you can tell us about?
PL: The next paining is always the most exciting.

Learn more about Paul’s upcoming workshop with us here
Learn more about Paul on his website and by following him on Facebook.