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Welcome to the Tahoe Art League.  Monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at S.L.T. Senior Center located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Potluck appetizers & coffee served.  Join us!  (530) 544-2313 

Next Meeting:
August 12, 2015 at 6pm
featuring a Pastel demonstration by
Clark Mitchell

Clark Mitchell

“High Sierra August” by Clark Mitchell

Our August 12 meeting will feature a demonstration by Clark Mitchell.  He will be doing a soft (dry) pastel demo on sanded paper. Rather than working on one painting from beginning to end, he will have examples of several stages in progress.  For the newcomers to pastel, he will spend a few minutes talking about materials.  He will briefly touch on scene selection, composition and sketching.  Clark will be doing an under-painting of one scene using wonderfully vibrant colors, working from a smaller plein air painting.  Next he will move to a second painting to talk about applying pastel over a bold under-painting.  Finally, Clark will touch on later stages of a painting and cover questions that he asked of himself to help decide if a painting is done.

About the artist –

Growing up in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies, Clark very early discovered a love of the natural world. Given a set of fine German pastels by his father when young, he quickly embraced the medium for its ease of handling, brilliance of color and portability.

He received a bachelor’s degree in art in the seventies and moved to San Francisco to continue his studies. Through personal exploration as well as study with exceptional teachers, Mitchell has developed the talent to create both tightly rendered scenes as well as looser suggestions.

In order to fully immerse himself in the countryside he loved, Mitchell left San Francisco with his now husband over thirty years ago and moved north to beautiful Sonoma County Wine Country.

Designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and a Distinguished Pastelist by the Pastel Society of the West Coast, Clark has received numerous awards in local as well as national competitions. In 2005, he won Best of Show at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational; and in 2011, Best of Show in the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. His paintings have been on the cover of American Artist, Southwest Art and the Pastel Journal.

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Clark Mitchell

“Storm Gathering” by Clark Mitchel

Master Pastelist P.S.A.; Distinguished Pastelist P.S.W.C.

Colorado College, B.A. in Fine Arts.
Academy of Art College, San Francisco.
Studies with Albert Handell, Clyde Aspevig, Michael Lynch, Skip Whitcomb, and Brooks Anderson

Cover and Feature Article, The Pastel Journal, June 2011
Cover Article, American Artist, June, 2009
Cover and Feature Article, Southwest Art, February 2009.
Feature Article, The Pastel Journal, August, 2006
Feature Article, Pastel Artist International, November/December 2001.
Cover and Feature Article, American Artist , March 1993.
The Best of Pastel, The Best of Pastel 2, Landscape Inspirations, Rockport Publishers.
A Painter’s Guide to Design and Composition, Margot Schulzke, 2006
California Light, A Century of Landscapes, Jean Stern, Molly Siple, 2012
Art of the National Parks, Jean Stern, Susan McGarry, Terry Dunn 2013

Pastel Society of the West Coast Annual Membership Show First Place, 2014
Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, 2009 – 2012 Best of Show, 2011
Sedona AZ Plein Air Invitational, 2006 – 2009. Poster Award, 2008
Sea to Shining Sea, Nationwide Invitational, Haggin Museum, Stockton CA, 2004.
Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, CA, 2002 – 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014. Best of Show, 2005
Irvine Museum Award, 2014
Sonoma Plein Air Invitational, CA, 2002 – 2011.
Contemporary Artists Paint Yosemite, Haggin Museum, Stockton CA, 2001.
Carmel Art Festival Plein Air Invitational, Carmel CA, 1999, 2002-2005. Best Work on Paper, 2002.
Great American Artists, Invitational Exhibition, Cincinnati OH, 1999 – 2003, 2005.
John Pence Gallery, Solo and Group, various years 1993 – 2007.
Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2011. Various Awards
Pastel Society of the West Coast National Open Exhibition, 1989 – 2012 First Place, 1989, 1995.
Various other awards
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco CA
Knowlton Gallery, Lodi CA
Jones and Terwilliger, Carmel and Palm Springs, CA
Prentice Gallery, Mendocino, CA

Clark Mitchell

“Oak Buckeye” by Clark Mitchell