Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lana Ballot

Breaking Wave © Lana Ballot
Name: Lana Ballot
Bio: Lana Ballot majored in Studio Arts at Stony Brook University, New York. After graduation she worked as a web designer, (like the previous artist, Roger Holmes) while studying painting further, making landscape her main subject. When she discovered pastels as a perfect plein air medium, she spent her free time painting outdoors. Although this early plein air work did not result in a lot of finished paintings, it proved to be an invaluable experience in developing the ability to see how colour, light and atmosphere affect each other in different times of day or season.
Lana lives on Long Island, NY where she has access to her favorite subjects - ocean, harbours, beaches etc. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She teaches pastel painting in the Atelier in Flowerfield, St James, NY.
Medium: Pastel; watercolour
Subjects : Landscape and Seascape.
Style: Representational, painterly
Navigation: This has the overall feeling of a blog, but it’s easy to access the paintings
Gallery: Landscape; Plein Air; Florals
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a scrolling viewer and may be saved. Breaking Wave is 17 x 25 ins., 900 x 594, 582 KB
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Roger Holmes

Hard Frost at Burraton Coombe © Roger Holmes
Name: Roger Holmes
Bio: Roger Holmes is a self-taught artist who has lived in Saltash, South East Cornwall for the last 30 years. His early career as a signwriter provided him with graphic skills, and his love of surfing had him shape, decorate and fibreglass his own Longboards. Apart from providing him with marvellous surfing opportunities, the coastline (and landscape) of the West Country inspires and informs his work, which is predominantly in pastels, though he works in other mediums too. Roger has had a solo exhibition at The Wharf in Tavistock and more recently at the Ashtorre Arts Centre on Saltash Waterside.
Medium: Pastel; watercolour; acrylic; oil
Subjects : Landscape and Seascape. Roger loves to paint the wild beauty of the Cornish and Devon coast throughout the year, especially in the winter.
Style: Representational but in a painterly, impressionistic style.
Navigation: Roger has been designing websites for over twenty years, so one would expect his website to be state of the art, and in fact he has everything accessible on just one page.
Gallery: On the one page, scroll down to see a selection of Recent Paintings; Oils, Acrylics and Watercolours; Looser Pastel and Mixed Media Sketches; Older Works.
I don't normally comment on fee structure, but there is no excuse for not having original art on your walls given Roger's extremely reasonable prices.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a scrolling viewer and may be saved. Hard Frost at Burraton Coombe is 8 x 7 ins., 960 x 846, 112 KB
Demo/Blog: No
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Yvette Bonnet-Fretin

Mes Tomates © Yvette Bonnet-Fretin
Name: Yvette Bonnet-Fretin
Bio: Apart from some correspondence courses in drawing during adolescence, Yvette Bonnet-Fretin is essentially self-taught.Over a dozen years she tried several mediums, acrylic, watercolor and especially oil. In 2009, she discovered of pastel, and has concentrated on it ever since. Clearly successful, she has been juried into the Société des Pastellistes de France exhibitions in 2012 and 2013 at Feytiat, Limoges, and with Pastels en Périgord in Saint-Aulaye in 2016.
Medium: Pastel; oil; acrylic
Subjects : Flowers; Fruit.
Style: Realism.
Technique: Yvette works the pastel like a painting medium, gradually applying successive layers to create volume, to exalt light and transparency. She lays and blends the powder with her fingers to obtain a smooth and velvety texture.
Navigation: This is a French website using ODEXPO.
Gallery: Galeries: Galerie 1 Pastels; Galerie 2 Pastels; Galerie 3 Pastels; Huile et Acrylique.
Image View: Thumbnails mostly give details on mouseover. They enlarge in a scrolling viewer but may not be saved unless you make use of the Diaporama option and stop the action on the required image. Mes Tomates is 163 x 75 cms., 600 x 480, 147 KB.
Demo/Blog/Facebook: No

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Kathleen Kalinowski

Rural Life © Kathleen Kalinowski
Name: Kathleen Kalinowski
Bio: Kathleen Kalinowski is a west Michigan artist noted for her contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings. She is a dedicated plein air artist, painting studies directly from nature whenever possible. Kathleen has been working in pastel and oil as a full time artist for the past twenty-five years. She has a B.S. in Arts and Media, from Grand Valley State University, Michigan. She has attended Kendall College of Art and Design. She also has attended workshops with Quang Ho, Elizabeth Robbins, Marc Hanson, Terry Miura, Ken Cadwallader, Gil Dellinger, Alan Flattmann, Doug Dawson, Sally Strand, and Larry Blovits.
Kathleen Kalinowski is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Great Lakes Pastel Society, Plein Air Artists of West Michigan and Grand Valley Artists. Her award winning work has been accepted into prestigious juried regional and national exhibitions and is in numerous private and corporate collections, including Pfizer Corporation, Portage, MI, Betty Ford Breast Cancer Center, Grand Rapids, MI , and Rush University Medical Cancer Center, Chicago.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects : Landscape, studio and plein air. Kathleen paints the landscapes of her native Michigan in all seasons and favorite places from her travels. Her home and studio is just north of Grand Rapids, in a rural area close to farms, rolling hills, and plenty of rivers and streams. She often finds water as her inspiration including the shorelines of the Great Lakes, northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Style: Representational landscape.
Navigation: FASO website
Gallery: Studio Oils; Pastels; Plein Air Paintings (oils); Petite Paintings; Still Life.
Image View: Thumbnails give details on mouseover. They enlarge in a scolling viewer and may be saved. Rural Life is 18 x 24 ins., 900 x 679, 195 KB
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Janis Krendick

Taos Landscape © Janis Krendick
Name: Janis Krendick
Bio: Originally from Ohio, Janis Krendick moved to Texas in the early 90’s and presently resides in Plano, Texas. Her interest in art goes back to childhood, and she has worked in a number of media over the years. She has a minor in studio art from Ohio University (1973) and has studied both pastel and oil with a number of nationally known artists including Doug Dawson, Ned Mueller and Ann Templeton, Lorenzo Chavez, Bob Rohm, Bill Hosner and Richard McKinley.
Her pastels and oils have been in many exhibits and have won several awards, including Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal. She received her Master's Circle medallion at the IAPS convention in Albuquerque, in 2011.
Serving two years as the President of the Pastel Society of the Southwest, she remains active in that association. The Pastel Society of the Southwest, the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and the International Association of Pastel Societies have awarded Signature Member status to Janis. She does frequent demonstrations for art groups in the North Texas area.
Medium: Pastel, Oil
Subjects : Landscape, especially plein air.
Style: Loose, painterly renderings of the landscape.
Navigation: FASO website
Gallery: Works
Image View: Thumbnails give details on mouseover. They enlarge in a scolling viewer and may be saved. Taos Landscape is 11 x 14 ins., 900 x 701, 541 KB
Demo/Blog: No
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Junko Ono Rothwell

Still Life with Chinese Calligraphy © Junko Ono Rothwell 
Name: Junko Ono Rothwell PSA, MP.
Bio: Having received her art degree from Okayama University in Japan, Junko Ono Rothwell soon after came to the United States and attended art classes at Cornell University. Rothwell’s cultural heritage can be seen in her use of space and shape – which echoes Eastern art, yet her color palette is strongly influenced by her American art experience. She uses bold bright colors in contrast to the more delicate tones often associated with Asian art. The artist has had numerous one person and group shows, and has shown in selected National Exhibitions including the American Artists Professional League National Exhibition and the Pastel Society of America in New York and the Pastel Society of Japan in Tokyo.She has received many awards including The Dianne B. Berhard Award in Pastel, American Artists Professional League, NY, and the Faber Castell Design Award and the Pastel Society of America Plaque. Her paintings have been purchased by the State of Georgia and many corporations including the Southern Company, Continental Telephone, Kaiser Permanente, Prime Bank, Nations Bank, George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and the Northwest Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Her work has appeared in Best of Pastel (Rockport Publishers, 1996), Portrait Inspirations (Rockport Publishers, 1997), Best of Flower Painting 2 (North Light Books, 1999), The Best of Sketching and Drawing (Quarry Books, 1999) and Pure Color (Northlight Books, 2006). She was one of four artists featured in the “Unforgettable Landscapes: Different Approaches to Light and Texture” article in The Pastel Journal (May/June, 2000). She was also featured in the June 2004 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Rothwell also illustrated a children’s book in Japanese: M. McLaughlin, Minna no koe gakikoeru (Bungeisha, 2002).
She is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America. She is also a member of excellence of the Atlanta Artists Club and the Southeastern Pastel Society, and a Fellow of the American Artist Professional League, New York, and a member of the Pastel Society of Japan.
Medium: Pastel; Oil; Watercolour
Subjects : Landscape; Still Life; Figurative
Style: Her pastel renderings make good use of the textural characteristics of the medium, which lies somewhere between painting and drawing.
Navigation: Links remain available at top of page except in the viewer, when you must use the back or up button.
Gallery: Still Life; Landscapes; Travel Sketches; Figures
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in scrolling viewer on new page. These may be saved. The thumbnails are labelled with medium and size. Still Life with Chinese Calligraphy is 21 x 27 ins., 527 x 400, 48.1 KB
Demo/Blog: No
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Maureen Spinale

Dancing in the Light © Maureen Spinale 
Name: Maureen Spinale PSA
Bio: Maureen Spinale was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, but has lived most of her life in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Following an early retirement from a career in Social Work, Spinale began studying at North River Art Society and the South Shore Art Center, where she was inspired by pastel under the tutelage of Donna Rossetti-Bailey and Liz Haywood-Sullivan. Most recently, she has studied under Tom Christopher, Ken Elliot, and Casey Klahn. She has been inspired by tonalists Francis Murphy, George Inness and Charles Warren Eaton.
Spinale was granted signature membership in the Pastel Society of America in 2010, Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of Cape Cod in 2013, and in June 2015 was honored with the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work was featured in the December 2016 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : “I think that I shall never see/ a poem lovely as a tree” would seem to sum up Maureen Spinale’s approach to painting Trees - "Trunks twisted, bent and straight, sort of like human beings."
Style: “A contemporary perspective flecked with bold colors, strong lines, light, and the use of drizzled paint for dimension and texture.”
Navigation: Links remain available on top of page, except in the viewer, which can be exited by clicking on the “x” in the top left corner.
Gallery: Paintings; Archives
Image View: Thumbnails open in a scrollable viewer. The images are fully labelled with title and dimension except in the archives. Download is possible, but images are saved in .webp format, so unless you are very up to date, you won’t be able to open them. Dancing in the Light is 24 x 36 ins.
Demo/Blog: No
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