CANCELLEDThere are only a couple of place still available.

$400 deposit – ASAP or no later than March 18, 2020
Jackie Railsback(Ranch owner/host). 
2520 Norwood Dr., Hurst, TX 76054, 817-657-8691.

The *404 Ranch* is located About 65 miles west of downtown Ft Worth, about 95 miles west of Dallas and 21 Miles north of Stephenville on Hwy 281.  You will be provided a map & GPS at gate of property.

Check out Jan’s web site If you have questions for her; Call 719-253-2991, or email to

“Jan Thompson’s workshops are what got me back into art after nearly 30 years.  After spending a couple of summers in Creede, Colorado I signed up for one of her pastel workshops not having any expectations of producing any great art but just to have fun doing art.  Never having done pastels I was surprised at how much I not only learned but how much fun I had doing it.  I was immediately drawn into the world of art again.  But the best thing I think is that she is passionate about her craft, if you want to learn about pastels this is the person to learn from. I actually have my own art studio now because of that first workshop I decided to take from Janet R. Thompson”. 
Jennifer Hammer, Bowie Texas

“Three delicious meals are enjoyed daily and end of the day sunsets are superb.  I learned and enjoyed the ranch experience.  Don’t miss it !!! “
Jean Lewis

“This is more like a retreat; painting, fellowship, eating and having a great time with Lynn, a wonderful artist.”
Jackie Railsback 

“404 Ranch”

The ranch house was just recently remodeled inside and out and a 30’x30′ attached studio added which is where the workshop will be conducted.

This is a working ranch but, as you can see from the pictures below, this is not your run-of-the-mill ranch house.


“Into the light” descibes my technique.
We will start with our darkest, hardest darksusing paper color and/or washes we make with pastels.  Then we will progress toward the light by using softer, lighter pastels.  I will discuss what pastel is in case you are a beginner.
We will work from your photos which, hopefully, will have good contrast and composition.  Depending on skill levels, we will copy photos or jump ahead to adding our own ideas to the paintings.
I begin with a short demo, then do individual help.  Any skill level is fine as we all enjoy critique and learning from each other.  We will also learn about shapes, values, hard and soft edges and how to create the illusion of 3-D on a 2-D surface.
First and foremost we will learn how to look at our beautiful world (grass, sky, clouds, rocks, trees, etc) and then attempt to express them on paper.  It is my hope that we will be able to convey our responses to our viewers with some good paintings.  When learning any skill, one must practice to become proficient, just as the musician learns his scales the artist must learn the basics before good art can be produced.
Whether or not you have ever used pastels, I know you will enjoy their immediacy and vibrant colors.  Painting with pastels is drawing and painting at the same time…very fun!
Practice on wet/dry sandpaper from Home Depot; Maggie Price’s book “Painting with Pastels” is a good basic read; Dick Blick Art Supply Warehouse good supply source.

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