Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Maria Paterson

Name: Maria Paterson
URL: http://www.mariapaterson.com/
Bio: Maria Paterson was born in Scotland, and emigrated with her family to Australia when young. She first settled in Sydney, and as a teenager moved to the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales where most of her art has been created. Maria began her art studies when she was 17, attending Meadowbank TAFE (Technical And Further Education). She has experimented with most painting mediums, favouring oils and pastels, but she has also made sculptures in ceramics and other materials. After completing a B.A. at Southern Cross University, she worked on large scale pastels in a figurative style for the corporate market in Queensland. From these works emerged the still life and interior narratives where objects take on personal meanings, work strongly influenced by reflections about life around us. Maria has been painting for 25 years, is an award-winning pastellist, and has had numerous group and solo exhibitions.
Medium: Pastel, oil, sculpture.
Subjects: Landscape; Figures in landscape; Still Life.
Style: Representational, stylised.
Navigation: Main menu disappears once you open a gallery. You need to use the back button to navigate to the main page, or else open the gallery in a new window/tab.
Gallery: Pastels; Oils; Sculptures.
Image View: Each gallery opens in a new window. The thumbnails may be viewed singly, or in a slideshow. The images may be downloaded. Unfortunately no information is provided on the original size of the painting. This would have been of especial interest as Maria makes a point of mentioning “large-scale” pastels in her biographical information. I have chosen the image Sheepstation as it is the nearest thing I have seen in contemporary art to Henri (le Douanier) Rousseau. It is 450 x 351, 126 KB.
Blog: http://treasuresfromthesculpturecupboard.blogspot.com/.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Vivian Kral

Name: Vivian Kral
URL: http://membres.multimania.fr/vkral/gallery.htm
Bio: Vivian Kral was born in Brussels in 1963.
Her father, who was a commercial artist, encouraged her to improve her evident talent for drawing and painting. After secondary school she attended La Cambre (ENSAV – Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels) in Brussels.
Her favourite subjects have been the piers in Oostende, and urban sites in Brussels. Vivian says: What I mostly like is to render space, perspective, light playing with the characters and the objects.
Medium: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Urban and industrial landscape.
Style: Realistic.
Navigation: This French website is one of those that hosts members, and as such Vivian’s work is in a webpage, rather than on her own site. The advertisements are irritating, but it is worth the effort to view the amazing work.
Gallery: Pier on piles; Old stores; Workshops; Grand Palais; Factories; Towns.
Image View: Each thumbnail opens on a new page. You need to use the back button to return to the gallery page, unless you enlarge each image in a new tab/window. Enlargements can be saved. This image, one of several entitled Steelworks, is 100x140 cm, 592 x 434, 78 KB.
Demo/Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christiane Plante

Name: Christiane Plante, PPC, PSA, PSEC
URL: http://www.christianeplante.com/index.php
Bio: Christiane was born in 1951 in Authier, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, a region located in western Quebec, Canada, along the Ontario. From 1970 to 2004, she taught art at secondary level, while pursuing vocational training courses: Certificates in Plastics Arts, oil painting, pottery, enamel on copper, watercolor and pastel. Since 1986, she has devoted herself to pastel, and has studied with Max Stiebel, Dave Beckett, Daniel Green, Ben Konis, Christina Debarry and Albert Handel.
She is a Premier Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Canada and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada. She is also a member of the Portrait Society of Canada and the Circle of Painters and Sculptors of Quebec. Several of her paintings are in public collections. She has received numerous awards and citations since 1989 and has exhibited in Quebec, Canada, the United States, Portugal and France. Several of her works have been published as art editions for large companies in Quebec.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape; Portraits; Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in French. Main menu remains available at top of page.
Gallery: Paysages d’eau, (waterscapes); Paysages de terre (landscapes); Natures mortes (Still life); Portraits; Divers (other).
Image View: Each gallery opens in a new window. The thumbnails may be viewed singly, or in a slideshow (diaporama). The display is Adobe Flash, hence no download possible, except for the usual workaround. Printemps (Spring) is 16 x 20 ins.
Demo/Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Claude Texier - New Book

One for the collector and lover of pastels - a limited edition book of Claude Texier's pastel paintings.

Madame Claude Texier spent the first twenty years of her life in Morocco, which has greatly influenced her art subsequently. Her passion for drawing and painting, recognised by Edmond Vales, her art teacher, led her to devote herself to painting in pastel. A Maitre Pastelliste of the Société de Pastellistes de France, she has also been recognised as a Master Pastellist by the Pastel Society of America. I don't keep a league table of pastel artists on this blog, but I have already nominated Claude Texier among my top ten pastel artists in a previous post.
Claude has just published a book called: Une envie de pastel - (A Yearning for Pastel). She explains:
" My intention is not to write a book on the theory or practice of pastel. There are so many different techniques, mine is just one of many. It is in fact a book of paintings that I would like to share with those I love, and those who appreciate my work ".

The book is a limited edition art book of 108 pages, landscape format (23 x 29 cm).
Stiff case-cover, square back.
Text in French (but paintings are universal!).
Available from mid-December, 2010.
Can be ordered by mail (within the limits of the available stock).
The price of the book is 60 € (add postal charges, according to the country of destination - should amount to about €4.50 for USA, Canada, Europe.
The first 100 orders will have a personalized dedication.
For more information go to: this page on her website

Voilà ce que le Pratique des Arts a dit sur Claude Texier:
"Consacrée Master Pastellist par la célèbre Pastel Society of America en 2007, Claude Texier est aujourd'hui reconnue bien au-delà (l'hexagone) , La beauté des lumières chaudes et diffuses alliée à la justesse du dessin, la qualité de la composition et la maîtrise de la couleur s'expriment à travers un savoir-faire singulier qui suscite une profonde émotion chez le spectateur. Une forte exigence personelle et une remise en cause régulière constituent certainement le secret de Claude Texier, artiste discrète qui préfère laisser parler ses pastels à sa place."
Je suis tout à fait d'accord. Claude Texier reste toujours parmi mes preferées de toutes les patellistes du monde.

Elle auto-édite un livre intitulé : "Une envie de pastel" dont elle donne une idée du contenu par ces mots :
"Mon intention n’est pas de faire un livre de conseils ou de pratique du pastel. Il existe tellement de techniques différentes pour le pratiquer, la mienne en est une parmi d’autres. En fait, c’est un livre d’images que je voudrais partager avec ceux que j’aime, et ceux qui apprécient mon travail".
Dépêchez-vous, vous autres, à: cette page sur le website

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Chris Chapman

Name: Chris Chapman, PSA
URL: http://www.chrischapmanfineart.com/
Bio: Chris Chapman was born in 1950 in Pasadena, and trained in the University of Oregon and U. Cal. at Santa Barbara. She has taught landscape painting in Santa Barbara City College; and the exacting art of botanical illustration at the Wildling Museum, Los Olivos, Ca., and at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
Chris Chapman’s California landscapes are forthright and honest. Chris spent her childhood exploring the foothills and orchards on horseback. While most of her plein air work centres on her Santa Barbara home grounds, Chris ranges farther afield, collecting plants for her botanical work, thus engaging in a closer encounter with the landscape.
Chris is a member of the Oak Group, (as was the late Glenna Hartmann) - a Santa Barbara based group of landscape painters formed in 1986 whence it has raised well over a million dollars to preserve endangered environments and her work is included in a feature about the Oak Group in American Artist Plein Air Issue, Fall 2011. She is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Santa Barbara Art Association, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and member of American Society of Botanical Artists.
Medium: Pastel, watercolour.
Subjects: Landscape; Botanical illustration.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at bottom of page.
Gallery: Watercolors (3 pages); Pastels (3 pages); Botanical Illustration (3 pages); Archive (3 pages).
Image View: Clicking on the thumbnails enlarges them in a pop-up window, where information on size etc. is presented You cannot scroll through the enlargements, but must open each one individually. The enlargements may be saved. Perfect Day is 12 x 17 ins. 504 x 337, 76.8 KB.
Demo/Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Carolyn Robles

Name: Carolyn Robles
URL: http://www.carolynrobles.com
Bio: Born in 1977, Carolyn Robles received her BFA in 2000 from Northern Arizona University. She moved to Europe 2003-2007 where she continued her studies in Stedlijke Academie in Brugge, Belgium, the Academie d’Art in Valencia, Spain, as well as self-directed studies while in Nice - visiting museums and cathedrals all the while, where she says she found her greatest teachers. When she returned to the U.S.A. she enrolled as a student at Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD), graduating with an MFA in painting.
Carolyn put her sojourn in Valencia to good use, being awarded the 2009 Jack Richeson/Unison Pastels Best of Show award in the Pastel Journal. Carolyn's winning portrait Fallera in Turquoise was inspired while she was attending a festival in Valencia, Spain. The falleras are the young women chosen to represent each neighborhood during the Fallas festival. The painting can be seen on he website, along with some other Spain-inspired pastels.
Carolyn is currently based in Huntington Beach, Ca.
Medium: Pastel, oil. Carolyn has been working with a relatively small collection of pastels, which she claims forces her to seek out value rather than colour first.
Subjects: Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Simple main menu is on top of page.
Gallery: Portfolio of 12 paintings in pastel and in oil. You will wish for more.
Image View: Clicking on the thumbnails enlarges them on same page, and you can scroll through the enlargements. Right click on the bigger picture to open in a new window, from where you can download the jpg. file.
Carolyn says of her painting Origami: “I was walking around the city (Florence) and I saw this lady on the steps making origami bugs and selling them to tourists. She was really lost in her craft... It was very nice, and the light was beautiful." Origami is 28 x 32 ins. 667 x 591, 382 KB.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Annie Gross

Name: Annie Gross
URL: http://pastels-annie-gross.pagesperso-orange.fr/
Bio: Annie Gross trained as a musician and taught piano for nearly 40 years. (An uncle took up painting on retirement, although colorblind.) From these auspicious beginnigs, Annie stared to paint in 2000. A native of Pas de Calais, Annie retired from 25 years in Lorraine to Perigord in 1999, where the landscapes inspired her to swap music for painting. Taught by Mary Robiche, Annie made rapid progress. What began as a whim turned into a passion.
A series of classes with Peter Thomas and Chris Serrurier in 2005 confirmed her preference for pastel. In 2008 her persistence was rewarded with a prize from the municipality of Sourzac. Annie now lives and paints in Saint-Medard-de-Mussidan, Dordogne.
Medium: Pastel, oil, watercolour.
Subjects: Floral,gardens and landscapes, old stones ....
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in French, (except for some translation of painting titles.) There is a somewhat fractured English option, in the style of Welkom in my website. Main menu is at the left side.
Gallery: In the French version, with the exception of Aquarelles and Huiles (watercolour and oils, respectively) all the other galleries contain pastels. There may be several pages of these, although confusingly the rubric asks you to click on the image suivante – the next image rather than on the next page. When you do this, do not be confused either by the fact that the lead image on each page is always the same one.
In the English version, the layout is different. Just click on Gallery. This opens what is effectively a site map for each gallery page. Navigation from then on takes you back to the French gallery pages.....
Image View: Clicking on the thumbnails enlarges them in a separate window, but does not allow download. Don’t omit to check out Grands Formats, which is a page of enlargements that again disallows the right click/save as option. Here we go again. Surely everyone knows how to use Prt Sc by now! There is no indication of the size of the originals, although at St. Aulaye this year Annie's three offerings were each 40 x 50 cm.
Demo: No
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Brigitte Charles

Name: Brigitte Charles
URL: http://www.brigittecharles.com/
Bio: Brigitte Charles was born 1953, and lives in Creuzier-le-Vieux (Allier) Auvergne, France. She has exhibited widely in France and won the 1st prize Pastel Girault at St. Aulaye, 2010, with her painting Low Tide. Like Brigitte Bouron, Brigitte Charles studied pastel for three years with Jean-Claude Marc; she has also participated in classes with Patrice Bourdin and Claude Texier.
Brigitte states: Depuis mon enfance, j'ai toujours aimé le dessin. Durant quelques années en stand by pour raisons familiales et professionnelles, j'ai gardé une passion pour tout ce qui touche à la peinture et à l'art en général. Je suis membre de l'atelier Robert Mermet à Cusset (03) où j'ai appris la technique du pastel avec JC Marc, ancien élève de M. Robert Mermet, sculpteur bourbonnais. Je coache les débutants au pastel. Le pastel est ma technique de prédilection. J'aime jouer avec les transparences de couleurs, la lumière et l'aspect flouté. À l'occasion de stages, je suis l'élève de Claude Texier, maître pastelliste internationale. Je participe à de nombreuses expositions telles que : Salon du Pastel en Bretagne, Salon du Pastel en Val de Loire, Salon du Pastel à Lyon, Salon du Pastel en Périgord, salons animaliers et diverses manifestations régionales et nationales.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Figurative; Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This French website has an English version. Like the previous post, it is powered by Artmajeur, a commercial online gallery. To view the images, click on Artworks.
Gallery: All the artwork is visible on the one page. Click on the subgallery title to view its content.
Image View: The images enlarge in a slideshow and cannot be downloaded without resorting to the Prt Sc option. A Marée Basse (Low Tide) is 50x65 cms..
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Brigitte Bouron

Name: Brigitte Bouron
URL: http://www.brigittebouron.com/
Bio: Born France 1959. For nine years she studied drawing and pastel with Jean-Claude Marc, himself a pupil of the sculptor Robert Mermet. She has participated, and won awards, in several exhibitions on the region of Auvergne. She resides in Gacon, Molles, near Vichy.
Brigitte states: Pendant neuf ans j'ai appris le dessin et le pastel avec Jean-Claude MARC, ancien élève du sculpteur Robert MERMET, aujourd'hui qu'il n'est plus parmi nous, nous avons repris l'atelier et essayons de faire perdurer ses conseils. Je travaille le pastel, l'huile, l'acrylique et réalise des modelages. Je participe à plusieurs expositions en auvergne et ai obtenu quelques prix déjà. Ma technique de prédilection reste le pastel avec lequel j'essaie d'exprimer mes états d'âme. Les années passant la passion est plus forte encore, et il ne passe pas une semaine sans que je ne sois baignée dans cet art.
Medium: Pastel, oil, acrylic.sculpture.
Subjects: Figurative; Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This French website has an English version. It is powered by Artmajeur, a commercial online gallery. To view the images, click on Artworks.
Gallery: All the artwork is visible on the one page. Click on the subgallery title to view its content.
Image View: The images enlarge in a slideshow and cannot be downloaded without resorting to the Prt Sc option. Yellow Lilies is 50x6o cms..
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bonita Paulis

Name: Bonita Paulis
URL: http://www.bonitapaulis.com/
Bio:Bonita Paulis is a member of the Tahoe Art League, the regional representative of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and a signature member of the Sierra Pastel Society. She has been living and painting in the Lake Tahoe region for 25 years, where she finds an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is actually a blog, although the URL gives no hint of this. There is no gallery as such, just scroll down the page to view the paintings. Those on the main page may generally be clicked on to enlarge, those to the right have no hyperlink. Also, those paintings at the bottom of the web page, when you have scrolled down fully, do not link to enlargements.
Image View: When the hyperlinked images are enlarged they open on a new page, and are very big indeed, among the biggest I’ve seen, and often larger than life-size. High Sierra Gem is 12 x 36 ins. 1600 x 533, 230 KB
Demo: No.
Blog: The website is a blog.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Bev Lee

Name: Bev Lee, PSA
URL: http://beverlylee.fineartstudioonline.com/
Bio: Largely self taught, Bev Lee began to devote more time to art ten years ago, when her children were grown. She has taken classes at Mesa State College and Colorado Mountain College. She has also attended workshops with Doug Dawson, Terry Ludwig, Xiang Zhang, and Daniel Greene.
Bev has been juried into numerous competitions and has received over fifty awards. Her paintings are in both private and corporate collections around the country. She has had works published in the May 2002 Pastel Artist International, the November 2003 Artist Magazine, and the October/November 2005 issue of The International Artist Magazine. She had a feature article on her art and practice in the October 2004 of the Pastel Journal, and in December 2008 the Journal published a step-by-step guide to capturing a likeness, excerpted from her book (vide infra).
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Figurative, Still Life.
Publications: Painting Children, secrets to capturing childhood moments, North Light Books/Fw publications, 2008. ISBN 978-1-60061-038-7.
One of forty featured artists in Sketchbook Confidential. Editors: Pamela Wissman and Stefanie Laufersweile, North Light Books/Fw publications, 2010. ISBN: 9781440308598
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top. This is an atypical FineArtStudioOnline website – unless the format has changed. I found all the pages slower than usual to load – was it just my connection?
Gallery: Children’s portraits; Adult portraits; Animal Art; Floral Still Life. Each gallery has an option to view archived works. This links to a webpage where among the choices is View Archived Works – this is a dead link, leading nowhere at all. Just click on the word All to see two pages comprised of 30 images.
Image View: Individual thumbnails, when click enlarge to include name and size, and can be zoomed and then saved. Dancing Waters is 18 x 24 ins. 550 x 4o8, 229 KB
Demo: No.
Blog:/EBay/Flickr: No.

Becky Jokela

Name: Becky Jokela
URL: http://www.beckyjokela.com/beckyjokela/Home.html
Bio: Becky Jokela lives on a farm near Cannon Falls, Minnesota, overlooking Sogn Valley. She began studying art at the University of Oregon and later graduated with a degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota.
Becky Jokela has been teaching art to Zumbrota-Mazeppa high school and elementary students since 1985.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape en plein air
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains at side.
Gallery: Paintings (available paintings); Portfolio (archive of sold work).
Image View: A page of thumbnails, all described with name and size, can be viewed individually or in a slideshow. Clicking on the thumbnail enlarges it, and the options are to go forward or back in the slidehow, or to download! Choosing download opens the image at its highest resolution on a new page, from where it may be saved to your PC. Parade Route, Becky's lovely image of a full border of day-lilies, is 9 x 12 ins. 629 x 480, 91.6 KB
Demo: No.
Blog:/EBay/Flickr: No.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Becky Johnson

Name: Becky Johnson
URL: http://www.beckyjohnsonpastels.com/
Bio: Born near St. Louis, Missouri, Becky Johnson spent her childhood traveling extensively with her military family. From her earliest years, drawing was her chief creative outlet, and after moving to Green Mountain Falls, Colorado in 1972, she began to pursue painting as a full-time career. After an early focus on painting wildlife, in recent years landscape, often en plein air, has become her primary focus.
Becky participates in juried and invitational exhibitions throughout the west and Midwest, and her work has received numerous awards. Her work is displayed in collections throughout the United States and overseas, including in the permanent collection of the Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas, and the permanent collection of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2010 she won Second Prize - Animals and Wildlife Category, Pastel 100 National Competition, The Pastel Journal and in 2009 the People's Choice, Douglas Invitational Art Show, Douglas Wyoming.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape,wildlife.
Style: Representational. Becky often works in small formats, which she feels keeps her work fresh and loose as she doesn’t have to get snared in the detail.
Navigation: Main menu remains at side.
Gallery: Original Pastel Paintings
Image View: Going to the first gallery back reveals some half-a-dozen images, and a further link, More Originals, which brings you through a further ten pages of images. Only those on the last few pages have been enabled for enlargement. Download is permitted. Heading Home is 18.5 x 15.5 ins, 383 x 442, 39.4 KB. I chose it because it's unseasonably cold in Ireland at the moment, and Becky's painting shows me how much colder it can be elsewhere!
Demo: No.
Blog:/EBay/Flickr: No.

Ann Wilkinson

Name: Ann Wilkinson PS RBSA
URL: http://www.annwilkinson.co.uk/
Bio: Raised in Lancashire, British artist Ann Wilkinson studied painting at Oldham School of Art and the Manchester College of Art. She moved to the Midlands where she taught both art and dressmaking, married and had her family. Gradually she eased out of full-time teaching, into adult education and eventually was able to concentrate on her own art. She was elected as a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1998. In 1996, 1997 and 1998 she spent periods of time in Oman teaching, painting and exhibiting her work.
Originally Ann worked exclusively in oils but about 20 years ago she inherited a set of pastels and fell in love with the medium. In 2002 she moved to Surrey and she became a member of the UK Pastel Society in 2005. She is now a committee member.
Ann exhibits regularly with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, the Birmingham Pastel Society, the Pastel Society and the Reigate Society of Artists. In 2006 she exhibited with the Society of Marine Artists.
Ann was featured in the August 2008 issue of the Pastel Journal, and in special hors-série issue of the French Pratique des Arts, October 2010, which dealt in depth with her technique.
Medium: Pastel, oil. Ann works mainly in pastel on an acrylic base. She works on dark green mountboard to which she applies thin washes of acrylic mixed with texturizing paste over her detailed charcoal drawing. The outlines around the objects in her paintings – remniscent of Alan Flattmann and Patrick Martin – are usually the dark underpainting showing through. She loves to have a “soft” effect in her work and to this end has an extrensive collection of “white” pastels in many tints of pink, blue, green and grey.
Subjects: Still life; figurative.
Style: Stylised representational. Ann is fascinated by pattern, and flattens the picture plane and plays with perspective to achieve her vision. A distinctive feature of her still lifes is the high viewpoint, foreshortening the objects and greatly reducing or eliminating the background.
Navigation: Main menu remains at side.
Gallery: Pictures
Image View: Twenty three thumbnails are featured on Ann’s website. You can click on each one to enlarge it and then progress through the enlargements; or choose Slideshow to open the images in a pop-up window, Curiously, the images give details of their resolution and file size, but not that of the original painting. The paintings are in fact usually 22.5 inches square. They may be downloaded. Still Life With Poppy Heads won the RBSA award 2009 and is 484x480, 55 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog:/EBay/Flickr: No.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Jill Stefani Wagner

Name: Jill Stefani Wagner
URL: http://www.jillwagnerart.com/
Bio: Jill Stefani Wagner was born in Port Huron, Michigan. She received a B.F.A. from The University of Michigan School of Art and is senior partner of a successful graphic design firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a member of the Pastel Society of America, National Watercolor Society, the Michigan Water Color Society, the Great Lakes Pastel Society, the Ann Arbor Women Artists and the Ann Arbor Area Pastelists. The Greater Michigan Art Exhibition awarded her the Excellence in Technique Award in 2004. Jill was given two Honorable Mention Awards in the 2009 Pastel 100 Competition, hosted by the Pastel Journal. She has mounted two solo exhibitions and displayed her work in various group shows.
Medium: Pastel, watercolour.
Subjects: Landscape; citiscape; figurative. Preferably en plein air.
Style: Representatonal.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Watercolours (eight subgalleries); Pastels (ten subgalleries – Riverstones. Landscapes; Figures; Florals; Architecture; Treescapes; Commissions; Work in Progress (effectively a demo); Animals; Orchard Views); Recent works (thumbnails); Giclées.
Image View: All thumbnails will display information on medium and size before opening, when the cursor rests on the thumbnail. This information is displayed as a function of the browser on the bottom left of the screen. The thumbnails open in a pop-up window, where you can run a slideshow, or print the chosen image – but right click is disabled. If you run the slideshow, the series begins with Slide 1, (sub)gallery 1, and not at the slide, or in the particular subgallery, that you have chosen to view.
I have chosen one of Jill’s orchard series to cheer me up as winter takes its first bite , but there is much to see and appreciate on this website, and one image goes nowhere near doing it justice.
Demo: Yes – see Work in Progress within the Pastel gallery.
Blog: http://www.jillwagnerart.com/artblog
EBay/Flickr: No.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dan Gray

Name: Dan (D.F.) Gray
URL: http://members.shaw.ca/dfgray/
Bio: Dan Gray's pastels are impressions of the moment. Born in Vancouver B.C., he has worked in soft pastel since 1975. Dan always paints from live models, always en plein air when painting the landscape. Designated a Premier Pastellist of Canada by the Pastel Society of Canada, his awards also include Plaque of Distinction (1990); 1st place Silver Pastel Plate (1994); and the inaugural award for Excellence and Dedication to Pastel (2000). His pastels are published and collected across Canada and internationally.
Medium: Pastel, acrylic
Subjects: Plein air landscape; figurative - Dan has a project to complete 2010 figures in this year of 2010.
Style: Impressionistic.
Navigation: Main menu on side. Some galleries give option to return home; each enlarged thumbnail gives option to return to gallery, or to homepage. Gallery navigation is inconsistent – some galleries are a mixture of enlargements and thumbnails.
Gallery: Recent works; Seascapes ’09; Automotive; Pastels of life (nudes); Jazz live; New acrylic works. There are also some other collections of paintings to view as you scroll down the page.
Image View: Images are displayed with an overlay of information; download is possible. GT 40 is 18 x 24 ins, 500x368, 84.4 KB.
Demo: Yes – three separate paintings.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Alain Bellanger

Name: Alain Bellanger
Bio: Alain Bellanger was born in 1953, in Châteauroux, Indre, the son of a house painter. Always good at drawing at school, he went on to study architecture and building, which he didn’t enjoy, and then, persuaded against the risks of life as an artist, he joined the Seita company (Societe Nationale d'Exploitation Industrielle des Tabacs et Allumettes was the former French state-owned tobacco monopoly), painting at home at night. He remained there for 13 years, during which he started start to think about the direction of his life, and to paint. His meeting with Gerard Laplace, a local artist, was the stimulus to devote himself full time to art.
Visiting one exhibition after another, painting a variety of subjects - rusty trucks, landscape, academic works - but one auspicious day a pile of crimson beetroot in a field arrested his attention, and led to other paintings of massed vegetables and fruits – ripe pumpkins became a speciality. There were difficult times - at one low point he took up cooking as a potential alternative career. But he settled on the common theme, for which he is now recognized - the vegetable world in general, and Cucurbitaceae in particular.
He creates his own method and style, tramping the fields and orchards with his camera, seeking the best colours and exposures. His hundreds of photographs serve as a basis for his studio work. The originality of his style lies partly in his choice of subject – he does not illustrate individual botanical specimens, nor fruits artificially assembled in a formal “still life”, but huge congregations of one kind of plant in its natural state – sunflower crops standing in a field, apples and cherries piled together after picking, windfallen apples lying together in clumps on the grass.
Dans une autre vie, Alain Bellanger a peut-être été puceron, doryphore ou limace, une de ces bestioles qui peuplent nos potagers ! Il en aurait gardé l'habitude de regarder les végétaux de très très près, d'avoir pour horizon une forêt de tiges, de feuilles, de légumes ou de fruits. Ce virtuose du pastel est en effet non seulement un amoureux du monde végétal mais aussi un adepte du plan rapproché. Il nous donne à voir la nature à travers des yeux d'insecte. Notre regard explore des enchevêtrements d'épis de maïs, de feuillages tropicaux, de grappes de raisins, de courges, quand ce ne sont pas des amoncellements de bouteilles, de tubes de couleur ou de boîtes de pastel.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Vegetables, still life.
Style: Hyperrealism.
Navigation: This site is in French but has an English version accessible on the top right of the Welcome page. This gives a selecton of links in English on the left of the page. The link you are most likely to use is the My Artwork link; note that My life in English seems to be an automatic, web-based translation of the original Ma vie and therefore reads a little oddly. I have offered an alternative to M. Bellanger.
Gallery: My Artwork (Mon oeuvre).
Image View: The gallery page lists a number of sub-gallery options in a set of horizontal thumbnail slideshows, with the number of images in each displayed. Click to select subgallery. Images are displayed with an overlay of information at the bottom, but may not be downloaded. Pastels is 45x74 cm.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

José Luis Fuentetaja

Name: José Luis Fuentetaja
URL: http://www.jlfuentetaja.com/
Bio: José Luis Fuentetaja was born in Madrid on July 21, 1951. At 13 he started working in advertising and attending the School of Arts and Crafts at Vallecas. At age 14 he moved to Switzerland and Geneva, was heavily exposed to art and decided to devote himself solely to painting. In the summer of 1966, he settled in Sitges. In Madrid Fuentetaja was taught by Peter Mozas in the school of Fine Arts and began a thorough grounding in the art of painting. At about this period he began painting in the street in Madrid and in Sitges, getting up close to all social classes, and financing his studies. He accomplished an astounding five thousand portraits in five years, of all ages and races.
Now Fuentetaja begins to travel. He visits and paints in Paris, London and Amsterdam, and moves to the Canary Islands every winter for 5 years. Disappointed with the West, Fuentetaja visits the Orient. When he makes his first trip to India, it lasts for months and after almost 20 years he has been back more than 25 times, visiting Bombay, Katmandu, Benares and Nepal.
He divides his year in two halves, between Sitges and the Calangute (Goa).
In recent years, Fuentetaja had painted many places in America and especially in Asia; he has painted in the Caribbean, Cuba, Bali, Vietnam, Thailand and most recently Burma (Myanmar), its people and its landscapes.
Fuentetaja's favourite working size is 50x65 cm. He uses CarbOthello pastel pencils for fine details, the square sticks by Faber-Castell and Rembrandt, also Rembrandt soft pastels; usually on Canson paper.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Publications: Numerous books showing his collected paintings. (Click on Etapas. There are five books on the right of the screen. Clicking on the book title brings up a webpage with thumbnails of the images in the books – these give some info as a tool tip, and may be clicked on to view. (Oleo sobre tela is oil on canvas; pastel is self-explanatory.) He has recently been twice featured in the French art journal Pratique des Arts. (Si vous vous trouvez en France, vous devez chercher Pratique des Arts, Hors-Série Pastel, 120 Secrets de Maitres Pastellistes, Octobre 2010.)
Subjects: Portraits, figures, landscape.
Style: Realism.
Navigation: This is a complex site, with the text in Spanish. Main menu remains on top of screen. To see the paintings, go first to Obra, but don’t omit to view the Etapas pages.
Gallery: Miradas de Asia (Asian Perspectives); Coleccion de fotografia; Piezas no disponibles (click on ver mas piézas to go to a new page); Litografias en venta (this link is corrupted). There are basically two pages of paintings here – the scrollable right side of Miradas, and a second page of these, accessed by clicking on Piezas no disponibles.
Image View: The gallery page has a section on the right with a vertical scroll bar, named Miradas de Asia. The thumbnails may be enlarged by clicking on them, but if you right click and open in a new tab or window, you can download. Information on medium and size is displayed. Burma Market is 65 x 50 cm. 600x453, 86 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: Yes, within the site.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lorenzo Chavez

Name: Lorenzo Chavez
URL: http://www.lorenzochavez.com/
Bio: Lorenzo Chavez was born in New Mexico in 1959 and has been painting professionally since he was 12. He graduated with honors from the Colorado Institute of Art in 1983. He is now considered by many to be the premier pastel painter of thne American West. He has been the recipient of awards and honors from the Pastel Sociey of America, the C.M. Russell Art Auction, and the Coeur d'Alene Art Auction. In 2004, his paintings were awarded the Silver Medal of Excellence from the Pastel Journal. He participates in many prestigious national invitational group exhibitions including the Pastel Society of America in New York. Lorenzo’s work has been featured in Southwest Art, Artists of the West, Art-Talk, The Artist's Magazine, and the Pastel Journal. He is also a sought-after pastel workshop instructor. Lorenzo, along with seven other pastel artists, represented Texas in St. Florent-le-Vieil, France, in 2010.
Lorenzo now resides in Parker, Colorado with his family
Medium: Pastel
Publications: Three pastel publications feature his works: Pure Color: The Best of Pastel (North Light Books, 2006), Plein Air New Mexico (Richeson, 2006), and Landscapes of Colorado (Fresco Fine Art Publications, 2007).
Subjects: Plein air landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top of screen.
Gallery: Available Paintings; Paintings in private collections.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a number of thumbnails to one side of a SimpleViewer screen. Clicking on any of the thumbnails brings it up in the viewer, (and you may scroll forward and back) and image information is displayed underneath. Because SimpleViewer is a Flash function download is not possible. (But there’s always the Prt Sc option.) The painting displayed here is Sierra Sunrise, 18 x 24 ins.
Demo: No, but look at the Pastel Society of Colorado’s website. The specific pages are: http://www.pastelsocietyofcolorado.org/gallery/chavez/demo.html and http://www.pastelsocietyofcolorado.org/gallery/chavez/demo_2010.html
UPDATE July 2012: The two foregoing pages seem to have been deleted from the Colorado society'swebsite.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mary Beth Martin

Name: Mary Beth Martin
URL: http://www.marybethmartin.com/
Bio: Chicago born Mary Beth Martin was raised in Indiana and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in 1971. As an artist she has been a painter, sculptor, photographer and teacher. Residing near Austin, Texas, Mary Beth’s wildlife paintings reflect the abundance of birds found in her back yard. She is a member of the Central Texas Pastel Society, the Williamson County Art Guild, the Capital Art Society, Georgetown Art Works Board and the Austin Pastel Society.

Mary Beth Martin is possibly the only artist ever to have been a professional clown. She served as president of the World Clown Association in 1992-1993. She clowned at the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll in 1992, and was a T.V. regular for four years on Buckskin and Friends - one of the longest running kids show in the U.S.

Mary Beth was one of the eight U.S. representatives at the 2010 International Pastel Festival in France. I mistook her husband Mike for Lorenzo Chavez (well, he was wearing a stetson!). Diana Moya has a painting of him in front of the Eiffel Tower on her website - and he's nearly as tall!
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscapes, Portraits, Still life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains at side.
Gallery: Portraits; Animals; Landscapes and Cityscapes; Flowers and Still Lifes.
Image View: The thumbnails open in a slideshow. You can scroll serially, or click on the small thumbnails that run along the top of the slideshow screen. Medium and dimension of the originals is not stated. Download is not only possible, Mary Beth provides a download button! I wanted to show you a portrait called Firedance, as I saw it in St Florent. But I could not get that particular image to load. So I’ve picked a painting that reminds me of the French countryside in the region of Poitou-Charente. French Harvest file size is 800 x 623, 155 KB.
Demo: There is a blog page on the website, but not formatted as a blog is currently understood.
Blog: No.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Kaye Franklin

Name: Kaye Franklin, PSA
URL: http://kfranklinstudio.com/
Bio: Kaye Franklin began her art career in 1975 while living in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She and her family moved to Graham, Texas in 1979, when she sought out the best art schools and teachers. Franklin studied at the Scottsdale Artist School and with Connecticut artist William Henry Earle. She has received many national awards and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and Oil Painters of America. She is a member of New York’s prestigious Salmagundi club.
Franklin teaches weekly classes and conducts several workshops at various locations throughout the year. She has held workshops in France, Spain, Italy, and England as well as in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Her work can be seen at the Victorian Gallery in Dallas, Texas and Zantman Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho.
Kaye was one of the eight U.S. representatives at the 2010 International Pastel Festival in France.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscapes, Portraits, Still life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains at side.
Gallery: Landscapes; Figures and Portraits; Still Life; Archives.
Image View: The thumbnails open individually on the gallery page. You must use the back button on your browser to view another. Medium and dimension of the originals is stated. Some (not all) of the enlargements may be clicked on to enlarge further on a new page. Download is possible. Hollyhocks and Plums is 12 x 18 ins. File size is 640 x 424, 48.5 KB
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
EBay/Flickr: No.

D. K. Richardson

Name: D. K. Richardson
URL: http://www.dkrichardson-artist.com/
Bio: Award-winning portrait artist D. K. Richardson has been painting for some 46 years now. A Texan native, Debra studied art at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. She is a Member of the Austin Pastel Society, the Portrait Society of America and the Cecelia Beaux Forum.
Debra was one of the eight U.S. representatives at the 2010 International Pastel Festival in France. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Portraits, Still life.
Style: At once classical and contemporary.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Portrait Gallery; Still Life Gallery.
Image View: The thumbnails open in a slideshow that allows forward and reverse scrolling through the enlargements. Medium and dimension of the originals is stated. Download is not possible.
The only criticism that may be made of Debra’s website is that there are too few examples of her excellent work on display. You will wish for more.
I chose Camisa blanca as I saw it in France this summer “in the flesh” and was lost in admiration. The painting is 10 x 20 ins.
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Susan Carlin

Name: Susan Carlin
URL: http://www.susancarlin.com/
Bio: Susan Carlin is primarily a portrait painter who maintains a studio and gallery in San Antonio, Texas, where she gives free online painting demonstrations each week.
The Nueva Street Gallery is located in the historic arts village, La Villita, along the Riverwalk, downtown San Antonio, in a house built in 1891. Rather than my giving the usual precis of the artist’s milestones, you should just go directly to Susan’s website, where she expresses herself with a wry humour that trumps anything I might say. I met Susan at the 2010 International Pastel Festival in France, where she was one of the eight representatives that did the U.S proud.
Medium: Pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolour.
Subjects: Portraits, Still life, Landscapes, Figurative, Animals.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on bottom of screen, with gallery menu on top.
Gallery: Portraits; Painting; Figures; Nature; Pets.
Image View: The thumbnails open on in a slideshow that allows forward and reverse scrolling through the enlargements. Download is permitted. Medium and dimension (unframed and framed) of the originals is listed. I chose Flying Cowgirl as a lively example of Susan’s portrait/figurative style; the painting is 18 x 24 ins, 316 x 396, 159 KB
Demo: Yes – go to Susan’s blog where you will find a list of videos. Susan also broadcasts on www.ustream.tv
Blog: Yes, at http://susansartjournal.blogspot.com/
EBay/Flickr: No.

Susan Abston Wiley

Name: Susan Abston Wiley
URL: http://www.slobberdogstudios.com/Site/Home.html
Bio: Sue graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Art and Art History from the University of Vermont. She has studied with Richard McKinley; Judith Carducci; Desmond O’Hagan; Claudia Seymour; Denise Mahlke; Qiang-Huang; William Kalwick, Jr.; Carole Barnes; Joe Fettingis; and Don Andrews.
She is a member of Austin Pastel Society, Central Texas Pastel Society, Texas Pastel Society, Capitol Art Society, A Group of Five, and Austin Visual Arts Association, and has served on the boards of several of these organizations. She is an Honorary Member of the Société des Pastellistes de France.
In 2010, Sue was invited to show her pastels in two separate exhibitions, the Festival International du Pastel at Feytiat near Limoges, and the Deuxième Congrès Européen du Pastel in St. Florent-le-Vieil, where I had the great pleasure of meeting Sue and her fellow Texans.
Sue lives in Austin, Texas.
Medium: Pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolour.
Subjects: Floral, Still life, Landscapes, Figurative, Animals.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top of screen.
Gallery: Florals and Still Life; Landscapes; Figurative and Portrait; Animals; Abstract Expression.
Image View: The thumbnails open on the same page in a slideshow that allows forward and reverse scrolling through the enlargements. Download is permitted. Medium and dimension of the originals is listed. Pelican Dreams is 16 x 23 ins, 556 x 379, 98 KB
Demo: No.
Blog: Yes, at www.suewiley.blogspot.com
EBay/Flickr: No.

Diana Moya

Name: Diana Moya
URL: http://www.dianamoya.com/
Bio: Diana Moya was born in Venezuela, and moved to the United States, to New England, in 1976. Her formal education is in architecture and interior design; she studied Fine Art in Mexico City, where her art career began in 1989. Since then she has exhibited in many solo and group shows, including France in 2010, where she was inducted as the Ambassador in America of the Societé des Pastellistes de France. In this role Diana will issue invitations to American pastel artists to participate in the 2011 International Festival du Pastel in Feytiat (July 2- August 21, 2011), Les Estivales Internationales du Pastel at the Abbaye de Saint Florent-le-Vieil (July 9-August 28, 2011) and the Salon International du Pastel in the Abbaye de Tournus, Bourgogne, France (September 10-October 9, 2011).
Diana has lived in Frisco, Texas since 1992.
Medium: Pastel, etching, photography.
Subjects: Still life, portraits
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top of screen.
Gallery: One page of 28 images.
Image View: The thumbnails open in a pop-up window that allows forward and reverse scrolling through the enlargements. Download is not blocked. There is no information on the original medium or dimension. Verduras is 608 x 433, 45 KB
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Deborah Secor

Name: Deborah Secor
URL: http://www.deborahsecor.com/index.html
Bio: Deborah Secor was born September 7, 1950.
She graduated with an honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts (printmaking), from California State College, Bakersfield, in 1979. She soon began showing her landscapes in Old Town, Albuquerque. Deborah finally made the move to New Mexico in 1981.
Her eventual decision to devote herself to soft pastels led to workshops with Albert Handell, who became her mentor for seven years. She started teaching pastel painting to adult students in 1989 and also founded The Pastel Society of New Mexico.
In March 1999 when two of her friends and former students, Janie Hutchinson and Maggie Price, decided to produce a magazine, The Pastel Journal, Deborah joined the team as a writer. She continues to write for the current parent company, F+W Media. Her articles and interviews may be seen in The Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Artist, as well as in The Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel, gouache.
Subjects: Landscape
Publications: Numerous articles, as above; 2007, Contributor to Painting with Pastels by Maggie Price.
2010: Landscape Painting in Pastels, published online for free at http://landscapesinpastel.blogspot.com/
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains to left of screen.
Gallery: Click on Paintings to find four galleries: Landscapes (currently 32 images); Animals, Various (24 images), Gouache (32 images).
Image View: The thumbnails all give indication of painting size as a tooltip. They enlarge in a new pop-up window, from where they may be downloaded. You may scroll through the enlarged images in clusters of six that correspond to a horizontal line of six thumbnails. Mountain Morning is 12x18 ins., 640 x 420, 59 KB.
Demo: See blog.
Blog: Landscape Painting in Pastels, at http://landscapesinpastel.blogspot.com/
EBay/Flickr: No.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Annick Vallenet

Name: Annick Vallenet
URL: http://www.annick-vallenet.book.fr/
Bio: Born in Nancy in 1954, Annick Vallenet currently lives in the French region of Poitou-Charente, in the departement of Vienne. She has been working in pastel for about ten years now.
In a recent post I mentioned the July painting festival in Magné. Well, Annick was a prizewinner in 2010, as well as in the Puybeliard street-painters competition in early June. Annick runs an art materials shop in Couhé (Arts and Deco, 57 Grand’Rue) where you can find Sennelier cheek by jowl with Schmincke, Girault, Derwent, Conté, Raphael etc.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape; portraits
Style: Representational, in a loose painterly style.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top of screen. This website is powered by book.fr
Gallery: Click on Galeries for Cirque (circus) ; Croquis (sketches); Nouveau Paysages (recent landscapes); Nouveaux Portraits (recent portraits) ; Anciens Portraits (previous portraits ; Anciens Paysages (previous landscapes) ; Nature Morte (still life). One can navigate between galleries using a drop-down list.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a number of thumbnails; clicking on one of these enlarges it on a new webpage with the rest of the thumbnails running along underneath. There is no information on image size. Clicking on diaporama starts a slide show. There is a retour (back) button. Clicking on an enlarged image moves it on to the next in line. Right click for image download is not possible. (But there’s always the Prt Sc option.) The painting displayed here is the prizewinner at Magné.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Deborah Secor: Landscape Painting in Pastels. #2

On February 27th 2010 I posted a note on Deborah Secor's book, Landscape Painting in Pastel, that she was writing on-line and making available for free download to any interested party - i.e. the whole pastel community! Well, Deborah signed off on the last post, Chapter 35, on Friday October 15th. I would like to offer a sincere "thank you" to Deborah for her persistence and commitment, and for her generosity in sharing her knowledge and experience with everyone. If you have not visited the blog yet, get ye up and hence!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Catherine Saunier

Name: Catherine Mahieu - Saunier
URL: http://catherine-saunier-pastels.izihost.com/accueil_030.htm
Bio: Born in Lorraine in 1967 of northern French stock. In 1992, she started to take lessons in the Ecole d'Arts plastiques in Niort, learning the basic of drawing, trying out various techniques until the fatal day in 1997 when she picked up a stick of pastel. She has since studied pastel with Dany Masson, Chris, Patrick Martin, Richard Heitz, Marie-Pierre Le Sellin, Claude Texier, Monique Marchand, Patrick Bechtold, and Penelope Milner. Catherine now lives in the picturesque village of Magné in the Marais Poitevin, where there is a huge two-day painting festival every summer, not to be missed if you are anywhere close by. The festival takes place on the 3rd weekend of July and hosts 300 artists, drawing more than 15,000 visitors. First held in 1988, this event has gained national and international recognition, ranking first place in France for this type of event. (And the prize money is substantial!) For more information, go to http://www.magne-animation.info/
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape; floral; still life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains to left of screen.
Gallery: There are three galleries; you can’t navigate from one to another, but must return to Galerie link.
Image View: The images enlarge in a new pop-up window. There is no indication of the size of the original painting. Orange Liqueur is 788 x 591, 71 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Kurt Weiser

Name: Kurt Weiser
URL: http://kweiser.com/section/63270.html
Bio: After graduating from college in Landscape Architecture, 1991, Kurt Weiser went on to design community parks, recreation facilities, and landscape plans for commercial businesses and private residences nationwide. He then joined his brother in California painting murals. When Kurt married he became a“stay at home” dad and found the time to become a full-time artist. Kurt says that he was “drawn to pastels because of their true colors. Techniques of layering and color combinations challenge me to understand the color wheel and all of its components. I feel in control of every step when creating a new piece by strategizing each layer with form, color and composition.”
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape; floral.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top of screen. Navigation from gallery to image and back is easy.
Gallery: Click on thumbnail images on home page, of which there are some 92.
Image View: The images, enlarged in a new window, give information on medium and size.. They will enlarge further if clicked again – this is a “zoom” function and I think the image is either cropped or distorted by this feature. For instance, Crab Shack is 8 x 8 ins, but the zoomed image (above) is certainly not square at at 558 x 588, 123 KB.
Demo: Yes, on http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/scituate/2010/09/scituate_artists_goal_painting.html
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Isabelle V. Lim

Name: Isabelle V. Lim
URL: http://isabelleart.com/
Bio: Isabelle is a Singapore artist currently living in Hong Kong. Primarily self-taught in drawing and painting, Isabelle formalised her art education through the Open College of the Arts, a fine art correspondence institution based in United Kingdom under the tutelage of Edward Phelps. She received the residency fellowship at Vermont Studio Center, U.S.A. in 2001 and 2008 and attended other intensive courses and workshop in U.K., France, Australia and Indonesia. Nu Nanthapa Cooper, an artist and author has influenced her watercolor technique and Teguh Ostenrik, an Indonesian artist, taught her the fundamentals of figure drawing.
The diverse subjects she chooses to paint are based largely Asian art and culture. She is particularly intrigued by the costumes, head-dress and especially hand-embroidered shoes worn by Chinese women and children. She sees these costumes are artworks in themselves. These folk subjects have led her to develop paintings in series. In the series Journey the tiny shoes are delicately rendered in both soft pastel and watercolor.
The portraits of Chinese and Asian ladies are painted from her numerous trips made around China and Asia. She has a special interest in their specific tribal identities such as the ethnic textiles, costumes, head-dress and the jewellery.Recent series depict gold fish in plastic bags, and ceramic wares. She drew inspiration from the busy environment in Hong Kong and the frequent visits to the aquarium and antique markets.
Isabelle has done many exhibitions in Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong as well as juried shows in the U.S.A. She is a Signature Member of Pastel Society of America.
In 2008, the featured pastel A Journey West (II) was awarded the Joyce Kelly Memorial Purchase Award at the 12th Biennial National Exhibition ( 2008 ) hosted by the Degas Pastel Society, Lauren Rogers Museum of Arts in Mississippi.
Medium: Pastel, watercolour
Subjects: Still Life; Portraits
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains at left of screen. This is a FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Click on Paintings to view the galleries: New Work ( four each watercolor and pastel at time of writing. Presumably this updates regularly); Pastels (33 images over 2 pages); Watercolor (20 images over 2 pages); Hong Kong Residents (10 pastels and one watercolour).
Image View: The thumbnails give information on medium and size as a tooltip when you rest the cursor on them. Each enlarges in a new window, with further information on the work under the image. They will enlarge again if clicked, and download is permitted (but of course there is a copyright statement). You can scroll through the enlargements at any point. A Journey West (II) is 14.5 x 20 ins, 97.6 KB.
Demo: No
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Resumption of service

I thought that might catch your attention.
While I been taking a long break from this blog (but gathering material all the while) the number of visitors has been steadily increasing. It is time to resume normal service! I have had an enriching experience in France during the summer. I have visited a number of astonishing pastel exhibitions, met some very fine artists, and even painted a little myself. I have not had easy access to the Internet, hence the hiatus; I am even now waiting on a new broadband connection, so I'll keep this brief. But may I say thank you, merci beaucoup, to all who have been in touch with me and have drawn my attention to artists and websites that I missed to date.

The following artists have been added to the list of websites awaiting review, and will be found there until featured: Claude Bauret-Allard, Cynthia Blair, Eric Wilson, François Barbâtre, Jean-Charles Peyrouny, Karen Watson, Kathleen Galligan, Marie-Elise Larène, Michael Norman, Michel Jaillet, Montse Valdes, Nicole Clément, Nicole Vasseur, Patrice Bourdin, Paul Billard, Paul Dumestre, Philippe Janin, Siddick Nuckcheddy, Valerie Dinelli, Lorenzo Rappelli, Lynn Morgan, Kurt Weiser, Isabelle V Lim.

And finally, a bouquet of hydrangea blossoms for my followers.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Feytiat 2010

An art exhibition that has more than 350 pastels on display is my idea of heaven. The sheer beauty of the current show at Feytiat, on the eastern outskirts of Limoges, is breathtaking. The quality of the work, the variety of approach, the international dimension, all add to the humbling experience. There is a goodly contingent from Texas this year, as well as artists from the Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, the UK- and from the host country, France.
Apart from the paintings themselves, the French Pastel Society has mounted a dozen or so exhibits from a number of the invited artists that demonstrate their approach to composing and finishing a painting. These alone make the trip worthwhile for the amateur who is keen to learn. It is impossible to do justice to all artists represented without listing and commenting on all. I will confine myself to remarking that the guest of honour, Na Luther, is undoubted worthy of this recognition. His spare, restrained pastels, often in series, representing the ulilitarian objects of everyday life - dishes, unbound books, pottery - reveal an oriental point of view that can only be innate; the Zen of pastels seems too trite a phrase, but certainly his treatment of pottery recalled immediately for me the equally restrained beauty of the pottery of Bernard Leach. Na Luther - from Laos to the Lot valley.
I also want to take the opportunity to congratulate Jean-Claude Baumier on his very recent recognition as Maitre Pastelliste by the French Pastel Society. Baumier's ethereal landscapes are woven from pastel and poetry, colour and imagination, misty mornings on the Sologne, and are very beautiful indeed.

Monday, July 5, 2010

French pastel exhibitions summer 2010

I know that I said I was taking a break for the summer, and in fact I won't be reviewing any websites for the moment. However, if you happen to be in France between now and September, you should try to visit St. Gelais, near Niort, Deux Sevres, from now until July 14 (Bonjour M. Breton - j'aime bien vos hortensias bleus!); Feytiat, near Limoges, until September 5th; and Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, near Nantes, until September 12th; to see a masterly display of some of the best French and international pastels. And there are other exhibitions.
If you can find a copy of the out-of-series Pastel issue of the French magazine Pratique des Arts, you will find a comprehensive list of summer shows, including a slew of exhibitions in Brittany. The magazine also contains features on Jean-Francois le Saint, Michael Norman, Nathalie Picoulet, Claude Texier, Penelope Milner, Philippe Janin, Cynthia Blair, Claude Bauret-Allard, Marie-Elise Larene, Serguei Oussik.....even if you don't speak French, the illustrations speak for themselves.
By the way, Marie-Pierre Le Sellin has an exhibition of acrylics and pastels in Magné, in the Marais Poitevin, from August 5th to 18th at the Four Pontet, from 10.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. each day.
Bons vacances!

Friday, June 11, 2010

June 2010

You may have noticed a strong French bias in the last few posts. This is entirely intentional, and reflects my interest in French pastellists, the fact that France has provided me with the greatest number of visitors after the USA, and also because I hope to attend some of the numerous pastel conferences in France this summer.

The blog will therefore be taking a summer break. There is surely enough material to keep the keenest surfer occupied for some time.

Venez me dire bonjour, se serrer la main à Feytiat, à St. Gelais, même à Clussais la Pommeraie!

A bientôt!

Jean-Noël Loncle

Name: Jean-Noël Loncle
URL: http://jnloncle.artblog.fr/
Bio: Jean-Noël Loncle was born 1966, and lives in Tréméloir, department Côtes-d'Armor, Britanny. Trained at the Atelier d’Arts Plastiques d’Hillion then in Pastels at Carré d’Art, Binic.
He has been associated variously with publicity for Vintage Cars, and rugby, and has been a prizewinner in numerous French pastel conferences.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Still Life; Nature; Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is a French blog. It is replete with irritating and intrusive advertisements. A knowledge of French is useful here as for reasons of practicality I cannot translate all the posts.
Gallery: None as such. The website is a blog. But there are posts grouped under Rubriques, such as Landscape, Still Life, Nature; Faces of Africa (in French, but you should know by now.)
Image View: The posted images will enlarge if clicked, but download seems to be disabled. Resort to Alt, Prt Sc in this instance, to get only the pop-up. You will still need to crop the result.
Demo: Look under pas à pas (step by step.).
Blog: The website is a blog.
EBay/Flickr: No.