Powerful pastel paintings by award-winning artist Jim Tyler

Check out Jim's paintings at these shows:

  • Bulldoggin and Going to the Sun are now showing at the Sierra Pastel Society's biannual show at the Sacramento Fine Art Museum.
  • Cathedral Rock at the San Luis Obispo Musuem of Art's Brushstrokes show in Morro Bay
  • Morro Sails at the Morro Bay Art Association's Rock and Marketplace Show
  • Larkspurs on the Carrizo Plain at the Pastel Society of the West Coast's annual show in Morro Bay
  • Cafe and Bluebird on Sunflower at the California Central Coast Pastel Society's show at Art Central in SLO
  • Grandma's Bottles, Bronco Bustin', and Pinecrest Lake at the Morro Bay Art Associations's juried show

Ready to discover pastels or improve your skills? Jim gives private and semi-private art lessons, tailored to your skill level. Upcoming lessons:

  • Pastels 101! January 26th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. We'll complete a painting while learning all about pastels. Every Pastels 101 class has a different scene to paint, so you can take this one more than once. One day workshop, supplies available, $95. If you have pastel experience then we'll add an extra facet to your painting, like a focus on under-paintings.
  • Pastel Art Bar! January 11th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. We'll complete a pastel painting in a fun and relaxing atmosphere, while enjoying top notch margaritas, wine and light munchies. Cost $60.
  • (FULL) Glenn Aulin Falls in Pastel - Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 on November 1, 8, and 15. This is a great opportunity to work with underpaintings to accentuate the warm and cool colors of sunlight and shadow: light yellow in the sky, lavender on the mountains, dark purple in the shadows, and bright orange for the sunlight evergreens. Cost: $50 per class.
  • Monday afternoon drop-in class. Work on your own painting or learn new techniques with one-on-one help from Jim. Plenty of reference photos available if you don't have your own. Cost $50 per 3 hour class. Class size limited to 4.

Would you like to see a slideshow of how a pastel painting is created? Click here to see how I painted a scene from Big Sur.

Jim's painting "Tulum Seascape" was featured in the April 2016 issue of Pastel Journal Magazine, where it received an Honorable Mention in the Pastel 100 competition! This national magazine features winning artwork from entries from 22 countries. This painting was recently at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA, where it won the $500 Dakota Art Pastels Award as part of the national show sponsored by Pastel Society of the West Coast.