Jeanne Rosier Smith

A Pastel Painter’s Playbook

This video library gathers the pastel lessons tips and techniques I’ve developed over twenty years of painting and teaching pastels in weekly classes and workshops, to share with you in one place.

Most people come to pastel from another medium, and fall in love with its tactile qualities and banquet of color. That’s what happened to me over twenty years ago, and I’ve never looked back. I love their velvety texture and vivid colors, and I find the medium flexible, forgiving and exciting to work with. There is always more to learn.

In this paragraph I explain how to use my section of Epiphany Fine Art. First, the Basics section contains introductory information every pastelist needs, plus questions on cleaning, organizing, lighting, fixative, framing, that come up in every demo and workshop. Secondly are the Workshops, based on years of in person workshops, we have fully developed multi-lesson explorations of specific topics, often with exercises designed to enhance your understanding and ability, and are intended for all levels of painters. Lastly, subject demos offer in-depth instruction on a wide range of subject matter.

The collection will grow monthly, as I record new lessons and demos. See the sidebar at right for a list of what’s to come, and a link to send us feedback. I welcome your requests and suggestions.

Happy painting, and Welcome!

Jeanne Rosier Smith Pastel lessons

If we haven’t yet covered a topic you’d like to see let us know and we’ll add it to the list  Thanks! Send us an email

SPECIAL EVENTS:

JEANNE ROSIER SMITH - PASTEL

May 29, 6:00-8:00 Eastern

2 hour live demo:

Color Intensity: Fantastic Flowers

We can’t hope to compete with the vibrant intensity of nature’s pigments with the limited palettes at our disposal—but there are many ways to amp up the power, punch, and glow of your palette even if you don’t have a huge arsenal of pastels. Join Jeanne for a lesson on how to paint appealing and realistic flowers in pastel.

Price: Active Subscribers $20 Non-subscribers $40
Date: May 29, 6:00-8:00pm eastern
Access: Three months access to archived video after the event
Indefinite access to archived video for subscribers with a currently active account

IF YOU HAVE AN EPIPHANY LOGIN YOU MUST LOGIN BEFORE PURCHASING A DEMO
Jeanne Rosier Smith pastel painting

VIEW THE DEMO: A link to the live demo will be posted at the top of this page, at the top of the Epiphany Fine Art home page, and at the top of the members video page on the day of the demo

A recording of the demo will be available for three months to non subscribers and indefinitely for members with a currently active subscription.
VIEW THE RECORDING: the archived demo video will be located in the Archived Demos section of Jeanne's page on Epiphany Fine Art

FREE ORIGINAL SIGNED PASTEL SKETCH
"Cape Blues" will be raffled off to one lucky winner.
At the end of the demo the names of everyone who registered for this demo will be put into a hat and the winner will be drawn. No need to be in attendance the night of the demo to win. Good luck to all!

Jeanne Rosier Smith pastel sketch
JEANNE ROSIER SMITH - PASTEL

July 16, 6:00-8:00 Eastern

2 hour live demo:

How Do You Dune?

Dunes and their grasses pose special challenges, both in composition and palette choices. Jeanne will share her approaches to creating compelling dune paintings, convincing grasses and sand you want to step in.

Price: Active Subscribers $20 Non-subscribers $40
Date: July 16, 6:00-8:00pm eastern
Access: Three months access to archived video after the event
Indefinite access to archived video for subscribers with a currently active account
IF YOU HAVE AN EPIPHANY LOGIN YOU MUST LOGIN BEFORE PURCHASING A DEMO
Jeanne Rosier Smith pastel painting

VIEW THE DEMO: A link to the live demo will be posted at the top of this page, at the top of the Epiphany Fine Art home page, and at the top of the members video page on the day of the demo

A recording of the demo will be available for three months to non subscribers and indefinitely for members with a currently active subscription.
VIEW THE RECORDING: the archived demo video will be located in the Archived Demos section of Jeanne's page on Epiphany Fine Art

JEANNE ROSIER SMITH - PASTEL

November 13, 6:00-8:00 Eastern

2 hour live demo:

The City Nocturne

City lights provide the magic and along with a darkening sky make everything evocative. Join Jeanne to learn how to create the glow when the sky goes dark and the lighting gets dramatic.

Price: Active Subscribers $20 Non-subscribers $40
Date: November 13, 6:00-8:00pm eastern
Access: Three months access to archived video after the event
Indefinite access to archived video for subscribers with a currently active account
IF YOU HAVE AN EPIPHANY LOGIN YOU MUST LOGIN BEFORE PURCHASING A DEMO
Jeanne Rosier Smith pastel painting

VIEW THE DEMO: A link to the live demo will be posted at the top of this page, at the top of the Epiphany Fine Art home page, and at the top of the members video page on the day of the demo

A recording of the demo will be available for three months to non subscribers and indefinitely for members with a currently active subscription.
VIEW THE RECORDING: the archived demo video will be located in the Archived Demos section of Jeanne's page on Epiphany Fine Art

Free Videos

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How much do you need to simplify? In this demo, learn to vary the degree of development, with the focal area being most defined.
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How much do you need to simplify? In this demo, learn to vary the degree of development, with the focal area being most defined.

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painting by Jeanne Rosier Smith

Silver Subscription Videos

Videos Added in the Past Three Months

19 videos found
35 views
This blooming orchard scene makes a single tree the star of the show with a supporting surrounding landscape.
14 views
A review of everything you need to take your studio into the field
11 views
Join Jeanne as she arrives on site, plans, and creates a plein air field study.
32 views
This blooming orchard scene makes a single tree the star of the show with a supporting surrounding landscape.
25 views
Using flowers as our inspiration this demo shows how creating small works in a series builds confidence and mastery
27 views
Learn to create the effects of clear flowing river water, reflecting the sky and revealing the river bottom.
22 views
Learn to create the effects of clear flowing river water, reflecting the sky and revealing the river bottom.
16 views
Using flowers as our inspiration this demo shows how creating small works in a series builds confidence and mastery
8 views
This video takes one flower sketch through the final finishing touches with refined edges and editing.
87 views
Riverside: Painting Translucent Water. Clean, pure river water reflects the sky and reveals the riverbed as it flows. Learn to create effects of moving and translucent water in this two hour live demo.
17 views
Choose a palette for those black-and-white snowy landscapes, and inject feeling and depth in to your winter trees.
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Choose a palette for those black-and-white snowy landscapes, and inject feeling and depth in to your winter trees
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When snow covers all, the bare bones of landscape appear: contour and line of tree and hill. This video demo shows how to use this seasonal shift to advantage in your paintings.
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When snow covers all, the bare bones of landscape appear: contour and line of tree and hill. This video demo shows how to use this seasonal shift to advantage in your paintings.
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When snow covers all, the bare bones of landscape appear: contour and line of tree and hill. This video demo shows how to use this seasonal shift to advantage in your paintings.
76 views
A brief welcome to my site and where to begin.
13 views
We continue and complete our pear painting with the steps of layering, blending, and edge work.
29 views
Cultivating a critical eye towards our own work is one of the most valuable and difficult skills we can develop as artists. This video contains an array of things to consider as you look at our own work, as well as offering a number of tools and ...
88 views
This useful video takes you through everything you need to consider when preparing to sign your work: placement, tools, color, size, name choice, design aspects, even mindset.

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COMING SOON:

  • Underpainting Strategies
  • Marshes
  • Translucent Water
  • Sparkles on Water
  • Meadows

Archived Live Demos

19 videos found
87 views
Riverside: Painting Translucent Water. Clean, pure river water reflects the sky and reveals the riverbed as it flows. Learn to create effects of moving and translucent water in this two hour live demo.
107 views
Learn to create the chill. Paint the downstream movement of icy water and snowy banks. Composing the winter landscape, choosing a color palette, underpainting strategies, and snow textures, all in a two hour live demo.
77 views
It’s always important to paint what you love. Jeanne’s recurring still life theme has been and continues to be delicious, appealing, appetizing foods. Pour a glass of wine, tear a good hunk of bread and get ready to enjoy an evening of tasty ...
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Wanderlust also stirs the desire to capture what we discover and paint it. But so often our photos lack the sensory and emotional feeling of being there. A good painting can do that, though. How to take your photos and memories and translate them ...
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Coastal marshes carry their own quiet beauty, and capturing the rich texture and varied light where the grasses meet the waterline is the subject of Jeanne’s next live demo. Join her to explore the challenge of creating believable marsh grass and ...
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As spring blooms with a burst of color, Join Jeanne for an evening of reveling in the luscious colors and textures of flowers. Learn how to compose without cliché, create specific blooms without tightening up, and create vibrant, living color with ...
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No matter where you are on your art journey, those aspects of art NOT related to pigment and paper have surely crept in from time to time. In this 2-hour zoom seminar Jeanne talks framing, marketing and social media, galleries, exhibitions, and ...
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Like seafoam in the crest of a wave, fallen snow is beautifully reflective and challenging to paint. Shadows are where the magic happens, revealing form and texture. Jeanne’s snowy landscape demo will also reveal what she’s learned from painting ...
144 views
Alluring and elusive, moonlight on water is among the most difficult sights in nature to paint. Paint it live and you’re in the dark, and yet moonlight is next to impossible to capture well photographically. In this demo, Jeanne will share how you ...
179 views
Foliage season is coming soon: be ready for it with this live demo on handling nature’s most glorious show with subtlety and sensitivity. Learn to balance the brilliance of fall color with just the right neutrals, and create depth and a strong ...
230 views
Early morning light passing through waves infuses translucent seawater with dawn’s distinctive atmosphere. In this live demo, Jeanne takes a special look at how the color pallet of ocean water changes due to lighting conditions, and in particular she ...
326 views
Regardless of what we’re painting, working with photos carries specific challenges: bad cropping, unreliable color, too much information. In this seascape demo, Jeanne Rosier Smith shares how she uses photos without being tied to them. She’ll show ...
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New growth and lush blossoms, brief and beautiful, create a tantalizing challenge for painters. Join Jeanne for an evening demo on approaches to finding and capturing blossoming trees at their best. We’ll cover tips for scouting great references, ...
265 views
Snow is crystalline and reflective just like clouds or seafoam, creating wonderful color opportunities. Painting well is learning to see. The rules for painting snow change drastically depending on the weather and the light. In this demo, retune your ...
376 views
Floating on the surface, reflecting the sky, suggesting depths below, waterlilies have captivated artists for centuries. Join in while Jeanne shares approaches for composing a lily pond scene, creating the illusion of reflections and suggesting ...
240 views
Are you a studio painter who feels guilty about not going out plein air more often? This demo is for you. I’ll share my plein air practices with you, and tell you exactly how I use them to help inform and enliven my studio paintings. Don’t get me ...
422 views
Every Painting tells a story. The painter always has to choose: is it about the sky or is it about the land? In this demo we’re looking up, focusing on sky drama. How to compose a sky for dramatic affect, how to build soft, billowy clouds, control ...
396 views
How do we work with the reference photos we have to create the best painting possible? In this demo, Jeanne has shared how to work with less than perfect photos to compose beautiful paintings with a strong visual impact. Part 1
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How do we work with the reference photos we have to create the best painting possible? In this demo, Jeanne has shared how to work with less than perfect photos to compose beautiful paintings with a strong visual impact. Part 2

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Demo Reference Materials

Jeanne Rosier Smith Materials List
Jeanne Rosier Smith Reference Images
At the Waterline Demo: Artist List
Your Art Business Ten Tips and Links
PDF

Begin Here

9 videos found
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A brief welcome to my site and where to begin.
255 views
Let's take a tour through my studio
270 views
This short video offers a primer on pastels and paper
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In this short video we explore how to ‘paint’ with a pastel stick
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This short demo on applying pastel to paper shows how to create a simple still life starting with a toned, sanded paper
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A foundational lesson on breaking down the parts of a composition to understand shape and value and prepare for painting.
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In this primary exercise, we begin a pear painting with sketch, block in and underpainting.
13 views
We continue and complete our pear painting with the steps of layering, blending, and edge work.
29 views
Cultivating a critical eye towards our own work is one of the most valuable and difficult skills we can develop as artists. This video contains an array of things to consider as you look at our own work, as well as offering a number of tools and ...

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Begin here
If you’re new to pastels, start here. I’ll take you through a complete beginner workshop that will get you started with the basics of pastel painting and leave you feeling confident to explore and tackle everything on this site. Have a question that’s not answered here? Send it to me and we’ll try to cover it

Tricks of the Trade

7 videos found
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A Step-by-step guide to mounting your paper
186 views
A quick, easy way to clean your pastel trays and see your colors better
87 views
Don’t throw away those tiny shards of pastel, crush them up and make new ones! For this activity you need a mortar and pestle, a small spatula, an eye dropper bottle and a piece of plexiglass or wax paper.
231 views
A step-by-step guide to using fixative on your finished paintings—how to apply it without changing the color, and why it’s useful.
103 views
This video reviews all the supplies you’ll need to gather to successfully frame a pastel painting yourself.
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With Jeanne’s clear instructions, learn step-by-step how to beautifully frame a pastel painting, from start to finish
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This useful video takes you through everything you need to consider when preparing to sign your work: placement, tools, color, size, name choice, design aspects, even mindset.

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Tricks of the Trade
Here you’ll find answers to the burning questions that always come up at demos and workshops: How and why I use fixative, framing tips and practices, mounting paper, what kinds of pastels and papers to use. Have a question that’s not answered here? Send it to me and we’ll try to cover it

Plein Air Painting

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A review of everything you need to take your studio into the field
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Join Jeanne as she arrives on site, plans, and creates a plein air field study.

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Plein Air Painting
In this section Jeanne delves into what you need to make the most of your plein air adventures, starting with what to take and how to pack for plein air and tips and tricks she has learned for painting on the beach. 

WORKSHOP: Color Fundamentals

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This segment looks at the vital relationship between color and value, with a challenging color exercise.
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This simple exercise using a black and white photo reference shows how deepening our understanding of value can expand our flexibility with color.
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This simple exercise using a black and white photo reference shows how deepening our understanding of value can expand our flexibility with color (Part 2).
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A brief Color Theory 101, this short video considers why we need neutrals, how color complements work, and how to neutralize bright colors
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Color Theory 101 continued. How to create glowing color, and control the volume of your brights.
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This start-to-finish demo video highlights a vibrant bosc pear against a neutral backdrop, with emphasis on value and chroma choices. Bonus tip: how to fill and organize a pastel box according to color and value (Part 1).
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This start-to-finish demo video highlights a vibrant bosc pear against a neutral backdrop, with emphasis on value and chroma choices. Bonus tip: how to fill and organize a pastel box according to color and value.
161 views
This short video explores color temperature, and especially how the quality of light effects local color. A brief challenging exercise analyzes light and shadow in terms of temperature.
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This short demo shows how to ‘turn on the light’ in a painting, conveying sunlight and shadow through shifting color temperatures.
178 views
This segment introduces the challenges with greens, and shows how to underpaint to create rich, complex greens
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This exercise shows how to expand your range of greens, using layering techniques to create the right greens from the colors you have on hand.
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This Demo shows how to create a rich, realistic summer landscape painting, using underpainting strategies and layering techniques to make your greens more dimensional.
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This Demo shows how to create a rich, realistic summer landscape painting, using underpainting strategies and layering techniques to make your greens more dimensional.

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Color Fundamentals: Value, Chroma, Temperature
An essential guide to color mixing for pastelists. Painters speak in the language of color. Whether you are a native speaker or need a guidebook, these video lessons are designed to up your fluency and confidence, with a mix of structure and play

WORKSHOP: Composition and Design

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Learn how to recognize and compose a ‘found’ simple still life. This lesson focuses on finding hard and soft edges to create space and depth in a still life, and choosing a great color palette.
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Learn how to recognize and compose a ‘found’ simple still life. This lesson focuses on finding hard and soft edges to create space and depth in a still life, and choosing a great color palette.
112 views
Learn to see design more abstractly—and be able to choose compositions based on how they work as designs rather than for the subject or photo, in this series of exercises.
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Learn to see design more abstractly—and be able to choose compositions based on how they work as designs rather than for the subject or photo, in this series of exercises.
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In this video we’ll look at some classic tools for designing landscapes, using space (foreground, middle ground & distance) and line to direct the eye to a focal point and around the composition.
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In this video we’ll look at some classic tools for designing landscapes, using space (foreground, middle ground & distance) and line to direct the eye to a focal point and around the composition
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In this forest demo, Jeanne uses rich textures and patterns anchored by strong lines to organize a tree composition
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In this forest demo, Jeanne uses rich textures and patterns anchored by strong lines to organize a tree composition.
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In this demo Jeanne shows how to crop and simplify for maximum impact.  Learn how to identify and play to the strengths of your composition
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In this demo Jeanne shows how to crop and simplify for maximum impact. Learn how to identify and play to the strengths of your composition

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Composition and Design: Sharpen Your Skills
A workshop that will strengthen and refine your composition skills by focusing on the abstract elements underlying every good design. Special focus on the landscape and trees

WORKSHOP: Underpainting

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Discover the why’s and how’s of underpainting and sharpen your skills and strategies by using three different approaches (warm, value only, and local color/warm complement) to one scene.
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Discover the why’s and how’s of underpainting and sharpen your skills and strategies by using three different approaches (warm, value only, and local color/warm complement) to one scene.
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Discover the why’s and how’s of underpainting and sharpen your skills and strategies by using three different approaches (warm, value only, and local color/warm complement) to one scene.
36 views
A prequel to the Archived live Demo: Flowers, this video takes you through the initial steps of that painting, a unique start on toned PastelMat paper.
77 views
Expand your underpainting repertoire and ease with water, exploring three foundation strategies (cool, local color, black paper) for the same scene.
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Expand your underpainting repertoire and ease with water, exploring three foundation strategies (cool, local color, black paper) for the same scene.
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Expand your underpainting repertoire and ease with water, exploring three foundation strategies (cool, local color, black paper) for the same scene.
73 views
Discover the special tips and tricks needed to enhance your seascapes. Learn how to create luminosity, lift out color to create light, enhance a sense of motion through brushwork and build wave form in your underpainting.
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Discover the special tips and tricks needed to enhance your seascapes. Learn how to create luminosity, lift out color to create light, enhance a sense of motion through brushwork and build wave form in your underpainting.

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Underpainting
Discover the why’s and how’s of underpainting and sharpen your skills and strategies

WORKSHOP: Loosen Up!

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Jeanne outlines the origins of the workshops, plus 5 lies that lead to overworked paintings and 10 tips for loosening up.
177 views
An exercise for expanding your marks and freshening your work.
163 views
A simple exercise to help you get into the flow of your painting, and stop second-guessing your process
119 views
A clear step by step guide to creating better thumbnails, the GPS for your paintings
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In this demo Jeanne shows how a clear plan allows for fresh, intuitive, looser painting (part 1)
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In this demo Jeanne shows how a clear plan allows for fresh, intuitive, looser painting (part 2)
400 views
How much do you need to simplify? In this demo, learn to vary the degree of development, with the focal area being most defined.
195 views
How much do you need to simplify? In this demo, learn to vary the degree of development, with the focal area being most defined.
98 views
Get in the zone with these stress buster exercises to loosen up your style as you create small gems with boldness, confidence and a sense of fun
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Get in the zone with these stress buster exercises to loosen up your style as you create small gems with boldness, confidence and a sense of fun

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Loosen Up: Pastel lessons tips and techniques
Do you long to loosen up? Bold, graceful strokes looks easy, but anyone who’s aspired to them knows otherwise. There are significant steps we can take to make our paintings bolder, looser, and more assured. This self-directed video workshop will help you shake off that tendency to meticulously describe, tightly render, or overwork your paintings, and learn to paint boldly, loosely and with more assurance. Enjoy, play, practice, and paint more boldly and confidently with these exercises and demos. I have arranged them in order for you to follow as a workshop.

Workshop: Making Waves

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Learn how to capture the movement and power of an ocean wave in pastel. Understand the wave’s moving form, and explore special underpainting and layering strategies to make your seascapes come alive.
101 views
As waves come ashore, both the design and technique of your seascape paintings become more complex. In this video Jeanne takes you through composing a shoreline seascape, handling wet and dry sand, foam, and underpainting strategies. Learn how to ...
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Coastal landscapes present unique challenges: tricks of light and atmosphere seldom seen inland, subtle curves of sand and grass, light, reflective planes. This video takes you through the particular challenges posed by the coastal landscape. Learn ...

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Painting Seascapes: the Essentials
These three demos are Jeanne’s foundational seascape lessons, beginning with a single wave, moving to the full coastline and adding the coastal landscape. These are the backbone of her approach to seascape

Seascape Elements Series

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This extended demo explores every step in the painting process in depth as Jeanne shares how to create a seascape with low and dramatic early morning light.
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This extended demo explores every step in the painting process in depth as Jeanne shares how to create a seascape with low and dramatic early morning light.
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This extended demo explores every step in the painting process in depth as Jeanne shares how to create a seascape with low and dramatic early morning light.
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This extended demo explores every step in the painting process in depth as Jeanne shares how to create a seascape with low and dramatic early morning light.
50 views
How do you create that special effect of sparkling light on water? This demo takes you through the special conditions which create this sparkle, how to underpaint and build layers to make light move and shine on the water’s surface.
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How do you create that special effect of sparkling light on water? This demo takes you through the special conditions which create this sparkle, how to underpaint and build layers to make light move and shine on the water’s surface.
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The last segment in this demo shows how to choose highlight colors and create the sparkle to make your painting shine, including the wet
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In this series, learn tips and tricks for creating more realistic foam. This demo includes advice for handling all sorts of seafoam challenges and will sharpen your seafoam skills.
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In this series, learn tips and tricks for creating more realistic foam. This demo includes advice for handling all sorts of seafoam challenges and will sharpen your seafoam skills.
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In this series, learn tips and tricks for creating more realistic foam. This demo includes advice for handling all sorts of seafoam challenges and will sharpen your seafoam skills.
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In this series, learn tips and tricks for creating more realistic foam. This demo includes advice for handling all sorts of seafoam challenges and will sharpen your seafoam skills.
122 views
Seafoam is full of information about edges, motion, direction, texture of the water. This demo shows how to use foam to tell the story of the water’s motion and activity, with more sensitive observation and mark making.
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Seafoam is full of information about edges, motion, direction, texture of the water. This demo shows how to use foam to tell the story of the water’s motion and activity, with more sensitive observation and mark making.
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Seafoam is full of information about edges, motion, direction, texture of the water. This demo shows how to use foam to tell the story of the water’s motion and activity, with more sensitive observation and markmaking.
77 views
Seafoam is full of information about edges, motion, direction, texture of the water. This demo shows how to use foam to tell the story of the water’s motion and activity, with more sensitive observation and markmaking.
179 views
This start to finish demo shows how to create the effects of sunlight on a curling wave. Special attention to underpainting strategies, and color and value choices to heighten atmospheric and lighting effects. (Pt1)
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This start to finish demo shows how to create the effects of sunlight on a curling wave. Special attention to underpainting strategies, and color and value choices to heighten atmospheric and lighting effects. (Pt2)
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This start to finish demo shows how to create the effects of sunlight on a curling wave. Special attention to underpainting strategies, and color and value choices to heighten atmospheric and lighting effects. (Pt3)
187 views
In this longer video I take you through the complete painting from selecting a scene to paint, through creating special light effects, to completing the painting (part 1)
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In this longer video I take you through the complete painting from selecting a scene to paint, through creating special light effects, to completing the painting (part 2)
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In this longer video I take you through the complete painting from selecting a scene to paint, through creating special light effects, to completing the painting (part 3)

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Seascape Elements: Going Deeper
Once you’ve gotten the basics handled, dive into these special topics in seascape to refine your practice: the behavior of water, changing light effects, and subtle foam textures all get attention in these demos

Landscape Elements Series

5 videos found
35 views
This blooming orchard scene makes a single tree the star of the show with a supporting surrounding landscape.
32 views
This blooming orchard scene makes a single tree the star of the show with a supporting surrounding landscape.
25 views
Using flowers as our inspiration this demo shows how creating small works in a series builds confidence and mastery
16 views
Using flowers as our inspiration this demo shows how creating small works in a series builds confidence and mastery
8 views
This video takes one flower sketch through the final finishing touches with refined edges and editing.

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Landscape Elements: Going Deeper

Skyscape Series

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Eager to paint that virtuoso sky for your landscape?  These cloud studies will get you primed to handle any challenge in the sky, with exercises for practicing the forms, color variations, textures, and patterns that clouds can take.
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Eager to paint that virtuoso sky for your landscape?  These cloud studies will get you primed to handle any challenge in the sky, with exercises for practicing the forms, color variations, textures, and patterns that clouds can take.
88 views
Learn how to build the soft, subtle puffy forms of cumulous clouds through this start to finish demo of beautifully lit clouds at sunset. Judging values, layering, temperature shifts and edge control all covered.
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Learn how to build the soft, subtle puffy forms of cumulous clouds through this start to finish demo of beautifully lit clouds at sunset. Judging values, layering, temperature shifts and edge control all covered.
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Tackling a complex cloud-filled sky means understanding cloud patterns and perspective and how they translate to two dimensions. This start to finish demo covers how to underpaint for large clouds, judging subtle value shifts, orchestrating a complex ...
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Tackling a complex cloud-filled sky means understanding cloud patterns and perspective and how they translate to two dimensions. This start to finish demo covers how to underpaint for large clouds, judging subtle value shifts, orchestrating a complex ...
42 views
After sunset, a landscape’s tone and mood changes as light sources become more subtle. This demo is full of tips on creating clouds, light and atmospheric effects in a night scene
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After sunset, a landscape’s tone and mood changes as light sources become more subtle. This demo is full of tips on creating clouds, light and atmospheric effects in a night scene
37 views
This demo on dark paper shows how to layer deep rich colors for a moonlit sky, and create the effect of reflected lights on water.
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This demo on dark paper shows how to layer deep rich colors for a moonlit sky, and create the effect of reflected lights on water.

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Skyscape Series
Brush up your sky skills and build your cloud confidence with these exercises and lessons. Maximize the expressive potential of your skies

Water in the Landscape Series

11 videos found
27 views
Learn to create the effects of clear flowing river water, reflecting the sky and revealing the river bottom.
22 views
Learn to create the effects of clear flowing river water, reflecting the sky and revealing the river bottom.
64 views
Learn to paint realistic lilypads against a deep blue background. Create convincing perspective and depth, placing details in the foreground.
59 views
Learn to paint realistic lilypads against a deep blue background. Create convincing perspective and depth, placing details in the foreground.
45 views
Short bonus follow up to the Lilypad 101 videos: How to block in the lily pads on a large complex scene
46 views
Learn to tackle complex reflections, handle subtle value shifts, and tips for getting your lily pads to sit in the water. A start-to-finish demo.
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Learn to tackle complex reflections, handle subtle value shifts, and tips for getting your lily pads to sit in the water. A start-to-finish demo.
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Learn to paint rippling water in this start-to-finish demo by recognizing the complex visual patterns and how to simplify them
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Learn to paint rippling water in this start-to-finish demo by recognizing the complex visual patterns and how to simplify them
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Learn to make sense of what you’re seeing in water reflections, and paint them effectively in this start to finish demo - part 1
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Learn to make sense of what you’re seeing in water reflections, and paint them effectively in this start to finish demo - part 2

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Water in the Landscape
Water is challenging to paint convincingly; these demos are full of tips and tricks for creating more compelling water in your landscapes

Special Drawing Challenges

10 videos found
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Painting sailboats can be tricky. This demo incudes tips to help you judge values, get your drawing right, and find a stronger composition and inspiring color even when using less-than-inspiring reference photos
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Painting sailboats can be tricky. This demo incudes tips to help you judge values, get your drawing right, and find a stronger composition and inspiring color even when using less-than-inspiring reference photos
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Dealing with a challenging subject? Close observation and simplification of shapes will go far. Jeanne will show how using these tips, anyone can learn to include boats in their work convincingly
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Dealing with a challenging subject? Close observation and simplification of shapes will go far. Jeanne will show how using these tips, anyone can learn to include boats in their work convincingly
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Adding figures to your landscapes creates liveliness and focus. Use these exercises and tips to incorporate figures more accurately and convincingly into to your landscapes.
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Adding figures to your landscapes creates liveliness and focus. Use these exercises and tips to incorporate figures more accurately and convincingly into to your landscapes.
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This exercise will help you simplify structures, see light on form, add color, value and then choose detail. Learn to place buildings in your landscape by reducing form to its simplest elements.
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This exercise will help you simplify structures, see light on form, add color, value and then choose detail. Learn to place buildings in your landscape by reducing form to its simplest elements.
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Learn to place buildings in your paintings without getting bogged down with the details. Jeanne takes you step by step through the process of seeing a complex city scene in simple terms, read the values and shapes and then add details and texture.
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Learn to place buildings in your paintings without getting bogged down with the details. Jeanne takes you step by step through the process of seeing a complex city scene in simple terms, read the values and shapes and then add details and texture.

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Special Drawing Challenges
These demos offer practical, approachable methods for adding challenging subject matter to your work

Painting Figures in the Landscape
Figures add life and action to any scene. Use these lessons to practice creating more believable figures for your landscapes

Winter Landscape Series

14 videos found
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Choose a palette for those black-and-white snowy landscapes, and inject feeling and depth in to your winter trees.
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Choose a palette for those black-and-white snowy landscapes, and inject feeling and depth in to your winter trees
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When snow covers all, the bare bones of landscape appear: contour and line of tree and hill. This video demo shows how to use this seasonal shift to advantage in your paintings.
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When snow covers all, the bare bones of landscape appear: contour and line of tree and hill. This video demo shows how to use this seasonal shift to advantage in your paintings.
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When snow covers all, the bare bones of landscape appear: contour and line of tree and hill. This video demo shows how to use this seasonal shift to advantage in your paintings.
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A serene winter sky creates a dramatic backdrop for a stand of winter trees. Make your well-designed sky the star of the show
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A serene winter sky creates a dramatic backdrop for a stand of winter trees. Make your well-designed sky the star of the show
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Paint a snowy riverbank by understanding light, shadow, and plane shifts in the scene. Learn to judge snow value and temperatures, and create ripples and reflections in a winter river
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Paint a snowy riverbank by understanding light, shadow, and plane shifts in the scene. Learn to judge snow value and temperatures, and create ripples and reflections in a winter river
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Paint a snowy riverbank by understanding light, shadow, and plane shifts in the scene. Learn to judge snow value and temperatures, and create ripples and reflections in a winter river
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What to do with those snowy but nearly colorless photo references? This demo shows how to convey depth and color to create an atmospheric and moody snow scene.
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What to do with those snowy but nearly colorless photo references? This demo shows how to convey depth and color to create an atmospheric and moody snow scene.
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Learn to create a complex forest scene with a simple design and accurate values. By finding the bigger shapes and implying the detail, Jeanne creates the forest
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Learn to create a complex forest scene with a simple design and accurate values. By finding the bigger shapes and implying the detail, Jeanne creates the forest

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Winter Landscape
Snow changes the landscape completely and offers new painting challenges. These lessons offer approaches to all sorts of winter landscape challenges, from sunny riverbanks to blizzards, so you are ready to tackle winter

Landscape Elements

5 videos found
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This blooming orchard scene makes a single tree the star of the show with a supporting surrounding landscape.
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This blooming orchard scene makes a single tree the star of the show with a supporting surrounding landscape.
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Using flowers as our inspiration this demo shows how creating small works in a series builds confidence and mastery
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Using flowers as our inspiration this demo shows how creating small works in a series builds confidence and mastery
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This video takes one flower sketch through the final finishing touches with refined edges and editing.

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Jeanne Rosier Smith
Landscape Elements

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