Completed My Idyllwild 5-Day Pastel Plein Air Workshop

Great People, Wonderful Sites, Yummy Food, Perfect Weather, and Extremely Focused Color Theory Work !

Luxman Nathan, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021
Luxman Nathan, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021

Thank you, Michael Newberry for ground breaking life changing experience! Grateful! Blessed!
Petia Lilova

Idyllwild is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is an alpine village above Palm Springs with a few lakes, high desert meadows, no fast food, yet easy to get delicious food, not expensive, and plenty of accommodation options.

Tahquitz Rock in Idyllwild, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021
Tahquitz Rock in Idyllwild
Lake Fulmor, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021
Lake Fulmor, Idyllwild
Luxman, Susan, and Petia, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021
Luxman, Susan, and Petia. They all loved their meals, mine was a seafood pasta to die for.

Our color theory workshop was four days of making art morning and afternoon outdoors.

Luxman, Susan, and Petia, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021
Luxman, Petia, and Susan at Lake Fulmor, Idyllwild

The night before we had dinner in my studio.

Michael Newberry's Idyllwild Studio, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021

We worked on the color theory system based on my book: Newberry Color Theory, With 9 of 9 Amazon Five Star written reviews. It really works and at the same time unleashes more of your individual character. There are four main considerations: the color of things in themselves; the color of the atmosphere; the complimentary color of depth and foreground; and the complimentary color of light and shadow.

Newberry Color Theory Book
Newberry Color Theory

The format was I would do a demo.

Newberry, Tahquitz Rock demo, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021
Newberry, Tahquitz Rock demo, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021

Then I would instruct the process while the students drew. In the afternoon they would try it out on their own. The drawings were done were less than two hours, there is little time to do details, and the main focus was on the color serving the four functions listed above.

Susan Surber, Gardner Valley, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021
Susan Surber, Gardner Valley
Petia Lilova, Tahquitz Rock, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021
Petia Lilova, Tahquitz Rock

The last lesson was how I use the color theory based on a reference photo and one of the live sketches. I also showed how I use a hand-held a vacuum cleaner, tape, and kneaded eraser to edit. The kneaded eraser is used to get back to the pristine paper, while the vacuum and tape are more subtle and leave earlier layers without smudging.

Newberry, Lake Fulmor, edit demo, Newberry Idyllwild Pastel Plein Air Workshop, 2021
Newberry, Lake Fulmor, edit demo

I am extremely proud of my students, they brought their “A” game, worked incredibly hard, stayed focused, and they were extraordinarily kind to themselves and each other. They were also planning, amongst themselves, to do a Fall workshop either in Palm Desert or Idyllwild, I was later informed about it! : )

Michael, Idyllwild, 6/13/2021

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