Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Last Post

When I began this blog, in November 2009, the only way to see a selection of work by an artist was to view their website. Now, more than ten years on, many artists favour a variety of social media platforms to publicise their work, and many artists do not bother to maintain a website. This blog has fulfilled its purpose, and to add to it, and to review and update existing posts, is a task too onerous.
I am immensely grateful to all the artists who agreed to have their work displayed here.  We have sadly lost a few along the way. Among the first ten posts, Daniel E. Greene and Elizabeth Mowry have passed away in the last year, Elizabeth Mowry just this week. So I dedicate this closure to them. I will keep the blog on line for as long as practicable, but will no longer maintain or update it.
I have avoided posting my own work on the blog up to now, so perhaps I may be excused for posting some of my favourite pastels as I take my leave.
Best wishes and congratulations to the pastel community that has expanded so much in size and in sheer talent over the last decade. I have learned so  much from you all.
Niall O'Neill

Homeless © Niall O'Neill
Spanish Mill © Niall O'Neill
Tureen #2 © Niall O'Neill
Coffee in Style © Niall O'Neill
Didier © Niall O'Neill
Tea for the Tillerman © Niall O'Neill
Forte Dux © Niall O'Neill

Monday, May 27, 2019

Melody Sears

Late Day © Melody Sears
Name: Melody Sears
Bio: Before launching her own career as an artist, Melody Sears worked for and with other artists for almost 30 years, always fascinated by the magical process of creating fine art, and acquiring in the process not only an aesthetic sense but an understanding of what it takes to make art. Melody has studied in workshops and classes with some of the finest pastel painters today, including Lorenzo Chavez, Albert Handell, Clive Tyler, Terri Ford, Kim Lordier, and Richard McKinley. She holds memberships in Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Sonoran Plein Air Painters, Tucson Pastel Society, Pastel Society of New Mexico, American Plains Artists, and The Drawing Studio in Tucson.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape
Style: Naturalistic.
Navigation: Another FASO website. Access all pages via the dropdown link on top right of home page.
Gallery: Works: Desert Landscapes and Skies; Desert Waters
Image View: Large thumbnails reveal title and dimension on mouseover. Click to open on new page. These images may be saved. Late Day is 12 x 18 ins, 1024 x 682, 907 KB
Blog: Yes

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mary Monk

Flooded March Grass © Mary Monk
Name: Mary Monk
Bio: Mary Monk grew up in New Orleans but has been living in Abita Springs with her husband and four children for the past twenty years and has been an award winning professional artist for all that time. She received most her artistic training through classical drawing lessons but as pastellist is self taught. She is an active member of the Degas Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines such as: Plein Air Magazine, Pastel Magazine, Louisiana Life Magazine, New Orleans Art Review Magazine, and the Pastel Journal (June 2018).
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape. Monk is a committed plein air painter.
Style: Naturalistic.
Best quote: “I saw that my worst painting done en plein air is still better that my best painting done in my studio.”
Navigation: Straightforward.
Gallery: Landscapes

Image View: Slideshow allows thumbnails to open on same page. These may be saved. Titles and dimensions supplied. Flooded March Grass is 10 x 24 ins, 890 x 500, 73.5 KB
Demo: No
Facebook: Yes

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dina Gardner

Irish Seas © Dina Gardner
Name: Dina Gardner
Bio: Boston artist Dina Gardner is a relatively recent convert to the pastel medium. A ‘creative’ person, but certainly not someone who grew up with a love for art or any noticeable artistic ability, Dina realized after finishing her first pastel painting that she had found her creative outlet. She has spent the last several years studying and reading everything she can about pastel, painting daily when possible and dreaming about painting when not. Her pastel box has traveled with her from coast to coast, and her sketch pad and pencils have traveled around the world, from Ireland to Bhutan.
Dina has already made her mark, with paintings in private collections from California to Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Texas, Arizona, New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and internationally in Portugal, Tanzania and Canada.
In addition to painting, Dina donates the proceeds from all of her paintings to an organization she founded in 2016, the “Pay It Forward Backpack Project”. This is a grassroots organization which connects the local Boston community to the Boston homeless population by directly providing homeless people with backpacks filled with winter essentials to help them endure the tough New England winters. For more information check her website.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects : Landscape; water
Style: Creative interpretation of the scene.
“My paintings reflect the things that I am drawn to: oceans and water, skies, forests, marshes and meadows. I'm also inspired by my travels and I love cities and architecture. When I paint, from a photo reference or even when I paint plein air, I’m not painting what the subject looks like but rather I am painting what my response is to the subject.”
Navigation: Straightforward; menu at top of page.
Gallery: Landscape/Skyscape; Waves/Water; Still Life/Travels; Sold.
Image View: Thumbnails open on new page and images may be saved. You my also use a zoom feature to study them in more detail. Irish Seas is 18 x 24 ins, 900 x 740, 139 KB
Demo: No
Facebook: Yes

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

David Decobert

The Siesta © David Decobert
Name: David Decobert
Bio: “Then felt I like some watcher of the skies/When a new planet swims into his ken”. Keats said it for me, when I first saw the pastels of David Decobert. His is a unique talent, his paintings immediately recognisable, humorous and witty, and immensely skillful.
David was born in Paris in 1967. Self-taught, he painted his first pastels in the late 1990s. Since then, his meticulous chiaroscuro approach has won him numerous awards. He has been exhibiting since the early 2000s.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects : Imaginative Still life.
Style: Precise, meticulous, illustrative..
Navigation: The website is in French, but easy to follow.
Gallery: Pinocchio; Vies Silencieuses (Silent Lives); Pantins (Puppets).
Image View: Information is given on dimension, and close-ups are provided on each gallery page under the Details section. Images may be saved. The Siesta is  30 x 40 cms, 1200 x 800, 536 KB
Demo: Videos on site
Facebook: Yes

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Deborah Damgaard-Hansen

Miss Pepper on the Edge © Deborah Damgaard-Hansen
Name: Deborah Damgaard-Hansen
Bio: Born 195i in Minnesota, Deborah Damgaard-Hansen learned to paint in college, and too additional private instruction in classical and plein air painting. After ten years in Norway, Deborah moved to Denmark in 2002, on the far northwest, in Thy, between the west coast and the Limfjord waterway. This is where she mostly paints, weather permitting, but also in other parts of Denmark, especially the architecture of Copenhagen.

Windmill on a Cloudy Day © Deborah Damgaard-Hansen
Deborah has won awards in the IAPS, and the Pastel Guild of Europe.
Medium: Pastel

Subjects : Landscape, Still life. Deborah says: Since it's ofter rainy or windy or a wild combination of's not always possible to venture out to paint.I then explore Denmark inside: the odd bits and pieces of daily life - most often retro and antique things, from which I compose a still life..
Style: Loose, Painterly.
Navigation: This FASO website may be explored in English or in Danish
Gallery: Landscape in Denmark; Boats and Water in Denmark; On the Streets; Landscape other locales; Still Life; Botanical; Archive

Image View: Images reveal details of size and title on mouseover, which means that they cannot be downloaded. Miss Pepper on the Edge is 55 x 70 cm; Windmill on a Cloudy Day is 30 x 40.
Blog/Demo/Facebook: No

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sharon Pomales

Agnus Dei omnes © Sharon Pomales
Name: Sharon Pomales PSA
Bio: Born 1970 and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sharon Pomales is a contemporary realist artist working in oil and pastel. At the age of seven she took drawing lessons with renowned Argentinean portrait artist Antonio Gantes. Sharon kept studying drawing and painting with her father, Raul Pomales-Ledee, a watercolor artist, commercial illustrator and Art Director who worked in Advertising in San Juan and was her mentor and teacher until he passed away in Orlando, FL in 2006. Sharoin studied Visual Arts for 3 years at Sacred Heart University with artists Mary Ann MacKinnon and Rafael Marquez. A few years later she returned to college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
She returned to painting full-time in 2007 and in July 2008 her piece “Self-portrait/heartbroken” was chosen to be part of the prestigious 15th Annual Auction of Latin American Art in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since moving to Ohio in 2012 she has exhibited at various galleries, institutions, and museums nationwide and internationally. Her work has been featured in various publications, including the February 2018 ussue of the Pastel Journal. Sharon is a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Women Artists, International Guild of Realism, Allied Artists of America, and is a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and the Pastel Society of America.
​Her work is represented by Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects : Still life.
Style: Contemporary realist
Gallery/ Image View: Click on the image under “Paintings” to scroll through her pastels and oils.
Details are provided on medium and dimension. Download is only possible as WebP files, which need a convertor to view. Click on the camera icon for Instagram to view more of her work. Agnus Dei omnes is 36”x24”
Blog: No
Facebook: Yes, also Twitter and Instagram