Maryland Pastel Society newsletter


Our next Member's Meeting, Jan. 24, 2009, 12-4 PM, Glenwood Community Center, Cooksville, MD.

Our next Member039s Meeting Jan 24 2009 12-4 PM Glenwood Community Center Cooksville MD

The Falls

Our presenter at the January meeting is Daniel Wise. While Daniel's work includes still life, figure and portraiture, his muse is the vast and ever-changing landscape and he can be found painting outdoors year-around. In the studio, Daniel paints larger works, up to 24x36 (so far), working from his plein air pieces and photographic images.

The presentation will begin with a short slideshow of Daniel's work. He will briefly discuss the use of pastel in the field and discuss his outdoor and studio set-ups. He will take us through the process that works for him beginning with Notan thumbnail sketches, a value-based under painting, and the painting itself. Daniel paints with a variety of pastel brands including but not limited to Unison, Terry Ludwig, Great American, and Rembrandt. While he paints on many manufactured surfaces (Wallis, La Carte, UArt), Daniel prefers to paint on heavily textured supports that he prepares himself. These supports allow him to layer the pastels without disturbing the pigments and strokes after they have been applied to the painting.
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In The Pumpkin Bin

Daniel studied at Pratt Institute and received a BFA from the University of Denver. Additional studies include classes at the Denver Art Students' League and The Art League and workshops with Albert Handell and Kim Lordier. Daniel maintains a studio in the Columbia Pike Artist Studios, Arlington, Virginia where he tries to work everyday. He is a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America, and member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. Daniel's work has received several honors including the Audubon Artist Inc.'s Silver Medal of Honor for Pastels and the Art Spirit Award for Pastels. To learn more about Daniel Wise and his work, please visit,