Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bethany Fields

Morning has broken © Bethany Fields
Name: Bethany Fields PSA
Bio: Bethany Fields is an American contemporary artist known for her pastural landscapes. Bethany graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts She went on to perform professionally and continued honing her skills in composition and design working as the on-air talent and designer for a DIY web series in Burbank, CA. She has worked as a professional lifestyle photographer for the past 15 years which naturally led to landscape photography and painting. In 2016, Bethany exhibited at both the Salmagundi Club and the National Arts Club in New York, NY, where her work was selected for an ongoing exhibit at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. She travels nationally and internationally for art societies and workshops, and produces her own YouTube channel, focusing on teaching and demonstrating her pastel techniques, art branding, and artist studio process.
Bethany is an active member of the American Impressionist Society, The Degas Pastel Society, and is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America.
Medium: Pastel; oil; acrylic
Subjects : Landscape; Still Life
Style: Representational veering on impressionistic
Navigation: Main menu remains at top of page.
Gallery: Texas and the South West; The Aerial Series; New England; Still Life and Studies; Various Landscapes; Pastel Abstracts
Image View: Large thumbnails enlarge in a new page. Details are provided on medium and dimension. Saving/downloading is possible. Morning has broken is 12 x 18ins, 600 x 402, 166 KB.
Blog: You can find blog tips, insights into her work process, videos on YouTube, behind-the-scenes details.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Rick Stevens

Morning Jewels II © Rick Stevens
Name: Rick Stevens
Bio: As a small child growing up in Sparta, Michigan, Rick Stevens used to watch his father paint evocative landscapes that reflected the beauty of woods, rivers, and wildlife. Inspired by that process, Stevens went on to study art at Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall School of Design, and graduated 1982 Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree - but his most intense education was provided by the woods themselves.
He has had numerous group and solo exhibitions and awards, and is represented in many corporate and private collections.
His work has been featured in a number of art publications, including the Pastel Journal in 2009, (Cosmos of Pattern by Tamara Lenz Muente) and most recently American Art Collector (Endless Possibilities, May 2015, by John O’hern).
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects : Landscape; abstract. His abstract work reminds me strongly of the paintings of Robert Natkin.
Style: “Stevens began as a landscape painter, but the ephemeral appeal of nature eventually led him away from the realistic rendering of what he saw around him into a realm of abstraction, where pulsating energy and lambent light create the crescendos and diminuendos of a world in continuous flux. Working both in the studio and en plein air, he draws on the realism and abstractions of the natural world to create paintings that challenge us to perceive the underlying structure of the universe within a seemingly random expression of unalloyed beauty.”
Navigation: Main menu remains at side of page.
Gallery: Indexed by series and year
Image View: Large thumbnails enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled. Details are provided on medium and dimension on mouseover. Saving/downloading is possible, Morning Jewels II is 31 x 32 ins.
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Jacob Aguiar

Overlooking the Marsh © Jacob Aguiar
Name: Jacob Aguiar
Bio: Jacob Aguiar from Plymouth, Indiana, took a leave of absence in his third year of naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington, to spend time with family and to pursue art. After coming upon the landscape pastels of Richard McKinley, Jacob immediately purchased his first set of Rembrandt pastels, and traveled throughout the west, studying with Richard McKinley, Albert Handell, Clark Mitchell, and Marla Baggetta. He was accepted into several national shows including IAPS, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Northwest Pastel Society, Pastel Painters of Maine, and Pastel Painter Society of Cape Cod. Jacob returned to Seattle to finish his last two years of school. He now works three days per week as a naturopathic doctor in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and much of his off time is devoted to art.
Jacob teaches regular classes in Westbrook, Maine, as well as plein air and studio workshops around the country and internationally. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a professional artist member of the Copley Society in Boston.
Two of his paintings received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Pastel 100,  and Jacob was awarded 2nd place, landscape and interior, in the 2016 Pastel 100.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape 
Style: Representational, loose, painterly.
Navigation: Main menu remains at top of page. A FineArtStudioOnline web design.
Gallery: All; Originals; Limited editions; Open editions.
Image View: Large thumbnails enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled. Details are provided on medium and dimension on mouseover. Saving/downloading is possible, Overlooking the Marsh is 12 x 16 ins. 900 x 666, 378 KB.
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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

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
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 Pastel Society of America, 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
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.
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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!