Richard Suckling – Exploring Subject Matter through Multiple Sources (Online Class Recording)

Date recorded: Friday, December 1, 2023
Medium: All – instructor demo in pastel

In this 1-1/2-hour presentation, British artist Richard Suckling will share how he uses multiple sources of reference material as a jumping off point to explore the subject matter more deeply. He often uses plein air studies, along with reference images, to plan the composition and tonal arrangement of a painting. He then takes this knowledge into his studio to inform a larger abstracted, loose painting. Richard will share processes for simplifying a relatively complicated subject matter in order to maximum its effect and help create an exciting and contemporary landscape with elements of abstraction, pushing his work beyond a purely representational approach.

Richard will demo in pastel; however, this presentation is valuable for artists working in any medium.


Richard Suckling studied illustration at Cambridge School of Art and worked for a number of years as an illustrator in London, before heading to the beautiful West of England to pursue a new career as a painter. He works almost exclusively in soft pastels and sells his work worldwide through galleries and privately through his social media pages and website.

He enjoys teaching regular workshops, throughout the UK, as well as pastel demonstrations and workshops on-line worldwide. He was one of the faculty members for Pastel Live in 2022, as well as appearing on Art School live with Eric Rhoads, and is currently a member of the advisory board for the Pastel Today website.

As well as writing regularly for magazines extolling the virtues of this amazing medium, including The Artist Magazine in the UK, articles on Richard’s work have also appeared in Plein Air Magazine in the US, Practique Des Arts in France, Pastel World Magazine in China.

$40.00 for 2 months

About Our Past Technique Takeaways:

Discover specific art techniques that you can ‘take away’ from some of your favorite artists and apply to your own work. This one-and-a-half hour recorded presentation will showcase a process that the artist incorporates in their daily art practice.  Instruction will be through a combination of lecture and demonstration. 

You’ll be able to watch the class recording as many times as you would like for two months (for example, for a purchase on March 4th at noon, the recording would be available until May 4th at noon). There are no ongoing charges.

A link to the recording will be included in your on-screen purchase confirmation, in your purchase confirmation email and on your Online Classrooms page.

(There is no Zoom link for this event because it has already taken place).

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