A scene from Tony Allain's pastel painting demo at Art School Live
A scene from Tony Allain's pastel painting demo at Art School Live

Coming to us from Scotland, Tony Allain shares a pastel painting demonstration during Art School Live with Eric Rhoads.

Watch as Tony takes an “ordinary scene” and turns it into a fantastic artwork. He advises that you can do this no matter where you live – that a beautiful subject is always nearby: “I’m a firm believer that painting is about 70% observation, and 30% application.”

Eric Rhoads with Tony Allain during Art School Live
Eric Rhoads with Tony Allain during Art School Live

In the following demo he explains how to create a dramatic snow scene. In 2021, we learned from Tony during Pastel Live, where he gave an in-depth demo on how to paint a snow scene in pastel (which can also be done in oil), and a shimmery, colorful lake sunset.

Watch the Art School Live demo with Eric and Tony here:

About the Artist:
Tony Allain is a Scottish based artist. He is an award winning painter, instructor and author and has been painting for over 40 years. a member of the Pastel Society London, an Associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists among others. A self-taught painter of colour, light and movement with a complete understanding of his surroundings. Born and raised in the Channel Islands he moved to paint and live in Cornwall to capture the unique clarity of light living on the peninsular of the West Country. Tony has exhibited extensively over the years, his work can be found in many leading galleries as well as private and corporate collections worldwide, including the Maritime Museum, Guernsey and Queen Mary 2, Cunard Liner. He has exhibited with The Pastel Society of America in New York, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, London, The International Pastel Exhibition, Suzhou, China and the Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London. A move to New Zealand in 2006 proved to be a turning point in his career with the acceptance as a Master of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand. His work is regularly featured in The Artist Magazine, the Pastel Journal and the Practique des Arts. Tony now lives and works in Scotland.


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  1. Thank you Eric for the demo by Tony Allain! It was wonderful and I hope to learn to improve my pastel painting techniques. I also hope to win the DVD’s you are giving away so I can progress in my art journey! Thank you for all you do to further art education and enjoyment.


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