Thursday, December 17, 2009

Horace Champagne














Name: Horace Champagne
URL: http://www.horacechampagne.com/
Bio: In 1980, at 42 years old, Horace Champagne left a successful business life in commercial art and advertising behind him to devote himself full time to art.
Educated in Montréal, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Ottawa School of Art, and in the U.S.A. with Charles Movalli, and Daniel Green. Now living on Ile d'Orléans, Québec.
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscapes, Still Life and Interiors.
Style: Richly coloured representational.
Navigation: Bi-lingual site. Choose between English and French on index page. Main menu remains available on all pages. A really nice site, its only flaw being lack of data on dimensions of original painting in the English-accessed galleries. However, the big surprise is that the paintings accessed via the French version are almost totally different from those in the English site - there is very little overlap. I'm glad I checked! And in the French galleries, dimensions are given. How mischievous, Mr Champagne!
Gallery: Landscapes, Newfoundland, Rockies, Still Life, Street Scenes, Studio
Image View: Each gallery is shown as a slideshow of images. There are no details as to size of original painting in the English galleries. Downloads are permitted. The featured iceberg is 510x381, 304 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Helen Turner














Name: Helen Turner
URL: http://www.helenturner.com/
Bio: Helen is an ex-New Yorker who moved to Kauai in the early 80's, with her camera, flute and oil paints which her mother gave her growing up in East Hampton. In 2003, she discovered some NuPastels in an old box and started drawing again. (She is also a professional musician, but that’s a whole other story.)
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscapes and Seascapes
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available on all pages. Very easy to navigate all pages including galleries where all options remain open.
Gallery: Landscapes, Seascapes, Flora, Still Life, People
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on new page. Details on size and medium given for both thumbnails and enlargements. Images may be saved. “Twilight at the Fair” is 540x379, 170 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: Not as such, but her “News” page fills much the same function.
Ebay: No.

Helen Iaea














Name: Helen Iaea
URL: http://www.brushstrokeshawaii.com/index.php
Bio: Helen began her art career working in oils and taught the Gloria Foss Color Course in oil painting for five years. Her focus shifted to acrylics and pastels, eventually adding watercolour. She is an honorary life and signature member of the Hawaii Watercolor Society. In 2001, Helen was instrumental in forming the Pastel Artists of Hawaii, a nonprofit group dedicated to the advancement and awareness of soft pastels and is a signature member.
Media: Pastel, watercolour.
Subjects: Portraits, landscapes, still life, floral.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available on all pages.
Gallery: Two main galleries, Pastel, and Watercolour, each subdivided into: Portraits, landscapes, still life, floral.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on same page. Details on size and medium may be given – or they may not. This aspect of the site is not consistent. Images may be saved. The painting shown here is 416x276, 28 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Guy Boulmé















Name: Guy Boulmé
URLhttp://guy.boulme.pagesperso-orange.fr/pastel/index.htm
Bio: Boulmé met master pastellist Alain Victor in 1999 and took lessons from him for five years.
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Land and seascapes; Portraits, Animals.
Style: Representational. His skies, especially his sunsets at sea, are remniscent of J. W. Turner.
Navigation: French site. Main menu remains on left, on all pages except the galleries, where navigation buttons in the form of arrows are self-explanatory.
Gallery: Animals (Animaux); Portraits; Seascapes (Paysages Marins); Still life (Natures Mortes); Landscape (Paysages); Various (Divers).
Image view: All thumbnails enlarge on same page, and may be saved.
No data on original dimension. File size can be 800x550, 88 KB. It is clear that many of the paintings were photographed after being framed. For an object lesson in how not to photograph your paintings, see this image.
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gwenneth Barth












Name: Gwenneth Barth-White, PSA
URL: http://www.gwennethbarth.com/
Bio: American-born artist based in Switzerland; she has lived and worked in Geneva most of her life. She is a signature member of the PSA and the American Society of Portrait Artists. She has exhibited in Geneva, Gstaad, Paris, Toronto and New York. After advanced music studies, she attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts and graduated from the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Geneva,
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Portraits, figures, still life. She is internationally recognised for her portrait work.
Style: Representational. Gwenneth Barth is among my top ten pastel artists.
Navigation: French site with English version, but the English site is not available unless your web setting allows you to see the whole page. If you can’t see the welcome banner on the top, click on F11 to view the page without toolbars.
Main menu does not remain on all pages, but it does not affect viewing of galleries.
Gallery: Oil Portraits, Pastel Portraits, Paintings, Figures.
Image view: All thumbnails enlarge on same page on mouseover. Clicking on thumbnail enlarges it further on new page. Close image to return to gallery. Images are viewed in Adobe Flashplayer.
Demo: No, but she does have a teaching DVD available.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Greg Biolchini













Name: Greg Biolchini, PSA
URL: http://www.biolchini.com/welcome.html
Bio: Greg Biolchini lives and works in Southwest Florida, with studio and teaching space on the Caloosahatchee River in North Fort Myers. He holds ongoing workshops in pastel, oil, and portraiture in his teaching studio and for art groups throughout Florida and the US.
Media: Pastel, oil, acrylic.
Subjects: Portraits, figures, landscapes, nature.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on all pages.
Gallery: Arranged by subject, not by medium.
Image view: All thumbnails may be enlarged. The enlarged image appears in new page with full details, and artist’s commentary. There may be a further enlargement to view detail. File may be saved. File size up to at least 717x763, 69 KB.
Demo: No, but he does have teaching DVDs available.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Glenn Bernabe














Name: Glenn Bernabe, PAC
URL: http://www.gbeepastelart.com/
Bio: Glenn Bernabe Born in Manila, Philippines, September 2, 1971 and is now resident in Markham, Canada. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he studied illustration. He has worked as an illustrator with several publishing companies like Scholastic Canada and Cobblestone Publishing.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: My paintings use everyday situations to show quiet moments that suggest ideas surrounding individuality, purity and spirituality through the use of banal settings from our world. My purpose is to show that on the surface what may seem like loneliness, there is hope and it is beautiful, peaceful and bliss.
Style: Figurative and illustrative.
Navigation: Main menu remains on all pages, except when you click on Blog.
Gallery: Under the tab Figurative.
Image view: All thumbnails may be enlarged. The enlarged image appears in new page with full details, and artist’s commentary, and may be saved. File size up to 516x689, 220 KB
Demo: No.
Blog: Yes, since September 2009. Link is on site.
Ebay: No. But Twitter and Facebook!

Giovanni Morgia














Name: Giovanni Morgia
URL: http://www.giovannimorgia.it/
Bio: Born in Rome in 1968. Primarily self-taught, later studied painting and design in the Roman School of Modern Art and the Libera Accademia di Belle Arti, among others.
Media: pastel, oil, water colour
Subjects: Figures, landscape
Style: Representational. Some of his work is in frank ‘homage’ to Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Monet, and Hopper.
Navigation: This site is in Italian but the navigation is easy if it’s just the images you require.
Gallery: Under the tab Galleria you will find four main galleries, pastello, olio, acquerello, and tecnica mista, which are self-explanatory.
Image view: All thumbnails may be enlarged. The enlarged image appears in new page with full details, and may be saved. File size of ‘Gauguin’ is 596x450, 253 KB
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ginette Chavarie














Name: Ginette Chavarie
URL: http://www.ginettechavarie.com/
Bio: Ginette Chavarie lives in Jonquiere, Quebec, where she has painted for four decades. She has recently made the transition from pastel to acrylic.
Media: Pastel, acrylic.
Subjects: Characters and scenes from daily life.
Style: Illustrational, imagined. Her characters are faceless so as not to impose an identity on the viewer.
Navigation: The site has English and French alternative links on the index page, but the English link is not ‘live’. Clicking on the French link opens a new page. Main Menu stays on top of some pages, but disappears if you click on Presse or on Album souvenir which is allegedly under construction.
Gallery: There are four galleries.
Image view: All images may be enlarged. All are watermarked. Only those in Gallery 1 are labelled with medium and dimension. File size can be 720x578, 97 KB
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gaye Adams

Name: Gaye Adams, SFCA, MPAC
URLhttp://gayeadams.com/
Bio: 1998 - Signature Status with the Pastel Society of Canada.
2002 - Associate Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists
2003- Senior Signature Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists
2007- Master Pastellist designation (MPAC) from the Pastel Artists of Canada
Media: Pastel, acrylic, oil.
Subjects: Landscape, Western.
Style: Representational
Navigation: This website is now powered by blogging software.
Gallery: Original paintings for sale; Sold paintings gallery; Small studies gallery.
Image View: Thumbnails indicate dimension or medium. Images enlarge in a pop-up window and may be saved.
Demo: No. But there are painting tips.
Blog: Yes - a link within the website.

Gary Wick












Name: Gary Wick
URL: http://www.wickartwork.com/
Bio: Gary Wick is a Chicago born artist who works with soft pastels. He is primarily a studio painter preferring to work from his own photographs. Gary has been involved with art since childhood and basically is self taught. He has studied with professional artists over the years and has taken classes at the Art Institute of Chicago as a youngster when he was recommended by one of his elementary school teachers and again after he returned from Vietnam for a period of time. In 1998 Gary became a displaying art member at The National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum which is permanently located in Chicago, Illinois.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: See Gallery list.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main menu remains available on top of all pages.
Gallery: Portfolio: 2009; Waterscapes; Barnscapes; Landscapes; Skyscapes; Still Life; Trips. There may be multiple pages or sub-galleries under the main headings.
Image View: All thumbnails have name and dimension; they will enlarge in pop-up window. Download size can be 1370x1720, 360 KB
Demo: At least nine demos under the link “Painting Process”
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Frederick Somers













Name: Frederick Somers, PSA
URL: http://fredericksomers.com/
Bio: University of Iowa, MA in drawing, MFA in painting; University of Omaha, BFA. 1970-75 and 1980 Instructor of painting, drawing, printmaking, art education, and gallery director at St. Olaf and Carleton colleges, Northfield, MN. Has been a full-time studio artist since 1975
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: The natural world; Portraits
Style: Representational to abstract
Navigation: Main menu remains available on left side.
Gallery: Available paintings; Limited Editions; Museums and Collections
Image View: Gallery Thumbnails indicate medium and size as a tooltip when cursor is placed on image. Click to enlarge in new page. Click again to enlarge further in pop-up window. Download at up to 550x416, 200 KB
Demo: No
Blog: No but one can subscribe to an email newsletter.
Ebay: No

Monday, December 7, 2009

Françoise Pothier














Name: Françoise Pothier
URLhttp://francoisepothierpastelliste.art.officelive.com/default.aspx
NOTE: As of June 2012 this website seems to be unresponsive.
Bio: Françoise Pothier is a self-taught pastellist, a medium she has practised since 1990. She received her artistic training at the Ecole Bellecour in Lyon in the 1980s, where she learned perspective, volume, and all the basics of drawing and painting.
Subjects: Still Life, Landscape, Animals, Flowers and Fruit.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: French site. Main Menu remains available on top once you enter site until you open a gallery, then you must use the retour or the usual return button.
Gallery: Under the link Galerie you will find Still Life, Landscape, Religious, Animals, Flowers and Fruit, Portraits.
Image view: All images are displayed on the relevant gallery page, and indicate title and dimension when framed. They cannot be enlarged further. The poppy image downloaded at 2240x1680, 1.26 MB!

Francine Van Hove












Name: Francine Van Hove
URL: http://www.francinevanhove.com:82/
NOTE: As of January 2012 this URL seems no longer to be active. However, the URL for the blog still works.
Bio: Born in Paris, 1942, where she lives and works. She has exhibited widely, including Chicago and Los Angeles.
Media: Oil, Pastel, Charcoal
Publications: At least six considerable gallery catalogues.
Subjects: The female form.
Style: Realistic. Modern Classical
Navigation: Site is in French. Main Menu remains available on top once you enter site. Site last updated 2009. It is maintained by her gallery.
Gallery: Under the link Visite you will find Themes (subjects) and Categories (media). There are only 18 images under the two pastel categories, and most of those are studies for her oils. But these are masterly works. And don’t neglect to look at the oils as well.
Image view: All images can be enlarged to give title, medium and dimension.
Demo: No.
Blog: There is a considerable blog dedicated to Van Hove, written by someone who clearly is an insider or intimate. The more recent postings tend to be bi-lingual (English and French) but it is fundamentally a French blog. http://francinevanhove.blogspot.com/index.html
Ebay: No.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ellen Eagle

Name: Ellen Eagle
URL: http://www.elleneagleportraits.com/
Bio: High points of Art Education: California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California; BFA With Distinction in Drawing; The Art Students League of New York; National Academy School of Fine Arts; Daniel Greene Workshop.
Media: Pastel,
Subjects: Portraits
Style: Realistic; stylish.
Navigation: Click on index page to enter. After that, Main Menu remains available on side except on gallery pages
Gallery: Five pages of thumbnails.
Image view: All thumbnails can be clicked on to enlarge. Enlargements can be clicked on for details. Images can be saved.
Demo: No. However, she has posted some interesting published writings on her site.

Ellen Dittebrandt













Name: Ellen Dittebrandt
URL: http://www.dittebrandt.com/
Bio: Ellen's painting and pastel technique is self taught; she likes to come up with her own way of applying media. "When I paint, I generally paint fast," she says, "just letting it flow out of me. It feels like I don't know what I am doing most of the time." Apparently few people believe that. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine; shown at Portland's Real Mother Goose Gallery, Columbia Art Gallery, and Earthworks Gallery.
Media: Pastel, acrylic
Subjects: Landscape, trees, plants
Style: Expressionistic, highly coloured palette
Navigation: Each gallery opens on new page, while home page remains available.
Gallery: By year from 1999 to 2008. Acrylics take over from 2007 on.
Image view: To see a larger version of any picture, click on the thumbnail to enlarge – information on size and medium is not consistent. Images are viewed in Adobe Flashplayer 10. I thought it worth the trouble to post a painting here. This is a unique vision.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ed Chesnovitch

Name: Ed Chesnovitch
URL: http://www.chesnovitch.com/
Bio: Ed Chesnovitch, a Stroudsburg-Pennsylvania-based artist, is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has studied extensively at The Art Students League of New York, and the Cape Cod School of Art, Provincetown, Massachusetts. He is an elected member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried Signature Member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main Menu remains available at bottom of all pages.
Gallery: A single page, filmstrip view enables by Adobe Flash, so no download possible.
Image view: No information on images apart from title
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Dustin Van Wechel


Name: Dustin Van Wechel, PSA
URL: http://www.dustinvanwechel.com/
Bio: In February of 2002, Dustin Van Wechel left a successful 8-year career in the advertising industry to pursue his true passion, fine art, full-time.
Since then, Dustin has won numerous awards including the prestigious 2004 Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition, the Wildlife Award and Teton Lodge Company Award at the 2006 Arts for the Parks competition .
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Wildlife
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main Menu remains available on all pages.
Gallery: Available works; Archived works.
Image view: To see a larger version of any picture, click on the thumbnail to enlarge and get full information. It can be enlarged again in pop-up window, and can then be saved. File size considerable, the bison painting is 720x480, 147 KB.
Blog: http://www.dustinvanwechel.blogspot.com/
Ebay: No.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Donna Rossetti-Bailey











Name: Donna Rossetti-Bailey
URL: http://donnarossetti-bailey.com/home.html
Bio: 1974 Boston University School of Fine Arts, M.A. B.F.A. in art education. From 1974 to 1997 was Art Instructor in Rockland Public Schools. Member of the American Pastel Society.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main Menu remains available on all pages.
Gallery: About thirty thumbnails on Portfolio page. No information provided at this level.
Image view: To see a larger version of any picture, click on the thumbnail. It enlarges in Adobe Flashplayer, i.e does not download. Data on image, dimension and medium.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Daggi Wallace


Name: Daggi Wallace
URLhttp://daggistudio.com/
Bio: Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Daggi came to the United States in 1979 at the age of sixteen.
Having had her first painting lessons at the age of five, she continued drawing and painting through childhood into adulthood. Primarily self-taught she continues her studies through workshops and classes by nationally known artists.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscapes, Still Lifes, Figures and Portraits.
Style: Likes to move between realism, impressionism and abstraction
Navigation: Main Menu remains available on all pages.
Gallery: Portraits, Landscapes, Still Lifes and Floral, Figurative, New Works, Archive, Surfers, Musicians.
Image view: Each gallery thumbnail has data on medium and size. Click on image to enlarge; click again to enlarge further. Image may be saved, up to 500x335, 153 KB
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Colleen Hoerner














Name: Colleen Paul Hoerner
URL: http://www.colleenhoernerpastels.com/
Bio: Colleen grew up in St. Paul, a small town in central Nebraska, named for her great-grandfather. After moving west to Colorado, she graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA. Following several years of working in colored pencil and watercolor, Hoerner switched to pastel a decade ago and has worked in the medium ever since.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Various
Style: Representational
Navigation: Basic
Gallery: Thumbnails are on home page
Image view: Each thumbnail will enlarge with information added. Click on image to return to gallery. Image may be saved. File size about 450x2300, 30 KB
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Claude Carvin














Name: Claude Carvin
URL: http://claude.carvin.free.fr/
Bio: Claude Carvin was born in 1956 in Marseille. He pursued a course in arts at the Beaux Arts d'Aix-en-Provence from 1972 to 1976. He moved to the Ardèche in 1992 where he has exhibited regularly, and he has contributed to national and international exhibitions. Attracted at first by painting in oil, Claude Carvin has pointed himself for some years towards pastel, a tool that allows for more spontaneity and the instant translation of emotion experienced. He now works in pastel, oil and mixed media that allow greater creativity, and Alla Prima acrylic.
Media: Pastel, oil, scrylic, pen and wash
Subjects: In pastel his subject matter is primarily landscape.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Website is in French. The Main Menu remains accessible on the top of the page. It is easy to follow.
Gallery: By medium
Image view: Each thumbnail will enlarge to a good size, but there is no data on original dimension. Saved files are very large, up to 2000x3000, 896 KB
Blog: No.
Ebay: Occasionally.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christine Dumont














Name: Christine Dumont
URL: http://www.christinefussydumont.com/introduction/index.html
Bio: After attending Marthenot Serge Lapeyre workshop in Fine Arts, Christine Dumont discovered Pastel with Jacqueline Bouvier. She then worked for several years with Claude Texier (Master Pastellist PSA) also at the same time took drawing lessons with Philippe Autefage.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Primarily still life.
Style: Representational, romantic – Texier’s influence is evident.
Navigation: Website is in French. Click on painting on index page to enter site. The Main Menu remains accessible on the top of the page from then on.
Gallery: Mes oeuvres opens a page with a choice of four galleries: Natures Mortes (Still Life); Portraits; Paysages (Landscapes); Animaux (Animals) . Each gallery may have several pages.
Image view: Each thumbnail will enlarge to a good size, but there is no data on original dimension. Right click is disabled.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Christine Barret














Name: Christine Barret
URL: http://barretchristine.free.fr/index.html
Bio: Christine Barret was born in Burgundy, and is now living in Brittany. She is self taught. She has exhibited since 1992, and has won prizes for her pastels in national competitions in France.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscapes, Seascapes
Style: Representational
Navigation: Each link on the Main Menu opens a new page – it is necessary to click on retour on the bottom to retuirn – or just hit “return” on the keyboard. Site last updated January 2008.
Gallery: There are two galleries, one called galerie with five images, the other called commandes with three images.
Image view: Each image is large and cannot be increased in size. Right click is disabled. A knowledge of html will get around this.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Chris












Name: Chris
URL: http://chrispastel.fr/
Bio: After training as a painter-decorator, Christian Serrurier began painting artistically in 1967 and exhibited as an amateur in the '80s. He turned professional in 1990 and he concentrated on oil painting until his meeting in 1996 with Jean Pierre Merat, Master Pastellist and President of the Society of French Pastellists.
Maître pastelliste de la Société des Pastellistes de France, Chris est fidèle à l'esprit de la peinture flamande et fasciné par la magie surréaliste de Dali. Il a su élaborer un style exotique et singulier. De l'art flamand, il a gardé le sens des valeurs, la vie des choses et le rendu scrupuleux du détail. Sa soif de lumière et de sensualité le fait interroger le clair-obscur et donne libre cours à son goût des tons modérés et à une certaine forme de naturalisme.

Media: Pastel
Subjects: Seascape, still life. Some of his florals have been reproduced by the Aubusson tapestries.
Style: Classical
Navigation: Facile. Main menu remains on top and bottom of page.
Gallery: Seascapes, Floral, Still Life
Image view: Gallery thumbnails are on a serial slide show; they enlarge when clicked to give details of size (centimetres – the website is French); they may be saved. File size up to 640x400, 53 KB.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Carolyn Caldwell


Name: Carolyn Caldwell
URL: http://carolyncaldwell.com/
Bio: Carolyn Caldwell is a painter and pastel artist living on Deer Island, Maine. She studied photography and art at University of Montana, San Francisco State and Université de Strasbourg. She received a degree in Architecture from Boston Architectural Center and moved to the Caribbean where she designed houses for 16 years. She returned to painting in 1987.
Media: Pastel, acrylic, oil.
Subjects: Landscape, seascapes, still life.
Style: Representational
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Elements series; Recent pastels; Fields to the sea Oils; Bay Island series; Low Light, Coastal Landscapes, Foreign Soil, Lobsterville, Fields of Light, Caribbean.
Image view: Gallery thumbnails enlarge on new page to give size, medium etc. One can move backward or forward serially through the enlargements, and clicking on the enlarged image opens it again in pop-up window, where it may be saved.
Blog: Musings from the studio of life.

Camille Marchand












Name: Camille Marchand
URL: http://marchand.camille.free.fr/
Bio: A teacher of plastic arts, trained in the School of Decorative Arts, Geneva and the Grenoble Ecole des Beaux Arts
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Various
Style: Painterly, almost naïve.
Navigation: Professionally designed site. Minimalist. Follow the “galerie” links, which are stylised icons of pastel strokes.
Gallery: Missions, portraits, florals
Image view: Thumbnails (no data on size) enlarge on new page. Images may be saved. The most recent date from 2004.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Bob Franklin

“Nineteen to One” © Bob Franklin 
Name: Bob Franklin PSA
URL: http://www.bobfranklinart.com/About_Bob.html
Bio: A self-taught artist, Bob was born in Philadelphia and spent much of his life on the east coast before moving to Texas in 1990
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Missions, portraits, florals
Style: Stylised; finishes his pastels to look like oils. Some of the religious works give more than a nod to El Greco
Navigation: Professionally designed site. Main menu remains on top of page at all times.
Gallery: Missions, portraits, florals
Image view: Thumbnails (with data on size) enlarge on new page with a filmstrip view. Images may not be saved. Nineteen to One is 24 x 36 ins.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Bernard Collet



Name: Bernard Collet
URL: http://www.bernardcollet.fr/
Bio: Classical training 1958 -1963 Julian Academy and Beaux-Arts de Paris.
1963 - 1966 assistant to the painter Orazi
Media: Pastel, oil, collage.pencil, charcoal, ink
Subjects: Landscape, skies, figures, abstractions
Style: Representational to abstract depending on subject
Navigation: Website is bilingual. Click on the Union Jack for the English version. Immediately beneath the update is a flashing arrow pointing at a very small typeface that one clicks for paintings put on line 2009; below this is another line with 2008, 2007 and 2006-2005. You need to squint, or turn up the print size (ctrl+ will do it, but don’t forget to reverse the process with ctrl-).
Gallery: Use the dates, as above, or click on the thumbnails to enter the nine other galleries, which may well contain sub-galleries. Not all the images appear in their placeholders. It’s all a bit complicated.
Image view: Thumbnails enlarge on new page to give dimension and medium (in centimetres – this is a French site). They may be saved. Files sizes up to 624x418, 72 KB.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Astrid Volquardsen






Name: Astrid Volquardsen
URL: http://www.pastellbilder.de/
Bio: Astrid Volquardsen was born in Hamburg 1969. From 1991 to 1996 taught at the Technical University and College of Fine Arts in Braunschweig, and at the College of Higher Education in Bath, England.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Mainly seascapes - it is interesting to compare her sand-dunes with those of Annabel Greenhalgh.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Website is in German. Easy to navigate. There is also a blog in English (see Blog, below). Main menu remains on top of all pages. Werkreihen is the link to the gallery pages, of which there are four.
Gallery: The galleries are: Nordlichter (Northern Lights); Unter segeln (under sail); Hafen Hamburg (Port of Hamburg); Werkstatt Wasser (Water workshop).
Image view: Full size images that cycle serially forward (weiter) or backward (zurück). Medium, support and dimension (in centimetres) given. They may be saved. Files sizes up to 750x520, 88 KB.
Blog: Yes, in German http://pastellbilder.blogspot.com/ and also in English: http://www.pastellbilder.de/en/blog/
Ebay: No.

Annabel Greenhalgh















Name: Annabel Greenhalgh
URL: http://www.annabelgreenhalgh.com/
Bio: Landscape artist Annabel Greenhalgh lives and works on the Pembrokeshire coast of Wales. Working in pastel and oil, Annabel is well known for her sand dune paintings as well as her coastal paintings. She exhibits in Britain and America.
Media: Pastel, oil, acrylic
Subjects: Landscapes, seascapes and sand dunes. (Compare her dunes with those of Astrid Volquardsen).
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main menu remains available at left side of all pages
Gallery: “Original Work”
Image view: Large thumbnails that enlarge a little more on a new page with full information. Download file size up to 500x374, 152 KB
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Ann Von Ehr















Name: Ann Von Ehr, PSA
URL: http://www.annevonehr.com/
Bio: Non available
Media: Pastel, and oil pastels
Subjects: Landscapes, flowers
Style: “Representational, logical, abstract, instinctive” – in the artist’s own words.
Navigation: Inconsistent. Two “main menus” can appear on same page.
Gallery: By “Collection” and “Prints”
Image view: About a dozen thumbnails that enlarge on a new page with no navigation other than back/forward and up/down buttons – words would be better. The original works carry no information on medium or dimension. Only the prints are labelled. Downloads are up to 576x448, 123 KB.
Demos: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Ann Marguerite Murphy













Name: Ann M.Murphy
URL: http://annmmurphy.com/
Bio: Ann Marguerite Murphy grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and York Harbor, Maine, attended schools in Lexington, graduated from Lasell College, and has studied with nationally recognized artists and prominent New England artists, about whom she is modestly coy. She and her husband live on the southern coast of Massachusetts.
Media: Pastel, oil, watercolour
Subjects: Landscape and seascape
Style: Ranges from representational landscape and seascape to a semi-abstract series of shorebirds and sealife.
Navigation: Pointless Flash intro on index page can, and should, be skipped. Main menu on left side of page remains available.
Gallery: By medium.
Image view: A few thumbnails only
Demos: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Albert Handell













Name: Albert Handell
URL: http://alberthandell.com/
Bio: Albert Handell was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1937. He began formal studies of drawing and anatomy at the age of sixteen. In 1954, he enrolled at the Art Students League of New York City to study drawing and anatomy with the late Louis Priscilla and the late Robert Ward Johnson, and later studied painting for two years with Frank Mason. From 1961 to 1965, Mr. Handell lived and traveled in Europe. In Paris, he painted independently in his own studio, working from life at L'Ecole de la Grande Chaumiere and at the Louvre, copying the old masters.
Since 1961, he has had over thirty one-man shows and has received over seventy prizes and awards.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscape.
Publications:
Oil Painting Workshop, Watson Guptill, 1979
Pastel Painting Workshop, Watson Guptill, 1981
Intuitive Composition, Watson Guptill, 1989
Intuitive Light, Watson Guptill, 1995
Painting The Pastel Landscape, Watson Guptill, 2000.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main menu remains on top of all pages.
Gallery: Main menu item “Artwork”
Image view: Two pages of thumbnails that may be enlarged, but not saved.
Demos: No.
Blog: This is a blog-based website, with an actual blog included.

Alain J. Picard

Wonder copyright Alain Picard

Name: Alain J. Picard
URL: http://www.picardstudio.com/
Bio: Alain Picard studied at the Art Student's League in New York City, and currently makes his home in Southbury, Connecticut. Picard cites Sargent, Degas, and Sorolla among his artistic influences. He has garnered top awards in esteemed exhibitions including the Pastel Society of America, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, and the Connecticut Pastel Society where he holds signature member status. In 2004, The Artist's Magazine highlighted Alain as one of 20 contemporary artists "On the Rise".
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Figurative, landscape, still life.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Exemplary. Main menu remains on top of all pages, with drop-down lists from main titles.
Gallery: Main menu item “Fine Art” has dropdown list: Figurative, Landscape, Still life, Rwanda; also a separate main menu item on Portraiture.
Image view: Thumbnails in each gallery will enlarge as slideshow on same page to give information on size and medium. This data also appears as tooltip when cursor rests on each thumbnail. Download is possible.
Demos: Just one, slideshow of a painting’s progress on the website. There is another demo on the blog. Wonder is 12 x 16 ins, 1000 x 753, 536 KB
Blog: Yes, at http://picardstudio.com/blog/

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Abderrahmane Latrache


Name: Abderrahmane Latrache
Bio: Born 1954 in Taza, Morocco. While studying medicine at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium took evening classes in art in Brussels and from Belgian Master Pastellists.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Figurative
Style: Representational
Navigation: Site is in French but easy to navigate.
Gallery: Sahara, Africa, diverse.
Image view: Thumbnails in each gallery will enlarge to give information on size and support. These may be saved, up to 500x924, 427 KB
Demos: Just one, a painting in progress, on a page said to be “under construction”
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.
URL: http://www.latrache.com/

Aaron Schuerr













Name: Aaron Schuerr
URL: http://aaronschuerr.com
Bio: Aaron Schuerr started his studies at The Art Institute of Chicago and moved on to an art college in Scotland. At his graduation in Scotland in 1995 he sold out his degree show, thereby financing a move to Montana, where he became a full-time professional artist in 2004.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main menu remains on top of all pages.
Gallery: Archived work;  Available work
Image view:  The thumbnails give title, and sometimes medium. Click to enlarge in slide show. Download is not possible.
Demos: No.
Blog: This website is effectively a blog - and there are blog pages included as such in the overall design.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nathalie Picoulet


“Le grand turban brodé” © Nathalie Picoulet
Name: Nathalie Picoulet
URLhttp://www.picoulet.com/ 
Bio: Nathalie Picoulet does not believe in chance or luck. The place she has obtained as a pastel artist, she knows she has gained through work, work and still work. "Seven days a week, I returned to the studio as Tibetan monks do in prayer ! "
Self-taught, Nathalie Picoulet has progressed to become a Master Pastellist of the French Pastel Society. Her first exhibitions in the Somme and Seine Maritime heralded the emergence of an immense talent. She won numerous awards from 1995 to 2002 and her instantly recognisable works are now sold on both sides of the Atlantic.
In 2003, Nathalie Picoulet based her studio in Roscoff, Brittany. She moved to Muzillac, and spent some time aboard a yacht in the course of restoration, moored on the Vilaine near La Roche-Bernard.
In 2013 Nathalie moved to Saint-Dolay in the Morbihan department of Brittany.

Media: Pastel. The dominant brown support, in a subtle game with the medium, places the figure firmly in the limelight. The colors and textures of the drapery add a sensual staging.
Subjects: The female nude
Style: Classical realism
Navigation: Website is in French, with all links remaining available on top of page.
Gallery: Des Portraits; Des Nus.
Image view: The thumbnails enlarge in a viewer on same page, and the enlarged image may be saved. Information is provided on title and dimension. File sizes are among the biggest I’ve seen, up to 1600x1600, 530 KB. Le grand turban brodé is 64 x 85 cm.
Demos/Blog: No.


Friday, November 27, 2009

Lucy Petrie













Name: Lucy Petrie, PSA
URL: http://www.lucypetrie.com/
Bio: Lucy's primary career is as a clinical psychologist. In 2002 she read 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' by Betty Edwards. Six months later, after receiving a small set of pastels as a gift, she began taking pastel classes and was accepted into her first juried shows in 2004. She was elected in September 2007 a SIGNATURE Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA).
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Still life, landscape, flowers, birds.
Style: Meticulous, detailed, highly finished.
Navigation: Main Menu on top on home page: Still life/floral, landscape, portrait/figure, birds. This remains on all sub-pages.
Gallery: Four galleries of thumbnails by subject.
Image view: The thumbnails, with data, will enlarge on new page when clicked, and the enlarged image may be saved. File size about 550x350, 20 KB.
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

G. Daniel Massad















Name: G. Daniel Massad
URL: http://personal-pages.lvc.edu/massad/
Bio: Born 1946, Oklahoma City. Graduated from Princeton in 1969, with two things he considered as useful to him as his degree: his first box of pastels, and what would prove to be a deeply influential lifelong connection with Toshiko Takaezu, his instructor in ceramics.
Media: Pastel. Massad observes that the dense surface texture he seeks requires many layers of minute revision, ten pastels constitute roughly three years of almost full-time work at the easel.
Subjects: Still life. Massad has called himself a "rhyparographer" – a painter of common things. That’s a new word in my lexicon.
Style: Meticulous, realistic, sober.
Navigation: Main Menu on top on home page. Sub-menus depend on the page content. Professionally-designed site pared to the essentials.
Gallery: Two galleries of thumbnails - Recent Work, and Archives. Title indicated as tooltip on thumbnails.
Image view: The recent work thumbnails will enlarge on same page when clicked to give data, and the enlarged image may be saved. File size up to 600x1000, 117 KB. Archived thmbnails do not enlarge.
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dick McEvoy













Name: Dick McEvoy, PSA
URL: http://www.dickmcevoypaintings.com/
Bio: Dick was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, lived most of his formative years in Duxbury Massachusetts, and he has lived in Newtown CT. since 1981. Dick is a pastel and oil artist working in Connecticut and New England, and he travels annually to Europe. He specializes in the impressionist landscape.
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Impressionistic
Navigation: Main Menu on left on all pages. Clearly an attractive, professionally-designed site.
Gallery: Four galleries of thumbnails by gallery name. Medium and size indicated on some thumbnails, but not on all. The “currently available” gallery is subdivided by medium, and the pastels section has thumbnails that enlarge once to almost full screen size. You can then progress as in a slide show, or click on image to return to gallery.
Image view: Thumbnails enlarge in new window. Medium and size indicated. Click on image to enlarge even more. Enlargements may freely be saved, although there is a strict copyright notice on the website. File size up to 648x574, 520 KB – one of the largest file sizes encountered on these sites.
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Desmond O'Hagan















Name: Desmond O’Hagan, PSA
URL: http://www.desmondohagan.com/
Bio: O'Hagan was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and was raised in the United States. He enjoys working in several mediums including watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, pen-and-ink, and monotypes; but his primary focus is pastels and oils. He is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and is listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in America. In May 2005, he was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies' "Master Circle".
Media: Pastel, oil, watercolour, acrylic, charcoal
Subjects: Figurative, landscape, cityscapes, interiors.
Style: His unique painting style has been evolving from a very young age and can be described as a style that enlists the viewer in the interpretation of details loosely portrayed. O’Hagan uses broad strokes with the side of the pastel to create an image that is impressionistic, almost cubist, but totally recognisable. This is a style that seems to inform his work in oil.
Navigation: Main Menu on left on all pages – although there is no link to Homepage once you leave it.
Gallery: A single page of thumbnails divided by gallery name, but all are visible on the one page.
Image view: Thumbnails enlarge in new window. Medium and size indicated. Click on image or “Return “ to go back to gallery to choose next image. Enlargements may freely be saved. File size up to 500x673, 205 KB
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Dawn Emerson










Name: Dawn Emerson, PSA
URL: http://www.dawnemerson.com/
Bio: BA English/Art Brown University, Providence RI 1977. Since becoming a professional in 1996, Dawn has exhibited her work in numerous national and international shows. Among her many professional affiliations, Dawn has earned signature member status with the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and is currently an associate member of the American Academy of Equine Art and the Association of Animal Artists.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: People, Animals, Landscapes
Publication: The India Collection, self-published, available from the website.
Style: Representational, painterly. Her animals are magnificent.
Navigation: Home page has Main Menu on left, with slide show active on page. One of the more attractive sites.
Gallery: New work, animals, landscape, people
Image view: Thumbnails enlarge in pop-up window. Right click disabled. One can get to the image via the html but it’s convoluted.
Demos: On YouTube at this link
Blog: No
Ebay: No

David Garrison










Name: David Garrison, PSA
URL: http://david-garrison.com/
Bio: Born in Jacksonville, Illinois but has lived in many areas such as California, Colorado, the Southwest and Chicago, Illinois. He now resides in Burlington, Iowa and Normandy, France. He gained his Bachelor of Arts Degree, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois, and had studied Anatomy with Bill Parks of the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois. David is married to French artist Cécile Houel, and is a member of the prestigious Societé des Pastellistes de France.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscapes, still life
Style: Representational, expressionist treatment.
Navigation: Home page has Main Menu on top. This remains on all pages.
Gallery: Murals, Pastels, Oils
Image view: Click on gallery of 16 pastel thumbnails to enlarge.. Downloads up to 990x680, 496 KB.
Demos: Yes. David has on his website a Speed Painting, two hours reduced to 4 min. 22 sec. youtube video of a pastel painting in a field of sunflowers near Arles, France.
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Dave Beckett













Name: Dave Beckett PSC, PSA
URL: http://www.davebeckettartcanada.com/
Bio: Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1939, his family moved to Toronto in 1940 and in 1947 they relocated to Orillia, Ontario. At the age of thirteen he began his first art lessons with Edna Van Konnet, a Toronto artist. In 1954 he began a career in advertising sales and marketing, a successful career that was to develop and continue until 1979. He swapped his briefcase for an easel and box of pastels and moved from Toronto to Orillia, Ontario and a new life...
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscapes
Style: Representational
Navigation: Home page has Main Menu at side. This remains on all pages.
Gallery: Series of thumbnails of individual works by name. Resting the cursor on the image brings up a little information about the painting.
Image view: Click on gallery thumbnails to enlarge – not to a very great size. On the plus side the right click is not disabled. Downloads to 332x330, 53 KB.
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Colleen Howe









Name: Colleen Howe
URL: http://www.colleenhowe.com/
Bio: Colleen K. Howe was born in American Fork, Utah in 1953. She studied painting at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. She then specialized by studying pastel painting with Sally Strand and Doug Dawson. She also studied with Michael Workman.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscapes, equine
Style: Representational
Navigation: Home page has Main Menu at side and on bottom of other pages.
Gallery: Series of thumbnails of individual works by name,
Image view: Click on gallery thumbnails to enlarge – not to a very great enlargement. No data given on size or medium (presumably pastel). Right click disabled. This can be overcome by viewing the source code and locating the “img src=” tag that corresponds to the image required. However, the resulting file is not immense . The “Yellowstone Wildflowers” featured here downloads at 676x320, 30 KB.
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Christine Ivers
















Name: Christine Ivers PSA
URL: http://www.christineivers.com/
Bio: Chris attained a BFA in painting and two dimensional design from Harford Art School in 1973 and worked in advertising field for 40 years. She has been Creative Director at numerous ad agencies and in 1986 broke off on her own to start her own company. She is the current President of the CT Pastel Society where she also holds Signature Artist Membership. Chris is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, an Elected Artist Member at Lyme Art Association and with Academic Artists of America.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Portraits, nightscapes, landscapes, still life
Style: Representational
Navigation: Home page has Main Menu at bottom, which remains on all pages; also a gallery guide.
Gallery: still life, nightscapes, portraits commission, landscapes, demonstrations
Image view: Click on gallery thumbnails to enlarge for size and medium. The download files are up to 600x500, 94 KB.
Demos: There are two images on the demo pages that purport to be .mov files but I can’t open them
Blog: No
Ebay: No