Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Gary Huber

Table for Four with View © Gary Huber
Name: Gary Huber, PSA
URL: http://www.garyhuberart.com/
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
URL: http://carrieraeburn.com/
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.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Diane Rosen

Pivot © Diane Rosen

Name: Diane Rosen, PSA-MP
URL: http://www.rosenart.net/
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.
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Marlene Wiedenbaum

Valkill Pond © Marlene Wiedenbaum 
Name: Marlene Wiedenbaum, PSA
URL: http://www.wiedenbaum.com/
Bio: New York artist Marlene Wiedenbaum is a graduate of Queens College, State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz, and she studied at the Arts Students League in New York City. In 2010 she was awarded a residency through The Catskill Center for Conservation & Development. A Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, she is also an Active Member of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters (NAPPAP), New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP) and LongReachArts. Her work is in private collections & is represented in the Tri-State area. Marlene accepts commissions and teaches at Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Marlene has exhibited extensively since 1999 and her award winning paintings have been exhibited internationally, including the International Pastel Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan in 2010, 2012 and 2014, As a result, her work is among that of six International Master Pastellists featured in two text books commissioned by the Taiwanese government. She is listed in Art in America. Marlene was among ten semi-finalists for the Basil Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting in 2012.
Marlene was a featured artist in the November 2010 issue of Art Times and the December 2009 issue of American Artist. One of her paintings was also selected by American Artist Magazine for their 2011 calendar.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape; Figurative; Still Life.
Style: Representational. Marlene says:
I am a passionate realist, working with a palette of soft pastels, sanded paper, and a kneaded eraser. My early years of working in the abstract helped me refine my handling of the medium and sharpen my understanding of shape and form as it manifests in the natural world. I feel obligated as an artist to reflect the world I live in, to look keenly at my environment, and to present it to the viewer in an engaging way. 
Navigation: Main menu remains at left of page.
Gallery: Landscape ; Sacred Ground ; Still Life ; Plein Air ; Figurative
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new window, and may be further magnified. Information is provided on medium and dimension. Images may be saved for offline perusal. Valkill Pond is 17 x 20 ins.
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Waif Mullins

Free Floating © Waif Mullins
Name: Waif Mullins, PSA
URL: http://waifmullins.com/
Bio: Waif Mullins was born in Jackson, Tennessee, but has lived in Northern California (Chico)for most of his life. After his Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University (1972), Waif completed a Masters Degree program in 1980. Waif is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a member Society of Western Artists, and of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
Waif began teaching oil painting and pastel painting classes in 1998, and has given demonstrations and critiques for artist organizations throughout the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area.His paintings have received numerous awards from regional and National juried art exhibitions. In addition, Waif’s work has been featured in national art magazines, including The Artist’s Magazine (August 2003 issue in Greg Schaber’s cover story article, "Secrets to Sparkling Water"); and in Pastel Artist International. Awards for his work include the Wakeham/Sutherland Award (1st Place) in the 2003 Pastel Society of the West Coast 17th Annual International Open Exhibition.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Landscape ; Figurative ; Still Life.
Style: Representational. Waif says of his work:
Artistically, I think of myself as a dramatist. Whatever the subject, whether painted from life or developed from photographic references, I search for a dramatic presentation, through the use of lighting to reveal form, orchestration of color and value to lead the viewer through the painting and to focus attention on the main subject. Relationships of scale are used to add depth and enhance the sense of reality.
Navigation: Main menu is in small print at bottom of page. Gallery links are at the top. There is internal evidence that the website has not been updated since 2011.
Gallery: Landscapes ; Figures/Portraits ; Still Life.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, and may be scrolled through, or chosen from the many pages of thumbnail. An image-rich site, rewarding the curious explorer. Information is provided on medium and dimension. Free Floating is 600 x 421, 72 KB.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Helen Kleczynski

Old Barn © Helen Kleczynski
Name: Helen Kleczynski
URL: http://helenkleczynski.com/
Bio: Helen Kleczynski graduated from the University of Oregon’s school of architecture in 1984. She soon discovered coloured pencils and worked with them exclusively for the next 15 years, then decided to explore mediums that would allow her to work faster, and make alterations with more freedom. In 2004, she took her first pastel lesson from a friend, and after a pastel was accepted into the Pastel 100 in 2010, she invested a large set of pastels that included muted colours, as well as the more vibrant shades. This was a turning point for the artist.
Helen teaches at her studio in Vicksburg, Michigan, as well as other locations. She is a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, the Northern Indiana Pastel Society, the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan, and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
Medium: Pastel;watercolour
Subjects: Landscape ; Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Easy and clean; you must return to the main menu to navigate out of a particular gallery,
Gallery: American Landscapes; Seascapes and boats; Italian Collection; Still lifes; Prints.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on the same gallery page, and may be saved. Information is provided on medium and dimension. Old Barn is 10 x 17 ins. 562 x 325, 30 KB.
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