Liz Haywood-Sullivan

The Fine Art of Pastel

NOTE: You can subscribe to follow Liz now, but her initial set of videos will not be fully uploaded until her “official” start date of April 17. She will start with an inaugural demo on the evening of the 17th. Sign up for this demo below!
In my career as a designer, I had worked in numerous design disciplines, but had never really felt a master of any of them. When I left design to focus strictly on my fine art, I wanted to try doing something all in, and the pastel medium caught my attention. I was intrigued with pastel because of its tactile, immediate nature, the intense colors, and the thrill of painting light. I chose not only to work exclusively in pastel, but to focus strictly on landscapes. I figured at some point I’d get bored, or run out of things to say, and look around to other media. Wrong. Instead, the longer I work in pastel the more opportunities open up. The depths of the medium are endless.

This has led me to teaching. Until you try teaching you don’t know if you will like it, or even be good at it. As my career progresses, teaching has become more and more an important part of who I am as an artist. Interacting and sharing with students has informed my work and made me a better artist. The past ten years I have devoted to being president of two art non-profits, first the International Association of Pastel Societies, and currently, the North River Arts Society. After this interlude in the non-profit sector, and after teaching around the world, I believe now is the right time to bring my instruction online to you.

My instructional videos will closely follow my own interests in the pastel medium, which includes living the life of an artist. I can’t separate the two. In addition to lessons in how to use this stunning medium I will also be discussing traveling with pastels, how they are made, framing and presentation, inventory, and so much more. I am open to your suggestions.

It is exciting to bring these videos to life, and I look forward to working with Epiphany to share my love of this remarkable medium with you.

Liz Haywood Sullivan Artist

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting
Liz Haywood Sullivan pastel painting
Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting

SPECIAL EVENTS:

LIZ HAYWOOD-SULLIVAN - PASTEL

April 17, 6:00-8:00 PM Eastern

2 hour live demo:

The Dance Between Sky and Water

Liz’s first demonstration with Epiphany has her painting the coastline of New England in the USA where she lives. Liz is known for her skies and water, the subject of her 2013 book “Painting Brilliant Skies and Water in Pastel”. Join us as she demonstrates how to paint clouds on a sunny day, and how cloud shadows impact the land and water they glide over.

Price: Active Subscribers $20 Non-subscribers $40
Date: April 17, 6:00-8:00pm Eastern
Access: Three months access to archived video after the event
Indefinite access to archived video for subscribers with a currently active account
IF YOU HAVE AN EPIPHANY LOGIN YOU MUST LOGIN BEFORE PURCHASING A DEMO
Liz Haywood-Sullivan demo reference

VIEW THE DEMO: A link to the live demo will be posted at the top of the Video Center page, at the top of the Epiphany Fine Art home page, and at the top of Liz's homepage on the day of the demo

A recording of the demo will be available for three months to non subscribers and indefinitely for members with a currently active subscription.
VIEW THE RECORDING: the archived demo video will be located in the Archived Demos section of Liz's page on Epiphany Fine Art

Free Videos

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Welcome to my Epiphany Fine Art page.  Let's take a tour of my studio.

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Liz Haywood Sullivan pastel painting

painting by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Silver Subscription Permanent Core Videos:
Good Bones: Beginning a Painting

This first set of core videos are always available for all silver subscribers. The following set of videos are available for three months after publication. A gold membership has access to all of Liz’s videos indefinitely for as long as the membership is active.

These steps will work for any medium.

The principles I discuss in Good Bones are the structure of my teaching. I suggest you watch them first since I will refer back to these techniques and will be using the terminology I introduce in them throughout my future videos.

These techniques have been passed down to artists for ages, from teacher to student.

They ask you to slow down, not rush into a painting, and apply a more deliberate approach. If you take a deep breath and enter into your painting process by using these steps, it will help you achieve more successful compositions, more accurate drawings, and better values. These steps will make the adolescent stage of your paintings (when they inevitably start to fight you back) less painful, and lead to more successful painting outcomes.

6 video(s) found
2 views
The first step is to break down your reference image into easily understood shapes and values, giving you the opportunity to learn the “language” of your potential painting.
5 views
Check out this fail proof technique to scale up your image (without using math!). A good way to find the best cropping to fit on your paper.
4 views
How you can use cropmarks to help get perspective right (even if you don’t know perspective).
2 views
This short demonstration shows the proper use of a viewfinder outdoors, and how it will help you find the best composition.
2 views
Learning how to edit is a lifetime skill. The more practice you do, the stronger your compositions get. So how do you choose the best composition from a photo reference?
3 views
Pulling together all the Good Bones steps in the previous videos, Liz shows how they work together to provide a solid start to any representational painting.

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting

painting by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Additional Silver Subscription Videos

Videos Added in the Past Three Months

21 video(s) found
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A discussion of the differences in these two popular pastel painting surfaces. Plus, the best places to get paper and pastels.
5 views
This is a striking demonstration of how a color changes on different colored surfaces.
7 views
Working on paper requires a light hand. Watch how to build up layers to get correct values. Also, working on black allows you to work with stronger, brighter pigments. Perfect for a brilliant and dramatic sunset!
6 views
Working on paper requires a light hand. Watch how to build up layers to get correct values. Also, working on black allows you to work with stronger, brighter pigments. Perfect for a brilliant and dramatic sunset!
5 views
Painting the same sunset image, but using an underpainting on white sanded paper instead. Working on white produces a brighter, softer effect.
4 views
Painting the same sunset image, but using an underpainting on white sanded paper instead. Working on white produces a brighter, softer effect.
2 views
Painting the same sunset image, but using an underpainting on white sanded paper instead. Working on white produces a brighter, softer effect.
3 views
The final results of the same image painted on black paper vs. white sanded paper. What do you think? Do you have a favorite?
8 views
What is underpainting? How does it work?
8 views
A discussion on how you choose a good color to start a monochromatic underpainting.
8 views
Learn how getting the right value is more important than choosing the right color. Using four values of one color is a good place to start if you’ve never done an underpainting before.
10 views
Learn how getting the right value is more important than choosing the right color. Using four values of one color is a good place to start if you’ve never done an underpainting before.
8 views
Learn how getting the right value is more important than choosing the right color. Using four values of one color is a good place to start if you’ve never done an underpainting before.
4 views
This demo shows how working with opposite colors on the color wheel can enliven a predominantly green landscape.
4 views
This demo shows how working with opposite colors on the color wheel can enliven a predominantly green landscape.
4 views
This demo shows how working with opposite colors on the color wheel can enliven a predominantly green landscape.
3 views
In this demo, underpainting colors are still chosen based on value, but the technique and rationale for choosing color is more random and mixed up.
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In this demo, underpainting colors are still chosen based on value, but the technique and rationale for choosing color is more random and mixed up.
2 views
In this demo, underpainting colors are still chosen based on value, but the technique and rationale for choosing color is more random and mixed up.
5 views
A discussion of how pastels are made, and what makes their colors standout.
5 views
This is important! This is the bedrock principle of how to paint with pastels. How to layer pastels of the same value but different hue to create vibrant paintings. Pastelists colormix to get the colors we want.

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Liz Haywood Sullivan pastel painting
Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting
Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting

painting by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Archived Live Demos

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Demo Reference Materials

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PASTEL PAINTING FUNDAMENTALS

Good Bones: Beginning a Painting

These steps will work for any medium.

The principles I discuss in Good Bones are the structure of my teaching. I suggest you watch them first since I will refer back to these techniques and will be using the terminology I introduce in them throughout my future videos.

These techniques have been passed down to artists for ages, from teacher to student.

They ask you to slow down, not rush into a painting, and apply a more deliberate approach. If you take a deep breath and enter into your painting process by using these steps, it will help you achieve more successful compositions, more accurate drawings, and better values. These steps will make the adolescent stage of your paintings (when they inevitably start to fight you back) less painful, and lead to more successful painting outcomes.

6 video(s) found
2 views
The first step is to break down your reference image into easily understood shapes and values, giving you the opportunity to learn the “language” of your potential painting.
5 views
Check out this fail proof technique to scale up your image (without using math!). A good way to find the best cropping to fit on your paper.
4 views
How you can use cropmarks to help get perspective right (even if you don’t know perspective).
2 views
This short demonstration shows the proper use of a viewfinder outdoors, and how it will help you find the best composition.
2 views
Learning how to edit is a lifetime skill. The more practice you do, the stronger your compositions get. So how do you choose the best composition from a photo reference?
3 views
Pulling together all the Good Bones steps in the previous videos, Liz shows how they work together to provide a solid start to any representational painting.

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting

painting by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

The Beauty of the Pastel Medium

Let’s discuss the medium itself. What sets it apart from other media? What makes it so unique? What draws artists to working with pastels? Materials knowledge is important for artists – here is some information on the pastel medium we are using, how they are made, and how they work.
2 video(s) found
5 views
A discussion of how pastels are made, and what makes their colors standout.
5 views
This is important! This is the bedrock principle of how to paint with pastels. How to layer pastels of the same value but different hue to create vibrant paintings. Pastelists colormix to get the colors we want.

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting

painting by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

The Power of Underpainting

Underpainting is just one technique used to begin a pastel painting, but it is a very powerful one. Properly employed, underpainting will get your painting closer to finish faster. It also reduces the amount of pastel you use to create a finished pastel painting. The final bonus is that with less dry pastel needed to complete your painting, there is less falloff when a pastel has been framed and gets moved around. A win-win!

Underpainting can seem like a big mystery. The number one question I hear is what color to use? Once again, it’s not the color that is important, but value. The following videos explore underpainting and will give you a variety of ideas on how to approach this fascinating and fun technique.

11 video(s) found
8 views
What is underpainting? How does it work?
8 views
A discussion on how you choose a good color to start a monochromatic underpainting.
8 views
Learn how getting the right value is more important than choosing the right color. Using four values of one color is a good place to start if you’ve never done an underpainting before.
10 views
Learn how getting the right value is more important than choosing the right color. Using four values of one color is a good place to start if you’ve never done an underpainting before.
8 views
Learn how getting the right value is more important than choosing the right color. Using four values of one color is a good place to start if you’ve never done an underpainting before.
4 views
This demo shows how working with opposite colors on the color wheel can enliven a predominantly green landscape.
4 views
This demo shows how working with opposite colors on the color wheel can enliven a predominantly green landscape.
4 views
This demo shows how working with opposite colors on the color wheel can enliven a predominantly green landscape.
3 views
In this demo, underpainting colors are still chosen based on value, but the technique and rationale for choosing color is more random and mixed up.
3 views
In this demo, underpainting colors are still chosen based on value, but the technique and rationale for choosing color is more random and mixed up.
2 views
In this demo, underpainting colors are still chosen based on value, but the technique and rationale for choosing color is more random and mixed up.

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting
Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting
Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting
Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting

painting by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Exploring Surfaces

The choice of surface, or substrate, that you paint on can greatly affect the appearance of your pastel painting. Your choices are endless, but the videos in this section explore the some of the most popular options. These range from the paper itself, it’s texture and weight, to the color or value of the paper. You can make your own paper, or enhance an existing surface; you can rework a surface; or use pastel with mixed media.
8 video(s) found
3 views
A discussion of the differences in these two popular pastel painting surfaces. Plus, the best places to get paper and pastels.
5 views
This is a striking demonstration of how a color changes on different colored surfaces.
7 views
Working on paper requires a light hand. Watch how to build up layers to get correct values. Also, working on black allows you to work with stronger, brighter pigments. Perfect for a brilliant and dramatic sunset!
6 views
Working on paper requires a light hand. Watch how to build up layers to get correct values. Also, working on black allows you to work with stronger, brighter pigments. Perfect for a brilliant and dramatic sunset!
5 views
Painting the same sunset image, but using an underpainting on white sanded paper instead. Working on white produces a brighter, softer effect.
4 views
Painting the same sunset image, but using an underpainting on white sanded paper instead. Working on white produces a brighter, softer effect.
2 views
Painting the same sunset image, but using an underpainting on white sanded paper instead. Working on white produces a brighter, softer effect.
3 views
The final results of the same image painted on black paper vs. white sanded paper. What do you think? Do you have a favorite?
Coming Soon!

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting

painting by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

The Landscape Series

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting

painting by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

The Seasons Series

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting

painting by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Plein Air and Traveling with Pastels

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painting by Liz Haywood-Sullivan

SmART Business: After the Art is Done

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan pastel painting

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TBA Soon

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TBA Soon

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