Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Andrée Bienfait

Sensuelle  © Andrée Bienfait
Name: Andrée Bienfait
Bio: Andrée Bienfait was born in 1956 in Belgium where she spent her youth and there began to paint under the guidance of painters of her native region, the Ardennes. She started art classes in high school Izel (Gaume), then continued her studies in the Ecole Supérieure des Arts in St Luc in Brussels.
With the desire to further her profession, Andree went from Belgium to Alsace in order to study with the renowned Claude Lapointe at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. In 1981, Andrée Bienfait moved to Strasbourg, in north-eastern France, working as a book illustrator for over 20 years, mainly books for children and young people (there’s a considerable list under Bibliographie). In the new millennium Andrée decided to develop the business of care assistance in order to enrich and complement her profession of illustrator.  The older people she met re-awakened her primary artistic passion: fine art painting!
Since 2007, she has been painting in a larger format, in oil and pastel. She is primarily a portraitist; children, the elderly, all ages and ethnicities are grist to her mill.
Currently resident in Franche-Comté, she exhibits also in the Vosges region. From 2012, she spread her net to surrounding departments and began to win prizes  - I came across her work in Saint Aulaye, in the Dordogne, where her work was acquired by the Museum of Pastel. A member of IEDAC (Institut Européen Des Arts Contemporains), she was recipient of their Gold Medal in 2014.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects:Portrait, figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in French, but the essence – the images – is readily available.
Gallery: Tableaux; Portraits; Croquis (sketches); Illustration.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer on the same page and can be saved. Information on material and dimension is lacking, although the pastels are readily identifiable.  Sensuelle won first prize in the 2013 Salon of the Pastel Society of East Paris (Regards de Pastellistes).
Blog : The website is in blog format.
Facebook : Yes

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jessica Masters

Seagulls  © Jessica Masters
Name: Jessica Masters
Bio: Canadian artist Jessica Masters has been living in Guelph, Ontario for over ten years. She received her bachelor degree in Fine Art at the University of Guelph in 1995. She trained in printmaking, and worked as a printmaker for seven years at the University of Guelph. She teaches the craft, and is currently an instructor for Guelph Art School, as well as teaching privately and giving workshops.  Her work has been exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions, and is held in many private collections throughout Canada and the U.S.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects: Landscape, figurative.
Style: Representational.
My work is inspired by elements of the landscape such as skies, water, silhouetted trees and simple architectural forms. I love to use light, colour and simple shapes to define the landscape and the atmosphere within it. For me it is the atmosphere that I respond to emotionally and that is what connects me to the places I have been. A particular light or colour can trigger my memory and momentarily take me from present to past. I feel drawing is an important tool to be able to describe each scene and coupled with loose brush work and muted palettes I hope to recreate the images like memories rather than pure representation.
Navigation: Made on a Mac. A simple layout, easy to navigate.
Gallery: Under Portfolio there is a single gallery for Pastels.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a flash viewer and can’t be saved. Information on the dimension is inconsistent. Seagulls is 23 x 31 ins.
Demo/Blog : No
Facebook : Yes

Wendy Griffin

Rough Sea near Albecq © Wendy Griffin
Name: Wendy Griffin
Bio: Wendy Griffin moved to Guernsey, Channel Islands, in 1973 and has lived there ever since. Inspired by the Guernsey coastline, she has been exhibiting and winning awards for her pastel landscapes in the Guernsey Eisteddfod since 2004.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects: Landscape, including seascapes.
Style: Representational
Navigation: An easy website, but one cannot move from one enlarged image to the next – one must return to the thumbnails.
Gallery: Guernsey; Lake District +
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a flash viewer on the same page ; there is information only on the medium ; and some  have a watermark across the centre. Download is not possible.  Rough Sea is 30 x 40 cms.
Demo/Blog : No
Facebook : Yes

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lionel Asselineau

Evening light on Guérande Marsh © Lionel Asselineau
Name: Lionel Asselineau
URL: http://lionelasselineau.com/
Bio: Lionel Asselineau was born in Paris in 1970. Early on, he began to draw and paint. In 1986, he entered via competition, the school of the BJO (Jewellery and silverware) in Rue du Louvre, Paris. He graduated as a setter in jewelry and silverware in 1989 and worked for ten years for the great jewellers of the Place Vendôme: Cartier, Van Cleef Arpels, Chanel, and Tiffany.Lionel Asselineau has always been attracted to nature and the countryside and in 2001 he decided to leave Paris to devote himself entirely to the art of pastel, his chief love. Seeing a poster of the Festival International du Pastel held at Feytiat he went there on opening day and met the foremost French pastellists. He was immediately adopted by them and invited to participate in their exhibitions each year. His experience in the observation of birds and their surroundings, and his love of wildlife art led him to depict them in exquisite pastels.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Still life; Wildlife, especially birds. Portraits
Style: Naturalistic.
Navigation: This website is in French, of recent origin.
Gallery:Tableau du moment; Oiseaux (birds); Etudes (studies); Etudes portraits
Image View: Each thumbnail may be enlarged in a viewer. Title and dimensions are cited. Download is not possible. Evening light on the Guérande saltmarsh is 37 x 61 cm
Demo/Blog: No.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Toni Lindahl

Dogwood © Toni Lindahl
Name: Toni Lindahl
Bio: Toni Lindahl has lived in North Carolina for thirty five years and holds a Masters Degree from New York University. Her paintings have won numerous awards in national juried exhibitions. She is a member of Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, The North Carolina Pastel Society, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, The Degas Pastel Society and was awarded the title of Master Pastelist from the Pastel Society of America. She is included in Who's Who in American Art and her work has been published in The Best of Pastels, Portrait Inspirations, and Floral Inspirations by Rockport Publishers. Her work was featured in the French art journal Pratique Des Arts. Her paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections including Glaxo, R.J.R. Tobacco, Steelcase, Sheraton and Hilton Hotels, Lowe's Companies, and Duke University.
Lindahl is represented by the Greenhill Center for NC Art, and by the Tyler White Gallery, both in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Her pastels are diverse in subject matter, ranging from florals and figurative work to landscapes. She has used her work to explore her interest in environmental issues through her Leaf Patterns Series.
Style: Representational
Gallery: Animals; Cityscapes; Figuratives; Florals; Landscapes; Leaf Pattern Series; Orchard Vineyard Garden Series; Still Lifes.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer where they may be scrolled ; they are labelled with title and dimension. They can be downloaded.  Dogwood is 18 x 28 ins, 675 x 486, 73.2 KB.
Demo/Blog : No

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Charles Peer

Headed South © Charles Peer
Name: Charles Peer
Bio: Charles Peer received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Arkansas in 1979.  In 1990 he moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas to take up a teaching position in the Department of Visual Arts at John Brown University. In addition to serving as professor he is also Director of the university’s Fine Arts Gallery. 
Peer is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Ozark Pastel Society. He has served as a guest artist for many arts organizations, the juror for regional competitions and the leader of pastel workshops. His artwork has garnered many awards, including the President’s Award at the Northwest Pastel Society’s 28th Annual International Open Exhibit 2014, an Honorable Mention in the Richeson 74 Landscapes, Seascapes & Architecture Exhibition in 2014 and Best of Show at the Ozark Pastel Society in 2012 and 2013. Peer’s work was included in Best of American Pastel Artists. In 2010 he was selected as the summer Artist-in-Residence for the Buffalo National River. He is represented by Gallery Central, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style and Technique: Peer uses his native Arkansas as the framework for exploring his interest and love of colour. “I have a particular interest in color combinations that create a richness of surface, an inner glow or that make a painting ‘sing’. My goal is to combine the beauty of the landscape with the immediacy of drawing and the magic of interesting color. My chosen materials are soft pastels on a hand textured and painted surface. All of this is in an attempt to develop that color richness I am looking for.”
Navigation: No problems with this clear, rewarding website.
Gallery: Current Artwork; Archived Artwork
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a scrollable viewer where they are labelled with title and dimension; their are a generous size and make a fine show ; also they may be downloaded.  Headed South is 18 x 28 ins, 1500 x 956, 1.32 MB.
Demo/Blog: No

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiziana Ceschin

Majesty © Tiziana Ceschin
Name: Tiziana Ceschin
Bio: Tiziana Ceschin lives in Rome, Italy and now works and teaches at her studio and in the silence of the Lazio countryside.
Fascinated since childhood Tiziana by colours and the design, she studied graphic arts, and tried all the techniques of painting, before specializing in oil paint, acrylic, and pastel. Her love for animals, especially cats, led her to master the techniques to be able to paint with precision in these three mediums, making her portraits extremely realistic and expressive.
To further refine her technique in pastel, Tiziana studied with master wildlife artist Eric Wilson, bringing even more realism and detail in the construction of the hair and in the study of the effects of light and shadow.
Tiziana is the author of a book of six projects for those with no formal artistic background, who have the desire to learn to paint. The projects are accompanied by photos, drawings, and all the steps required to complete the projects.
Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions; including two installations dedicated to wildlife, where artist has presented her paintings of wild African cats.
Medium: Pastel; acrylic; oil
Subjects: Animals; Portraits. I came upon Tiziana on Facebook and was greatly impressed by her portraits. But she has mostly wildlife and cats on her website.
Style: Realistic rendering of wildlife
Navigation: This website is in Italian. It is neat, well-organized, and navigable.
Gallery: Maestosita (Majesty); I cuccioli e il gioco (Puppies and play); Sogno di liberta (Dreams of freedom); Predatore (Predators); Specchio del'anima (Mirror of the soul).
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer on the same page, where they may be scrolled; they may not be downloaded. Medium is often omitted; and dimension is not regularly noted.
Demo, Blog: No
Facebook : Yes