Pastel at the Ebell Reception - April 18, 2019

There was a great turn out for the Pastel at the Ebell reception! The exhibition at this beautiful venue, a first for a PSSC show, brought in a whole new audience to appreciate the pastel artwork of PSSC members.

Here a few photos from that day! See the rest of the photos at the Camera Creations Facebook page. Look for the album titled “Pastel Society of Southern California Art Show at the Ebell Club”.

Photos by Julie Hopkins,


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March of the Mentors - March 2019


As one of the 10th Anniversary celebration events, the Pastel Society of Southern California hosted it’s first ever pastel mentoring program, March of the Mentors, on March 9, 2019!

PSSC members were able to participate in an individualized small group session with an artist mentor/instructor for hands-on learning and portfolio review.

It was a great success and we look forward to more March of the Mentor events in the future!

Panel of Mentors


For most of her life, Dori has been involved in fine art and design. Her background has included titles such as art student, interior designer, architectural draftsman, grade school art teacher, workshop instructor, and pastel teacher.

Her work in pastel has earned her many awards, most notably, PSSC Best of Show for two consecutive years, awarded by Richard McKinley and Marla Baggetta. An active member of the PSSC for six years, she has held the position of vice president for 3 years. The process of creating a painting is most important and she loves to share that as a teacher with others seeking to learn more about pastels. 


Bernard Fallon is a graduate of the Liverpool College of Art, and has been part of the PSSC since its inception ten years ago. He has been actively involved as a demonstrator, publicist, exhibition organizer, and board member for the Society over the years. In 2018, juror Tony Alain awarded him Best of Show, along with an Honorable mention, at the PSSC Annual Members Exhibition. More of Fallon’s work can be seen on his website: 


Sophia (Zahra) Pezeshk was born in Tehran, Iran and received her B.A in Iran. She has the privilege of having some of the most well-known Iranian Professors of art like: A. Aghdashlou, N. Moslemian, and M. Jamshidi for 12 years.

She has displayed her artworks in solo and group exhibitions in Iran and US and some of her drawings have been published as book covers.She has won awards for her pastel paintings. The bright side of Her art works is mostly focused on "hyper realism drawings" utilizing different mediums such as oils and pastels. She started teaching art privately and in art academies since 2009.


Born in 1971, Master Pastelist and International Award Winning artist, Otto Stürcke is primarily self-taught.  As a representational artist who is greatly influenced by the Dutch Masters, he seeks to find common ground between the contemporary and the classical by depicting the personal, the emotional, and the quiet elegance in his paintings through light, shadow, and texture.

His work has been published in the Pastel Journal, Southwest Art Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, Pratique de Arts “40 Masters of Pastel”, and “The Art of Chalk”.


David is a graduate of Art Center College of Design. After retiring from a distinguished design career at Mattel, he devoted himself to Fine Art, working primarily in Pastels and Oils. He is a founding board member of the PSSC, and is currently President of Destination: Art in Torrance, where he has a studio, and also teaches.

Beginner Class - January 26, 2019

The beginner class proudly show off some of their work!

The beginner class proudly show off some of their work!

Thank you to all who signed up for this class! It was such a success that we look forward to many more beginner pastel classes in the future!


Have you always wanted to try pastels? Have you wondered what pastels to buy, what paper to use, how to get started? Here is your chance! For the second consecutive year, the Pastel Society of Southern California is offering beginner pastel classes for those new to the pastel medium. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from experienced pastel instructors as they guide you through pastel basics: from sketching and composition, to identifying values and creating an underpainting, to  learning about color, surfaces and pastel application techniques!

The first class, held on Saturday August 4th, was a great success! Since not everyone was able to get into the August 4th session, we organized another class in January of 2019. Keep an eye out for the next beginner class offered by the PSSC. When it is announced, don't delay since these places go quickly and sign up to secure your spot!

Class size is limited to 16 students. Registration is first-come, first-served. Must be new to pastel. All supplies will be provided.



Distribute pastels, papers. Discuss different pastels:  hard, medium, soft, different shapes. Discuss different papers, surfaces, making your own papers, toned papers, pastel boxes and organization, gloves.


Discussion and demonstration of reconstituting and making your own pastels.


Discuss pastel mark making: layering, blending, rolling, stutter, strokes. Use of color to show light. Practice exercise of sphere and shadow using color.


Focus on the color spectrum and the optics of the camera .


Demo and discuss creating a loose watercolor underpainting as a foundation and guide in setting rough values, composition, and colors for your pastel paintings.

Quick Draw at the Member's Meeting - Jan 12, 2019

We had a fun activity at the last member's meeting. As one of the 10th Anniversary Celebration events, one and all were challenged to participate in our first ever PSSC Quick Draw.

The rules were:

- Complete a painting using ONLY the Girault PSSC 10th Anniversary set of colors

- Participants could use any size surface they felt comfortable completing in approximately 1 hour

- Participants could select their own subject or reference photo

- Tickets would be sold for an opportunity drawing for each of the completed paintings and the winning ticket holder would take it home.

Approximately 12 brave souls took up the challenge and set up their easels at the start of the meeting.

Once all the meeting business and announcements were done, the timer was started and the Quick Draw artists launched themselves to their easels.

Many of us spent some of the hour stuffing the ticket boxes of the artists in hopes that we would be the lucky one to win a painting.

It was a treat to watch all these accomplished artists create beautiful pieces right before our eyes in a little over an hour.

When the "pastels down" command came the fun still wasn't over.

We were all excited as each artist brought their ticket box forward and picked the lucky ticket from it. It’s safe to say that there were many happy winners that day!




2019 Workshop

  • Pat Hershberg - Liz Haywood Sullivan

  • Fran Nichols - Liz Haywood Sullivan

  • Lorene Barker - Cuong Nyugen

10th Anniversary Girault pastels - Maryse Bergeron

Dakota Pochade Box - Betsy Miller

Jackson Art Wooden Travel Box - Jane Hilton

Mabef Field Easel - Cheryl Mooradian

Trond light - Deepa Bharadway

March of the Mentors

  • Valya Hristova

  • Lupe Backe



…we are offering lots of fantastic, fun and educational prizes!

The 10th Anniversary Celebration Raffle will "Supersize & Replace" our usual meeting raffle in November! Many more prizes and LARGER prizes are available during this one-time event!

Get your Celebration tickets today!

For a $10 ticket or 3 tickets for $25, you have the unique opportunity to win one of the following:

  • a free spot in a 2019 PSSC 2 or 3-day Pastel Workshop (choose from Cuong Nyguen, Karen Margulis or Liz Haywood-Sullivan, plus one more to be scheduled in fall 2019)

  • a free spot in PSSC's March of the Mentors, a unique small-group mentoring and portfolio review event

  • a set of PSSC's 10th Anniversary pastels, the "Colors of SoCal" by Girault

  • a Mabef Field Easel

  • a Dakota Pochade box

  • a Trond easel light!

Tickets can be purchased online here until Nov. 9 at 12 noon PST, or at Rejoice in Art! Oct. 13-14 or at the PSSC General Meeting Nov. 10. Get yours today!

Drawings will be held at the November 10 PSSC Meeting in Redondo Beach. Winners need not be present to win.

  • Each online ticket sale will be assigned an actual hard copy ticket that will be filled out by PSSC staff with your provided contact information and placed in the raffle drum for the drawing day, November 10.  If the winner is not present, they will be contacted by PSSC staff via email to arrange for pick up or shipment of the prize awarded.


Beginner Pastel Class - August 2018

--Photos by Lynn Attig

  The first Beginner Pastel Workshop was held at Destination: Art from 9:00 – 3:00 on August 4th, with the following teachers participating: Lynn Attig, Dave Wolfram, Bernard Fallon, Paula Brown, Dori Dewberry, and Fran Nichols.

The topics were how to select pastels and paper (Dori); the importance of values in your painting (Lynn); underpainting in watercolor (Paula); color theory regarding warm and cool colors (Bernard); a full demo with pastel application (Fran); and finally how to grind up old pastels, mixing colors, and reconstituting new pastels (Dave). Every student learned how to tape their UArt Paper to a backing board, do a sketch, complete a watercolor underpainting, and apply pastel.

It was a lot of information to cover, but all agreed it was a most exciting and informative day. All supplies were provided. We had a most enjoyable lunch time with salads and sandwiches from Kech Café, which gave us a chance to chat and get to know each other a bit more. It was quite an action packed day.

The students gave a huge round of applause for the experience they enjoyed with their enthusiastic teachers. As both PSSC and Destination: Art are non-profit organizations with the mission of informing the public about our art, we felt quite gratified for the opportunity to offer this free workshop!

--- Suzanne Kuuskmae, PSSC, Destination: Art

8th PSSC Member Show Reception - April 2017

All photos by Gayle Uyehara

All photos by Gayle Uyehara

The 8th PSSC Member Show Reception took place on Sunday, April 23rd at the Southbay Lexus Center. It was a full house with many people turning up to view the artwork, applaud the announcements of the show winners and then stay to enjoy our show juror, Barbara Jaenicke's pastel art demo.

Take a moment to see all our show winners!

Many congratulations to all our member participants who made this beautiful exhibition possible.



Pictures from IAPS- 2015

Here are some pictures sent from the IAPS convention going on in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It looks like they are having fun. Makes you wish you were there!

Click on the thumbnail to get a better look, and then hover the cursor over the image to see the caption.

Photos from the Beginner Session of the Richard McKinley Workshop - March 2015

We had a wonderful three days with Richard McKinley at Destination Art.

Photos from Joslyn Center Paint-In - April 1, 2014

Julia Patterson Workshop - January 2014


Get Your Work Out There!  The Very Best Ways to Market Your Art Online

Julia Patterson presented her Online Marketing Multi-media Seminar after our meeting on January 11, 2014

Long time graphic designer for artists and a pastelist herself, Julia shared her expert advice on the best avenues for artists to promote themselves efficiently, enjoyably and at little cost in the world of blogs, websites and social media.


Her fast-paced overview of ideas, possibilities, tips and tricks was very informative and much appreciated by all!


Trip to Mary Aslin Studio - December 2013

Thanks to Sue K. for the photos from Mary's studio in Laguna Beach. Some of the board members had the opportunity to see a Mary do a demo of her work.

Painting in France with Elizabeth Mowry - September 2013

Sue Kuuskamae shared some of her photos from the Elizabeth Mowry workshop that she recently attended in France.



Pastel Box Management Mini-Workshop - August 2013

On August 10 a group of six pastel artists met with Dave Wolfram at Sue Kuuskmae's house for a workshop on how to set up your pastel box to help select colors most effectively.  Dave described several methods and most of us opted to use the one recommended by Richard Mc Kinley. Here each color group is placed in a different section of the box, with the lightest at the top of the box (where the sky is) gradually getting darker towards the bottom (where the ground is). Neutral colors are grouped together in one section.

Dave also gave a demonstration on how to make your own neutral color pastels by grinding to a fine dust complimentary colors.  After sifting out the bigger pieces, he put the dust on a glass and added small amounts of alcohol until it became a thick paste.  When it is thick enough to pick up, he rolls it in wax paper, lets it dry, and now you have a new color of your making.

It was lots of fun, and particularly  helpful to have a small group.  Attending were:  Michele Aplin, Nancy Viets, Carla Skinner, Kathy Moorehead, and Sue Kuuskmae. & Eva Muchnik.

See the slideshow below.