Cloud painting by Kathy Beckman
September 16, 2023
Zoom, 9am-Noon MST
Cloudscapes: Painting the Drama and Beauty of Clouds.
Clouds are an important part of our lives, since they affect our every day with the weather they bring. They are also a popular subject in landscape paintings, but capturing their essence and likeness can be a challenge because they are ever-changing. Clouds float across the sky in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors, from white, wispy tails to towering, dark grey thunderclouds.
“Clouds exist in a constant state of flux, shifting effortlessly from one form to another. And then they’re gone” shedding their moisture as rain or just evaporating into the blue.” – The Cloud Collector’s Handbook, by Gavin Pretor- Pinney
With Kathy’s knowledge and experience of depicting clouds within her own artwork, she will demystify the Drama and Beauty of Clouds. “Painting is my way of exploring my surroundings. It is my key to the secret garden, my way down the rabbit hole, my looking glass. By closely examining architecture, noticing the way a cloud casts a shadow, or discerning the color of a mountain in the distance, I better understand the world in which I live.”
Kathy Beekman, a master finger painter whose soft pastel artwork emerges from the West and Midwest countrysides, lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where her home and studio are perched at 8,600 feet. “The vastness of the natural landscape here inspires my work. My paintings reflect how I think and feel about my environment.”
She grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a small city surrounded by the farming communities that continuously inspire her subject matter: the barns, clouds, open spaces and streams that conjure up idealized versions of the landscapes she experienced as a child. Her style has developed to include mountains and vast landscapes inspired, again, from where she now lives and the places she visits. This style has a simplified graphic quality with a quiet reflective mood characteristic of all of Beekman’s paintings.
Minimum 20 attendees
Cost is only $20 per person!
Open to member and non-members!
Zoom link, supply list and reference image will be emailed to all registrants at the email address used to register.
Questions: Contact Christina Oddo, 1DayWorkshops@pastelsocietyofcolorado.org