Sunday, November 8, 2015

Clayton Buchanan

Scoville Blues © Clayton Buchanan
Name: Clayton Buchanan, PSA
Bio: Clayton Buchanan’s early art training was in a traditional and tonalist style. However, when he sought the influence of more colorful painters, he found what he was looking for. He studied Impressionist Painting with Henry Hensche Provincetown, Massachusetts for a few years and enthusiastically adopted the colorist approach.
He also studied Figure/Portrait Painting with William Draper, Art Students League; and Painting/Graphic Arts, Memphis Academy of Art. He worked in graphic arts for 30 years, and now paints full time. His studio is in Newburgh, New York.
Clayton Buchanan states that he paints those pieces of nature that speak to him through light, colour, structure, and emotion. He has been fascinated with the Impressionist color concept for over 35 years and is still visually learning from nature. Looking for moments that come and go with a blink of an eye are a challenge for him to capture. Many of his figurative paintings are those moments, frozen in time, that capture life in movement, and give us a chance to recognize that fleeting beauty of light and colour so easily lost forever.
Clayton Buchanan's paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the Northeast including Portraits Incorporated; Hudson Valley Gallery; James Cox Gallery; River Winds Gallery; Flat Iron Gallery, all of New York. He has had one man shows at Kent Art Association, Connecticut;  Karpeles Library Manuscript Museum, New York. Memberships include; Connecticut Pastel Society; Guild of Boston Artists; Kent Art Association, Connecticut; Orange County Art Federation, New York.
His works are in private and corporate collections including The First National Bank of Boston, London, England; The Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation, Montreal; Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, New York. He has done numerous portrait commissions throughout the Northeast and South. Corporate portraits include Justice of Mississippi Juvenile Court; President of Florida State University; President of Midland National Bank, Texas. He has done private portrait commissions throughout the Northeast and South, and is currently conducting Demonstrations and Workshops. He won his first award when he won the First Prize in Figure and Portraiture, Academic Artists Association’s Annual Show, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1971 and he has contiued to garner awards along the way, including the Richard Pionk Memorial Award, Connecticut Pastel Society Annual Renaissance Show West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, Connecticut, 2008, and the Edmund Tarbell Award, The Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, Massachusetts, 2010. More recently he received Best In Show, Connecticut Pastel Society Annual Member Show, 2011, and has won awards on a regional and national level.
Pastels are his medium. Applying these brilliant colours layer upon layer, mixing on the painting surface, and doing so with energized strokes enhances his visual imagery.
Subjects: His work is primarily portraits and figures, though he does like to mix in still life and landscape painting as well.
Style: Representational with impressionist influences
Navigation: Links remain at side of page. Nice clean, easy site.
Gallery: Figure; Portrait; Landscape; Still Life
Image View: Thumbnails open in a pop-up viewer. Information on the paintings is provided. Download is possible. Scoville Blues is 41 x 27 ins., 600 x 322, 47.7 MB
Facebook: Yes
Demo /Blog: No

Friday, October 30, 2015

Christine Swann

Art Critic © Christine Swann
Name: Christine Swann, PSA
Bio: Christine Swann studied fine art in college, then worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator as well as painting murals and teaching. Recently coming back to fine art portraiture, her sensitive paintings of children have allowed her to concentrate full-time on commissioned portraits.
Christine is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the IAPS Masters’ Circle. She is also a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and was nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year in 2004. She is currently the President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League and a Past President of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society.
She is an award-winning artist on the international level, including winning the 2015 “Prix de Pastel” Best of show award and the 2013 Gold Medal at IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Convention. She also won the Founders Award in 2013 in honor of Flora B Giffuni at the Pastel Society of America’s International Exhibit in New York. She was featured for four years in a row in the Pastel 100, including second place for portraiture in 2014. In the January 2005 issue of International Artist Magazine, she was published as a top ten finalist in their international People and Figures competition. She was also published in the book, How Did They Do That? - 100 Ways To Paint People and Figures. She was also published in the sixth and eighth editions of Strokes of Genius.
Christine is represented by the James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects: Portraits; figurative.
The artist states that the figure has always been her first choice as subject matter because the genre is challenging, complex, and difficult to execute well. The long stretch of time it takes to complete a portrait to her satisfaction is never dull. “I will spend hours creating a little kid’s nose but get bored quickly with painting a tree,” she says. “With a tree, I will just say, ‘Oh, that’s close enough.’”….
“My obsession now is faces. Subtle nuances that set one child apart from another or wonderful wrinkles in a wise face. I love sunlit hair and bare feet - the mommy in me comes to the table as well. And despite all the detail, the graphic designer in me still lives and tries to bring a well-thought-out plan to every painting.”

Style: Representational
Navigation: Links remain on top of page; they seem to be inactive, however, on the Exhibitions page.
Gallery: Children; Adults; Miscellaneous.
Image View: Images open on a viewer page with thumbnails running along the top; a slideshow is available. Information on the paintings is available, especially their award status; but dimension is not always mentioned. Download is not possible. Art Critic is 20 x 28 ins.
Demo: Yes
Blog/Facebook: No

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Nan Ping Yun

Gazing © Nan Ping Yun
Name: Nan Ping Yun
Bio : Any facts I have about this artist are derived from her web page.
Living in New York City, Nan Ping Yun specializes in drawing portraits and figures in classically realistic style, inspired as she is by the cultural diversity of the city. She loves to draw quick sketches of people; in the moment when a person whose extraordinary appearance or temperament instantly captures her attention, her mind is quickly infused with this impression and wants to keep this impression. For Nan Ping, each of these moments is fascinating which inspires her to sketch and then permanently preserve this impression in the painting.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Portraits; figurative
Style: Classical realism.
The artists states: Three passions, simple but overwhelimingly strong, have governed my art: the longing for beauty, the search for truth, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. I choose to paint realistically because I believe realism is truth and truth is beauty.For me, the creation of every piece of my paintings is an aesthetic pilgrimage during which I am fully dedicated in every step of this long process.
Navigation: There is no difficulty in negotiating this website
Gallery: A series of thumbnails with one enlargement at a time on the same page.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a window on the gallery page. Gazing is 22 x 30 inches; Pastel Society of Tampa Bay Award, 2015 Enduring Brilliance Exhibition, Pastel Society of America.
Blog/Facebook : Not that I can see.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Gary Huber

Table for Four with View © Gary Huber
Name: Gary Huber, PSA
Bio: Wyoming artist Gary Huber was raised in Pennsylvania Dutch farm country. His artistic development began at the early age of five when, armed with his own oil painting kit, he accompanied his mother on Plein Air expeditions into the Pennsylvania countryside. After college, he spent 25 years in Denver, Colorado, eventually founding a software company devoted to computerized landscape visualization.
Made uncomfortable by the rapidly expanding Denver suburbia, Gary moved north to Wyoming where the wild and varied landscape provided him with space and inspiration. He also derived inspiration from the rich landscape tradition of the American West as preserved in the art galleries and museums oof Wyoming. His approach to color and composition was influienced by painters such as Clyde Aspevig, Scott Christensen, Lorenzo Chavez, George Carlson and T. Allen Lawson. Gary has developed a style of pastel painting that can be mistaken for oil but whose luminous surface, upon close examination, is found to vibrate with the subtle interplay of woven strokes of color. Gary brings to the easel his own unique sense of composition and light borne from lifelong outdoor study and an early interest in photography.
While Gary took his time coming to fine art as a profession, he has quickly accrued numerous awards including several Best of Show and First Place awards in national exhibitions, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center Award and placement in the Pastel 100. Gary is a Master Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, recipient of a Master Circle Medallion from the International Association of Pastel Societies, a signature member of Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast and Northwest Pastel Society, and a member of the American Impressionist Society and California Art Club. His paintings are found in collections across the United States and his work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, California, the National Arts Club in New York City, and The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, Wyoming.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape – especially snow, water, mountains The artist's hometown of Buffalo, Wyoming, sits at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. Grassy rolling plains rise abruptly to heights of over 13,000 feet in the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The ranches, hay meadows and wandering streams that water them are among Gary's favorite themes.
Style: Representational with loose painterly approach.
Technique: Gary says: Painting begins with a loose charcoal sketch on my textured board. The sketch is then converted into a charcoal value study. This is an important step in helping me evaluate the composition before applying color. At this stage the drawing can still be removed if the composition needs correction.
A workable fixative is used to set the charcoal and keep it from mixing with the colour layers that come next. I spray fixative until I can't rub the charcoal off with my finger but not so much as to fill the tooth of the surface.
One thing I like to do is not paint the colour I see directly but let two different colours blend either on the painted surface or in the viewer's eye to create the desired colour. I might use warmer and cooler versions of the color or richer/greyer, etc. to achieve the effect. That gives me livelier colors than if I just use a solid tone from the beginning. Some pastelists use cross-hatching to get a mix of colors. I prefer to work more like an oil painter, using the sides of the pastel sticks to achieve a wider stroke, varying the pressure to achieve varying amounts of coverage. A very light touch when there is still a lot of tooth is like an oil painter's dry brush technique. Light pressure with hard pastel over soft can give a glazed effect. Heavier pressure with a soft pastel can actually build up a little impasto on the surface that I find attractive.

Navigation: Links remain available on top of page.
Gallery: Recent Work: Western Landscapes ; Foothills of the Bighorns ; Pastorals ; West Coast ; Back East ; Plein Air. Past Work: Similar categories
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new page and may be saved. Information on title, medium , support and dimension is reliably provided. Table for Four with View is 16x 20 ins.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Carrie Raeburn

Afterglow © Carrie Raeburn
Name: Carrie Raeburn, PSA-MP
Bio: Any information that I have posted about pastel artist Carrie Raeburn has been gleaned from her website.
Carrie Raeburn began seriously to paint in 1997 and to study with with some of the great American pastellists, including Elizabeth Mowry, Herman Margulies, Alan Flattmann, Gil Dellinger, Albert Handell, Christina Debarry, Anita Louise West, Sally Strand, Frank Federico, Anatoly Dverin and Marilyn Simpson.
The artist has been juried 5 times into the Pastel Society of America's shows in New York where she won 2 awards, and has been awarded the title of Master Pastellist. She has participated in numerous national and regional shows where she received many awards including Best of Show and First Places. The Pastel Journal selected her work for inclusion in their Pastel 100 in 2002, 2010 and 2011.
Carrie is a Past President of the Pastel Society of North Florida, a juried member of the Degas Pastel Society, and of the Salmagundi Club, NY.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape; Figurative; Still Life
Style: Impressionistic.
Navigation: This is a typical FASO website.
Gallery: Rain Series ; Force of nature Series ; Nudes ; Cloud Series ; Alchemy Series ; Tree Series ; Carillon Beach Series ; Water Series ; Fruit, Flowers and Vegetables ; Sunset Series.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new page, and the enlarged images may be scrolled. Mouseover the thumbnails for information on title medium : dimension is not always revealed. Images may be saved. Afterglow is 19.5 x 27.5 ins.
Demo/Blog/Facebook : No

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Diane Rosen

Pivot © Diane Rosen

Name: Diane Rosen, PSA-MP
Bio: Diane Rosen received her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has taught art at all levels, both privately and at the PSA School for Pastels in Manhattan; secondary classes at Birch Wathen in NYC; and college studio courses at Parsons School of Design in New York. After working as a copywriter in New York Diane Rosen felt so dissatisfied that she quit her job to study at the Art Students League. Having studied French in college she applied for a travel grant to Europe and received a fellowship from the French government to study at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. She was allowed special access to the Bibliothèque Nationale, where she read Degas’ journals; and what’s more, she was allowed access to the vaults of the Louvre to view paintings of Degas not on current display.
Her award-winning work has appeared in American Artist; and especially in The Pastel Journal, issue 38, June 2005, in an article by Loraine Crouch that explores in depth her influences and technique. She is also to be found in Pure Color: The Best of Pastel, and Best of Pastel 2. Her numerous awards include: Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal Award, 2014 PSA Annual Exhibition; CLWAC Award, 2010 PSA Annual, and First Place Mixed Media, 2008 CLWAC Annual.
A Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America (elected 2003), Diane Rosen is known for sensitive portraits as well as powerful, dynamic figure compositions.
Rosen is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in American Art. Her paintings and commissioned portraits are in collections in the US and abroad. Professional memberships include Pastel Society of America, Salmagundi Club, College Art Association, American Artists Professional League.
Medium: Pastel ; acrylic.
Subjects: Figurative.
"Though extremely personal in terms of their technique and their approach to the pastel medium, which is handled with rare sophistication, the images are relatively impersonal in their approach to the body. Figures are not characterized as individual personalities... There is a haunting resemblance to classical relief fragments in many of Rosen's compositions. Relatively small in scale, these pastels are nevertheless monumental in effect."
Edward Lucie-Smith, author, curator, art historian, from Accidental Selves catalog essay
Style: Representational.
Rosen states: “After college I spent a year in Paris on a painting fellowship. Whenever I wasn’t in the studio I was studying Degas or Renaissance masters. Then I encountered Duchamp! His Dadaist aesthetic overturned traditional notions of art as a “retinal” enterprise– passively pleasing the eye– and radically redefined it as an experience occurring in, and constructed by, the viewer’s mind interacting with the work. His notorious Readymades not only democratized the process but liberated art from the tyranny of the ‘beautiful product.’ Though my work is largely representational, these concepts still influence my own practice and beliefs about making art.”
Navigation: Main menu at side of page.
Gallery: Paintings : Figures ; Landscapes. Portrait Commissions.
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a new page. Mouseover the thumbnails for information on medium and dimension. Images may be saved but contain a watermark. Pivot was her Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award, 2014.  
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Brian Bailey

Unity © Brian E. Bailey
Name: Brian E. Bailey, PSA-MP
Bio:  Brian E. Bailey born in Lancaster, Massachusetts  and gained his BFA in the Philadelphia College of Art. He contined his educatrion in the Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art. Bailey now paints and teaches in New Jersey, following a successful career that spanned several decades in New York as an illustrator. Bailey uses still life to depict subtle metaphors regarding nature and its fragility. In his figurative painting he projects the burden of society through quiet gestures and the stillness of his subjects. Previously a professor at the School of Visual Arts for several years, he currently maintains a noteworthy private studio /atelier for budding artists who have a desire to pursue the arts and create contemporary images anchored in academic traditions. He was awarded Signature Membership of the Pastel Society of America in 2009, and Master Pastellist status in 2014. He has won numerous awards both for his illustrative work and for his pastels, most recently the Founders Award, Flora B. Giffuni Foundation, PSA. His work is in the National Portrait Gallery, the François Mitterand Permanent Collection, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Permanent Collection.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Still Life; Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu on top on page. Four clear choices
Gallery: Paintings.
Image View:  Fifteen thumbnails enlarge in a new page. Information is provided on medium and dimension. Images may be saved for offline perusal. Unity is 26 x 40 ins.
Demo/Blog /Facebook: No