Fechin Art Workshops: Lorenzo Chavez

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17 – 21 October 2017
The Abiquiu Inn
Abiquiu, NM

Workshop fee: $825
(Includes instruction and model fees, New Mexico taxes. Does not include hotel.)

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Abiquiu Inn for the Fechin Art Workshop students for 6 days, 5 nights. Contact The Abiquiu Inn for your special rates,www.abiquiuinn.com, 505.685.4378.

Limited to 20 students
(Cancellation date: 17 September 2017)

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Born in New Mexico, the striking landscapes, varied cultures and colorful history helped Lorenzo Chavez develop an appreciation for art at an early age. The 19th century American and Russian Impressionists as well as the Taos Society of Artists also influenced him.? In 1983, he graduated with honors from the Colorado Institute of Art. Working in both pastel and oil, Lorenzo says, I strive to represent landscapes that have a timeless appeal to them.? I want the emotion I feel to come through in the surface textures of the art.? The colors, textures and light of the western landscape inspire and guide my work.?


Lorenzo Chavez has participated in many national invitational and international group exhibitions.? Some of these events include the Pastel Society of America in New York and at the Butler Museum in Ohio, the Artists of America Show, Plein Air Painters of America, Maynard Dixon Country, Coors Show in Denver, Pastel Society of Spain and the Pastel Society of France.? Select museum exhibitions include the Albuquerque Art Museum, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Cape Cod Art Museum, the Gilcrease Museum and a one-man show at the C.M. Russell Museum.


Numerous publications have featured Lorenzo’s work and technique such as Southwest Art, Art of the West, American Artist Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Review and Pastel Journal.? Six national and international books have also recently included his work.

Lorenzo is a signature member of the California Art Club and American Impressionist Society and is an active member of Plein Air Painters of America, Western Rendezvous of Art and the Pastel Society of Spain.

IndianSummer-Pastel-24x30WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
In this 4 day workshop, the major elements of plein air landscape painting will be discussed and applied such as dark/light design, focal point, simplification and composition. ? Attention will be given to the use of materials (oil and pastel), the differences between a sketch and a study, value planes, color, edges and different types of light.

There will be daily demonstrations of small “on the spot” pastel and oil paintings along with personal critiques and reviews of topics from the previous day.? Students are asked to bring photographic reference and/or sketches for indoor use in the case of inclement weather.? The workshop will be conducted between the hours of 9am to 4 pm and possibly longer to paint late evening light or sunsets.

The final day will include a review and critique of the week’s work.? This workshop is for the intermediate to advanced painter.

Chavez-painting-Mesa-Verde.-Photo-by-artist-Jerry-CohoeSUPPLY LIST

Easels (your choice of):

  • Open M Box and Bogen tripod? (800-473-8098)
  • Julian French easel ? half box
  • Easel Pal – palette box (505-892-7752)

Oils – Chromatic? Colors

  • Permanent Red Medium ? Rembrandt
  • Alizarin Crimson-Permanent
  • Cad Yellow Medium
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Ultramarine Deep
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Viridian
  • Titanium White
  • Burnt Sienna? – Earth color

Canvas Panels ? For a Plein Air Workshop please bring 2-3 panels per day in your choice of sizes 8×10, 9×12, 10×12, 11×14 we will be doing small studies on the canvas panels. For studio workshop bring 2-3 of your choice of sizes in panel or stretched canvas 12×16 -16×20.

Source Tek (800-587-5462)

Brushes (suggested sizes)
4 ? 6- 8- 10 – Flats
6 ? 8 – Rounds

Palette Knives
1 medium #8
1 small #3

Turpenoid (odorless turpentine)
Brush cleaner ? Holbein small or medium
Palette Cup
Paper towels – Viva
Small trash bags (grocery store plastic bags)
Small Sketchbook & black broad tip marker (for thumbnails & note taking)