California Central Coast Pastel Society (3CPS)


We want to welcome you to our California Central Coast Pastel Society (3CPS) website! Here you will find lots of information about our organization, its members, the latest pastel news and events. We hope you enjoy your visit, and come back often to stay informed. Feel free to contact us about anything related to soft pastel art. More in depth information about all 3CPS activities is available in the current 3CPS Newsletter. The Shows and Events Page contains a list of upcoming shows, events and requirements.  Thanks for visiting!

Happy painting!

Denise Schryver, 3CPS President

From the President’s easel……Summer 2020

Thank you for being a part of 3CPS! Our 2020 Members’ Exhibit online and it is impressive!

See where we’ve been painting plein air and where the next paintouts will be. They are all in open nature, so plenty of space to feel comfortable together but alone.

As your new president, my goal is to continue building our community of artists, to inspire and to help us become the best artists we can be!

I’m looking forward to meeting each of you in 2020.  Your participation and ideas are what makes 3CPS such a vital and growing society of pastelists. Join us for these great events!



California Central Coast Pastel Society Presents 2020 All Member Show

June – August 2020 Beginners to Professional Artists!

“The Art of Pastel”

Jim, Seaside Flowers by Jim Tyler

Online Workshops

Tony Allain, 3CPS Online Workshop


August 8: 10am – 12pm Q&A at end

3CPS is delighted to host Tony in a live demo from his home studio in Scotland. This live demo will be recorded for those that can’t watch the live.


Registration closes on Friday, August 7th at 12:00 for Online participation.  

This live demo will be recorded for those that can’t watch the live and the recorded version can still be purchased for the next five days.

Click Here to Register

Tony Allain, Pastel Artist

From the Artist:  “My passion will always be the landscape, it is why I became an artist. I want to share my vision of the world I see. Colour and light is my motivation for choosing a subject. The light sparkling on the water, the colour reflected in the landscape. I favour the early morning or late afternoon to capture these effects. I think an artist has to allow his surroundings to reveal itself before the artist can reveal their vision of the way they see the world onto others.”



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. Tony now lives and works in Scotland.

His work is regularly featured in The Artist Magazine, the Pastel Journal and the Practique des Arts.


General Meetings


Due to Covid 19 no meetings are scheduled at this time.

Paint Outs

Hi everyone,

We’ve got a new series of paint-outs for you.  With these locations, it’s easy to maintain social distancing while still enjoying the camaraderie of other artists.  If you’re new to plein air, this is a good opportunity to give it a try.  You don’t need a fancy set of equipment to start; chances are you already have enough.  If you have questions about equipment or the painting process, just write back and we’ll have one of our plein air artists call you to help you out! Contact Jim Tyler (, 805-748-2220) for questions and to RSVP.  Carpool coordination has been temporarily suspended.

Remember that masks are required in open spaces where there is a risk of close contact, so please bring your mask just in case it’s needed.

Meadow Park 3cps Paint Out

Plein Air Paintout Saturday at Meadow Park is SLO,

Saturday, August 22nd at 9:ooam


Meadow Park in SLO is located at 2521 Meadow Street.  It is a 14 acre park in the middle of SLO with large manicured lawns, lots of trees, small bridges, and a big community garden.  There’s also a manmade creek which meanders through park; it’s not beautiful but it’s a great reference if you’re able to naturalize it in your painting.  We’ll see kids playing and families picnicking too.  Parking and restrooms available.

Meadow Park 3cps Paint Out
Meadow Park, 3cps Paint OUt
Meadow Park, 3cps Paint OUt

Plein Air Paint Out at Manzanita Manor Organic Walnut Farm (To Be Rescheduled)

This  paint-out will be in Adelaide.  MM Organics ( is a working organic walnut farm.  There are vistas of live oak trees, manzanita, Peachy Canyon winery, wildflowers, and mountains almost all of the way to Morro Bay.  There are restroom facilities on site. It also works out perfectly for a post-painting glass of wine at Daou Winery which is just below the walnut farm.


Sadly, all 2020 workshops and demos have been cancelled due to Covid-19. 

For more information in these troubles times about workshops, please contact us at directly or call Denise Schryver at 805.440.4579.

Be a part of the growing California Central Coast Pastel Society. Click here to join!


California Central Coast Pastel Society (3CPS)  ♦  P.O. Box 13933, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406  ♦

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