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Working In Pastel

Thursday, August 18th, 2016


David Garrison will be in Hannibal, MO hosting a pastel workshop Saturday, August 27 in the Hannibal Art Center, 105 S. Main St.

David Garrison will demonstrate the landscape technique he has become known for in both the USA and France. Using strong colors and bold designs with an impressionist flair. Then there will be personal instruction to help each person understand how to change and have a more exciting look to their art work using brighter colors and the value scale.

  • Class will be from 10 AM – 5 PM with a 1 hour break for lunch
  • Cost for the class will be $60 per student
  • Please bring a pastel set and an art easel
  • Please also bring charcoal and a quality photo of a landscape

Please contact David with any questions and to reserve your seat at or 319-753-0809

Garrison Art Studios Announces a Christmas Exhibit

Monday, November 30th, 2015

David Garrison and Cecile Houel will host guests Saturday and Sunday December 12 and 13 from 10 AM through 5 PM for a rare in-studio exhibit of some of their most recent works celebrating the Christmas season.  All are invited to attend and enjoy this rare glimpse into the creative heart of these two internationally renown artists at the Garrison Art Studios at 831 Garfield, Burlington, Iowa.  David may be reached via email at or by phone at 319-753-0809.

Post Card Art Show 12-15 Revised



Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

For most of the 2014 year I was creating a painting from an inspired dream I had. I woke up not being able to forget what I saw and how beautiful it would look on canvas.

Since I live close to Nauvoo, IL I visit there to paint the river and the interesting homes with trees in the back grown.

In the dream I saw the Mormon temple being built in the hot humidity of the Midwest. An innocent little girl of about 12 years old is carrying a pitcher of water from worker to worker to refresh them with a cool drink.

The image of my painting is of a stone carver, who perhaps had the most difficult job on a hot August day. So much dust and heat and the pouring water is so welcome. The stone he is carving is a sun stone which is massive in size with intricate details of a heavenly face on the stone.

My youngest son, Todd, played the part of the stone carver. Sarah, the water girl, lives in Nauvoo and was 12 at the time. They were a great help with the anatomy that I needed for such a large mural size oil painting. They wore 1840’s clothing. I did research on the carving tools used in the 1800’s as well.

The frame was made in Connecticut and custom made for this painting. It was hand carved with gold leaf overlay. The canvas is the best Belgian linen available. I personally sized and primed the canvas. It will last for hundreds of years. The canvas image size: 42” X 52”. Total frame size 52” X 62”.


Open House print quality 2(2)