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Encelia Train. © Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

Encelia Train. © Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

Mary-Austin Klein is known for her exquisite small-scale paintings of the California desert that capture the light conditions unique to California. In her current exhibition at the Theodore Payne Foundation, she brings attention to human encroachment on native plant environments and desert landscapes.

Mary-Austin Klein is the Theodore Payne Foundation’s fourth Aritst-in-Residence. During her residency, she traveled to locations in Central and Southern California to gather material for a series of oil paintings interpreting the infringement of man on the California landscape. Klein explains what motivates her to bring attention to this topic:

The ability to contain vast and deep landscapes into small, flat paintings makes me feel like a wrangler of space. The power to capture the magic of the California

Chuparosa Anza,© Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

Chuparosa Anza,© Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

desert and contain it within a frame is enthralling. It lets me transport the desert to others, sharing the beauty and promoting preservation of these vistas for future generations. Desert flora especially inspires me because of their toughness, resiliency and resourcefulness, when it comes to surviving the extreme conditions they call home.

The native Los Angeles artist has exhibited her work in galleries in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara and Joshua Tree. Her artwork and her advocacy efforts have been featured in The Guide to the Wild Mojave, a publication sponsored by the California Wilderness Coalition, as well as in The Desert Trail and LA Architect magazines.

Klein’s current exhibition, The Native Edge: Human Encroachment on Native Plant Environments, will be on view in the gallery at Theodore Payne through December 28, 2013.

Directions to Theodore Payne Foundation

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MAKportraitforposter Oil Pastel Painting Workshop with Mary-Austin Klein
Theodore Payne Foundation
November 2, 2013
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Experience the technique of oil pastel painting and create an 11″ x 14″ still life of native flora on a gessoed panel. Play with color, brushwork and composition in this casual art workshop. No experience necessary!

Mary-Austin Klein is a Los Angeles-based painter whose small-scaled paintings document the natural landscapes and unique light of Southern California. She is the Theodore Payne Foundation’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence. An exhibition of her work is now on view in the gallery at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley, CA.

Cost: $30 members, $40 non-members (includes materials fee)

For more information or to sign up, please contact Lili at 818-768-1802.
Online registration

About the Theodore Payne Foundation

The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping others discover the beauty of California native plants. It is located north of Los Angeles in Sun Valley, CA.

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The Illustrated Garden, A Studio Blog

See Val Webb’s online tutorial, Botanical Drawing with Pencil and Watercolor. Connect with The Illustrated Garden on Facebook!

  • Drawing Small Mammals – Saturday, September 24, 2011;
    10 AM – 4 PM. Create the texture of fur and the expressive eyes of animals living in coastal Alabama using graphite and colored pencils. No experience necessary! All art supplies provided. Location: 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center (on the Causeway). Cost: $50. Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
  • Mini-Workshop: Drawing Birds – Saturday, October 15, 2011; 2-5 PM. This workshop will be taught in conjunction with a Bird Day scheduled at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Mobile, AL. Details to be announced.
  • Draw and Paint Holiday Botanicals – Saturday, November 12, 2011; 10 AM – 3 PM. After choosing from a selection of flowers and plants associated with the Christmas season, students will select their choice of paper and then receive step-by-step instruction about how to draw and paint their specimen using gouache and colored pencils. Finished designs can be used as gifts or holiday cards. Limit: 12. Cost: $50, art supplies included. Location: Val’s studio cottage in Mobile, AL.
  • Draw & Paint the Kitchen Garden – Weekly Studio Class (see schedule below). This is botanical art with a twist…combine seasonal fall garden subjects (fresh herbs, flowering plants, heirloom vegetables) with tools of the kitchen and garden world. Learn to draw the reflection on a platter, the folds of a tablecloth, the worn surface of an antique eggbeater or the transparency of a Mason jar. Choose your favorite medium (pencil, colored pencil, watercolor or gouache) each week and receive individual guidance. Supplies provided, no experience necessary. Class size limited.
      Val’s Studio in Fairhope: Tuesdays
      September 20 – October 24, 2011; 2-5 PM.

      Val’s Studio Cottage in Mobile
      : Thursdays
      September 15 – October 20, 2011; 2-5 PM.

      Val’s Studio Cottage in Mobile
      : Thursdays
      September 15 – October 20, 2011; 6:30-8:30 PM.

    Registration Info: Contact Val to register at studio@valwebb.com. Payment must be received to reserve your place in class.

This information can also be found at Classes Near You > Alabama.

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