2020 Maryann Mullett 1-Day Workshop

Take your still life to the next level with dramatic crops

that result in bold and compelling compositions!


In this workshop we’ll focus on how to study shapes, shadows and color interactions, to create dramatic compositions that draw viewers in.

The class will begin with a 45-minute demonstration and discussion on why I chose my demo subject and the process that I used to create my composition. I will then show how to block in a dry underpainting while focusing on value. After which, I will assist each student in selecting a reference, from their photos, that has the potential to become a strong painting. Where needed, assistance will include help with cropping and adjusting shape relationships to enhance the overall composition.
There will be plenty of class painting time and we’ll end with a brief “sharing” of our paintings.


Supply List

  •  2-3 Reference photos of a still life. This can be floral, luminous fruits and vegetables, or a grouping of your favorite things. When choosing a photo, keep in mind values. Are the light and shadows strong enough to be interesting or convey the mood that you want to achieve?

  • Bring a color and a black and white of each reference on 8.5 x 11 copy paper. 

  • Easel

  • Backing board larger than 11x14

  • 2 sheets of UART 400 11x14 paper

  • Scissors

  • Artist tap

  • Paper towels

  • Moist hand wipes

  • Metal 18' ruler

  • Soft pastels (assortment keeping in mind a palette for your chosen reference photos)

  • NuPastels

  • Pastel Pencils (assortment) and one stick of vine charcoal

  • Towel or drop cloth to protect floor


Date:   Saturday November 14, 2020

Hours: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Venue: Zoom!
Fee Structure:

PSNH Members … $100 

Non-members    … $110

Registration Form: WORD

Supply List: WORD


  • Please make check payable to the Pastel Society of NH, print the registration form and mail both to: Joelle Feldman, 40 Madigan Lane, Harvard, MA 01451


  • If you pay via Paypal, please scan & send the registration form to joelle.feldman@gmail.com or send it to the above address.

  • There will be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 participants for this workshop.

  • For questions, Joelle Feldman joelle.feldman@gmail.com or (978) 618-2041


Up Close & Personal

Crisp  by Maryann Mullett


Art has always been part of my life,

and for this I feel blessed.

     In the 80’s and 90’s, I was doing graphic work and illustration for The Old Farmer’s Almanac and Yankee Magazine as well as for Yankee Magazine’s various publications. These experiences are what inevitably lead me to start painting for pleasure and influenced my painting style. Whether it be flora, luscious fruits and vegetables, animals, etc. I prefer close-up views of my subjects. I start by studying the various shapes and colors before turning my focus to what I feel is most important; composition. Once I’ve worked out a strong composition, I then begin painting the different luminosities and textures that I see within an object.

     I have worked exclusively in the pastel medium for the past 12 years and have fallen in love with its immediacy and vibrant pure colors. Pastels allow me to effectively convey my visions like no other medium.

     My art has been represented in Richeson 75 publications, Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal Magazine and others. I have displayed in numerous exhibits,

both solo and group.


  • Pastel Society of America, Master Pastelist

  • International Association of Pastel Societies, Master Circle

  • Pastel Society of New Hampshire, Signature Member

  • Pastel Society of Maine, Signature Member

  • Central Mass Pastel Society, Vice President/Founding Member, Signature Member

  • Pastel Society of the West Coast, Associate Member

  • Pastel Society of Connecticut, Associate Member

  • Monadnock Art: Friends of the Dublin Art Colony

  • Audubon Artists

  • Guild of Boston Artists



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