Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ron Monsma

















Name: Ron Monsma
URL: http://ronmonsma.com/
Bio: Ron Monsma lives in Mishawaka, Indiana and is an Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at Indiana University South Bend. He has been painting and teaching for over 20 years. He paints only from life, (apart from the birds!) Ron has also worked as a successful illustrator, creating works for a number of clients including St. Mary’s College, Memorial Health Systems and Bank of America. In 2007 he created an original work for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In 2008 Ron was awarded the Jack Richeson Best of Show Award in the 9th Annual Pastel 100 competition sponsored by the Pastel Journal. For more on Ron, his philosophy, his technique, refer to the Pastel Journal, April 2008, and also the feature article in the Pastel Journal, March/April 2001.

Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Figurative, Still Life, Landscape.
Style: Ron’s approach stems from the Dutch Baroque tradition and offers an exciting opportunity for those artists who want to increase the drama of light and shadow in their work. As stated by the artist in an article in International Artist magazine: “Whether I am painting a still life or figure (or landscape) light plays an important role. I work in the Baroque tradition where light reveals and distills form and all its nuances. This is stage lighting where illumination exposes a mood, a setting or situation or some event about which we are not quite certain. It is light that invites the viewer to make discoveries in the shadows.” Curiously, in terms of the figurative material, the artist that come to my mind when viewing Ron’s work is Caravaggio. The dramatic tension, expressed in the masterly use of chiaroscuro, is palpable. The classicism is married with a sort of modern mythical fantasia to culminate in a unique expression. The classicism is not lost in the landscapes, nor in the still life arrangement, although the latter clearly belong in a modern tradition, as expressed by such individual artists as Daniel Green, Andrew Hemingway and Daniel Massad.
Navigation: The main menu remains accessible to the side.
Gallery: Figurative (11 paintings); Landscape (12 paintings); Still Life (two pages).



Image View: Each thumbnail may have a tooltip attached with data on medium and size; this information also remains attached to the enlarged image. The enlargement will have the option to go forward or back to the next image in the sequence. This option is not obvious; it does not appear until you move the cursor to the middle of the right of left margin of the image. You may also close the image to return to the gallery page. Not all images have the data attached, and as Ron paints in oil as well as pastel, it is not clear which medium has been used in the unlabelled paintings. Because Ron’s subjects are so disparate, I could not choose a single image typique. So I have selected one from each aspect of his work.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Barbara Groff















Name: Barbara S. Groff, PSA
URL: http://artid.com/members/bsg43
Bio: After a career in graphic design, Connecticut artist Barbara Groff turned full-time professional painter in 2002. Largely self-educated as an artist, she works out of her home-based studio in Vernon. Years of work, experiments with oils, acrylic, watercolour and graphite culminated in her discovery of pastel. Her first pastel painting was the first she entered in a competition - it won best in show! Since then she has garnered numerous national and regional awards. In 2007 she received the Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award for Pastel at the Allied Artists of America National Exhibition. In 2008 Barbara was featured in The Pastel Journal as one of the top five prize winners in the magazine's Annual Pastel 100 Competition. And in 2009 she was the first place winner in the Still Life and Floral Category. She is a designated Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America, NY and a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. She is an elected artist of the Allied Artists of America and is a full member of the Academic Artists Association and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Art. She has been listed in Who's Who in American Art since 2007.
Barbara’s art marries a meticulous realism with a conceptual approach to still life which is uniquely her own. Using pastels, she attains a level of realism that is close to photographic. She fulfils the criteria - a unique vision, a unique expression of that vision, and inspirational material - for inclusion in my top ten pastel artists.
Barbara has a legacy website that does not seem to have been updated since 2002, but since every image by this artist is precious, I urge you take a look. You may also find her paintings on the William Baczek gallery website.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Still Life, Floral.
Style: Realism.
Navigation: Barbara’s pages have the standard layout on ArtID.com
Gallery: Portfolio consists of three gallery pages accessed by clicking on the appropriate thumbnail.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges within the gallery page with title and dimension attached to enlarged image. This image may be further enlarged; download is not blocked. Thread to the past is 17x12 ins.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Deborah Secor: Landscape Painting in Pastels.

Deborah Christensen Secor is publishing a book online via a blog called Landscape Painting in Pastels. The book is not available in print format. Part of it is based on articles Deborah has published previously in the Pastel Journal.

In 1999 when two friends, formerly students of hers, Maggie Price and Janie Hutchinson, decided to produce a magazine, The Pastel Journal, Derborah joined the team as a writer, and 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 PJ.

Deborah says: I contemplated selling this book, but in the final analysis I decided that it was better to give. Jesus tells us, "Freely you have received, freely give." So I will. I hope you enjoy and benefit from it.

To read her book you need to follow her blog - and I thoroughly recommend that you become a follower. The first three chapters are already on line.

Note that Deborah offers this book for personal use and enjoyment. Therefore information may be downloaded for personal use only. Users are forbidden to reproduce, republish, redistribute, or resell any materials from this weblog in either machine-readable form or any other form without specific written permission of the author. Contact details for Deborah are available on her blog.

Bonnie Griffith


















Name:Bonnie Griffith
URL: http://bonniegriffith.com/
Bio: Bonnie Zahn Griffith grew up in Central Montana, went to college in Chicago and then began migrating back west. She currently lives in Walla Walla, southeastern Washinton State, near the Oregon border. (Walla Walla is named after a native American tribe, although it has an Australian ring to it, don't you think?).
Media: Pastel, Acrylic
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains accessible at side of page. Curiously, there is no link from the website to Bonnie’s blog (although there is a link from the blog to the website). When viewing the images it is very easy to return to where you were last, or to jump to another page of the portfolio.
Gallery: Portfolio consists of several pages of thumbnails and archived work.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges on a new page with title and dimension attached to enlarged image. Download is not blocked. The image displayed is 25 KB.
Demo: Not as such. But see blog.
Blog: The blog may have taken over from the website proper, whose most recent date is 2008.
Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Anthony Davis













Name: Anthony Davis, ASMA
URL: http://www.anthonysgallery.net/
Bio: Anthony Davis was born on Long Island. Proximity to the ocean all his life has influenced his artistc direction. A physical therapist by profession, Anthony eschewed a formal education in the arts. He discovered early that pastel was his preferred medium, but he has also recently taken up plein air painting with oil.
He has attained Signature status in the American Society of Marine Artists and has also been elected Artist Member of The Salmagundi Club, where he was asked to perform a seascape demo earlier in 2009.
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape, Maritime
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A certificate in navigation is not needed for this site, however appropriate! Main menu remains accessible at top of page at all times.
Gallery: One page of thumbnails, with title, medium and dimension.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges on a new page. The enlargement is very generous and can be saved. Use the PC’s return button to return to gallery, or use the right click open link in new tab/window option for each thumbnail to keep the gallery page active. Blue Water Solitude is 8x12 ins. 1000x663, 100 KB – some of his images are over 200 KB!
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Deborah Matlack
















Name: Deborah Matlack, PSA.
URL: http://www.deborahmatlack.com/
Bio: Deborah Matlack began her art career with four years’ attendance at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She studied in Europe, the Art Students’ League, and has continued her education with classes and workshops on both coasts, moving to California in 1990. She has earned Signature status in the Pastel Society of America, Northwest Pastel Society, Sierra Pastel Society and Pastel Society of the West Coast (PSWC) and Distinguished Pastellist status in PSWC.
Media: Pastel, oil, charcoal, terra cotta.
Subjects: Portraits, Figures, Landscape, Interiors, Animals, and Still Life
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains accessible at side of page..
Gallery: Portrait/Figure; Still life; Landscape; Drawing.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges on the same page on mouseover. Taking the mouse off the image returns the enlargement to the first image in the series. There are two problems with this. 1. No download of the enlarged image is possible. 2. If your screen isn’t large enough you can’t see the complete enlargement once the mouse is on the lower rows of thumbnails. It would be necessary to change the screen resolution in settings, or, more easily, use the F11 button to toggle between toolbars on/off (try it!).
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Andrew McDermott














Name: Andrew McDermott, SFCA, PSC
URL: http://www.mcdermottart.com/
Bio: Born in Bolton, Lancashire, Andrew McDermott moved to Canada when he was twelve. In North Vancouver he studied graphic design and illustration at Capilano College, where he also took life classes and worked for some years under Kiff Holland and Alan Wylie. He was never taught pastel, but tried it during a life class and kept it up. He is a great admirer of Burton Silverman and Richard Schmid. Andrew is a signature member of the PSC. You may read more about Andrew, his practice and philosophy in the March/April 2003 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Cityscapes
Style: Impressionistic.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Adobe Flash slideshow.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges successively in slideshow on same page, or may be chosen from series. The enlargement gives details of size and medium. As it is a Flash movie, right click to download is disabled. Morning Star at night is 24x36 ins.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Tatijana Jacenkiw















Name: Tatijana Jacenkiw
URL: http://tatijana-jacenkiw.com/
Bio: Tatijana Jacenkiw got her Bachelor of Architecture in 1979 at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her education in pastel is ongoing, and she has taken workshops with Susan Ogilvie, Ron Monsma, Richard McKinley, Margaret Dyer, Greg Biolchini, Jimmy Wright, Doug Dawson, and Bill Schneider. Tatijana says that she works almost exclusively in pastels, though she sometimes experiments with watermedia for underpainting to create a toned surface and to add more depth or interest to a painting.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Animals, Florals, Still Life, Landscapes, Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Another typical FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Dance; Ukraine Series; Portraits – The Ladies; Portraits – The Men; Figurative; Miscellaneous; Still Life; Floral; Birds; Dogs
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails that enlarge in a slideshow. The enlargement can be clicked again to open even larger in new window. This new image can be downloaded. The prize-winning Babusia in Pink – Solitude is 560x368, 183 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Carl Desrosiers
















Name: Carl Desrosiers, PSEC, PSC, PSA.
URL: http://www.carldesrosiers.com/
Bio: Carl Desrosiers studied Graphic Arts at the Canadian School of Commercial Art in Montreal; he also studied portraits and nudes at the School of Fine Arts in Montreal, and later at Les Amis de la Peinture of St-Leonard. He uses gouache, felt-tip, air brush, indian-ink, and watercolor in his professional career as a graphic artist. But in the 1980s he turned to pastel for his paintings.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Portraits, Figurative, Landscapes, Still Life, Abstract.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The site is bilingual, in French and in English. The main menu remains available the top of the page.
Gallery: Urban Landscapes; Still Life; Floral Paintings; Portraits and Nudes; Abstracts.
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails to the left that enlarge on the same page; title, dimension and support are listed for each work. The enlargements are displayed in Adobe Flash Player, but each enlargement can be right clicked to “open image in new window.” This new image is a jpeg that can be downloaded. I chose this plate of peaches for its simple use of space. It is 19.5 x 25 ins. in real life and the file size is 758x566, 104 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Alexander Verstov

















Name: Alexander Verstov
URL: http://www.verstov.com/index2en.html
Bio: Alexander Verstov was born in Moscow in 1963. In 1987 he graduated from the Fine Art Department of Gertsen Institute (Leningrad). He became a member of the Moscow Artists Union in 1998. His progress in the world of pastel has been inexorable. In 2002-2003 he participated in the Europastel exibition (Italy, Russia) and he was an award winner at the Salon International du Pastel (France), in 2004.
He was participant and organizer of the first Moscow International Pastel exhibition in 2005 and in 2006-2008 took part in the IIIrd International Pastel Biennale (Poland).
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Portraits, Figurative, Landscapes.
Style: Impressionistic
Navigation: Main menu remains available at top of page. The site is bi-lingual, Russian and English.
Gallery: Main galleries: Pastel and Oil. Sub-galleries: Portrait; Flower; Landscape; Composition.
Image View: Each sub-gallery contains thumbnails that enlarge to give details and may be downloaded. The enlarged image is part of a slideshow series; use the arrows to go forward or backwards, or the PC’s back-button to return to the page. There may be more than one page per sub-gallery. This picture is 600x442, 83 KB; the original is 73x98 cm.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Tony Duarte











Name: Tony Duarte, FRAS
URL: http://www.aduarte.com.au/
Bio: Tony (Antonio) Duarte was born in Coimbra, Portugal where he graduated from Escola Artes Plasticas of Coimbra and Escola De Belas Artes of Lisbon. Since graduating he pursued a career as a professional artist in Europe, where his work was shown in many exhibitions in Spain, Portugal and Germany.
Having lived for a time in Germany, Tony emigrated to Australia in the late sixties, where he completed some courses in art, including the National Art School of NSW, with the aim of becoming a teacher of painting and drawing. He was professor of painting at the National Art School of NSW, and is currently a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW.
Media: Pastel, oils
Subjects: Portraits, Figurative, Landscapes.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at side of page.
Gallery: Pastel Drawings; Conte Drawings; Oil Paintings; In Portugal.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a page of images. No details on dimensions. One assumes the paintings are assigned to their respective galleries by medium. This nude study is 300x177, 26 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Pamela Carter
















Name: Pamela Carter
URL: http://pamelacarterstudio.com/
Bio: Pamela Carter has a fine arts degree, teaching experience, and has attended many workshops over the years with internationally recognized master painters. Her prize winning paintings, exhibited and collected across Canada and in Europe, have been shown at both the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York. More recently she has been invited to show her work and demonstrate her techniques at international conventions in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Rouen, France.
When she moved to Toronto from Montreal she taught as a replacement art specialist in three schools: TFS (Toronto French School), UCC (Upper Canada College), and UTS (University of Toronto Schools). In 2008, Pamela Carter said goodbye to all that to pursue her career as a painter.
Media: Pastel, oils
Subjects: Still life, Landscape, Cityscapes, Figurative, Portraits.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available until you enter gallery slideshows, where you can return home, or back to gallery main page.
Gallery: Portraits; People and Places; Still Life.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a page of thumbnails that may be enlarged. Neither thumbnail nor enlarged image gives details of dimension and medium of original. When you click on People and Places, and on Still Life, you are informed that you are in the Portraits gallery, although the paintings are clearly in the right place; within People and Places gallery at least, the previous button does not always function – from Kamouraska Croissants #1 for instance. These are minor complaints and easily fixed. The paintings are very accomplished. This image is 375x309, 39 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: The blog concentrates on the artist’s oil paintings.
Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Linda Gross Brown
















Name: Linda Gross Brown, PSA
URL: http://www.lindagrossbrownstudio.com/
Bio: Linda Gross Brown received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Illustration, and her M.A. in painting, from Kent State University. She studied design, color theory, painting and other skills with William Harper, Joseph O'Sickey, Morton Grossman, Joan Gardner and Leroy Flint, among others. After receiving her Master's degree, Linda began to explore the potential of painting with soft pastels.
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available top and bottom of page.
Gallery: Twenty-seven thumbnails and the enlargement window on the same page makes for easy choice of image.
Image View: Thumbnails include details of dimension and medium of original. They will enlarge, and may be saved; they may be enlarged further on another click, but this enlargement is stamped with a large © and furthermore has the right click disabled. I used the Prt Sc button to show you how this looks, and to compare it with Debra LaFogg-Docherty’s solution. One of Linda's most recent works, "Treehaven #2" was awarded the Gold Medal at the Salmagundi Art Club New York’s Annual Members Exhibition Show. It is a very fine piece of work. Go look!
Demo: Yes, on her blog.
Blog: http://lindagrossbrown.wordpress.com/
Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Debra LaFogg-Docherty













Name: Debra LaFogg-Docherty, PSA
URL: http://www.lafogg.com/
Bio: Debra LaFogg-Docherty grew up on a small farm in Connecticut. An only child, she enjoyed the freedom to explore the woods and swamps around her home, and to paint. She received no formal training till she attended Art College, where she majored in advertising and illustration. When she graduated with honors she went to South Florida where she has lived for some 30 years.
Debra has been a freelance rock photographer, taking pictures of Styx, Robert Plant, Steve Marriott of Humble Pie and many more. She works as a designer for a News Paper, and associate editor for a magazine.
Debra is a certified Wildlife Habitat Steward, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of Excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society and an Associate member of the Audubon Artists and the Oil Painters of America.
Media: Pastel, acrylic, oils.
Subjects: Wildlife
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available on top of page. Website is current.
Gallery: Twenty-two paintings over four pages.
Image View: The gallery thumbnails enlarge on the same page and must be closed to continue. Thumbnails include details of dimension and medium of original. They will enlarge, and may be downloaded, but the enlarged image will have the word sample writ large all over it.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Patsy Lindamood














Name: Patsy Lindamood, PSA
URL: http://www.wildthingsartwork.com/
Bio: Patsy Lindamood did not embark upon a career as an artist until late 2001. Although she is still a full-time Credit Union CEO, she nevertheless manages to paint full time as well. This self-taught artist has produced a large body of wildlife art over the last number of years. A late starter, Patsy has achieved a growing list of exhibition acceptances and competition awards, as well as signature memberships -- including the International Guild of Realism, Art of Conservation, the Pastel Society of America, the UK Coloured Pencil Society, and the FLAG (Florida Artists Group)
Media: Pastel, Colour pencil. Water-soluble wax.
Subjects: Wildlife
Style: Representational - she was juried into The International Guild of Realism in 2008.
Navigation: This website is frames-based, a format I continue to like. It means the menu stays available throughout, and it is user friendly.
Gallery: There seems to be some duplication of access. The menu on the left lists The Art, People Portraits and Pet Portraits respectively, but the latter two are included in The Art when you open that particular gallery. The sub-galleries in The Art are: Wild Places; African Animals; North American Animals; Big Cats; Birds; Butterflies, Turtles and Other Small Creatures; and the aforementioned People Portraits and Pet Portraits.
Image View: The gallery thumbnails enlarge in a slideshow. On the extreme right a separate narrow frame continues to display the thumbnails for that particular gallery. Few of the images are labelled with information on size or medium, unless available for purchase. Each slideshow image moves on to the next in a cutesy ‘iris’ dissolve that is irritating in the extreme. Within the slideshow each image may be further enlarged (still no details) and some, but not all, may be downloaded freely (when I say ‘freely’ I mean there is no technology-based impediment; all artwork is copyright protected.) The gorilla had no impediment. It is a 24" x 36" pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord, and was included in the 48th Annual Exhibition of the Society of animal Artists at The Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI, and then selected for the Society of Animal Artists National Tour in 2009.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Suzy Solvery


Name: Suzy Solvery
URL: http://suzypastel.free.fr/topic/index.html
Bio: Suzy Solvery was born in 1946 near Lyons, France, where she still resides. She is entirely self-taught through constant practice, books and literature on the subject. She paints for painting's sake, pastel for Suzy is its own reward. I say chapeau, and bonne continuation!
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Portraits, Still life, Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in French. The main menu is available at top of page, until you enter the thumbnails, when you can navigate by arrows – this is the first time I have seen tooltips attached to direction arrows. The site is hosted by one of the major players in the French telecoms industry, so the format is a standard one. I logged onto Free.fr’s home page, clicked onto pages perso, chose arts from the categories on offer, chose peinture from the arts on offer, and put pastel into the search box. There were 252 results! However, a quick surf suggests that it is better to stick with known artists, and their links, to find new talent....
Gallery: Ma Galerie de Tableaux : Portraits (31 images); Nus (nudes, 16 images); Autres (others, 10 images); Animaux (animals, 9 images); Natures Mortes (Still life, 19) ; Paysages (Landscape, 8)
Image View: When a thumbnail is clicked it enlarges to give full information re dimension, medium and support. The thumbnails themselves seem ‘out of sync’ with the tables on the page (you will see what I mean if you look). As well as that the paintings are mostly presented after framing, which affects the size and clarity of the image. This is a pity as they merit closer inspection. I have chosen an unframed painting to display here. It is 1984x1636, 324 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Plein Air


















I am filled with admiration for artists who work plein air, no matter what the medium. There is an immediacy, an urgency to the work, which is unmistakeable. There is a consistency to a body of work, a unity of approach when the palette is placed on a diet, which is deeply satisfying. Artists who work both plein air and in studio often produce art that is quite different in each setting, to the extent even of subject matter. The studio still life paintings of Patrick Martin, when compared with his plein air landscapes, could almost be by a different artist; though both styles produce highly accomplished objects of desire.
Richard McKinley is eloquent on the subject in his Pastel Journal blog. “I have wondered (all plein air painters must at one time or another) why I go through it—lugging my equipment around, standing in the sun, getting eaten by insects, and fighting the constantly changing light. But, after experiencing the allure of natural light, the sensitivity gained from a tactile relationship, and the differences in my work because of these, I've become totally hooked!”
The recent (February 2010) Pastel Journal piece on Aaron Schuerr starkly demonstrates to what lengths a dedicated (I almost said fanatical) plein airist may go. Aaron says that he has to switch to oils in winter for one simple reason - gloves. When he tried a pastel study on location, he couldn’t get the sticks back in the box when he had finished, as he had become so cold! Aaron in the snow in his boiler suit and balaclava would frighten a moose - and I hope a bear!
Then there is summer plein air painting. Each year the little town of Magné, in the Marais Poitevin in Southwest France, holds a summer plein air paint-off. The photograph above shows the other extreme to which artists will go! My thanks to Joel Berthonneau for the picture. Joel’s photos can be found on TrekEarth at this link. If the artist cares to identify himself....

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Patrice Bourdin


Name: Patrice Bourdin
URL: http://pbourdin-pastel.com/
Bio: Born 1955 at Fougères (Ille et Vilaine), he came to painting at a young age as his father was also an artist. Pastel has been his medium of choice for more than fifteen years. Patrice Bourdin finds inspiration in the countryside, which he depicts in a medium he finds irresistible for its purity of colour.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in French. The main menu is available at top of page, until you enter the gallery, when you have a choice of returning to the main page or going to page 2 of the gallery. The gallery is accesssed by resting the mouse on Patrice Bourdin and choosing Son oeuvre from the dropdown menu.
Gallery: Son oeuvre: 2 pages of 38 thumbnails in total.
Image View: When one thumbnail is clicked it enlarges and the remainder are available as a small thumbnail along the sides of the page. You may follow the slideshow or choose a thumbnail to view. There is no information as to dimension of original, and the images cannot be saved in the usual fashion.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Elissa Prystauk

Name: Elissa Prystauk, PSA
URL: http://www.elissaprystauk.com/www.elissaprystauk.com/Welcome.html
Bio: A New Jersey native, Elissa Prystauk received her BFA from Rutgers University and continued her studies at Urbino University in Italy, the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and Brooklyn Art Museum. She is a signature member of the American Pastel Society, and board member of Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art ClubShe is an artist member of the Salmagundi Club,  a resident member of the Pen & Brush, and a member of the Hudson Valley Art AssociationShe is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Art, and Who’s Who in American Women.

Elissa's work has appeared at an invitational show in Taiwan; she won an award at the Art du Pastel art show in Giverny, France, and an Award of Merit at Eastern Shore Art show in Alabama. She was the recipient of the AAPL (American Artists Professional League) Medal of Honor at the 76th Grand National Exhibition in New York City, 2004 for her pastel Fall Day. In toto, her remarkable resume lists more than 70 national and international awards, solo shows, juried exhibitions, public collections, and galleries.
Her paintings and pastels have also been featured in The Best of Oil Painting from Northlight books, Rockport publishers, L’Art du Pastel en France/The Art of Pastel, National Taiwan Arts/International Pastel Artists, Savvy Living magazine, Morris Magazine and cover of the state New Jersey Calendar. Her work has also appeared at the Cropsey Museum in Hudson Valley, and at the Hunterdon, Monmouth and Morris Museums in New Jersey.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape, Still Life.
Style: Impressionist.
Navigation: Main menu remains at top. There are three pages of images, two of these being pastels.
Gallery: Pastels; Oils.
Image View: The galleries consist of thumbnails. Enlargements are displayed in a slideshow, and thus may not be downloaded. There is no information on the dimensions of the original paintings, except for that on the home page – Sunflower Field in Tuscany, 46 x 34 ins.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Sangita Phadke




















Name: Sangita Phadke, PSA
URL: http://www.sangitaphadke.com/
Bio: Sangita Phadke was born in Barrington, Illinois. She earned her BA in finance at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. As a self-taught artist, Sangita has developed her photo-realistic style through the manipulation of light and an obsession with detail. Sangita currently resides in Colts Neck, New Jersey. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Noyes Museum of Art as well as a juried member of the American Artist’s Professional League and the National Association of Women Artists. She teaches a pastel course at the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury NJ.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Fruit. Portraits.
Style: Photo-realism.
Navigation: Main menu always available at bottom of page. Site is up to date.
Gallery: Single page of 18 thumbnails.
Image View: Click to enlarge thumbnail in new page; enlargements have details of size and medium. Download impossible.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Catherine Kinkade














Name: Catherine Kinkade, PSA
URL: http://www.catherinekinkade.com/
Bio: Ms. Kinkade is a graduate of Boston University; she was designated a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America in 1985. She is a founder of the Viridian Print Studio and a signature member of the PSA, Knickerbocker Artists USA, CLWAC, Pen & Brush NYC, and the National Association of Women Artists. She is Artist in Residence at Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair NJ, and has taught for many years at the Montclair Art Museum.
According to Steven Miller, Director of the Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ,
"Catherine Kinkade's work follows a colorful landscape tradition that is an interesting combination of Pierre Bonnard and Richard Diebenkorn. Her large paintings, which rely on clear graphic arrangements, encompass appealing agricultural vistas that seem to go on forever though they never lose their adherence to the picture plane. Her smaller works have an intimate delicacy that makes them quite immediate and fresh."
Media: Pastel ; oil; monotype.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: See quote from Steven Miller.
Navigation: Main menu always available at side of page.
Gallery: Painting, Monotype, Pastel, Champagne, Normandy, Studies, Commissions.
Image View: Click to enlarge thumbnail in new page; enlargements have details of size and medium. Download allowed. The image featured, Champagne Fields, is 21x26 ins, 634x450, 113 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Julie Friedman














Name: Julie Friedman, PSA
URL: http://www.juliefriedmanart.com/
Bio: A native of New Jersey, Julie Friedman gained her BFA from Mason Gross School of Art and worked as a designer in New York . She painted in oils until she studied with Wolf Kahn and was drawn to the immediacy of pastels. Julie is the owner of Artspace Studio & Gallery, a working studio in Morristown, NJ.
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape, Figurative.
Style: Loose, impressionistic. (I was going to say fast and loose, but it gives the wrong impression, even though Julie uses just these words in her own description of her practice!)
Navigation: Main menu always available at top of page. Site is up to date.
Gallery: Landscapes; and Figures in Landscape.
Image View: Each thumbnail has details of size. Click to enlarge in new page; click image to return to gallery. Download allowed. The image featured, Frost on the Farm, here was chosen for the Pastel Journal’s 2006 Calendar. 760x520, 108 KB
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Richard Lundgren













Name: Richard Lundgren, PSA
URL: http://richardlundgren.com/
Bio: Richard Lundgren has a B.S. in Fine Art from Bowling Green University. He then studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, before going on to a career in Human Resource Management. and the University of North Florida. Retiring in 1999, Richard was able to return to painting full time and began working with pastel. Richard has studied with Richard McDaniel, Sally Strand, Daniel Greene, Albert Handel, Lorenzo Chavez, Maggie Price, and Christina Debarry.
There is an extensive piece, entitled “Upon Further Reflection”, on Lundren’s painting philosophy in the October 2006 issue of the Pastel Journal, authored by Maggie Price.
Richard says: "Early retirement gave me the opportunity to return to what I love - painting full time." Richard, I heartily concur!
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscapes.
Style: Representational
Navigation: The main menu remains available at the top of the page.
Gallery: Four galleries of six images each.
Image View: Click on thumbnail to enlarge image. The thumbnail has the details of medium and dimension. The enlarged image opens in a slideshow and there is a download button, just as on Libby Peters’ site. You need to rename the file with the image title, as the default download file name is web.jpg for all images. Both of these artists use the same style of website, “made on a Mac”! . Actual Snow Birds is 18x24 ins framed, 360x243, 30 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Ann Sanders















Name: Ann Sanders, PSA
URL: http://www.annsanders.com/
Bio: Ann Sanders was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1950 and lived there until 1967, when she moved to Santa Barbara, California. She did a Ph.D. in Physics, 1979, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her artistic development was formed in Santa Barbara Adult Education: Plein Air and Figure Drawing classes and with composition study with Jim Armstrong. Subsequently Ann has taken workshops with a veritable rollcall of artists - Chris Chapman, Glenna Hartmann, Michael Drury, Thomas Van Stein, Marcia Burtt, Mark Kerckhoff, Richard Schloss, Sally Strand, Albert Handell, Stanley Goldstein, Jean LeGassick, Randall Sexton, Richard McKinley, Arturo Tello, Frank Serrano. Ann is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and is married to artist Gerry Winant.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscapes.
Style: Representational
Navigation: The main menu remains available at the side of the page.
Gallery: Landscape: Pastel; and Archives
Image View: Click on thumbnail to enlarge image. The thumbnail has the details of medium and dimension. The enlarged image opens in a pop-up and cannot be downloaded with ease. Goleta Beach Gap is 11x15 ins, 592x431, 48 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Kelly Dodge













Name: Kelly Dodge, SAA, AFC, PSA, PSC
URL: http://www.kellydodgeart.com/
Bio: Kelly Dodge had her first show as a professional artist in 2001, and in 2003/2004 she was elected to full signature membership with the Society of Animal Artists, The Pastel Society of America and The Pastel Society of Canada. She has been a signature member with Artists for Conservation since 2001. In 2007 Kelly was the accompanying artist on a AFC Flag Expedition to the Indian Himalayas. In 2008 she journeyed to Ecuador with her husband to explore the Galapagos Islands. In 2009 she was awarded a fellowship grant award under the AFC Flag Expeditions Program, to return and study the endangered species of the Galapagos Islands while supporting wildlife conservation and environmental education with her art.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Wildlife, Landscapes.
Style: Representational
Navigation: The main menu remains available at the side of the page.
Gallery: Originals has four submenus: The Beginning (early works dating back to childhood); Traditional Christian Hymns; Birds, Birds, Birds; Starscape Constellations; Amphibians and Reptiles; Fuzzy and Furry; Others; and Field Sketches.
Image View: Click on thumbnail to enlarge image with details, notes, and availability. Right click is disabled. There is a return to gallery button.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Jim Markle











Name: Jim Markle, PSA
URL: http://www.jimmarkle.com/www.jimmarkle.com/Home.html
Bio: Jim Markle retired in 1994 from a long and distinguished career in advertising and publishing to devote himself full-time to painting. He is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a Master Member of the Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association. Jim is the inventor of the Jim Markle Pastel Easelbox for location painting - an indication of his dedication to plein air painting. This has been recognised by pastel makers Great American Art Works, who market a “Jim Markle North American Landscape” set of pastels. Jim lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscapes.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The main menu remains available at the top of the page.
Gallery: There is a cycle of five Paintings pages. You may follow the cycle back to the beginning, return Home or back to the first page via the menu, or use the return button on your PC as there is no “back” facility on the cycle. Each thumbnail contains the data on title and size.
Image View: In the Paintings gallery, click on a thumbnail to enlarge it in a new page. You must return to the gallery to enlarge another. This image is 500x252, 93 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Clark Mitchell















Name: Clark Mitchell
URL: http://cgmitchell.com/
Bio: Californian artist Clark Mitchell has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Colorado College. He has studied at the Academy of Art College, San Francisco and has taken workshops with William Hook (acrylic painter); Skip Whitcomb (pastelist, oil painter); Clyde Aspevig (oil painter); Michael Lynch (oil painter); Albert Handell (pastelist, oil painter).
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Landscapes.
Style: Representational
Navigation: The main menu remains available at the top of the page. This is a satisfyingly easy, no frills site on which to view the artwork.
Gallery: Pastels: About three dozen thumbnails to enlarge; and Prints.
Image View: In the Pastels gallery, click on a thumbnail to enlarge it in a new page, with title and dimension. You may continue on this page and view the images serially or return to the gallery an choose. It is worth staying with the slideshow and viewing them all. Downloads are possible, image size of Town and Country is 9x12 ins. File size is 662x500, 137 KB.
In the Prints gallery, clicking on a thumbnail loads the Art Brokers website.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Copyright issues

The stated purpose of this blog is to review the websites of artists who work in pastel. A side-effect of this is that the artists featured, who already have a web presence, have their website, and thereby their artwork, publicised. The site also acts as a directory of pastel artists' websites - already, since its inception in November 2009, the most comprehensive on the internet.

It is generally recognised that reviewers may make use of material that is copyright for the purposes of review. I operate under that principle. However, I have received notice from one artist that they regard the posting of an image and a link to their website as an infringement of their copyright. I could modify the post, with the image and link deleted, but I have chosen to remove the post in its entirety. While this affects the comprehensive nature of the directory, I prefer to take this course.

Summer meetings in France


















The 2010 pastel season in France promises to be very exciting, with some very fine artists attending the workshops and demonstrations. Full details are to be found on the French Pastel Society website. This is your opportunity to meet Patrick Martin, Gwenneth Barth, Peter Thomas, Chris, Jean-Claude Baumier, and other renowned pastel artists. See you there!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Michel Bordas


Name: Michel Bordas
URL: http://www.michel-bordas.com/
Bio: Michel Bordas was born in 1953 in Dordogne, France. At 16, a visit to the Prado had an indelible influence on him. After drawing classes in the faculties of art and archeology at the University of Paris, he settled in the Charente. He painted mostly portraits in charcoal, pen and wash, and oils and acrylics for many years. His first, occasional, pastels date back to 1978. In 1987, a career move forced him temporarily to put painting aside. But the 2002 Salon International du Pastel at Feytiat near Limoges served as a stimulus to work again, because, as he says himself, ars longs, vita brevis. He is now president of Pastel en Perigord.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Animals, still life, landscapes.
Style: Representational
Navigation: The website is in French. Use the arrow to go from the front page into the site. From there, the main menu remains available at top of page, except when in the galleries page – you will have to use the PC’s back button to return to the main links (unless you have used the "right click-open in new tab/page" option for the galleries.)
Gallery: Animaux (animal); Divers (various); Fleurs (flowers); Natures Mortes (still life); Paysages (landscapes); Portraits.
Image View: Once in a gallery, click on a thumbnail to enlarge it in a new page, with title and dimension. This may be downloaded. The bunch of grapes is 700x744, 507 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Sandra Burshell



















Name: Sandra Burshell, PSA
URL: http://www.sandraburshell.com/default4.asp
Bio: Based in New Orleans, and a renowned pastel painter for 25 years, Sandra Burshell received her artistic formation at the Art Institute of Chicago, the
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, a BA Art fromTemple University, and a Masters from Tyler School of Art,
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Interiors, Figures.
Style: Burshell labels her figures “oil impressionist painterly master tradition”
Navigation: Main menu remains on screen throughout. However, there is a small link to the site map at the bottom right of the screen. This is very useful as it gives an instant overview of the site, but more importantly, of all thumbnails.
Gallery: Pastel Interiors; Photography; Pastel Figures; Oils; Archives; Commissions.
Image View: No data on medium or dimension. Clearly, the galleries labelled Pastel or Oil contain pastel and oil paintings respectively. In Archives, you’ll just have to guess. However, if you go to the Carol Robinson gallery website you will find some of Burshell’s paintings with the dimensions indicated. Soft Glow, Casmento's (featured here) is 21x24 ins. A few of the thumbnails in the site map will display a tooltip if you rest the cursor on the image; unfortunately, this is not consistent. What is also not consistent is download permission. Some images allow the right click download option. Others display “WARNING The content is copyrighted. You may not copy it.” The Carol Robinson gallery imposes no such restrictions.
Demo: No. But if you go to this link you can download a Pastel supplement from the June 2009 American Artist issue, with tips and techniques from 6 master pastel artists including Sandra Burshell.
Blog:/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

How to batch download image files, using Internet Explorer.

Update - 28th March 2010:
Since I first wrote this, I installed Windows 7 (and Google Chrome) on my PC and this technique does not work under Windows 7. So it appears that if you use Windows XP (and possibly IE8) it should still function.)

Original Post
This is a useful technique for downloading images if you do not need to rename each file. (I nearly always add the dimension of the original to the file name.)

I am going to use Wende Pastorale’s website to demonstrate this, for two reasons. Firstly, Wende’s portraits are generally a uniform size (20x16 ins or 24x18) unless they are full size or group portraits. So I don’t need to note the size on each image.

Secondly, she has advocated studying the work of other artists and finding inspiration therein in her wonderful book on painting pastel portraits. Clearly she practises what she preaches, is very generous with her paintings and has freely enabled downloading of her images.

1. Empty the trash – the recycle bin, for reasons that will become apparent. If for some reason you do not perform this regular piece of PC housekeeping, do it anyway, even if you proceed no further!
2. Create a new folder in My Pictures called Wende Caporale. Open it.
3. Open the IE dialogue box by right clicking on Internet Explorer, and on Properties.
4. Click on Delete (you might want to ensure that “Delete browsing history on exit” is unchecked).
5. Check Temporary Internet Files.
6. Click on OK at the bottom of the dialogue box.
7. Open Wende’s website and choose a gallery to browse.
8. Click on a thumbnail and work your way through the series.
9. Close the website when you have finished. Do not open any others.
10. Repeat Step 3.
11. Click on the Settings tab - the one beside the Delete that you clicked previously.
12. Click on view files. The Temporary Internet Files folder will open.
13. Right click on a blank part of the page and choose Arrange Icons by Type.
14. Find the area on the page that has all the .jpg files lined up in a row. Highlight them all and copy them (Ctrl C).
15. Go to the Wende Caporale folder that you created earlier and paste (Ctrl V) the images that you copied from the Temporary Internet Files folder.
16. Right click on a blank part of the folder and choose Arrange Icons by Size. The reason for this is that there will almost certainly be two copies of every picture, as you will have copied over both the thumbnail and the full size image.
17. About half-way down the folder there will be a point where the images start to repeat. This represents the junction between the small images and the large ones. If you rest the cursor on the image the data on dimension and file size will be displayed. Highlight all the small duplicates (they will be on the top half of the page) and delete them.
18. IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, go to the recycle bin, restore the images, and try again. Now you see why you emptied the bin in the first place. If you had a full bin and you had either to choose between selecting the recent deletions for restoration, restoring all files, or repeating steps three on, you would not be a happy bunny.
19. Close the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Wende Caporale















Name: Wende Caporale, PSA
URL: http://www.wendecaporale.com/
Bio: Wende Caporale is a leading American pastel and oil portrait artist, specializing in children. She holds a BFA from Paier College of Art, Hamden, and has continued her studies at the Art Student's League, the National Academy of Design and in private workshops with Daniel Greene, Nelson Shanks, Burton Silverman and Richard Whitney . She has been included in Who's Who in American Art. She is recognised as a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America. Wende is married to Daniel E. Greene, and lives in North Salem, New York.
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Portraits.
Publications: Painting Children's Portraits in Pastel, International Artist Publishing, Inc. 2001. ISBN 1-929834-13-6
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available except within the slideshow. The web design by Karen Keeler Art & Design is clearly laid out and user-friendly. One wonders if it is the artist's or the web designer’s job to ensure that all links function within a website. The site is up to date.
Gallery: Portfolio: Adults; Children; Other Work.
Image View: Clicking on a thumbnail enlarges it within a slideshow. You can go to previous or next images using the arrows, or back to Portfolio. A few of the previous or forward arrows do not function, so you need to return to gallery (Portfolio) to choose the next image. Not all images are capable of being enlarged. A few thumbnails display tooltips of the image title when you rest the cursor on the image, but this is not consistent. Enlargements include data on medium and dimension of original. Downloads are possible. Files can reach 600x772, 479 KB in size. The painting featured is 25x30 inches, but Wende has painted group portraits in pastel up to 48x72 inches in size.
Demo: No.
Blog: No
Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Libby Peters
















Name: Libby Peters, PSA
URL: http://www.libbypeters.com/Libby_Peters,_PSA/Home.html
Bio: A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Libby’s art studies began at age twelve and have continued throughout her life. After earning a BBA from the University of Texas, Arlington, she continued to study painting in universities and workshops with many nationally known artists. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the Southwest and a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, the Degas Pastel Society and Past President, Exhibition Chair and Webmaster of the Austin Pastel Society.
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Portraits.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at top of page all of the time. Navigation is very easy.
Gallery: Portfolio of 24 images, both pastel and oil.
Image View: Details of medium and dimension are included in thumbnails. Clicking on a thumbnail enlarges it within a slideshow. You can go to previous or next images, back to portfolio, play the slideshow or download the image. When I say download, I mean there is actually a download button, the only one I’ve seen so far in over 200 websites! The only (small) fly in the ointment is that every image is saved as “web.jpg” so you must rename the file before saving, which is no big deal. I usually name a file with the name and dimension of the painting anyway. The Derby is 36x24 inches, and the file size is 493 x 365, 39 KB.
Demo: Yes – on her blog.
Blog: Libby keeps a work in progress blog. However, this is part of her website, and not a blog as such. This means the archive is purely a text menu of previous posts, and not until you open the link do you see what the painting looks like. You can then follow the painting's progress one image at a time via next (or previous) buttons (effectively a slideshow.) This seems unnecessarily cumbersome to me. I think perhaps the standard blog format might be a better option.
Ebay: No.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Cuong Nguyen




















Name: Cuong Nguyen
URL: http://www.icuong.com/
Bio: Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in his native Vietnam, Cuong has always had a passion for drawing human faces. His formal training began at the Academy of Art in Saigon, but was interrupted when he realized his dream of escaping the country and coming to the U.S. Starting with only twenty dollars to his name, he worked multiple jobs to put himself through school and earn a degree in illustration and graphic design from San Jose State University. Despite his focus on the human form, Cuong remains remarkably versatile as an artist. As an illustrator at Yahoo, he works on a digital canvas no bigger than 50 pixels square, designing icons that are viewed and loved around the world. At the other extreme, he has been invited to festivals in the U.S. and abroad to create pastel paintings on pavement as large as 24 x 16 feet.
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Portraits, still life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at top of page most of the time; some links become inactive depending on what page you’re on, and there doesn’t seem to be any logic to this. I think it’s just sloppy coding. The video clips on the article page seem to have disappeared too - mind you, they date from 2004.
Gallery: Figurative and Portrait; Still Life and Flower; Chalk Art.
Image View: Thumbnails open on mouseover on same page. Details of medium and dimension are included. Once you move the mouse the large image reverts to the beginning of the sequence so essentially download is impossible - unless of course you explore the “img src=” option in View, Source and figure out the URL for the image (either you know what I’m talking about, or you don’t). Maybe the old reliable Prt Sc will work. Anyway, this artist is too good to have so few images posted – and more than half are oil. Chinese horses is 427x408, 31.6 KB.
Demo: Two pastel demos. Two in oil. Of the pastels, the final image of White hat is missing.
Blog: No. But there is a Facebook link. I haven’t checked it out – there is a limit!
Ebay: No.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Teresa Saia


Name: Teresa Saia
URL: http://teresasaia.com/
Bio: A native of Washington, A native of Washington, Teresa Saia has been a full time artist for 13 years and has traveled and studied with leading artists in the US and abroad. Her studio is located in the historic Seattle district of Pioneer Square.
Media: Pastel, oil, watercolour.
Subjects: Landscapes, streetscapes, nightscapes, interiors.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at top or bottom of page, except from the enlarged images, where your choices are limited to back to gallery or home. There are few images to browse so it won’t take long – but you are left hungry for more. And you will be so rewarded if you link to the Howard/Mandville Gallery from the workshops page. Incidentally, the gallery link does not work from the links/workshops page!
Gallery: Nine thumbnails shall you have there….
Image View: Thumbnails may be enlarged and will open in new page, with no information on size or medium. Vineyard is 576x420, 64 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Philippe Autefage














Name: Philippe Autefage
URL: http://www.autefage-artiste.odexpo.com/
Bio: Philippe Autefage was born in Paris in 1955. He started his formal training in 1978 with sculptor Serge Bloch. Took up pastels in 1984. Studied at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris. M. Autefage continued subsequently his studies in engraving, lithography, etching and calligraphy.
Media: Pastel, charcoal, graphite, prints, murals.
Subjects: Landscapes, still life.
Style: Representational. M. Autefage is clearly right-handed.
Navigation: The website is bilingual. The French site has two more pages than the one in English, which lacks the page on courses, and the comments page. Main menu is mostly available – home page link disappears on gallery pages.
Gallery: Under Paintings you will find Sketches I, II; Nudes; Drawings I, II, III; Pastels I, II, III; Engravings; Murals.
Image View: Thumbnails may be enlarged and will open in new page, with information on size. I suggest that you use the right click option to open a new tab, as otherwise you must return to the gallery to select a new image. Right click/save as on the image is disabled – but a knowledge of html will get around this. Musical Instruments is 640x446, 35 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Paula Ann Ford














Name: Paula Ford
URL: http://www.paulaford.com/
Bio: lives in the mountains west of Chatanooga, Tennessee. Which reminds me - has anyone ever found Wallace Stevens' Jar?
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscapes.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Site is actually a blog, although the web address makes it seems a standard-type website. So navigation is the usual “scroll the blog” or use the labels for the posts (just like this one). There is a lot of material here.
Gallery: Scroll the blog. Also, Paula has posted paintings on Flickr . These files are generally larger than those on the blog.
Image View: Images in the blog can be enlarged – I suggest a right click and “open link in new tab”. (If you navigate away from the main page you will lose the soundtrack. In some websites this is no loss, but Paula has linked to the YouTube post of Stanton Lanier playing his Awaken the Dawn from the Unveiled CD. I hadn’t heard this before – thanks you for the music, Paula. I’m trying to learn the thing now by ear – its in in A flat, or G sharp if you like!)
This picture, downloaded from Flickr, is 701x498, 100 KB. Its dimensions are 5x7 ins, so it's effectively real size.
Demo: The blog is a rolling demo, with notes on techniques, materials and supports on some of the paintings.
Blog: Dates from 2006, with 173 posts to date and 48 followers at this time.
Ebay: No.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Marek Swiatecki


Name: Marek Swiatecki
URL: http://www.pastelart.net/
Bio: Marek Swiatecki is an award winning Polish artist who had his first solo exhibition in 1977. He has worked in music and in theatre, and used to paint and sell pictures in the streets of Paris. He is a member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers, the Association of Polish Pastellists, Art du Pastel en France, Italian Association Optimae Artes and the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada.
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscapes. Portraits.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Site is in Polish and in English. There are no ”back” links from the main pages, so get used to the PC back-button. Alternatively, open each fresh page by right-clicking and choosing “open link in new tab/window” (assuming you’re using Internet Explorer).
Gallery: Pastel Art is the main gallery page. From there the choices are Forest; Lakes and Rivers; Swamps and Marshes; Seascapes; Just Grass; Winter; Pets.
Image View: Thumbnails are scattered artisticallyaround gallery page and fade in and out – they are all active links and must be opened individually – again, right-click and choose “open link in new tab/window” or you’ll be forever going back and forth. And you will want to see them all (Marek is prolific). Especially check out his tryptich on the Swamps and Marshes page. Data is attached to each enlarged image. This picture, Herbs Pharmacy. Is 77x550, 47 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Jeff Webb


















Name: Jeff Webb, PSA
URL: http://community-2.webtv.net/DrawingTeacher/TheArtofJEFFWEBBPSA/
Bio: Jeff Webb says he has been an artist as long as he can remember. He has a Master of Arts Degree-C.W.Post College, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (with honors)-Pratt Institute. He studied privately with: Claudia Wiasigina,John Koch N.A.,Henry Hensche, Edgar Whitney A.N.A., Edwin Dickinson N.A. and Alvin Ross. He has been included in every exhibition of the Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibitions for Pastels Only at the National Arts Club, NYC since 1973 and has received over 16 awards.
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Portraits. Interiors. Webb works only from life on this most difficult subject matter.
Publications: Portrait Painting Demonstration Booklet for Sennelier Pastel Portrait Set (3 artists featured: Everett Raymond Kinstler, Richard Pionk and Jeff Webb)
Style: Representational.
Navigation: None to speak of. This ia a very simple site, with only two pages to negotiate. There is a link on page to the Owl 57 gallery website, where his work is sometimes featured, although the images are small. There is also a photo gallery. This is one artist whose work deserves far greater display.
Gallery: None. Images are embedded on both pages.
Image View: Images are embedded on both pages. They may be downloaded. Image size varies but can be up to 35 KB. The painting featured is the painting that won him the award in the PSA Annual that secured him Master Pastellist stature.
Demo: No.
Blog: No.
Ebay: No.