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

Charline Eppright
















Name: Charline Eppright
URL: http://www.ceppright.com/Site/Welcome.html
Bio: . Member of the American Society of Portrait Artists, and Austin Pastel Society, which she co-founded in 1998, and Plein Air Austin
Since 1980 Charline has focused her attention on oil and pastel portraits. More recently she has expanded into landscape painting, especially in Europe.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Portraits, landscapes, still life
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main menu remains at top of page, except in galleries.
Gallery: Landscape. Still Life, Figure.
Image view: Gallery thumbnails give size and medium. Click to enlarge. This brings up the options, of “play slideshow”, “previous” and “next”, and the very unusual “Download” option. Well done Char! The downloads are a good size, up to 1024x751, 116 KB.
Demos: No
Blog: Not as such, but does comment in her site on her “painting of the month.”
Ebay: No

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cécile Houel


Bio: Cécile Houel, PSA was born in Brest ( Brittany ) in 1963. Self taught painter. Studied Art History at the Louvre, specialising in Islamic art. Life studies at the Ateliers de la ville de Paris ( ink, acrylic, pencil). Moved to Normandy in 1999. From 2000 to 2002 studied under the late Alain Victor, master pastellist. She is married to fellow artist David Garrison.
Media: Pastel, charcoal
Subjects: Figures mainly.


Style: Representational
Navigation: Bi-lingual choice from home page. Main menu remains at top of page, except in galleries.
Gallery: Seven galleries, one of charcoal.
Image view: Gallery images enlarge, but must hit return button to go back to thumbnails. Right click is disabled, but View, Source, and a knowledge of HTML defeats this block.
URL: http://cecile-houel.com/en
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Camille Leblond













Name: Camille Leblond
URL: http://www.camille-leblond.net/
Bio: Camille Leblond was born in Morocco in 1950. Aged 12 he read a book written by Perruchot about the life of Van Gogh which inspired him to become a painter. His technique and style changed drastically when, in Brittany, the pastel became his chosen medium. His personal exploration of powder pastel, combined with the particular qualities of the Breton landscape opened him up as a figurative and landscape artist. Powder pastel itself became a source of inspiration, research and subject matter.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Portraits, figures, objects and landscapes
Style: Luminous representations of familiar and intimate things
Navigation: After the index page, where you need to click on "entrez" at the bottom, the Main Menu remains available on the side. It is in French, but self-explanatory.
Gallery: Camargue, Provence, Africa, Brittany, Ireland
Image view: Thumbnails enlarge, but enlargements need further click to side for details which could easily be displayed with image. Enlargements can be saved, up to 500x330 25 KB. There is also a “pastel book” which is effectively a slide-show
Demos: No, but a seven minute video of the modesty, the emotion, the musical silence, the magic of Leblond’s world,
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bonnie Paruch


















Name: Bonnie Paruch PSA
URL: http://www.bonnieparuchfineart.com/
Bio: Bonnie Paruch is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of The Oil Painters of America (OPA). Her bold and impressionistic oil and pastel paintings have been exhibited in many national and regional exhibitions. Bonnie described her plein air paintings and techniques in an article she authored in the May/June, 2002 issue of International Pastel Artist.
Media: pastel, oils
Subjects: mixed
Style: loose, impressionistic
Navigation: Mmain menu clear.
Gallery: divided by media for available works; The archives folder offers no data on medium or size; in this folder the images are thumbnails that won’t enlarge.
Image view: Thumbnails; click to enlarge on new page. Use browser back button to return to Pastel painting Page. Downloads can be up to 500x430, 50 KB
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Bob Rohm
















Name: Bob Rohm
URL: http://www.bobrohm.com/
Bio: In the years following his graduation from the York Academy of Arts in 1970, Bob Rohm entered into a career in film and video production, starting as a camera assistant and eventually running his own production company. The demands of this business led him to stop painting altogether for nearly ten years. Rohm's return to painting was triggered in early 80's when he moved from the North-East to Texas. Bob began to cut back on his production business in order to paint part time, and, in a few short years he became a full time artist.
Media: Pastels, oils
Subjects: Landscapes: Light, shadows, patterns and textures
Publications: The Painterly Approach, North Light Books, 2008.
Style: "Although my work is representational, I simplify textures and surfaces to dramatize planes of light and color. My use of color is impressionistic and expressive. I contrast both hard and soft edges, as well as transparent and opaque paint."
Navigation: By media
Gallery: Two galleries, landscapes, and figures. These lead to thumbnail pages.
Image view: thumbnails with info on size, medium. Click to enlarge on new page. Use back button to return. Can download enlargements, image size 2060x1550 254 KB
Demos: No, but he lists his materials and supports.
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Susan A. Hollis
















Name: Susan A. Hollis, PSA
URL: http://www.susanahollis.com
Bio: After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in textile design from the Rhode Island School of Design, Susan worked as a freelance fiber artist, but in 1990 she took up painting professionally.
Media: Pastels, oils
Subjects: Landscapes: Light, shadows, patterns and textures
Style: Painterly realism
Navigation: By media
Gallery: Four thumbnails per page
Image view: Click thumbnails to enlarge with info – size, price - on same page. Can download, image size 400x300 65 KB
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Margaret Dyer

















Name: Margaret Dyer, PSA
URL:http://www.margaretdyer.com
Bio: 20 years a pastellist; now venturing into oils
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Cityscapes, people
Publications: Self-published
Style: Loose, expressionistic
Navigation: Top of page, text links
Gallery: Frames-based
Image view: Click thumbnails to enlarge with info – size, price - on same page. Can download, image size up to 575x690 175 KB but this includes the background with info.
Demos: No
Blog:Yes, where she post small studies, preliminary drawings for larger pieces.
Ebay: These 5x7 pastels are auctioned on ebay, with prices beginning at $100.00.

Bill James

















Name: Bill James
URL: http://artistbilljames.com/
Bio: Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. Worked as an illustrator for the first part of his career. During that time, he constantly worked on his own paintings in pastel, oil, and watercolor, painting figurative works as well as landscapes.
Media: Pastel, watercolour, oil
Subjects: Landscapes, rural, still life
Publications: Self-published selection of his works in three media
Style: Self-styled Impressionist
Navigation: Exemplary: main menu stays at top of page throughout site
Gallery: pastel landscapes; pastel figurative; watercolours; oils; graphite, charcoal and pastel. Twenty thumbnails per page with information on dimension and medium.
Image view: Click thumbnails to enlarge (twice – why? Why not go straight to the bigger picture?). Larger image can be saved, image size up to 500x464, 324 KB
Demos: No, but he does offer an online critique and teaching service.
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Bill Creevy

















Name: Bill Creevy PSA
URL: http://www.billcreevy.com/
Bio: Bill Creevy is a widely exhibited New York artist with over twelve solo shows to his credit and has had work represented in many group shows throughout the nation and abroad. Originally a native of New Orleans, Bill Creevy holds an MFA degree from Louisiana State University and a BA degree from the University of New Orleans. Among his many awards and honors are included the National Art Master’s Award for Pastel Teaching sponsored by American Artist magazine; and the Max Beckman Teaching Fellowship from the Brooklyn Museum. Creevy is also a signature member and Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.
Media: Pastel, oil
Publications:The Pastel Book, Watson & Guptill, 1991;
The Oil Painting Book, Watson & Guptill, 1994.
Subjects: Varied - still life, landscape, city, people
Style: Representational, but unmistakably a painting; his style is quite individual.
Navigation: Bottom of page: Pastels. Oils. Artist
Gallery: Oil, and Pastel respectively
Image view: 18-20 thumbnails to enlarge; no information as to dimension. Enlarged image may be saved., up to 780x783, 124 KB
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Allan Stephenson















Name: Allan Stephenson
URL: http://allanstephenson.com/
Bio: Allan Stephenson, a native of England living in the United States since 1971, studied at the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, and the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. Allan began his art career in commercial art, working in black and white as an illustrator for science fiction books and magazines. “I grew up in England and it has influenced my idea of what a landscape is and so I am drawn to pastoral places wherever they may be.”
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Pastoral, landscape
Publications: Has published his own book:  A Sense of Place: Twenty Years of Landscape Painting, on Blurb.
Style: Traditional
Navigation: Stays on top of all pages except enlarged images
Gallery: arranged according to geographical themes such as Pastoral - which includes England and Oregon, the big open skies of the Western United States, Italy in particular Tuscany, and Abstract
Image view: Thumbnails give info on medium and size, and open large in new page; must use back button to return. Images may be saved up to 600x400, 40 KB
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Alicia St. Rose











Name: Alicia St. Rose
URL: http://www.aliciastrose.com/
Bio: Born in Riverside, California, 1964. While attending the University of California at Santa Barbara, discovered photorealism and super-realism. The artist was fascinated by the works of Richard Estes, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy and, especially, Ralph Goings..
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Architecture, people
Publications:
Style: “Super-realism in pastel”
Navigation: Sidebar stays visible on all pages
Gallery: Two galleries, urban still life, and African portraits
Image view: Thumbnails clickable for bigger image in pop-up window. The pop-up will include some detail images.
Demos: No, but she does describe the process of getting from photograph to finished painting
Blog: No
Ebay: No

In memoriam Glenna Hartmann PSA

Angles-sur-Anglin Glenna Hartmann passed away on 12th June. 2008, at just 60 years of age. Her exhibition calendar was full up to October 2008; her August and September workshops were postponed, new dates poignantly “TBA” on her website.

I first met Glenna Hartmann through the pages of the Pastel Journal - issue No.3 featured her work on the cover. I never had the opportunity to meet her in life, but I almost feel I know her. I have stood on the very spot where she must have set up her easel to paint the lovely French village of Angles-sur-Anglin. I believe she enjoyed reading Sue Grafton – me too!

Glenna enjoyed painting the historic ranchos and remote ranchlands of Santa Barbara and Marin counties. She worked as as plein-air painter, completing about 80% of her work on location. On her website her paintings were organised by location too – California, Channel Islands, Sierra, Carolina, France. She also collaborated closely with her good friend Ellen Easton in the realization of a series of books published by the Easton Gallery in Santa Barbara, where her work was represented for 18 years. The Easton Gallery is handling Glenna’s estate and there are paintings by Glenna still available through the gallery.

Every true artist expresses and reveals themselves in their paintings; and Glenna’s beautiful paintings reveal a beautiful mind, a sweet spirit, a generous heart. She said in her inteview with Maggie Price: "I want my paintings to be a refuge. They are a refuge for me." For others too.

This generosity was manifest in her website, where she allowed her paintings to be freely downloaded, without watermark or disable code. I don’t know how long the site can remain online without maintenance - NOTE 27.12.2011: The website no longer exists. 

As we say in Ireland, ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a h-anam geal – may her shining soul be at God’s right hand.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Marion W. Hylton














Name : Marion W. Hylton
URL: http://www.marionwhylton.com/
Bio: Born on a farm near Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and lived from about age ten in St. Paul Minnesota, Marion W. Hylton has been an active painter most of her life, and works in the realistic tradition. Her formal art training began at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, where she was the recipient of a 4-year scholarship. There she studied with Hilton Leech, the renowned watercolorist for whom an art center in Sarasota was named. Besides watercolor, her recent work, primarily landscapes and portraits, has included oil, acrylic and pastel, all of which are of equal interest to her.
Media: Pastel, watercolour, oil, acrylic
Subjects: Landscapes, portraits
Publications:
Style: Realistic
Navigation: Main menu always available on side
Gallery: Two pages of thumbnails
Image view: Thumbnails enlarge to some of the biggest images on any artist’s website. Size is not indicated but the artist has kindly informed me that all would be under 22" x 30", the size of a full sheet of watercolor paper. Download is freely available.
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Alicia Sotherland

That Irish temper




















Name: Alicia Sotherland
URL: http://www.aliciasotherland.com/
Bio: Alicia Sotherland is a self taught artist who began painting in 1999, after several other career pursuits.
Media: Pastels and oils
Subjects: People
Publications:
Style Loosely drawn impressionist in both media.
Navigation: main menu good;
Gallery: divided by media; Right click disabled; access denied to jpg even with correct URL gleaned from img src= “ ”. *(One can always photograph the PC screen. Or use the Prt Sc function, then Edit, Paste as New Image in Paint Shop Pro, or File, New from Clipboard in Adobe Photoshop.)
Image sizes not always given.
Image view:Serial images, one at a time; no enlargements; main menu stays available
Demos: No
Blog: Yes
Ebay: No

Darlene Morgensen

Naples Red Revisited











Name: Darlene Morgensen
URL: http://www.darlenemorgensen.com/Home.htm
NOTE: This URL no longer connects to Darlene Morgensen's website (certainly true as of 27.12.2011). It is now necessary to Google  her name in order to link directly to galleries that display her work online.
Bio: She is Scot/Irish/Comanche mix, and was raised a Texan who has lived and painted in some of the most remote areas of Alaska and Washington State. The magical environments of her former homes in Alaska and the Olympic Peninsula served as rich subject matter.
Now living on Florida's gulf coast.
Media: Pastels, oils, acrylics
Subjects: Landscapes. plein-air and studio
Navigation: To galleries
Gallery: Landscapes; miniatures (6”x5”)
Image view: Some thumbnails may be enlarged for info; this is not consistent; enlargements may be downloaded to 1000x700 57 KB. Back button to return to gallery
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Bridget Herbst









Name: Bridget Herbst
URL: http://www.bridgetherbst.com/
Bio: Bridget Herbst teaches and demonstrates pastel both in and out of her home. Her figures in Oil have been exhibited in numerous shows including the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 105th Annual Open Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club in NYC. Her Pastels have been juried into shows nationwide, including Pastel USA. She became a member of the Degas Pastel Society in 2004 at the invitation of the organization’s Board of Directors and was also juried into Signature Membership of the Connecticut Pastel Society in 2005. Bridget is a Full Member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
Media: Pastel, oils
Subjects: See “gallery”
Style: Representational
Navigation: Main menu on top, links to Landscapes, Figures, Still Life, Portraits, Golf Art, Pet portraits at side
Gallery: Landscapes, Figures, Still Life, Portraits, Golf Art, Pet portraits; Each gallery is subdivied into further categories
Image view: watermarked thumbnails may be enlarged for viewing and info on medium, size and availability; these are right-click protected.
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Brian Burt














Name: Brian Burt
URL: http://www.bmburt.com/
Bio: Began to study of painting at Miami university in 1994. After graduating with his bachelors in ‘98 moved to Minneapolis and began a three year apprenticeship at the Atelier School Of Fine Arts. For the next four years focused primarily on pastels and began to carve out a niche in this medium.
Media: pastels, prints
Subjects: Not easy to categorise – quirky still-life maybe
Style: contrived photo-realistic set-ups;
Navigation: Main menu ok
Gallery: Sold; available
Image view: Small thumbnails in series with one larger image open – click this to enlarge on new page – another click to view info - this is not always provided on sold work. Image shows painting framed. Can navigate serially (but blindly) at this magnification. Must navigate back to gallery or use browser back button.
Demos: Yes
Blog: http://www.blogger.com/”
Ebay: No

Andi Curran






















Name: Andi Curran
URL: http://www.andicurran.com/
Bio:Andi Curran specializes in botanical drawings and landscapes. Her colorful pastels possess a painterly sensuality, employing the use of contrast in paying homage to her subject. Her explosion of color evokes an unmistakable and inherent optimism
Andi has studied visual arts and art history at Towson University, Maryland Institute of Art, and Johns Hopkins University. She has also studied under Wolfe Kahn in New York City. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and two children.
Media: pastel
Subjects: botanical; landscape
Style: colourful, illustrative
Navigation: main menu good;
Gallery: all thumbnails on page
Image view: click thumbnails to open new window with serial vewing; Clicking thumbnail opens window for serial viewing,; can be right clicked at this point to save image, or can also click to view full size – either download seems to save the larger image – both recorded an identical download size of 400x500 239 KB; must navigate back to gallery
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Anatoly Dverin














Name: Anatoly Dverin
URL: http://www.4anatoly.com/index.htm
Bio: Born in Ukraine, Anatoly Emigrated to the United States 27 years ago. He now resides in Plainville, Massachusetts where he maintains his studio. Dverin earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree and B.A. Degree from the "Kharkov Fine Art Institute" in Ukraine. He also studied in the "Muchina institute" in St. Petersburg, Russia. His colorful and impressionistic paintings reflect his Eastern European background. Anatoly also enjoys painting American and Canadian landscapes, as well as city-scapes. OPA, signature member; PSA
Media: Pastels and oils
Subjects: landscapes,city-scapes, people
Publications: Anatoly Dverin, American Impressionist *Limited Edition Signed Copy*
180 pages, with over 150 full color illustrations, and an autobiography of the artist.
Available via website
Style: Loose, painterly
Navigation: main menu good;
Gallery: divided by subject, (landscapes; portraits; still life) not by media
Image view :four thumbnails per page with info; click to open new window with larger, savable image; 570x500; 55 KB; Gallery Page and Main Menu stay available
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Victor Richardson
















Name: Victor Richardson
URL: http://www.victorrichardson.com/
Bio: Victor Richardson was born in Belfast in 1952. He moved to County Cork in 1974 where he has lived for most of the last 30 years except for a few years in England and France. He has worked as a professional painter since 1980, exhibiting widely in Ireland , Britain and the U.S.A. Obvious influences in his paintings were the works of Seurat, Bonnard and Klimt, but over time he has adapted elements of Impressionism and Pointillism to develop his own distinctive style which manifests a fresh and vivid approach to traditional imagery. One of my top ten pastel painters.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscapes
Style: Refined pointillism
Navigation: Tabbed links stay on top of page
Gallery: Thumbnails at bottom of page, main image in centre
Image view: Adobe Simpleviewer. No information on image. Right click in Simpleviewer allows image to be opened in new window, where it can be saved. A 2000x900, almost 1 Mbyte image download is possible, which is excellent given the particular and unique style of this artist. Victor is in my top ten.
SimpleViewer is a free, customizable Flash image gallery that allows you to display your images on any web page in a professional, intuitive and simple way.
Demos/Blog: No
UPDATE: This is a pdf of an article I published in the Pastel Journal in December 2012:

Stephanie Birdsall

















Name: Stephanie Birdsall
URL: http://stephaniebirdsall.com/
Bio: Stephanie Birdsall received her formal training at the City and Guilds of London Art School in England. After graduation she spent time traveling through Europe honing her skills as a plein air painter. Upon her return to the United States, Stephanie continued her study under several top artists including: Doug Dawson, Albert Handel, Ramon Kelly, and Frank Federico and has been fortunate to paint under the tutelage of Richard Schmid and the Putney Painters.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Still life, Plein air landscapes, floral, farmyard.
Style: Representational. Still life pieces are classical in conception
Navigation: Easy
Gallery: Each gallery exhibits thumbnails; the information on each gives size but not medium; however, most if not all the landscapes are in pastel.
Image view: Each thumbnail enlarges, where the medium and availability is mentioned. The enlargements can be followed in series; or one can return to gallery and choose a particular image to view. Enlargements are not blocked from download.
Demos: Interview on PBS, now on YouTube
Blog: No
Ebay: No

Richard McKinley

The Cove 14x14



















Name: Richard McKinley PSA
URL: http://www.mckinleystudio.com/
Bio: McKinley says:"I was born in the Rogue Valley of Oregon and spent my youth growing up with the rivers and mountains that form this special place. It is from these subjects that I receive inspiration. "
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: "My goal is to capture a piece of the spontaneous dance of light across the palette of nature"
PublishedPastel Pointers, North Light 2010. ISBN 9781440308390.
Richard McKinley has been a professional artist for over 35 years. Factor in nearly as many years of teaching experience, and that adds up to a whole lot of know-how to share. In Pastel Pointers, he lays it all out: information on tools, materials, color, composition, landscape elements, finishes and more.


  • Compiles the best of McKinley's popular Pastel Pointers blog and Pastel Journal columns


  • Covers frequently asked questions ("How do I achieve natural-looking greens?") and simple solutions to common problems, such as excess pigment buildup


  • Includes a chapter on "The Business of Pastels"—tips for framing, shipping, preparing for gallery shows, and otherwise representing your work in a professional manner


  • This book covers everything from the fundamentals to get you going (how to lay out your palette, create an underpainting, evoke luminous effects) to inspirations that will keep you growing (plein air painting, working in a series, keeping a painting journal). 

    Richard does a weekly blog for the Pastel Journal magazine entitled "Pastel Pointers." This has formed the basis for his book. (See side panel)
    Style: Plein air
    Navigation: Links remain at top of page
    Gallery: Organised by medium, and by recent or archved
    Image view: Gallery thumbnails enlarge on new page. Images may be saved up to 600x483, 123 KB
    Demos: No
    Blog: Yes, at Pastel Pointers
    Ebay: No

    Patrick Martin
























    Name: Patrick Martin
    URL: http://www.patrick-martin.com/
    Bio: Patrick Martin was born in 1951 in Pavillons-sous-Bois near Paris. Then, he followed artistic studies and received a strong multidisciplinary education at the Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques et des Metiers d'Arts. In 1973 he received a diploma with honors. He began his professional life as a textile designer. Since 1979, he has continued with a double artistic career : Art teacher (drawing, painting, watercolours, pastel,...) and pastel painter.
    Media: Pastel
    Subjects: Still life, landscape
    Style: representational, highly realistic still life; landscapes looser, more sketchy
    Navigation: Bi-lingual site. Easy to navigate, although the main menu does not remain visible on all pages
    Gallery: Nine galleries
    Ile et vilaine a Dinan 48 x 60 cm.jpg














    Image view: Gallery thumbnail enlarge on new page, where right click is disabled – knowledge of html will get around this.
    Demos: Yes, step by step demonstrations of three still-life set-ups
    Blog: No
    Ebay: No

    Marie-Pierre Le Sellin






















    Name: Marie-Pierre Le Sellin
    Old URL (still online): http://mplspastels.free.fr/
    New URL: http://pastelslesellin.blog4ever.com/blog/index-303657.html
    Bio: Marie-Pierre Le Sellin ‘s background is classical. Born in Paris in 1967 In School of Applied Arts in Paris 1984 –1988. Working as a graphic artist in Paris and in Charente-Maritime until 1992. Botanical watercolors for the City of Paris until 1995 and then for Klorane laboratories with the collaboration of the Natural History Museum in Paris.
    Now based in the small village of Matha, in the heart of the Cognac vineyards,
    Media: Pastels, acrylic, watercolour
    Subjects: Still life, flowers
    Style: Representational
    Navigation: For the old website, click on image on index page, then follow main menu at left - it is in French, but check out Galeries for images, and Ma technique for the demos. After that it's easy.
    For the new website, the first three headings under Photos link to artworks. There's a lot more of interest on the site, but you need French!
    Gallery: Old website: Organised by subject, six images per page. New website: Organised by subject, five large images per page.
    Image view: Old website: Thumbnails enlarge to new page, and can be saved.
    Demos: Yes, stage by stage.
    Blog: No
    Ebay: No

    Rosalie Nadeau

















    Name: Rosalie Nadeau
    URL: http://www.rosalienadeau.com/rosalienadeau.com/Home.html
    Bio: The artist earned her BFA in painting at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1970
    Media: Pastels, oil
    Subjects: Still life, landscape, figure, narrative
    Style: Loose, impressionist
    Navigation: by medium and subject
    Gallery: Opens to frames-based page; thumbnails to one side, main pic in centre. Excellent display size.
    Image view: Excellent display size in main frame. Download size 750x500 230 KB
    Demos: No
    Blog: No
    Ebay:No

    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    Margaret Glass
















    Name: Margaret Glass, P.S., M.P., S.P.F.
    URL: http://www.margaretglass.com/index.php
    Bio: 1969 Commenced regular showing in Provinces Paintings accepted at the RA, RSMA, PS, SWA. 1972: First Exhibition, Ipswich. 1974: Work first accepted by the Paris Salon (Société des Artists Francais). 1975 Elected Associate, Société des Artists Francais. First One-man Exhibition in France : Biarritz.
    Media: pastel, oil
    Subjects: Landscape, waterside, Venice
    Style: Representational, but unmistakably paintings
    Navigation: Easy
    Gallery: Organised by subject
    Image view: Thumbnails may be enlarged on new page; must go back to gallery. Downloads up to 687x567 473 KB
    Demos: No
    Blog: No
    Ebay: No

    Elizabeth Mowry














    Name: Elizabeth Mowry, Master Pastellist, PSA
    URL: http://www.elizabethmowry.com/elizabethmowry.com/Home.html
    Bio: Elizabeth Mowry is a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and Art du Pastel en France, and a Distinguished Pastelist and member of the Board of Advisors in the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in the World. Before retiring from teaching in 2002, she was an instructor for fifteen years at the Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, New York, and led painting workshops in many parts of the world. She is now frequently invited to jury national and international exhibitions
    Media: Pastels, oils
    Subjects: Landscape
    Publications: The Pastelist’s Year Watson-Guptill Publications, 2001
    The Poetic Landscape, Watson-Guptill Publications, 2001.
    Landscape Meditations, Watson-Guptill Publications, 2005.
    Style: Loose, impressionistic
    Navigation: Easy
    Gallery: By media.
    Image view: Frames-based, thumbnails to right, enlargement in main frame. Easy, keeps you on same page. Downloads are up to 544x380, 107 KB
    Demos: No
    Blog: No
    Ebay: No