September 2022 Demonstration

Our demonstrator was Robin Thornhill, who did a Pastel landscape demonstration.

The meeting was held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday September 14th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

We have some photographs of the event in case you could not make it there in person.


Robin tints the paper using pastel and alcohol.


Here are some examples of Robin's work.


Robin showed us her source material.


We had a small, but intrepid group show up for the demo.
Not bad for our first demo since the pandemic began in 2020.


Robin blocks in the sky.


Here is a closeup of the work so far.


Robin working on the foreground.


More detail in the foreground.


Some final refinements in the sky.


Here is the finished demo.

Robin Thornhill's Bio

Robin is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a juried member of Oil Painters of America and The National Association of Women Artists, and a member of the Newburyport Art Association. She provides on-going pastel classes at her studio in Amesbury, Ma.

Whether working in oil, pastel, or encaustic, Robin Thornhill's atmospheric paintings evoke a sense of stability and peace.  Strongly influenced by John Singer Sargent, the tactile quality of her work makes the timeless beauty of the New England landscape substantially present.  "There is so much chaos in the world that people forget to look for beauty and goodness," says Robin.  "I want to remind them it’s here - as tangible as the materials I use and as real as I am."  The sublime becomes grounded by the presence of her hand in the work.  Best known for her landscapes, Robin’s recent experiments with abstraction are also receiving recognition.  In this work, her authorship becomes even more apparent as she utilizes mixed media to develop her exploration of the theme of time.  

You can see more of Robin's art at her website, https://robinthornhill.com/

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