Sunday, May 23, 2010

Robert K. Carsten

Name: Robert K. Carsten, PSA
Bio: An enthusiastic promoter of the pastel medium, Robert K. Carsten is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society. He is a contributing writer for The Pastel Journal and the Artist’s Magazine. Robert studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Italy. Robert gave an extensive interview to Maureen Bloomfield in the December, 2004 issue of The Pastel Journal, in which he spoke eloquently of his training, his influences, his philosophy and his techniques. Seek it out!
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Still Life; Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at top.
Gallery: Still Life; Landscape; Experimental.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in slideshow. No details are given of dimension of original, nor of medium, though it’s safe to assume it’s pastel. Download is not possible because slideshow is a Flash-style presentation.
Demo/Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Remi Lacroix

Name: Remi Lacroix, PSEC, SCA
Bio:Having taken courses in drawing and sculpture in the 1990s, Quebec artist Remi Lacroix’s passion for representational painting brought him to the Silvia Araya Academy, Boucherville, in 1998. Numerous workshops followed with, among others, Juan Cristobal, Denis Jacques, Anne Lemieux, Eddy Dion, Humberto Pinochet, Max Stiebel and Pamela Carter. He is a signatory member of Pastel Society of the Eastern Canada ( PSEC ), member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (PPSCC) and the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA).
In 2007, he abandoned his other activities to devote him self full-time to painting, courses and seminars.
In 2009, he discovered acrylic and he decided to leave his teaching to devote himself entirely to his work. Since then, he has worked only with this medium, using it as if it were oil.
Medium: Pastel; acrylic.
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational, veering towards abstract in his more recent works.
Navigation: Website is in French. Main menu remains available at top.
Gallery: Oeuvres. Because Lacroix is now working in acrylic, the earlier works are in pastel.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in serial slideshow and may be saved. Details are given of size but not of medium. La clairière is is 12x16 ins, 550x410, 125 KB.
Demo: No
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Sally Loughridge

Name: Sally Loughridge
Bio: Sally Loughridge B.A., Smith College 1966 and her Ph.D., Cornell University 1977. Sally moved permanently to Maine in 1999 and taught for five years in the Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta until it closed in spring 2007. Sally has taken workshops or classes with many artists including Doug Dawson, Christina Debarry, Frank Federico, Albert Handell, Anne Heywood, Terry Ludwig, Richard McKinley, and Susan Ogilvie.
Medium: Pastel; Watercolour; acrylic; oil.
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at side.
Gallery: Gallery One; Gallery Two.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in serial slideshow and may be saved. Details are (mostly) given. Rock-strewn Barren is 25x29 ins, 480x373, 21 KB.
Demo: No
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Tom Christopher

Name: Tom Christopher, PSA
Bio: Tom Christopher is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and a Charter Member of the Pastel Society of Iowa. He has studied with Albert Handell, Marc Hanson, Susan Olgivie, and John Seerly-Lester. Tom spends countless hours hiking and photographing the rugged landscape along the Iowa River near his home. Most of his finished works are the result of these reference photographs and plein-air studies.
Medium: Pastel; Acrylic
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A FineArtOnline website.
Gallery: (Works): Winter in the Iowa Greenbelt.; Spring in the Iowa Greenbelt; Summer in the Iowa Greenbelt; Autumn in the Iowa Greenbelt; New Works.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges initially a slideshow, and again in a pop-up window when clicked again, and may be downloaded. Details are given. No. 6 is 22x28 ins, 550x427, 233 KB.
Demo: No
EBay/Flickr: No.

Lori Snable

Name: Lori Snable
Bio: A California native of hispanic ancestry and now a Santa Fe resident, Lori Aguirre Snable has had a lifetime involvement with the arts. Her painting career was delayed early on, with a period of her life devoted to a career in the medical sciences and later raising a family. She returned full time to painting in 1993. A recipient of over 100 awards and a signature member of The Pastel Society of New Mexico, The Pastel Society of Colorado, and The Pastel Society of The West Coast, Lori took 2nd place in the Portrait and Figure category in the 2007 Pastel 100. Lori says of her distinctive paintings:
“My night scenes are a brief glimpse of a moment, opening the imagination of the viewer. The faces of my subjects are intentionally indistinct to allow anyone to identify with the figures. I seek to elicit an empathic reaction relating to a previous experience or feeling, thus drawing you into the painting.”
Lori Snable has been Art Director, Sonoma Elementary School, Modesto City Schools, CA from 2000 to date.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Figurative. Nocturnes.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top. Gallery menu is to the side. Navigation is easy.
Gallery: Greenberg Fine Art; Miniature Artwork; Studio Artwork.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges in pop-up window when clicked, and may be downloaded. Details are given for most, but not all, images. Waiter at the Door is 32x40 ins, 480x363, 92 KB.
Demo/Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sharon Knettell

Name: Sharon Knettell
Bio: Sharon Knettell was born in January 1943, in Shelton Connecticut.
In High School she had Sanford Lowe as her art instructor. He was the director of the New Britain Museum of Art and responsible for helping to create its magnificent collection of American art including Andrew Wyeth, Childe Hassam and Frederick Frieseke. She studied painting with artist Eugene Tonoff of Providence, Rhode Island, and in the Boston Museum School. This was the milieu in which Sharon’s artistic taste was formed.. She worked in the field of commercial art and was an illustrator known for the Jem art for Hasbro. Sharon has been an instructor in the Rhode Island School of Design, and has been exhibiting since 1969
She says on her website “I love painting legs and all thing Manet”.
Medium: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Figurative. Sharon’s current works are large for pastels, and painted on panels.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on side. The site seems to have been created in 2008 and not touched since.
Gallery: Paintings; Works on paper.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges in a new page when clicked, and one can progress serially through the gallery from here. The truncated image on the left may be clicked for a further, generous enlarged image – this may be downloaded. Two Tu-tus is 74x40 ins, 700x793, 85 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: Under the link NEWS you will find her blog. There are seven posts in all, the most recent in January 2008.
EBay/Flickr: No.

Anita Stoll

Name: Anita Stoll
Bio: Wachet auf! Sleeper awake ! One of Bach’s best loved chorales from Cantata BWV 140. What does this have to do with Anita Stoll? Well, after a childhood circumscribed by asthma, when drawing was her way of escaping into the great outdoors, Anita returned to art at the age of fifty. “It was, “ she says, “as if I was awoken from a long sleep.” Anita and her husband moved to Coarsegold, Ca. in 2004 to be close to Yosemite, where she backpacked regularly, and where she collects material for her paintings. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Northwest Pastel Society. A prizewinner in the 2006 Pastel Journal's Pastel 100, Anita has been a featured artist in Intenational Art Magazine.
Medium: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscapes
Style: Representational, impressionistic.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top. A small criticism is that the About the artist page is actually a 241 KB jpeg image, and not text.
Gallery: Landscapes; Ponds; Small gems. These galleries may run to several pages, so don’t miss the “next page” link on the bottom.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges in a new page when clicked. There is a back button. Alternatively, open each enlargement with the right click – open link in new tab/window option. The thumbnails and enlargements carry name and size. Enlargements may be freely downloaded. Hillslope in Spring is 11x13 ins, 955x811, 107 KB.
Demo: No.
Ebay/Flickr: No.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Javad Soleimanpour

Image © Javad Soleimanpour
Name:  M. Javad Soleimanpour
Bio: Founded in 1959, Seven Sanat Galerisi is located in Moda, Istanbul. It is a framing company that produces wooden mouldings from traditional to contemporary finishes, in over 3000 designs. It also displays a number of artists on its site, among them Javad Soleimanpour. Javad Solimanpour was born in 1965, Tebriz. His first exhibition was in 1978 at a time when he was working on reproductions of the famous paintings in Saadabat Palace Museum.  Since 1998 the Seven Art Gallery organizes his personal exhibitions in İstanbul, where Soleimanpour continues both painting and teaching at the same time. 

Javad Soleimanpour burst upon the pastel scene in April 2009 when he won first place in the Landscape and Interior category in that year’s Pastel 100. He himself had no idea he had been entered for the competition by one of his students. The winning painting was a stormy seascape with the Haydarpasa lighthouse – Soleimanpour has lived for the last five years on the shores of the Sea of Marmara that connects both to the Black Sea and the Aegean – no lack of subject matter with seven lighthouses on Istanbul’s shoreline. (I wondered if there was a link between that fact and the name of the gallery, but in fact Seven Sanat Galerisi is Art Lovers’ Gallery in Turkish.) Soleimanpour is self-taught, painting since the age of 12 and painting professionally for quarter of a century. He likes to work plein air, but will often finish a work in the studio. Soleimanpour has this to say about his life as an artist: "Since my childhood I only wanted to paint, and nothing else. I have painted the people and things I liked. The people always had things to tell but they never knew that I just liked to watch them talking instead of listening, which maybe I must apologize for. The faces with all of their ripples, texture  and the shadows… time stands still when I paint. And what lies behind the engaging of my art with the viewer is something that comes from deep inside, in my heart. That never ending intensive feeling and to deal with any issues on painting have become mundane for me, such as breathing.” 

Image © Javad Soleimanpour
Medium: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscapes, Seascapes, Still Life, Portraits.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The website is in Turkish; click on GALERI at top left, then on the left panel with Javad's name, This will open an Adobe Flash slide show of his paintings.
Image © Javad Soleimanpour

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sarah Blumenschein

Name: Sarah Blumenschein, PSA
Bio: Art is a second career for Sarah as she started out her working life as a Systems Engineer at Intel. Sarah chose pastels as she loved the vibrant colors, and they looked to be a medium that would allow for the frequent interruptions that come with being a mother of four young children. (I can endorse the interruptible nature of the medum).
Sarah has studied with Richard McKinley, Sally Strand, and Desmond O’Hagan. Since entering her first exhibition in 2003, she has received numerous awards at the local, national, and international levels. She earned “Distinguished Pastellist” status in the Pastel Society of the West Coast in 2008 and the same status in the Pastel Society of New Mexico in 2010. Previous to that she had already earned Signature status in the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the Pastel Society of New Mexico.
Sarah has featured prominently in the Pastel Journal’s annual Pastel 100 awards, securing 5th place in 2007, 4th place and an honorable mention in 2008; 2nd place in 2009 and an honorable mention; and the Pastel Journal Grand Prize in 2010. That’s progress! There is also a feature article on Sarah in The Pastel Journal, Issue No. 45, August 2006.
Sarah has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband since 1990. They have four children.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at side. This is a nice, uncomplicated website.
Gallery: One page of about 20 large, colourful thumbnails.Information is attached.
Image View: Thumbnails open enlarged in pop-up window, with a copyright notice in the centre. You may download either image. Copper Kettle (22 x 28 ins) is 600x472, 239 KB if you don't mind the copyright notice; the corresponding thumbnail is 428x338, 136 KB, sans notice.
Demo: No.
Facebook: Yes. There are a lot more recent images of Sarah's paintings on her Facebook page, (without the Copyright symbol).

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Diane Rudnick Mann

Name: Diane Rudnick Mann, PSA
Bio: Diane Rudnick was born and grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. She now lives in Los Angeles, California. After an early training at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Diane started art courses in 1999, first at UCLA, then Associates in Art, the Scottsdale Artist's Academy where she studied with Doug Dawson, Sally Strand, Jane Lund, and more recently the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Reseda, CA.
Artists that influenced Diane even before she started drawing these artists include Robert Bechtle, Richard Estes, Charles Bell, Ben Schonzeit, Audrey Flack, Alice Neel, Paula Rego, Balthus, Eric Fischl, Ralph Goings and a group of realists including Charles Scheeler and George Tooker.
Diane was a Finalist in the Still Life & Floral category, The Pastel Journal 3rd Annual Pastel 100 Competition, 2002 and in the 9th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, 2008.
Medium: Pastel; Pencils.
Subjects: Still Life; Portraits.
Style: Realistic.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top of page; main gallery menu remains available at left.
Gallery: Pencils; Still life; Portraits; Trompe l’oeil.
Image View: Gallery thumbnails are on sequential pages and open in new viewer when clicked; they may be further enlarged. Details on size and medium remains available. Right click is disabled.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

William Schneider

Name: William Schneider, PSA
Bio: William Schneider initially studied art at the University of Illinois at Urbana. However, upon graduation he began a career in the music business (records on the Roulette and MGM labels under One-Eyed Jacks). In the mid ‘80s, he entered finance as co-owner of a pension consulting firm. In 1990 he returned to his first love, painting. His skills were honed at the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he studied figure drawing with William Parks and oil painting with Ted Smuskiewicz. He continued his education through workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, Scott Burdick, Harley Brown, Scott Christensen, Huihan Liu, David Leffel, and Richard Schmid.
William has been featured in numerous publications: he was included in the International Showcase of Master Pastel Painters, International Artist Magazine, Oct.- Nov 2004. There was a piece on him in The Pastel Journal February 2005; and a piece by him, on how to paint the eye, in the February 2008 issue. He has been the recipient of many awards, featuring on at least four occasions among the prizewinners in the annual Pastel 100 Competition, most recently achieving 2nd place in the 11th Annual Pastel 100, Portrait section.
He is a member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), Plein Air Painters of Chicago, The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS), The Pastel Society of America, The Palette and Chisel Academy, and the Portrait Society of America. He has served on the board of OPA for nine years. Bill was awarded signature status in OPA in 1998, American Plains Artists in 2004, NOAPS in 2005 and the Pastel Society of America in 2007. William lives in in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Medium: Pastel. oil
Subjects: Landscape; Figurative; Portraits.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery (Artwork Collections): New Images (mixed oils and pastels); Figures (mostly oil); Landscapes (mixed oils and pastels); Portraits (mixed oils and pastels); Pastels; Still lifes (3 pastels).
Image View: thumbnails have tool tips that indicate title and medium; click to enlarge in slideshow; click again to enlarge further in pop-up slideshow. Download allowed. After the Fiesta is 16x20 ins, 450x356, 78 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sharon Wilson

Name: Sharon Wilson
Bio: Sharon Wilson is a Bermuda based artist. Sharon completed her graduate and undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, majoring in Illustration. Working exclusively with pastels for more than twenty years, Sharon has recently begun working in the 3000 year old medium of Encaustic art, involving painting with molten waxes.
Sharon’s work has been featured on the 70c Bermuda stamp. She has been featured in International Artist Magazine (Feb-March 2004).
Medium: Pastel. Encaustic.
Subjects: Landscape. Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This site has been re-designed since I first posted it in 2010. Main menu remains available on side.
Gallery: See list of pages under Portfolio.
Image View: Thumbnails may be enlarged in a slide show, and may not be saved. Images don’t always include details of dimension, or medium.  Secrets is 380 x 267, 31 KB.
Demo: Yes – check Inside the studio 
Facebook: Yes.

Robert Jessel

Name: Robert Jessel
NOTE: As of January 2012 this website seems to be off-line. I have no contact details for Robert Jessel and I am reluctant to lose sight of such a fine artist. Can anyone help me trace him?
Bio: Boca Raton artist Robert Jessel modestly excludes any personal or biographical informaton from his website. At various times in his career, Jessel has wielded two types of paintbrushes - the kind used to create his works of art, including a period as an artist-illustrator - and the other kind used on the side of a house. Jessel, who has lived in South Florida for twelve years creates realistic scenes in a style reminiscent of the old masters. Pastel Journal readers will remember his complex and enigmatic Bible-inspired Master Builder that won First Place in the Pastel 100 Animal and Wildlife Category in 2007. Jessel has won awards from the Boca Raton Museum of Art, where he is a professional member of the Boca Raton Museum Artist Guild, and the San Diego Museum of Art and Rochester Memorial Art Gallery in New York.
"Any piece of artwork, if it can evoke an emotion, as well as be technically correct, gives you a sense of gratification that validates your work. That is the impetus that keeps me going," he says.
Medium: Pastel, oil, acrylic.
Subjects: Figurative. In more than one sense of the word..
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Menu available at all times.
Gallery: Portraits; Genre (oils); Orchid Series; Pets; Reflective.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a page of thumbnails (with information) that may be enlarged on new page (use PC’s back button to return to gallery). Enlargements may be downloaded. I wanted to use an orchid painting, as I used to grow them at one stage, but I chose Healthfood (30x38 ins) 88x568, 68 KB as closer in concept to his Pastel 100 prize-winner. It received an honorable mention in the 9th Pastel 100, 2008.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Milton Meyer

Name: Milton Meyer, PSA
Bio: Following two stints in the military as a paratroop officer, Milton Meyer has successively and successfully pursued two professional careers - first as a tax and corporate attorney (which included heading his own large Denver law firm for 23 years) and since 1983, as a pastel artist. Without benefit of artistic training he is, nevertheless, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast (with designation as"Distinguished Pastellist") and Knickerbocker Artists. He has been named an artist member of the Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, and is a Founding Director of the International Association of Pastel Societies. His highly representational work reflects his extensive travels and is held by collectors across the United States and in a number of foreign countries. It has been reproduced in numerous art publications in this country and abroad. Meyer is based in Littleton, Colorado. His work and technique were featured on the August 2005 issue of the Pastel Journal, along with Dick McEvoy and Barbara Makanowitzky.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape; figurative.
Style: Representational. Almost photo-realism.
Navigation: I almost feel that you need a compass to navigate this website, it is a veritable travelogue (see Gallery). Main menu remains available to the side. There is a default soundtrack that my be silenced on clicking on the speaker icon. There is such a wealth of material on this website that I must confess that I have not fully explored it!
Gallery: Portfolio filed by location: United States; Canada; Guatemala; Grenada; Croatia; Czech Republic; England; France; Germany; Greece; Ireland; Italy; Netherlands; Spain; Switzerland; China; Israel; Japan; Thailand; Turkey; Botswana; Egypt.
Image View: Portfolio scrolls down by location; choose one and the image viewer displays a scrolling slideshow of thumbnails across the top with the selected thumbnail opening in the main window of the viewer with title, medium and size. This may be further enlarged, and you may choose to continue the slideshow at this magnification, or return to thumbnails – all options remain available. Enlargements may be saved. Portofino Anchorage is 14x20 ins, 590x418, 243 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Andrew Hemingway

This is a somewhat of a departure from my usual subject matter, which is artists' websites, but Andrew Hemingway is too important an artist to omit from any blog on pastels. While he does not appear to have a website of his own, his work is featured on the websites of galleries that represent him, in enough variety and definition to make it worthwhile checking them out.

I first saw Andrew Hemingway’s work in the Pastel Journal, November/December 1999 issue, (he was the cover artist) and it is very interesting to read about him again ten years on in the June 2010 issue.

Andrew Hemingway was born in Yorkshire in 1955, where he still lives. He attended the Barnsley School of Art and the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London where he took his degree in Fine Art and the History of Art. In 1976, he received bursaries to Italy (Florence and Rome) and he won a scholarship to Norway in 1978. He taught art at various schools and colleges in England during the late 1970's and early 1980's. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, between 1975-1987 and at the Piccadilly Gallery 1980-1984. One-man shows have been held in Canada, Holland and London. His work can be found in private collections world wide.

He visits Holland regularly; the Dutch Old Masters, he freely acknowledges, have been an influence on his own painting. Frequently referred to as a ‘Contemporary Old Master’ as a result of his exquisite application of paint or pastel, Hemingway's work engages with aspects of daily life in a way that is as conceptually challenging as it is visually arresting. He started out in egg tempera, painting mostly landscapes. He made the move to pastels when he came upon a support that suited him. His images in pastels are of remarkable precision and depth, comparable only to the some aspects of the work of Jane Lund. He is indubitably one of the most important still life artists in pastel working today.

Working within time-honoured figurative traditions, Hemingway has borrowed from the vocabulary of the Dutch Masters of still life, with succulent fruit and the waxy petals of tulips in shiny silver vases, the colour variations in Roman glass, each minutely recorded. But he uses many kinds of contrasts in his still life set-ups – soft dandelions against marble, fruit backed by polystyrene, even more mundane materials such as packaging materials, plastic carrier bags, toilet roll inners, giving them all an enduring, timeless quality.

Hemingway’s landscapes are perhaps less well known, but he recently returned to landscapes and as one would expect they are just as beautifully executed as his still life works.

I haven’t mention my “top ten” pastel artists for some time, but Hemingway is indisputably among them.

The links for Andrew Hemingway are as follows:
Mira Goddard Gallery, Toronto.
Brian Sinfield Oxford.
Messums - on Messums' website you will have to put Hemingway's name into the search box, or else register with the gallery.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Le 1er mai, la fête du travail

Bonne fête à tous, surtout mes amis francophones!

Je veux vous offrir un petit brin de muguet en constatant que la tradition de pastel transmise jusqu’à nos jours par Liotard, Chardin, Degas, Levy-Dhurmer, et beaucoup d’autres, est toujours bien en vie. Il ne faut que regarder la liste de pratiquants ci-dessous - Claude Texier, Patrick Martin, Jean-Claude Baumier, Jean-François, Jean-Yves, Jean-Patrice, Marie-Pierre et vous autres, allez!

Le muguet est une fleur "porte-bonheur" qu'on offre habituellement le 1er mai, jour de la fête du travail. Cette tradition date de 1561, année ou le roi Charles X décida d’en offrir à toutes les dames de la cour. Comme il en avait reçu à cette même date, l’idée lui plût et c’est lui qui lança cette bonne habitude !

La photo est prise à Paris, une vitrine plein de muguets à chocolat! Profitez-en!