January 14 Workshop: A Wintry Walk

Depicting Fallen Snow in Soft Pastel

Date, Time, Price and Location

Saturday, January 14, 2023 (1 Day)
10:00 AM-4:00 PM (EDT) (be sure to calculate for your local time zone!)

Cost: $80 for PPSCC members, $135 non-members
Click HERE to register with the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod!
Online via Zoom


Winter is magical. I’ve found it to be so all over the world. I have rendered snowy scenes in acrylic, charcoal, pen & ink, colored pencil and graphite, but there’s nothing like painting snow with soft pastels!

I’ll demonstrate my process for composing, laying out and refining a soft pastel painting of a snowy scene, a subject that has its own special challenges for artists! We’ll explore the quality of the light, especially in the shadows. I’ll talk about how my approach to color, depth and mass, and how I choose what to detail and what to suggest.

After the demo, you will have time to work on your own painting. We’ll have one-on-one sessions in which we can talk about the direction and challenges in your art, and discuss options and techniques that may help you achieve your painting goals.

P.S.: Participants will receive links to videos of the workshop, which should be ready about a week after the event. Videos will remain available online for 30 days.

Materials List

Required: Your favorite pastels!

  • Softer pastels (I’m using Richeson, Sennelier, Mount Vision, Great American, Windsor Newton)
  • Semi-hard (Rembrandt, Faber-Castell, Mungyo)
  • Hard (NuPastel)

Optional: Pastel pencils

  • If I do use pencils, I will have a mix of Derwent, Faber-Castell and Stabilo


  • Use the paper you’re most comfortable with!
  • I’ll be using one of these.
    • Unsanded: Canson Mi-Teintes, Fabriano Vice Versa, Strathmore Artagain (Black, or one of their toned papers)
    • Sanded: UART 400 Dark or Canson Mi-Teintes Touch
  • You can use the same or choose one of your favorite papers.
  • For the techniques I’m using, I recommend choosing (or toning the paper in) one of the following colors:
    • Blue, dark blue, purple, lavender, mauve or violet
    • Red can work, but it’s a challenge.
    • Buff is okay, if you want to do an underpainting.
  • Paint at whatever size is most comfortable for you.
  • I’ll be painting 8×10″ (or 11×14″, if I get really ambitious!).

Other Tools


  • Zoom application installed on your Internet-enabled device.
  • Padlet application installed on your Internet-enabled device.
    • Set up a free account.
    • Write down your username and password so you can upload to Padlet during the workshop!
  • Basic eraser (full size); just not a kneaded eraser
    • Good options: Prismacolor “Magic Eraser,” or Factis


  • Pencil-size eraser (in a holder, or at the end of a pencil)
    • I use the Pentel Clic Eraser ZE80

Reference Photos

  • Find an image of a snowy forest interior that you find exciting, and post it under your name on our Padlet board (I’ll invite you to the board when you register).
  • I’ll post the reference I’ll be using for the demonstration.
  • You can use either your own photo as a reference for your own painting or you can use mine (copyrights reserved, of course).

Registration and Payment:

  1. Contact the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod to register and pay.
  2. When I get notified with your email address, I’ll reply with the Zoom links and an invitation to join the workshop Padlet board.
  3. Be sure to add markivancolefineart@gmail.com to your contact list so you get the link and invitation!

One-on-one interaction during the workshop means that “space” is limited. Register early to secure your spot!

I’m excited to work with you!

QUICK REMINDER: If you are not in the Eastern Time Zone, be sure to account for the time difference!