Article in The Artist’s Magazine

The October 2013 issue of The Artist’s Magazine , features an article that I wrote titled “Head in the Clouds” which is a step-by-step demonstration of how to paint clouds against the sky. It addresses the question of what you do first when painting a cloudy sky. Do you paint the complete sky and then place the clouds on top or do you leave holes where the clouds are? Read it for my suggestions.


New Book!

LHS Book CoverMy book Painting Brilliant Skies and Water in Pastel, by Northlight Books, was published in Spring 2013. This 128 page book is illustrated with more than 100 of my paintings and sketches including many major demonstrations and extensive mini step-by-step demonstrations. In addition to in-depth information on how make your landscape skies and water look more believable, the book contains much valuable information on painting gleaned from my years teaching pastel.

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One reviewer writes:  “I own dozens of art books and as a professional artist and teacher I can tell you that this is one of the best books on sky, land and water I have seen. It is beautifully illustrated, easy to understand, and contains many special tips that can apply not only to pastels but to other mediums as well.”


AmArtCollJohn O’Hern, of American Art Collector Magazine, includes my work in his article Luminous Lands about contemporary and historical New England marsh paintings.


Hardcover Book

Bright of dayArt Journey America: Landscapes
I was selected one of 89 American landscape artists to be included in the beautiful hardcover book by Kathryn Kipp for Northlight Books, 2011. My interview and painting appear on pages 80-81, and I was thrilled that this painting “The Bright of Day” was selected as the back cover image of this stunning book.


SunlightShadowCoverPainting Sunlight and Shadow in Pastel by Maggie Price
My work appeared as a contributing artist in Maggie Price’s book, Painting Sunlight and Shadow in Pastel. Maggie is the President of the International Association of Pastel Societies and was a founder of the magazine The Pastel Journal.

DVD Instruction

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DVD Mixing Greens – Painting Realistic Landscapes in Pastel
In this workshop Liz uses exercises to introduce you to the properties of color, focusing on temperature, value and how surface color and layering techniques can be used to create a wide variety of greens. She then completes a landscape painting from start to finish to demonstrate these principles in action and show how to simplify the complicated masses of a green landscape into a well-composed, beautiful finished painting.

  • Choose the right colors for any green you need
  • Learn tips for creating a strong composition
  • Premier art instruction

DVD Instruction

DVD Painting Skies
DVD Skies – Painting Realistic Landscapes in Pastel
In this workshop Liz starts out with exercises on aerial perspective, value and color to introduce the elements needed to paint a believable sky. She then uses pastel to paint a colorful, cloud-filled sky from start to finish, with a focus on contrasts, lost and found edges, color, value and general painting techniques, so you can create your own beautiful sky paintings.

  • Learn about atmospheric perspective
  • Explore the color and value of your pastels
  • Premier art instruction

DVD Instruction

DVD water reflections
DVD Water & Reflections – Painting Realistic Landscapes in Pastel
In this workshop Liz paints a stream running through the woods from start to finish, teaching you how water works (reflection, light and shadow, color) as well as providing techniques that will allow you to create believable water with pastel (layering, how to make water lay flat, transparency).

  • Choose the right colors for your water
  • Learn tips for creating a strong composition
  • Premier art instruction

proart logo adLiz is a  participating artist/instructor in ProArtCritique. This is a website where your paintings/pastels/drawings can be constructively critiqued by a professional artist for a fee.  For more information and to see sample critiques go to