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Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Blog, Events & Workshops | No Comments

On Parade

April 26-27, 2014 9:00-4:00$130.00
Butterfly Farm Studios, Friday Harbor, WA
Contact me through my website to sign up now for this hands on workshop!


“En Plein Air” Around the Islands

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Blog, Events & Workshops | No Comments

A showing of new paintings of my year long painting “en plein air” around the Islands is coming up in March!  Mark your calendar for the Open Reception.

Friday, March 7, 7:00-8:30
Hosted By:  Lavendera Massage
Located at: 285 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA

Hope to see you there!Sailing the San Juans


Quincy, IL Workshop

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

In my travels this fall, I taught a workshop in Quincy, IL.  It was a small but fun and talented group!    Keep the Pastel Dust flying girls!

We really do have way to much fun!

We really do have way to much fun!



Northwest Pastel Society Members Show

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Events & Workshops | No Comments

I have two pieces in the Northwest Pastel Society Members Show, Elephant Watch and Beached Kayaks.

Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA
Open Reception: November 21,  from 5 – 8 pm
Show runs from Nov. 21 – December 28, 2013

Come and visit with me Nov. 21 st

2014 Workshop

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Events & Workshops | No Comments

Cinda Sue Dow

   April 26-27, 2014   9:00-4:00


Butterfly Farm Creations Studio; 545 Alder Ct., Friday Harbor, WA  360-378-6625


From the 16th Century to the 21st Century, Pastel has amazed and delighted the artist and patron alike.  Join award winning Pastel artist, Cinda Sue Dow, for a week-end of fun, learning about this versatile and vibrant medium.

Learn about different pastels and pastel papers.  Explore various techniques of applying pastels through “hands on” exercises.   We will do several small paintings as we learn the four stages of a Pastel Painting.  Whether you’re brand new to Pastels or have been “playing” with them for awhile, this workshop will jumpstart your Pastel painting.

On Parade


                                   On Parade 11” x 12”


Cinda Sue Dow lives, paints, and teaches on a small island in northern Washington State (l San Juan Island).  She has been doing Pastel Painting for 23 years. She does traditional subject matter with a contemporary twist.  She calls it “Contemporary Traditionalism”.  She also paints en plein air.



The Reluctant “Plein Air” Painter

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

The Reluctant “Plein air” Painter

 I have friends who “plein air” paint.   Indeed, I myself have, in the past, done a couple of paintings outside.  But, I didn’t like it!  I am a studio artist.  No thank you!  The cold, rain, wind, dirt!  Why would I subject myself to that?

So I stuck to my studio.  I dabbled in other mediums other than Pastel and other methods both with Pastel and acrylic, stretching myself, learning and growing.

But you don’t invite a friend into the studio and I really like people and wanted to mix with other artists.  Everywhere I turned “plein air” came up, it was rampant.  There were competitions, and stories in art magazines like the Pastel Journal, and American Artist.

Well that’s fine, but I’m a studio artist.

But, darn it, look how many competitions are out there for the “plein air” painter.

“Ok, ok, I’ll go out a couple of times to reconnect with my old friends,” says I.  And that’s exactly what I did in 2012, a “couple of times”.  My friends dashed off some beautiful complete paintings while mine went right in the round file!

Now my Irish dander was up!  Well, I’m not really Irish, but you know what I mean.  What is wrong with me!  I have been painting for 20 plus year, I can do this.  So- new goal for 2013-“plein air” painting.

I joined the Plein Air Painters of Washington and joined them on a yearlong painting of Washington State Parks for the Parks’ centennial celebration.  All that painting culminated in a show of Washington State Parks in all media at American Art Company in Tacoma WA.  I, unfortunately, did not get in the show, a great disappointment to me.  However; you should check it out. The show run through Dec. 31.  There are some fabulous “plein air” and studio paintings of the State Parks.

What I did accomplish is 28 “plein air” paintings and I was in two “plein air” shows!  Perhaps you came to see me at Crow Valley Pottery  on Orcas Island, WA, and/or at the Seaside Gallery in La Conner, WA.  If not, perhaps we need to communicate a little better.  They were both great shows!

More important was how my art grew.  It turns out that doing a painting in two to three hours (before the light changes) makes you simplify and paint only what is important to a good painting.  Who knew?  That translates into better paintings in the studio as well.

Does that mean I’m now a “plein air” painter?  Yes, and no.  Yes, “plein air” is definitely part of my art routine.  I will be out there again in 2014.  Then again, No.  I still consider myself a studio artist, because I like to go beyond what you see in front of you.

What about all those “plein air” paintings I did?  Watch for upcoming shows.  I can’t wait to show them to you!

To learn more about “plein air” painting, check out the Plein Air Magazine.


Sailing the San Juans-Lime Kiln State Park                                                               Sailing The San Juans        2013 “en plein air” painting



San Juan Island Library Workshop

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

We had a great time in Friday Harbor, WA at my Beginning Pastel Workshop for All, hosted by the San Juan Island Library.  Here is a picture of the great group of students with their finale project. Almost all of the students were completely new to Pastel.  They all worked hard, and I think had fun while learning to work in this medium.  And, I must say, I had fun teaching them!

A grand finale for a great class

A grand finale for a great class


Something New from Cinda Sue

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

 It’s almost that time again!  There are some fabulous artist in our Studio Tour this year.  I hope you all can come and make a week-end of it.  I am excited about some of my new work.  I have been heading in a new direction, doing “en plein air” painting.  It is definately a challenge, painting outside in the elements.  I have been painting around the islands and in Skagit Valley.  There will be several new pieces at my studio during the Studio Tour.
I am honored to  have two paintings hanging in the Northwest Pastel Society 27th Annual International Open Exhibit, at the American Art Company Gallery, 1126 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA.  The show runs to June 18th. 

I’m still teaching a drop in Pastel class at Dakota Art, Mount Vernon, WA, every Tuesday, 1-4, through July.  For just $10.00 hour you can spend one, two, or three hours learning how to use this age old medium of Pastel.     postcard-4inx6in-h-front

Update from artist “missing in action”

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

Every day I say, “today I’ll do my blog”, and every day, I don’t.  I have been busy plein air painting.  Up at ghastly early hours, out in the cold, some successes, some not.  Painting outside is such a different approach to painting.  You can’t study the painting, take time to decide on your next stroke, or take a break and start on the painting later.  When out in the fresh air you have to paint fast, make quick decisions about composition & color.  You have about two hours before the light changes.  It really is exciting at times to connect with nature.  I will have many of these new landscapes at the San Juan Island Studio Tour in June. More information on that coming in my next blog post.



Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I’m excited to announce my new Drop-In Pastel classes in two locations! 

Every Tuesday at Dakota Art, 17873 SR 536, Mount Vernon, WA.  1:00 – 4:00
Every Thursday at my Butterfly Farm Studios, 545 Alder Ct., Friday Harbor, WA.  1:00-4:00

You can drop in for any portion of the 3 hour session.  Whatever works for you!  Rate is $10.00/hr paid at time of session taken.

Bring your own project, subject matter, and materials.  Bring your friends, your questions, and prepare to have fun learning this awesome medium!  New to Pastel?  I can help you get started and, if you’re taking at Dakota Art, you’ll be in the midst of the premier pastel supply store.

Questions?  Use Contact Form