Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Susanne Mull

Skagen 11 © Susanne Mull
Name: Susanne Mull
Bio:  Born in Hanover, Germany, in 1967,  Susanne Mull has lived and worked in Ingelheim since 1992. Her art education consisted of regular courses with renowned artists at home and abroad, including the Oppenheimer Summer Academy, the Academy of Mainz, studying with Dietmar Gross, and numerous study trips to Europe, USA, Asia.
A professional artist since 2002,  and since 2013 Member of the Künstlersonderbund, Her awards include the Pastel 100 in Landscape and Interior; and 1st in Portrait; at the 1st Salon International Pastel d’Opale, in Northern France, she was awarded 1st Place -  Grand Prix du Salon.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape; Portraits
Style: Representational. With the Skagen series Susanne brings us to the northern tip of Jutland,  Denmark. Clouds and light are constantly in motion and give it a multitude of opportunities, stimulating the viewer's imagination in a poetic way. The wildlife refuge of Lebertsau, remniscent of the Marais Poitevin,  is rendered in sympathetic tones that emulate watercolour.
Navigation: This website is in German, but not difficult to negotiate.
Gallery: Galerie: Skagen; Hommage an Rheinessen; Portrait; Lebertsau
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled; they may be downloaded.  Skagen 11 is 60 x 78 cm; 640 x 476, 171 KB.
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Jeanie Schlump

Threading the Needle © Jeanie Schlump
Name: Jeanie Schlump
Bio: Jeanie Schlump teaches painting, drawing, and sculpture at Laramie County Community College, Albany County. She has maintained a studio in Laramie, Wyoming since she gained her MFA from the University of Wyoming in 1990. Her inspiration is found in the open Western skies and plains of Wyoming, which she interprets both realistically and in colourful abstractions. 
The artist won the highest award in sculpture from the Wyoming State Historical Society for carving 19 replacement architectural stones on the Methodist Church in state capital Cheyenne. She has received four purchase awards from the State of Wyoming and has a 14 foot montage painting on permanent display at the City Hall in Laramie. She has sold her paintings all over the world, as far as Korea, Australia, and England. 
Medium: Pastel; acrylic; sculpture
Subjects: See Gallery
Style: Representational to expressionist
Navigation: This website is a FineArtStudioOnline site
Gallery: Architecture; Floral; Landscapes; Portraits ; Railroad ; Still Life; Abstracts
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled; they may be downloaded.  Threading the Needle is 12 x 15 ins, 550 x 412, 188 KB

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Vianna Szabo

Last Rose © Vianna Szabo
Name: Vianna Szabo
Bio: Vianna Szabo is best known for her portraiture, which has earned her commissions and national recognition. Her art heroes are Zorn, Singer Sargent and Sorolla. Vianna has a BS in Education from Eastern Michigan University, but credits her art education to books, long hours at the easel, and the generosity of talented friends. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has achieved Distinguished Pastellist status in the Pastel Society of the West Coast.  She was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle in 2011. The artist exhibits regularly in national juried exhibitions including the Pastel Society of America, The Portrait Society of America, and Oil Painters of America.  She was an award winner in the Pastel 100 in 2010, 2011, and 2013 and was a featured artist in the June 2014 Pastel Journal.  Her work is to be found in private and public collections around the USA.
Vianna is passionate about teaching and she offers a variety of workshops as well as private lessons and mentoring.  She is a firm believer that to teach is to learn. She has taught workshops around the USA and in 2014 led a five day figure workshop in Florence, Italy.
Vianna lives with her husband in Romeo, Michigan.  They have two children, who have served as her models and inspiration.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Portraits; Figurative; Landscape; Still Life
Style: Loose representational
Navigation: This website has all the feel of a blog. The galleries are full of paintings and will reward thorough investigation. There is much to admire here.
Gallery: Little Gems; Portrait and Figurative; Landscapes; Still Life
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled; they may be downloaded.  Last Rose is 7 x 5 ins, 550 x 395, 130 KB
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Blog: A very useful and informative blog is found at http://viannaszabo.com/blog

Carol Strock Wasson

Spirit of New Harmony © Carol Strock Wasson
Name: Carol Strock Wasson
Bio: Carol Strock Wasson, educated at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, is devoted to plein air painting. Her paintings often reflect her frequent trips with the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and her work at Wasson Nursery, the family landscape and greenhouse business. 
Carol has won numerous awards since at least 1988, including the Silver Medal Award at Indiana Heritage Arts in 2007. Other shows include Hoosier Salon, Arts for Parks, Pastel Society of America, and Pastels USA.  Carol was one on ten artists to participate in Painting Indiana II, the second in a series of books produced by Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA). She is a supporting member of numerous organizations locally and nationally. She is represented by Gordy Fine Art, Muncie, Indiana and Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Paintings by Carol Strock Wasson have been exhibited in shows with the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the Pastel Society of North Florida. She has exhibited several times at the Hoosier Salon and Indiana Heritage Arts. She is a member of Chicago Pastel Painters, the American Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of North Florida, among others.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational to Impressionist
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Works: Car paintings (sketches done while sitting in cars!); Plein Air; Oil Paintings; Pastel Paintings
Image View:  Thumbnails are labelled on mouseover, as are the enlarged images; these later may be downloaded.  Spirit of New Harmony is 16 x 20 ins, 550 x 438. 145 KB
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nancy Yang

Peaceful Morning © Nancy Yang
Name: Nancy Yang
Bio:  Taiwanese native Nancy Yang came to America when he professor father took up a two-year stint at Berkeley; Nancy stayed when the family returned to Taiwan, to garner a B.A. and M.A, in mathematics at the School of Arts & Sciences University of California, Berkeley. This degree led to her becoming in the fullness of time Analyst, Department of Computer Services 1979 – 1983, State University of New York at Purchase; followed by becoming Director, Department of Computer Services 1983 – 1996.
When Nancy retired from this onerous position she returned to art. Starting with watercolour under the tutelage of P.J. Steadman, she took workshops with Daniel Green, turned full time to pastel, and studied with Wende Caporale and Rae Smith. Nancy is a member of the North American Pastel Artists Association, the Pastel Society of America,  Audubon Artists Inc., Pastel Society of Spain, and is currently President of Pastel Association of Taiwan.
Nancy has been represented in numerous exhibitions, including international shows in the US, Taiwan, China, and Spain, where she has twice won the Artemiranda Award. Nancy was profiled by Wende Caporale in the December/January issue of International Artist (Issue 100).
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape, Figurative, Water.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Easy to navigate; but the full extent of the page is not used, as each page opens within a scrollable frame.
Gallery: The website lists two pages under “Art” at the left side of the page; this is diverged into Inland Art and Seascape Art at the bottom of the page.
Image View:  Thumbnails are labelled with dimension and price. There are no enlargements possible, and while the thumbnails can be downloaded, they may not. And anyway, they are unfortunately too small for this. The only way you can get to see larger images is on her page in FineArtAmerica. And you can’t download from here either – I used the Prt Sc function in order to be able to show you an image on this blog.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brenda Boylan

Twilight on 23rd © Brenda Boylan
Name: Brenda Boylan, PSA
Bio: Growing up on the southern California coast, much of Brenda Boylan’s time was spent sketching outdoors as she discovered her surroundings either on the shoreline, in the desert canyons, or eucalyptus groves. She was taken under the wing of her neighbor, oil painter Robert Guise, when she was 11 years old. Brenda went on to take a Bachelor of Science Applied Art & Design degree, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, 1986. Boylan began her artistic career as a graphic designer for high profile sportswear clients such as Nike, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and Avia.  In 1994 she converted to a fine art career painting in pastel or oil, quickly earning her the distinction of Signature Memberships with the Pastel Society of America and the Northwest Pastel Society. She took a number of workshops in pastel with Kitty Wallis. Her biggest joy is painting in plein air including organized plein air events, as well as teaching pastel workshops. 
Her work has been displayed at The National Arts Club in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art Museum in Youngstown, Ohio, The Oregon Historical Museum, The Portland Art Museum, and the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Recently, Brenda has featured in numerous publications, including the Pastel Journal, December 2014 (cover feature),  Southwest Artist Magazine August 2013, Plein Air Magazine April 2012, The Best of America Pastel Series II and she was a Featured Artist at the 2nd and 3rd Annual Plein Air Conventions in Monterey, California. Boylan was the recipient of the President’s Award in the PSA’s 2014 annual exhibition.
Medium: Pastel, Oil
Subjects: Landscape, Figurative, Still life.
Style: Representational.
Technique: For urban scenes, Boylan likes the square format, working on a 24 x 24 sheet of Wallis museum sanded paper in white. An underpainting of complementary or slightly contrasting colours underpins the many layers of pastel that follow.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Plein Air; Urban; Landscapes (Studio); Figurative; Still Life.
Image View:  Thumbnails are labelled with medium and dimension on mouseover.; they enlarge in a viewer, where they may be viewed sequentially. They may be saved. Twilight on 23rd is 24" x 24", 547 x 550, 159 KB
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Blog: http://brendaboylan.blogspot.com

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Patrick Cullen

Camel Passing, Jaisalmer © Patrick Cullen
Name: Patrick Cullen
Bio:  Patrick Cullen is a painter in oils, pastels and watercolours, known for his scenes of Tuscany, Andalucia and Southern France, in all seasons and weathers. Patrick studied at St. Martins School of Art 1972-73 before attending Camberwell School of Art from 1973-76.
Over the past number of years he has made a number of trips to India, painting and sketching in the streets and markets of Rajasthan and Gujarat, and culminating in major solo exhibitions at Indar Pastricha Fine Arts, London in 2010 and 2013 and a five man exhibition at the Tryon Galleries, London in 2013 along with Ken Howard RA, and Peter Brown.He has received numerous awards and prizes for his paintings: most recently the Chelsea Art Society Painting Award in 2012. In this same year and again in 2013 and 2014 he was a finalist for the Lynn Painter Stainer Prize.
He was elected to the New English Art Club (NEAC) in 1997.
Medium: Pastel, Oil, Watercolour
Subjects: Landscape, Portrait
Style: Representational
Navigation: Home page remains available on top of gallery pages.
Gallery: Landscapes and street scenes; Paintings of India; Portraits, figures and interiors.
Image View:  Images are presented as thumbnails, labelled with medium and dimension; they enlarge in a viewer, where they may be viewed sequentially. They may be saved. Camel Passing, Jaisalmer is 31" x 37", 587 x 500, 187 KB
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