Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gondola Pastels

Thanks to a Japanese artist who posted their work on Facebook, I have been made aware of a pastel brand that is completely new to me, Gondola Pastels. Manufactured in Japan by an art materials company that has been in business since 1919, Gondola Pastels is a range of 242 colours, hand made in Kyoto, and size (Diameter x Length): 1.2 x 2.1 (cm) / 0.5 x 0.8 (inch)

They are available from Art Supplies Store, 1-1259-64 Shiomigaoka, Nakago-Cho, Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki 319-1553 JAPAN. The web address is http://www.art-supplies-store.com/product/6590.php

The 242 stick set, in a wooden box, costs $270, which seems good value.
The manufacturer's web page states: Gondola pastel is Japan's first soft pastel manufacturer that started business in Kyoto in 1919. For 90 years since our establishment, we have carefully created the colors according to the light of Japan one by one by hand.
In 2011, based on the idea of ​​Takiko Inoue, who received the Kyoto Culture Venture Competition First Prize , he created and launched " Kyoto Seki pastel" which gathered the traditional colors of Kyoto.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Jude Tolar

Red Geraniums © Jude Tolar
Name: Jude Tolar, PSA
URL: http://judetolar.com
Bio: Although she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Psychology, Jude Tolar chose to pursue a career in graphic design and illustration. Pastel is her medium of choice, and she has studied with studied extensively with artists that include Stephanie Birdsall, Lorenzo Chavez, Terri Ford, Rita Kirkman, Terry Ludwig, and Elizabeth Mowry.
Jude’s paintings have won many awards, including five Best of Shows and success in the 2011 and 2016 Pastel 100. Her work has been exhibited in invitational group shows and solo shows and is in collections across the USA. Jude demonstrates to art groups and is available to teach pastel workshops. She has written about painting flowers in the April 2016 edition of the Pastel Journal.
Jude is a Signature Member of the American Pastel Society and the Oklahoma Art Guild. She also holds memberships in the American Impressionist Society, the Oklahoma Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of New Mexico and the Stillwater (OK) Art Guild.
Medium: Pastel; mixed media
Subjects : Floral and tree portraits (outdoors) and glass subjects (indoors).
Style: Representational, but with colour as the main focus. Jude prefers to work from life, using mostly Terry Ludwig soft pastels on Art Spectrum ColourFix paper.
“Painting pastel florals as portraits allows me to filter out distracting details and aim for a more succinct, striking floral painting. We commonly think of a portrait as a visual expression of a person, and the same approach can help you capture the essence of a flower.”
Navigation: Main menu remains at top of page. This is a new iteration of the FineArtStudioOnline web design. It works very well and is a pleasure to navigate.
Gallery: Landscape and Florals; Still Life; Etc.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled. Saving/downloading is possible, and details are provided on medium and dimension. Images are in the main watermarked, but not too obtrusively. Red Geraniums is 11 x 14 ins., 550 x 432, 123 KB.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Suzanne Godbout

Still Life © Suzanne Godbout
Name: Suzanne Godbout
URL: http://www.suzannegodbout.com/
Bio: Suzanne Godbout has been a pastellist since 1995, after 30 years of drawing in graphite, and an introduction to colour via oil paint. Suzanne is a professional artist who conducts conferences, demonstrations and workshops to further the medium. Her works have been exhibited in Canada, and at Giverny in France. She prefers to work directly from the subject, be it still life or landscape. Suzanne was President of the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada from 2005 to 2011, she has attended internships and demonstrations with pastel masters in Quebec and the United States and is recognised as a role model in the medium. With 40 years of teaching experience, she has developed effective teaching tools and gained an enviable reputation for her ability to pass on her knowledge.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Still Life; Landscape
Style: Representational. Suzanne credits her musical discipline with informing her painting practice: My formal education in music composition has guided me in the apprenticeship of this artistic discipline - form, rhythm, key, modulation, nuance, phrasing, legato, staccato, crescendo … and I keep on learning every day.

Miniature Landscape © Suzanne Godbout

Navigation: This website is in French. Main menu is at left side of page.
Gallery: Nature Morte (Still Life); Paysage (Landscape); Miniature.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer on the same page and may be scrolled. Saving/downloading is possible. Details of dimension are lacking.
Blog/Demo: There is a very useful pdf on painting metal in pastel, originally published in Pratique des Arts, that may be downloaded from Suzanne’s blog. The article is in Fench, but there is a colour chart of the pastels she uses for silver, pewter, steel, and galvanised metal, that can be adapted by anyone. http://www.suzannegodbout.com/blog
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Henri Roché Pastels

Henri Roché Pastels 
For any practising pastellist, the basic rule is that you can never have enough pastels. If you had the the complete Roché set, now over 1200 and counting, you might just have reached that limit!

Roché Pastels have just updated their website to facilitate online purchase, or just to make available to view the complete range in order to see what you don't realise you need, or what is actually available! 

Henri Roché are the oldest pastel brand in the world, dating from around 1720 and used by artists such as Rosalba Carriera, and Edward Dégas. At its height in the 1970s, the entire range of Roché pastels exceeded 1800 colours. Today, Isabelle Roché and Margaret Zayer are busy expanding the collection that currently comprises 1201 colours, divided into ranges of nine gradations. Each range is composed of pure colours that are either gradated with white, black, or crossed with another colour.


Manufactured in small quantities, Roché pastels are individually hand-rolled into a form suitable for both bold and detailed work. With exceptionally lightfast pigments and a minimum of binder, the pastels possess a particular texture that allows them to adhere well to a number of supports, as well as display a remarkable intensity and clarity of colour. These are top of the range products, expensive, and not for the beginner. But the quality is superb and the personal service second to none. 

The full set of colours is visible here on the online shop. Look, lust, select, buy!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sandra Nunes

Sidewalk Carpet © Sandra Nunes
Name:Sandra Nunes
URL: http://sandranunes.com/
Bio: An award winning contemporary Brazilian artist from Rio de Janeiro, Sandra Nunes is in love with her native city, her main source of inspiration. She is the first artist that I have posted here from Brazil. She gained her Bachelor’s Degree in Letters and Arts from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Sandra Nunes travelled widely early in her life, getting to see paintings by Rembrandt, Velasquez, Caravaggio, Frans Halls, John Singer Sargent and her all time favorite painter, Joaquin Sorolla.
Most of her work is plein air, done in one or more painting sessions in oil, charcoal, watercolour or soft pastels. She plants her easel wherever there is something that attracts her attention, and the locals and passers by, who are frequently her subject, often offer to purchase her work before she has even finished the painting.
Her work has been receiving recognition in important juried exhibition and has been published in prominent papers, magazines and bookcovers in Brazil and abroad.
Medium: Pastel; oil; charcoal.
Subjects : Urban landscape; figurative.
Style: Impressionistic
Navigation: Main menu remains at side of page.
Gallery: Landscapes (oils); Santa Teresa Series (oils); Soft pastel; Portraits and Figures (pastel); Mural Project
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled. Saving/downloading is possible. Details of dimension are lacking for the pastels, although usually available for her oils.
Blog: https://artpleinair.blogspot.com
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Dave Francis

Tah-Dah! The Grand Finale © Dave Francis
Name: Dave Francis PSA-MP
URL: http://www.defrancispastels.com/
Bio: Dave Francis, from Hudson Falls, New York is a self-taught artist who started his art career doing pastel portraits from photographs before progressing to landscape work. He has been painting professionally for about twenty-five years. Dave states that he continually strives for more realistic imagery while trying to maintain a "painterly" approach in his work.
In September of 2003, he was elected to Signature Membership with the Pastel Society of America and, in November of 2005 he was invited to become a member of the Guild of Adirondack Artists. In 2014 he was designated Master Pastellist in the Pastel Society of America.
Dave’s work has been included in nine national pastel exhibitions and has received numerous awards. His work was featured in the February 2016 Pastel Journal in a piece called Worlds of Whimsy, together with Kari Tirrell and Kathy Hildebrandt.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Still Life. “My most recent work has been an exploration of the still life genre. I feel that still life paintings do not have to be boring, repetitive works of flowers, vases, and such items. I take nontraditional items such as children's toys, blocks, bricks, almost anything I can find and use them as subject matter. I feel that I inject a lot of my personality and sense of humor into these pieces, which are new and exciting for me.”
Style: Whimsical realism. “My current style has evolved into an impressionistic approach. My work has been described as "impressionistic realism" and although I like that term, I feel a more apt description would be "imagined realism". I apply small bits of color over a solid tone under painting and allow them to optically mix creating the final image. I try to keep my palette very simple and work with at least three values of each color used.”
Navigation: Main menu remains on top of page.
Gallery: Still Life ; Miniature pastels ; Landscapes ; Fantasy Art ; Pen and Ink Work; Drawings.
Image View: Thumbnails on top of page enlarge in a viewer on same page. These may be further enlarged. Saving/downloading is disabled. Full details of title and dimension are provided. Tah-Dah! The Grand Finale is 18 x 24 ins.
Blog: http://dfrancispastels.blogspot.com/
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nà Luther

Livres © Nà Luther
Name: Nà Luther
URL: http://naluther.fr/
Bio: Nà Luther was born in Vientiane, Laos in 1959. His parents emigrated to France when he was nine. He was educated by the Marist brothers in the Lot valley, but at the age of twelve he discovered pastel, in the studio of Roger Milhomme, uncle of a schoolmate. After a period as fashion designer, he returned to Milhomme at the age of 28 to spend four years mastering his art. He held his first exhibition in 1994 in the François Miron gallery in Paris. He now lives in Paris, in a house stuffed with the booty of his travels, ceramics, ex-votos, shells, rare books – a veritable cabinet of curiosities.  
Influenced by Chardin, and by the Dutch masters, he declares candle-light to be the best form of illumination for still life.
Roger Milhomme, whose sole student he was, taught him how to use his fingers to spread pastel on paper. This manipulation by the pastellist's finger is one of the reasons for the reputation of sensuality attached to the practice of this art. He makes no preparatory sketches. The shapes are born out of flattened colours. 
The stories told by Nà Luther are illustrated with objects that to our eyes may seem trivial. But he loves them for their simplicity, their fragility, their tears, their cracks: faded roses, old books, coral-covered bowls from wrecked ships, whitened shells ... all charged with stories they hasten to spill.
Why these objects particular objects? "Because they touch me and I love the quiet life….I like to paint objects that have lived, like old ceramics, or books waiting for the binder. The question of time passing is inherent in all my work.”
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Still Life
Style: “His Still Lifes carry us away, overwhelm us, soothe us. They make us dream, meditate. Nothing extraordinary, nothing extravagant, nothing ostentatious. Simple materials and objects, he presents them to us as he discovered them and gives them life for our greatest happiness.”  Pierre Stéphan
Navigation: Pared to the bone. In French.
Gallery: galerie poterie (pottery); galerie coquillages (shells); galerie fleurs (flowers) ; galerie fruits; galerie legumes (vegetables); galerie livres (books);
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer on same page and may be saved. No details of title or dimension are provided.