Sunday, March 28, 2010

Susan Lampinen
















Name: Susan Lampinen, PSC.
URL: http://susanlampinen.scarf.ca/
Bio: Susan Lampinen was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. She read environmental science while she continued to express herself through painting and drawing. In 1990, after working in the environmental field for several years, her part-time interest in art became a full-time profession. She opened Lampinen Fine Art and Custom Framing, her own gallery and studio in Sudbury in 1995. Since then, Sue has won the distinction of being selected as one of the Master Pastel Painters of the World showcased in International Artist magazine and she has had a feature article in November/December 2007 issue of The Pastel Journal. She has also had artwork chosen to be part of the Ducks Unlimited Canada National Art Portfolio, and the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition. Sue is an elected member of both the Pastel Society of Canada and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and one of her watercolour paintings is part of the Watercolour Society's Diploma Collection in Brampton, Ontario.
Sue has studied with Dwayne Harty, Zoltan Szabo, Brian Atyeo and Jack Reid.
Medium: Pastel, graphite and watercolour.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Websites don’t come any simpler than this - one single page.
Gallery: Thumbnails on the homepage.
Image View: Click thumbnails to view. I suggest right click, open in new tab/window. Otherwise you navigate away from the main page and must use the PC backbutton to return. Thumbnails enlarge to give information on medium, support and size. They may be saved. Morning Light is 16x24 ins, 600x408, 62 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Sylvie Mercier
























Name: Sylvie Mercier
URL: http://www.sylm.fr/
Bio:Very little information available. Hailing from the Mediterranean littoral, and influenced by its strong light and colours, Sylvie came late to art, but then took a course in "lumières de pastel" conducted by Françoise Delaplace in Montpellier

S’il y a quelqu’un qui peut me donner des renseignements sur cet artiste, j’en serais très reconnaissant.

Medium: Pastel, Photographs
Subjects: Figurative, animals, floral.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The website is in French, but practically textless. Once you choose Pastels, the menu remains available at the right side of the page; galleries are filed annually by date back as far as 2002.
Gallery: By date from 2002 to 2010. When you click on a date a series of monochrome thumbnails appears in the left frame; these colour up on mouseover.
Image View: Click thumbnails to view in main frame. Images are very large, and may be saved. There is no information on dimension of original artwork. The Blue Macaws are 646x800, 105 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Sabine Germanier

















Name: Sabine Germanier
URL: http://www.pastelsab.com/index.html
Bio: Sabine Germanier was born in 1980 and lives in Switzerland in the canton of Valais.
From 1999 to 2001, she studied academic drawing and painting . After art school, she concentrated on the theme of the female nude in dry pastel.
In 2007, Sabine opened a workshop and started to work in mixed media, mixing ink, Ecoline, gouache, colored pencils and pastels; she works in watercolour style on large format, glued to wood panel.
Sabine’s style has been influenced by Japanese cartoons (manga); she is currently working on an illustrated book.
Medium: Pastel, Mixed Media
Subjects: Portraits, Nudes.
Style: Illustrative.
Navigation: Main menu remains available on top of page (the website is in French.)
Gallery: Dessins and peintures (drawings and paintings).
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails that enlarge in a pop-up window when clicked. The thumbnails carry the information on medium and dimension. Once you enter a gallery you can click on the dates on top of the window to enter other galleries by date. The earlier galleries contain more pastels. The enlargements can be saved.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Sean Dye














Name: Sean Dye, PSA
URL: http://www.seandyestudio.com/
Bio: Sean Dye received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1989. He has taught at The University of Vermont since 1991. He conducts workshops throughout North America on Pastel, Oil Painting and Mixed-Media.
His paintings have appeared in The Artists Magazine and International Artist Magazine, Pastel Artist International and The Pastel Journal.
He is a member of the Pastel Society of America, The Degas Pastel Society and the Sierra Pastel Society. He is the Former President and founder of the Vermont Pastel Society.
He lives and paints in St. George, Vermont.
Medium: Pastel, Oil.
Subjects: Landscape
Publications: Painting with Water Soluble Oils, North Light (2001).
Mixed-Media Sourcebook, Watson-Guptill (2004).
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available on top of page..
Gallery: Artwork.
Image View: The gallery consists of thumbnails that enlarge within same page on mouseover. You need to move the cursor very carefully from the thumbnail to the enlargement in order to be able to download. Unfortunately there is no information provided on medium or on dimension. This could easily be done with a tooltip on mouseover. Adirondack Truck is 350x262, 219 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Margaret Evans
















Name: Margaret Evans
URL: http://www.shinafoot.co.uk/
Bio: Margaret Evans is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, and a teaching graduate of London University. Renowned for her pastel painting, Margaret Evans also tutors watercolours, oils, acrylics and other media. She is internationally known for her portraits in oil and pastel and is a member of the Portrait Society of America, featuring regularly in the International Artist magazine.
Shinafoot in Scotland is Margaret's home base and venue for her workshops. It is ituated between Perth and Stirling, and a hour's drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.
Medium: Pastel, Oil.
Subjects: Landscape, South West.
Publications: Painting Figures & Animals with Confidence, David and Charles, 2000.
Flowers in Pastel, Leisure Arts (Search Press, 2002).
Pastels, Collins (30 Minute Series), 2008.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Frames-based website. Menu remains available in side frame.
Gallery: Gallery (all paintings are in pastel unless otherwise stated); Affordable Art.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a single page of images. Each has a title and dimension. Each may be downloaded. Unlike the previous post, these are JPEGs, so, although the images are not very large, the quality is superior to GIFs. Altnambeitheach (Scots Gaelic, not as unpronounceable as it appears, and meaning, roughly, the pass of the cattle) is 18x14 ins.
Demo: No. But you can find Margaret on YouTube.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Becky Neideffer






















Name: Becky Neideffer
URL: http://www.bneideffer.com/
Bio: Becky Neideffer has taken pastel workshops with Maggie Price, Doug Dawson, Stephanie Birdsall, Albert Handell, Phil Starke and Ned Mueller.
She is a member of the Arizona Pastel Artists Association, the Southwestern League of Fine Arts, the Tucson Colored Pencil Artists Association, the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), Tucson Plein Air Painter's Society and the Tucson Pastel Society.
Medium: Pastel, Coloured Pencil.
Subjects: Landscape, South West.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available.
Gallery: Pastels; Coloured Pencil.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a single page of images. Each has a title and dimension. Each may be downloaded. Unfortunately, the quality of the images, despite the nominal resolution, is quite pixelated in many instances. A quick glance at the HTML confirmed my fears – the images are posted as GIF images, not JPEGs.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Susan Benoit

















Name: Susan Benoit
URL: http://www.susanbenoit.com/index.html
Bio: Susan Benoit’s art training includes graduate level courses in oils, printmaking and design in New Jersey and Ohio. She spent several years as an interior designer. More recently Susan has taken pastel classes and workshops with Donna Rossetti-Bailey, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Albert Handell, Dick McEvoy and Maggie Price.
Medium: Pastel, acrylic.
Subjects: Landscape, Architecture, Still Life.
Style: Representational..
Navigation: Main menu remains on side of page.
Gallery: Pastels; Acrylics.
Image View: Each gallery consists of clickable thumbnails running along the bottom of the page. The enlarged image in the page centre contain details of title and dimension. This may be downloaded. Into the Woods is 9x12 ins, 549x410, 59 KB
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Cheri Saffro




















Name: Cheri Saffro
URL: http://www.saffro.com/
Bio: Cheri Saffro is a native of Chicago, a 1969 graduate of Niles West High School in Skokie, IL. She has been busy during the last five years, painting over 300 pastels in that period. She is a Signature Member of the Chicago Pastel Society. Cheri sometimes collaborates with photographer Rachel Beltzman, with paintings inspired by Beltzman’s photographs.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape, Figurative.
Style: Expressionist.
Navigation: Main menu remains on side of page.
Gallery: Slideshow; Kids; The Southwest; Landscapes; Abstract; Romance.
Image View: Each gallery consists of clickable thumbnails. The thumbnail contain details of medium and dimension. When clicked they open as a zoomable image, and may be downloaded. There is a discreet copyright stamp in the centre of most of her images.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Charles Timken



















Name: Charles Timken, PSA
URL: http://www.timkenfineart.com/
Bio: Charles "Tim" Timken received a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art and began a 30-year career in graphic design, illustration and art direction. As a design professional, he received numerous national awards as he continued to pursue painting. In 2001, Tim gave up his design/illustration profession and became a full-time gallery artist. Today, he travels the country painting on location and the studio from photographs and field sketches. His work can be categorized as both representational and "landscape-inspired" abstraction including a variety of subject matter.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Tim’swork can be categorized as both representational and "landscape-inspired" abstraction including a variety of subject matter.
Navigation: Main menu remains on side and on bottom of page.
Gallery: Current Work
Image View: A single page of thumbnails. All works are in pastel, unless designated as oil after the title. If you attempt to download a thumbnail, what you get is a like a screenshot – a section of the screen. The only exception is the image on the homepage. (A larger view is available from the artist on request.)
Skyward is 14x10 ins.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Gigi Liverant














Name: Gigi Liverant, PSA
URL: http://www.gigiliverant.com
Bio: Gigi Liverant has painted in oils and pastels for over thirty years.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Andrew Giffuni Memorial Prize at the Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition in 2009, First Prize Connecticut Women Artists, Best in Show Connecticut Pastel Society, and the Diane Bernhard Gold Medal Award at the PSA Annual Exhibition in 2000. She is a Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist and a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society.
Gigi is a graduate of Paier College of Art, New Haven, Connecticut.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape, Still Life, Portraits.
Style: Expressionist. This artist has a unique signature, whether in pastel or oil, and is instantly identifiable, and therefore inimitable.
Navigation: Main menu remains on side.
Gallery: Pastel Paintings; Oil Paintings.
Image View: Each gallery is present as a single page; thumbnails along the bottom of the page enlarge in a viewing area at the top when clicked. Download is enabled.
Fifteen Minute Parking is 30x40 ins, 270x216, 103 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Paula Gach
















Name: Paula Gach, PSA
URL: http://paulagach.com/
Bio: Paula Gach Moskowitz has been studying with Jeff Web for about five years. She has also studied at the Art Student’s League, New York, the California College of Arts and Crafts, the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Hartford School of Art Paula has won the prestigious Diana Bernhard Gold Medal award at the Pastel Society of America.
She is an associate member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the Long Beach Art League.
Medium: Pastel, acrylic, oil.
Subjects: Landscape, Still Life, Portraits.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top. On the main gallery page you can choose which collection to view; and there are two options – click on an image to bring up the sub-gallery page as a set of thumbnails plus a screen area, or as a slideshow. The screen area allows you to choose a particular image to view, or another gallery to view, by means of drop-down menus. Meanwhile, the thumbnails to the side enlarge on mouseover. This is the first website I have come across with all these features.
Gallery: Landscape; Still Life; Portraits; Drawings; Miscellaneous.
Image View: Click to enlarge thumbnail in new screen area. This is where information on medium, support and dimension is made available. The chosen image can be saved. If you go for the slideshow option mentioned above, each painting is treated as a movie file within the slideshow, so that the image is enlarged but also “scanned” by the camera so that no detail is missed. One can download an image both from the “enlarged thumbnail” option and from the slideshow option – the latter image is larger. Noah with guitar is 900x675, 75 KB in the slideshow, and 350x262, 15 KB as an enlarged thumbnail. (The original is 25x19 ins.)
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sylvie Landelle
















Name: Sylvie Landelle
URL: http://www.sylvielandelle.fr/site/
Bio: Sylvie has been painting for about fifteen years in her spare time. She has studied pastels with Michel Dubois, master pastellist, French Pastel Society. She lives in the Mayenne department of northern France, where she has a permanent exhibition in the L'hotellerie de la Juhel at Villaines-la-Juhel.
Medium: Pastel, oil, watercolour.
Subjects: Landscape, Still Life, Floral.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Site designed in Joomla. Menu remains available at all times.
Gallery: Nouveautés (new work); Animaux (animals); Natures mortes (still life); Paysages et vieilles pierres (landscape and old stones); Fleurs (flowers); Bord de mer (seaside); Portraits; Carnet de voyage (travels); Divers (various). Also, Aquarelles (watercolours) and Huile (oil).
Image View: Click to enlarge thumbnail in pop-up slideshow. This is where information on medium and dimension is made available. You can progress sequentially through the slideshow or return to gallery by closing pop-up. The slideshow instructions are in English although the site is in French. Downloads are enabled. Pont St.Pierre sur Erve is 30 x 40 cm, 640x476, 466 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Jian Wu
























Name: Jian Wu, PSA
URL: http://www.jwstudio.net/index.html
Bio: Jian Wu graduated from the prestigious Art College of Qing Hua University (former Central Art and Crafts College of China) in 1984. During the period between his graduation and his emigration to the United States, Jian Wu work was commissioned for five star hotels and his art was exhibited in China’s National Art Exhibitions. In 1993, he went to study at the Graduate School of Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and joined the university’s faculty shortly afterward. He received his Master of Fine Art degree in 2000. Jian Wu has been a regular prizewinner in the Pastel 100, receiving both an Honorable Mention and Second Place in the portrait and figure category in 2008; First Place in 2007 and Second Place in 2005.
Jian Wu teaches drawing and painting at his studio in Union City, CA.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape, Figurative, Portraits.
Publications: Pastel Technique, China Youth Press, 2005.
The Overseas Oil Painter of China—Jian Wu, Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, 2007.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top. The gallery menu stays on side. An easy layout to follow – my only criticism is lack of advance information on medium. This could be taken care of as a tool tip when the cursor rests on a thumbnail.
Gallery: City and Landscape, Figurative, Portraits, Archive. Only the Portrait gallery contains pastel paintings. All other works are in oil.
Image View: Click to enlarge thumbnail in slideshow. This is where information on medium, support and dimension is made available. You can progress sequentially through the slideshow at this level of magnification, or return to a gallery to choose another thumbnail to enlarge. There is no indication of medium until the enlarged image is viewed. Downloads are not blocked. Old Man is 24x18 ins, 375x500, 40 KB
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.



Friday, March 26, 2010

Liz Kenyon















Name: Liz Kenyon
URL: http://www.lizkenyon.com/home
Bio: Prior to painting fulltime, Liz Kenyon worked as a freelance artist illustrating book covers for Avon Books, New York. She’s nationally published and has won over 20 awards for her illustrations, monoprints and soft pastel paintings. Liz attended the University of Arizona where she learned the basics. Although she’s lived and worked in Phoenix since 1975, memories of rolling oak covered hills and the lonely farmworker of her California upbringing have continued as recurring themes in her artwork.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape, Still Life, Figurative.
Style: Representational. But the word does not go close to expressing this artist’s beautiful individual approach to her subject matter.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top. A nicely designed website.
Gallery: Still Life, Animals, Landscape, People.
Image View: Click to enlarge thumbnail in new pop-up window. This is where information on medium, support and dimension is made available. The artist often includes notes on each painting in this window. The enlarged image can be saved. Potting Bench is 24.x 18 ins, 400x300, 43 KB
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Joni Beinborn












Name: Joni Beinborn
URL: http://www.jonisponies.com/
Bio: Joni Monroe Beinborn is quite shy about her bio on her website. Her achievements can be surmised only from her awards from 1999 to date. However, she is on Facebook.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Equine
Style: Realistic .
Navigation: Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: About 20 thumbnails on the one page.
Image View: Information on medium and dimension presented with each thumbnail. Click to enlarge in new window. Enlargement can be saved. Dutch Dots is 27 x 15.5 ins, 550x316, 29 KB
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Paula Lawson















Name: Paula Lawson
URL: http://www.paulalawson.com/
Bio: Paula Lawson, from Garland , Texas, returned to fine art after 25 years as a commercial illustrator. She received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas, where she took life drawing, illustration and graphic design courses. Paula focuses on landscapes rendered in pastels. She spends a lot of time in the outdoors-hiking and photographing in Texas and the Southwest. In April 2005 Paula won the Jack Richeson/Unison Pastels best of show award in the Pastel 100. She is currently, for the first time, teaching high school art and enjoys giving back what she has learned through the years.
Medium: Pastel, oil, watercolour, sculpture.
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The whole website seems to be one Shockwave movie. It is very like Opus, for those of you who know this software.
Gallery: Click on Images, Gallery to see a set of thumbnails to the left side of the window that display enlargements on mouse over. You may also view the paintings in larger format by choosing Images, Slideshow.
Image View: No information on image medium (presumably pastel) or dimension. Images cannot be downloaded, although a Prt Sc solution might be worth trying during the slideshow. I am grateful to Paula for sending me the jpeg of Big Bend Rio to share with you on this blog.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Judith Reidy















Name: Judith Reidy
URL: http://www.judithreidy.com
Bio: Judith C. Reidy graduated from the University of Milwaukee School of Fine Arts, with a major in painting and drawing, BFA. She has studied with artists Lawrence Rathsack, Adolph Rosenblatt, Tom Uttech, Joan Franzen, Laura Priebe, Helena Ehlke, Joe Stanke, Paulette Jensen, Daryll Jenson, and Ed Knippers, and Stephan Samerja.
Judith is a member of Wisconsin Pastel Artists, and the Great Lakes Pastel Society.
Medium: Pastel, oil, acrylic.
Subjects: Landscape; Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The main menu remains available at left of page.
Gallery: Studio Painting; Plein Air; Figures; Commissions.
Image View: Click on thumbnails to get details and enlargement. This can be downloaded. Judith appends notes on her paintings in the pop-up. The plein air paintings are in either oil or acrylic.
On the home page and on the Commissions gallery the controls underneath the image player are a little odd – you don’t click on the actual button, but just beside it – the one on the left is “play”, on the right “pause”.
The downloads vary in size but some are quite small – I was going to feature Judith’s figurative work, but 1.61 KB is too little. Dawn in the mists is 10.5x13.25 ins, 425x320, 88 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog: There are two art-related blogs: http://figuresjudith-reidy.blogspot.com/ and http://judithreidy.blogspot.com/
EBay/Flickr: No. There are links to Twitter and Facebook.

Bob Russin




















Name: Bob Russin, PSA
URL: http://bobrussinpastels.com/
Bio: Bob Russin was born in 1947 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He got his MA Art Education Equiv. at Marywood University/University of Scranton. Bob spend 24 years in public school art teaching before retiring in 2005. This revived a renewed interest in pastel painting – he bartered his first pastel painting at age 12 in exchange for a used Mitchell fishing reel. Bob is a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society, and of the Pastel Society of America.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnLine website. Menu remains available.
Gallery: Originals; Limited Edition Giclée Prints; Open Edition Giclée Prints.
Image View: Two pages of thumbnails (37 images) in the Originals gallery that enlarge to gives details. Click on enlargement to see an even bigger image in a pop-up window. This can be downloaded. The pop-up also works as a slide show so that you can progress from one maximised image to the next.
Bob’s support seems to be a fairly unique combination of self-prepared ground on rice-paper – see his own notes under Technique.
The downloads vary from 134 Kb to 430 KB in size. Spiked is 16 ins square, 550x534, 345 KB
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Charlotte Herczfeld
















Name: Charlotte Herczfeld
URL: http://charlotteherczfeld.com/
Bio: Charlotte Herczfeld was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1958. From 1993-1995 she studied Art History, History of Philosophy, and History of Ideas at Stockholm University. For two decades she took art classes in drawing, perspective, colour theory, oils, portraiture, landscapes, still life, with a number of artists in Stockholm. In 2003 Charlotte did a Workshop and a six week ‘crash course’ at the School of Light and Color in Fair Oaks, California with Susan Sarback, and Rhonda Egan. In 2008-09 she took Portrait and Figure with Don Ketchek, and studies portraiture with Eliana Borozanova in 2009.
She is a founder member of the Pastel Guild of Europe (PGE) May 2009, and is currently serving as Chair.
Medium: Pastel, oil pastels.
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnLine website.
Gallery: Landscapes; Sketches; Still Life; Pets and Animals; Portraits; Figures; Oil Pastels.
Image View: Thumbnails include details, as do the enlargements. Click on thumbnail to see an enlarged image in a slideshow. Then observe the small “click to zoom in” option to get an even larger image – this can be downloaded. Sun Gilded Bridge is 20x27 cm, 550x405, 261 KB
Demo: No.
Blog: Yes, in Swedish: http://charlotteherczfeld.com/blog
EBay/Flickr: No.

Skip Whitcomb















Name: Skip Whitcomb
URL: http://www.skipwhitcomb.com/
Bio: An accomplished plein air painter, draftsman and printmaker, M. W. Skip Whitcomb studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he received a sound foundation in drawing and painting. Born in 1946, and raised on a ranch near Sterling, Colorado, Whitcomb spent his summers in Wyoming. He now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, a location that provides him with inexhaustible material for his paintings. Whitcomb paints plein air in oils and works in his studio for the finished pieces, whether oils or pastels. He never sells his field studies, of which he has hundreds, but keeps them for reference. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, and has been featured in articles in Southwest Art, American Artist, and The Pastel Journal.
In his interview with the Pastel Journal (March/April 2000 issue) Whitcomb listed the three books that he refers to continually – Carlson’s Guide to the Landscape, by John Carlson, and two works by Harold Speed: The Practice and Science of Drawing, and Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu always available on left, top and bottom of screen.
Gallery: Available Paintings; and Artwork Archives. Most of the paintings on this site are in oil; but Whitcomb’s pastels are masterly, and too important to omit. And anyway, you will want to see the oils too.
Image View: Thumbnails include details. Click on one to see an enlarged image. The enlargement is sizeable and can be saved. Port Clyde Reflections is 18x24 ins, 729x527, 114 KB
Demo: No. (Although there is a curious video on YouTube, posted by someone who took photos of a demonstration painting by Whitcomb as it progressed.)
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Clive Tyler
















Name: Clive Tyler, PSA
URL: http://clivetyler.com
Bio: Clive R. Tyler, of Ft. Collins, Colorado, studied Fine Art and Design at Kent State University (Ohio) with a double major and was awarded a Bachelors of Fine Art degree, and had a 20-year career as a graphic and product designer with expertise on product development. His painting education has developed from studying old masters and from attending workshops at the Loveland (Colorado) Art Academy with Lorenzo Chavez, Skip Whitcomb, and Patti Andre.
A dedicated plein air painter, his work has won many honors and awards, including Best of Show at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, the People’s Choice Award from the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Paint Out; and the Pastel Journal’s 8th Annual Pastel 100 competition. He’s an elected member of the Pastel Society of America and a signature member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.
Clive was First Place winner in the Pastel Category in First Annual Autumn Art Challenge on Facebook - a worldwide event with thousands of entrants. The link is
http://autumnpaintingchallenge.blogspot.com/ and you can view all the entries (lots of pastels)
in all media on http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=photos&gid=146871022611
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscapes, River scenes, Winter, and Wildlife.
Style: A classic oil painting style, albeit in pastel. His larger studio work is based on his plein-air painting experiences.
Navigation: Main menu always available on top.
Gallery: Just Gallery – nine thumbnails per page and a SimpleViewer window.
Image View: Click on any thumbnail to see an enlarged image. The enlargement has details of medium and size. The enlargement is an Adobe SimpleViewer Flash Player 10 function. This is an elegant and simple solution to image display. Unfortunately, it is not download friendly. Winter's Shadows is 21x27 ins.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Louise Corke















Name: Louise Corke
URL: http://www.louisecorke.com/
Bio: Louise Corke is a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia. She has studied with Dale Crabtree for several years. Although she mostly uses soft pastels, she also works in charcoal, graphite pencil, watercolours and oils. She achieved a scholarship with the Pastel Society of America and her international tutors include Gwenneth Barth, Claude Texier, Richard McDaniel, the late Richard Pionk and Flora Giffuni, Maceo Mitchell, Jason Chang, Suzanne Young, Doug Dawson, Duane Wakeham, and Jack Pardue.
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Portraits and Figures; Cityscapes; Landscapes.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu always available on left of screen.
Gallery: Florals; Landscapes; Portraits and Figures; Other.
Image View: Click on any thumbnail to see an enlarged image. The enlargement has details of medium and size. The image can be saved.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Bart Galle














Name: Bart Galle, PSA
URL: http://www.bartgalle.com/
Bio: Bart Galle’s artistic career began in 1999 with a community education class in introductory pastel painting. He took the class three times and continued to devote more time to painting on his own. His first show was in 2001 in a supermarket restaurant. Since then, his paintings have won awards at the local, regional, and national levels. He is Past President of Minnesota’s Lake Country Pastel Society and is recognized as a Signature Member by the Pastel Society of America. His studio is in the Off Raymond Arts Community in the Midway area of St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Lynn. Until 2003, Bart was Director of Continuing Education at the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. He currently works part-time in the area of continuing medical education for the Heart Failure Society of America.
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Portraits and Figures; Cityscapes; Landscapes.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu always available on left of screen.
Gallery: Landscapes; Cityscapes; Portraits and Figures.
Image View: Click on any thumbnail to see an enlarged image. The enlargement has details of medium and size. (The back button refers to the previous image in the slideshow, not your previous page.) The image can be saved.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Michele Choppe













Name: Michele Choppe
URL: http://www.michele-choppe.com/
Bio: Michele Choppe has been a full-time painter since 1998. An instructor at the French Académie du Pastel since 2006, she was herself instructed in pastel painting at the Société des Pastellistes de France after taking lessons in Paris and elsewhere in France. She completed her training in Art History at the Ecole du Louvre.
Media: Pastel; watercolour.
Subjects: Floral; Still life; Figurative; Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Website is in French.
Gallery: You can choose to browse the galerie by subject matter or by medium via the dropdown lists. The subjects are listed as Tout type (all); Portrait; Paysages (landscapes); Fleurs; Nu (nudes); Natures mortes (still life). The mediums of choice are Toute médium (all); Aquarelle (watercolour); Pastel; Peinture a l’huile (oil); Technique mixte. Don’t be fooled – this is a site based on a template - a bit like FineArtStudioOnLine - the categories Nude and Oil are blank. Just choose All for both dropdown menus and you will get 13 pastels and one watercolour.
Image View: Click on Fiche beside each thumbnail to see an enlarged image. I strongly suggest you right-click and choose the open in new tab/page option, as the PC back button from enlarged image requires you to “confirm form resubmission” and this is unnecessary hassle. When you do enlarge the image, you will see two versions on the new page; the larger one includes the data on medium and dimension, when completed and price if available. The smaller image can be clicked again to give an even larger image, but not easily downloaded unless you know your HTML. Le vase bleu is 1224 x 874, 208 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Michel Ségalen

















Name: Michel Ségalen
URL: http://peinture.bormes.free.fr/index.php
Bio: Michel Ségalen lives at the edge of the medieval village of Bormes les Mimosas in the Var, France. He is a self-taught sculptor and painter.
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Floral; Still life; Figurative
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Menu remains available on left. Site is in French. Very easy to navigate – remember Accueil is the home page.
Gallery: Galerie de Tableaux: Art Floral (6 pages); Paysages (Landscapes) (4 pages); Portraits.
Image View: Each thumbnail opens as an enlargement in a new page slideshow. You can progress in series by using the arrows to the side of the image, or click the button-shaped button at the bottom to return to the particular gallery page. There is no consistency as to whether an image can be downloaded or not, as some just open as a jpeg on a new page when you click directly on them, while others open only within the slideshow. All images have information attached, and the thumbnails will display the data in a tooltip if you just rest the cursor on the image. The source files, when you can download them, are of a generous size. Var Vineyard is 779x600, 269 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Luis de la Fuente
























Name: Luis de la Fuente
URL: http://www.artelibre.net/LUISDELAFUENTE/index.htm
Bio: Born in Madrid in 1950, got his degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. Studied Psychology of Art at the University of Vincennes in Paris and became professor of drawing and painting at the School of Arts and Crafts in Valladolid. Since 1986, he has dedicated himself exclusively to work in the studio, first in Madrid, and later in Valencia and Castellon de la Plana, where he currently resides.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Nudes; Still life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Fuentes has a single page devoted to him on this Artelibre webhost
Gallery: Only the one page.
Image View: Each thumbnail opens as an enlargement in a new page. I suggest you use the right-click/open in new tab option. Not all enlargements are tagged with information, but most if not all of the figures are in pastel. The still life paintings may be in pastel or in oil. The featured image is 50x30 cm, 296x500, 41 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Betsy Kellum












Name: Betsy Kellum, PSA, PSWC-DP
URL: http://www.betsykellum.com/
Bio: Betsy Kellum graduated from the College of William & Mary with a BA in Education and later studied art at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia. She has participated in workshops with Albert Handel, Doug Dawson, Roger Dale Brown, Loryn Brazier, Rob Liberace and Burton Silverman. Betsy has achieved signature membership in the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast (Distinguished Pastellist), Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Maryland Pastel Society the Southeastern Pastel Society and is an OPA associate member.
Her work has regularly featured in The Pastel Journal. She is included in The Encyclopedia of Living Artists.
Betsy Kellum is a juried member of the web site: www.artshow.com
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Still life, landscape, figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main men remains available at side of all pages.
Gallery: Still life; landscapes/interiors; figurative; animal portraits
Image View: Each thumbnail opens as an enlargement in a new window, where dimension and medium are stated. The artist often includes useful notes on the works. Clicking on the enlargement returns you to the gallery. Five Pears is 9x16 ins.
Demo: There is a demo page on the site.
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

John Roush














Name: John Roush, PSA
URL: http://www.johnroush.com/
Bio: In the late 90's, John Roush accepted an early retirement option from his employer and began an accelerated self-guided study of art. Within two years he was showing at regional art festivals and teaching from his home studio and a local gallery. His training regimen consisted of reading, attending workshops, and producing hundreds of original paintings.
His entry in the first Pastel Journal magazine competition won the First Place award for landscape. He has since won another First Place and six Finalist awards in the Pastel 100. The Pastel Journal has produced two feature articles on the artist and his work, in January/February 2006 and again in January/February 2010. In 2000 he was granted signature status in the Pastel Society of America on his first application for membership. He was elected a Master Pastelist in 2005.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at top of page except in gallery pages.
Gallery: East; West; Archive. (John was born in Kansas and regularly travels back there to paint and gather reference photos for his studio paintings. His Midwest portfolio is supplemented with paintings of Maine and its islands.) It would add to the website if the paintings were filed by medium within the galleries, as there are only two choices - oil and pastel.
Image View: Each thumbnail opens as an enlargement in a new window, where dimension and medium are stated. There is a back button to the gallery. Of course you can always right-click the thumbnail and open in a new window/tab thus maintaining the gallery page available. The enlargement can be saved. I used Clothes Pin Bag (9x13 ins) as it reminds me of Andrew Wyeth, who also painted on Monhegan.
Demo: No
Blog/EBay/Flickr: No.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sabina Haas














Name: Sabina Haas
URL: http://www.sabinahaas.ch/
Bio: Sabina Haas was born in 1961, and from the first horses inspired her; the art came later. For many years she expressed her in the written word, in short stories, poems and lyrics, but also as a narrator for stage performances, as well as in journalism. She worked with horses and for a time managed her own livery stable. When she took up painting she added an intense course of study to her innate skills and worked on still life and landscapes; but a visit to a photo website featuring horses re-awakened her old passion and set her on her present course.
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Equine.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Website is in German and in English. You may choose your version. Menu remains available.
Gallery: Horses; Other Animals; People; Others.
Image View: Each gallery runs a series of clickable thumbnails that enlarge in a slideshow format in Flash Video Player. So no downloads possible as such. Otherwise, navigation through the galleries and thumbnails is exemplary.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Jill Regan
















Name: Jill Regan
URL: http://www.jillreganfineart.com/
Bio: Jill did not initially pursue a career in the arts, but worked in commercial interior design, retail home furnishing and décor, and tradeshow representation. In 2004 she decided to seek instruction in fine art and soon found that her passion lay in pastels. Jill works exclusively on sanded paper, almost always Kitty Wallis paper or board, using a variety of pastels brands. She works from thumbnail sketches and usually works out the composition using Photoshop.Jill is inspired by portrait and figurative work; she has a strong interest in equine related art, and has done a number of pieces on foxhunting. She says that the graceful action and gesture of the animals, the posture and poise of the riders, and the intense colors of the hunting attire and landscape, combine in a very appealing manner.
Media: Pastel
Subjects: Figurative, Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Menu remains available at top of page.
Gallery: Portrait and Figurative; Equine and Sporting, Landscapes.
Image View: Each gallery runs a series of clickable thumbnails that enlarge in a slideshow format. The enlarged images can be saved, but there is no indication of image dimension.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Anne McGrory









Name: Anne McGrory, PSA
URL: http://www.annemcgrory.com/
Bio: Anne McGrory attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Since graduating in 1981 with a BFA, majoring in Illustration, Anne has had a diverse career as a jewellery designer, model maker, sculptor and painter. Recently Anne has returned to her love of painting. Anne works in pastel, oil and acrylics, often incorporating gold leaf into her paintings. Today her focus is on still life and New England landscapes. She maintains her residence and studio in New Hampshire with her husband Bernie and daughter Sarah. Anne is a regular prize winner in the Pastel 100 competitions, including 3rd place in the 2010 Still Life and Floral category. She won a Gold Medal at the New England Representational Painting Competition in 2009.
Media: Pastel, oil, acrylic.
Subjects: Still Life, Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Menu remains available at left of page.
Gallery: Still Life, Landscapes, Portraits, Sculpture
Image View: Each gallery runs a series of thumbnails along top of page, with the enlargement occupying the lower central space. As you click on each image in the series, the enlargement opens as if in an invisible cell that resizes with the varying size of the image. This resize problem also applies to each gallery page, such that the visible boundary varies with the page content.
There is no indication of image medium or dimension. The enlargements are not in fact very big, no doubt somewhat constrained by the choice of page design. If the thumbnails were lined up vertically, if necessary sandwiching the viewing cell, it would work better.
Log on to http://www.artrenewal.org/articles/2008/Salon/winners5.php and scroll down the page to find a high-res image of McGrory's work.
Sunset in the Rain was Anne’s 2009 Gold Medal winner at the Guild of Boston Artists. It is 14x30 ins.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gregory Pai











Name: Gregory Pai, PSA
URL: http://gregorypai.com/home/
Bio: Gregory is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Artists of Hawaii. Originally trained as an architect, he received his training in drawing and painting at the Honolulu Academy of Arts under Anthony Lee, George Woollard, Chuck Davis, Helen Iaea, and Mark Norseth. He has also studied with Lorenzo Chavez, Richard McKinley, Albert Handel, Daniel Greene, Maggie Price, Greg Biolchini, Terry Ludwig, and Alan Flatmann.
His greatest influences in landscape painting include: Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Frederich Edwin Church, and other painters of the Hudson River Valley School, as well as George Inness, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, William Metcalf, Edgar Payne, and contemporary artists, Elizabeth Mowry, Tula Telfair, and Clyde Aspevig.
Gregory worked formerly as Chief Economist for First Hawaiian Bank and Special Assistant for Economic and Policy Affairs in the administrations of Governor John Waihee and Governor Benjamin Cayetano
Gregory won Fourth Place in the Landscape Section of the 2010 Pastel 100 Competition and was a featured artist in the Pastel Journal April 2010 Issue.
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational
Navigation: The menu remains available on the right side of the page. This is a very neat Wordpress website.
Gallery: Recent paintings; Paintings of Hawaii; Paintings of other places.
Image View: Thumbnails are viewed in a Flash slideshow, but one can right click on the enlarged image and open in a new window, where it can be saved. Dimensions pf originals are included.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Julie Greig















Name: Julie Greig
URL: http://juliegreig.co.nz/
Bio: Julie Greig was encouraged to begin drawing from an early age in charcoal and soft pastel. She had her first ‘solo' exhibition while at Cobham Intermediate school in Christchurch showing a range of styles, subjects and media. The unique and varied New Zealand landscape, stockmen and women, still life, horses and portraits are her inspiration. Born in Raetihi, near Mount Ruapehu, then living in Canterbury and the Wairarapa has kindled a love of mountains and wide-open spaces for this artist.
During the 1990's Julie worked as an illustrator on a number of children's books, stories and novel covers, along with postage stamps and First Day Covers for NZ Post. At the same time she worked as a children's book designer for educational publishers in the Wellington area.
In 2004, Julie was recognised as an Associate of Pastel Artists of NZ (APANZ), in recognition of excellence in technique and the work she had achieved to date. She paints in her home studio in the historic and attractive river city of Wanganui in her home studio where she also holds classes, and travels throughout the country teaching workshops.
Media: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Figurative, portrait, equine.
Style: Representational
Navigation: While the menu remains available, it is not clear where the original paintings can be viewed. First look under Profile – Artist’s statement and biography, to see her most recent work, including the 2010 Pastel 100 1st Prize winner in the Animal and Wildlife section; then Prints – Image Vault and Limited Edition prints for reproductions that do not make clear the original medium or dimension of the work.
Gallery: See above. Check also for images under the Galleries pages.
Image View: Large thumbnails may be downloaded; image data available only in Art Galleries.
Demo: No.
Blog: http://juliegreig.blogspot.com/
Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Aline Ordman















Name: Aline Ordman, PSA
URL: http://www.alineordman.com/
Bio: Aline receive her BFA at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1975 and continued her training at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, earning a degree in Illustration in 1982. She developed an early love affair with pastels, influenced by Degas, Marie Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, as well as by the American Impressionists John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase. Aline Ordman has extensive background in teaching. She has more than twenty years of collective experience teaching figure drawing and pastel figures and landscapes, at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Lebanon College in Lebanon, NH. Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD and at the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH and AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH.
Aline was honored with The Great American Artworks Award at the 33 rd Annual juried exhibition of the Pastel Society of America in New York City in 2005.
Aline has had the remarkable achievement of winning the 1st place in the Figure Category and the 3rd place in the Landscape Category in the 2010 Pastel 100 competition held by the Pastel Journal.
Media: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Figurative, portrait, landscape.
Style: Representational to impressionist
Navigation: The structure of this website is somewhat unusual. But it can be navigated without too much difficulty, even if the page width exceeds my screen setup. The link from Figures back to Portfolio does not work, nor does Exhibit work from the Landscapes gallery – in fact Exhibit does not function as one would expect it to do, to link each image within a gallery in series – for example, using Exhibit, the 3rd image in Landscapes is in fact a portrait ....
Gallery: Gallery, Figures (within, but separate to, Gallery), Portraits, Landscapes.
Image View: Paintings do not get an individual rating, but the stated size is from 9” x 12” to 18” x 24”. Each thumbnail enlarges to give the medium -you are not informed in advance. Haystacks is 16x20 ins.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Akiko Hoshino






















Name: Akiko Hoshino
URL: http://akikoh.myexpose.com/
Bio: Akiko Hoshino was born in Fukushima, Japan. She graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts. Digital Hollywood Computer Animation School, Tokyo, Japan - (1996 - 1997) While she studied at the university, she also received classical art training in a private atelier. She moved to New York in 1999 and began studying at the Art students League of New York, where she came under the influence of Dan Gheno and Sam Goodsell She studied drawing with George Cannata and printmaking with Michael Pellettieri.
Akiko Hoshino was the recipient of the Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastels Award in the 2010 Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 competition.

Akiko Hoshino was hit by a car in New York city, October 2010, and sadly passed away some days later. She had a unique vision, her extraordinary and sensitive work was immediately recognisable and inimitable. She is a great loss to the world of pastel. May she rest in peace. As of January 2012 this website was still online.

Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Figurative.
Style: Representational - large-scale with a limited palette.
Navigation: Main menu remains available the top of the page.
Gallery: Two pages of thumbnails.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges in a slideshow to give details of medium and dimension and availability. Enlargements can be downloaded.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Roby Baer














Name: Roby Baer, PSA.
URL: http://www.robys.com/home.html
Bio: Roberta (Roby) Baer is a home-grown, self-taught Shasta County artist who enjoys international acclaim for her photorealistic pastel paintings. Mrs. Baer’s early love of nature, fishing the Sacramento River and surrounding rivers and streams, combined with a natural talent for paintings filled with movement, grace and macro-photo realism has resulted in the formation of one of the few pastel artists – possibly the only one I have come across – that is comfortable depicting wildlife below the water surface, or in macro close-up. Roby says that her love of painting came early, from excursions with her older brother Garrett and identical twin Becky and her Grandma Martys to go paint old red barns. Grandma Marty didn’t want the kids to get into her oils so she gave them her pastels instead, thus inspiring in Roby an enduring love of the medium. Her grandmother, Marjorie Garrett (a well-known impressionist artist during the 1940s and 1950s), her mother (who was a recreational oil painter) and her paternal grandfather, Hilton Reynolds, gave her an early grounding in art appreciation. Roby inherited the family genes and began her career as a self-taught artist, selling her first painting in high school. Roby has been included in the Master Painter Showcase of International Artist Magazine; she was Artist of the Year for Quail Unlimited, The Dove Sportsmans Society and The Safari Club as well as winning a competition artistically to capture the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California, designed by architect Santiago Calatravas. More than 100 of her works have been donated to fundraising efforts including Upland Game, Shasta Land Trust, KIXE and The Wild Horse Sanctuary.
Media: Pastel.
Subjects: Wildlife.
Style: Realism.
Navigation: Main menu hyperlinks are “images” so that you cannot right-click on the link and open on a new tab/page while retaining the home page, because right-click is disabled for all images on the site. All that’s needed here is a piece of HTML within the brackets of the a=href tab that says target="_blank". What’s more, not all the links are consistently available on all pages. There’s a link that turns up called All Images that morphs into Multiples once you lay a mouse on it. Click on Originals and look along the links on the bottom of the page and you will see what I mean. The website needs a sharper style and a springclean.
Gallery: Originals (Six paintings); Prints (an opportunity to see a bigger selection of Roby’s work); Multiples; (images you will have already viewed, but framed as multiple images in a single frame – a unique approach among the websites so far reviewed); All Images on some pages morphs to Multiples.
Image View: Six thumbnails in the Originals page enlarge to give further information. Right click is disabled and the images are overprinted. Rainbow Trout is 11.5x18 ins.
Demo: Yes, 17 and counting on YouTube.
Blog: Yes.
EBay: Yes: Again, you cannot right click on this link so the eBay page takes you away from the website.
Flickr: No.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tim Gaydos














Name: Tim Gaydos, PSA
URL: http://timgaydos.com/
Bio: Tim Gaydos, of Paterson, New Jersey, has been a master pastelist of the Pastel Society of America since 1987. He discovered pastel when giving classes in portraiture at the Montclair Museum, where he started teaching in 1976. Gaydos’ father was a member of the Society of Illustrators, and a teacher at New York’s’ High School of Art and Design; his mother was a top artist for a greeting card publisher. Gaydos studied with Angelo Ippolito at Berkeley, California, and with sculptor Marino Marini in Italy, before returning to the U.S. to take up freelance book jacket design and illustration. About 15 years ago he took the plunge to devote himself fulltime to fine art.
He has had solo exhibitions at The Montclair Art Museum, the Bergen Museum and the University of Maine. He has received more than 100 awards, including the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal in 1995 and the American Watercolor Society Silver Medal of Honor in 2002. In 2006, he was awarded a Fellowship Grant for painting by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. For more on Gaydos and his approach, see the Pastel Journal, 2007, issues 49 (April) and 52 (October).
Media: Pastel, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Bronze.
Subjects: Figurative. Cityscape. (Since William Carlos Williams immortalized the place and Allen Ginsberg was born there, Paterson's credentials as a major locus of 20th-century poetry are well established. Something of its aura may be rubbing off on the artists. Gaydos seems to be chronicling its diners. “I’ve been painting diner scenes since about 1982, and I don’t see them as evolving so much as I do, capturing an emotion and a sense of alienation in the modern world.” This is Edward Hopper territory, with a tighter focus on its inhabitants.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu always available at top of page.
Gallery: Landscape; Figures; Industrial Views; Sculptures.
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails that may be enlarged on the same page. There is no information on medium or dimension of painting. While most of Gaydos' studio paintings are done in pastel, and most of his outdoor work in acrylic, there are of course exceptions to this generalisation. In order to obtain an idea of the dimensions of his originals, some of which are quite large, you may view Gaydos on the Gallery 51 website. Roseland Ballroom is 32x48 ins.
Demo: No.
Blog/eBay/Flickr: No.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mathieu Weemaels





















Name: Mathieu Weemaels
URL: http://www.mathieuweemaels.be/
Bio: Mathieu Weemaels was born in Brussels in 1967. His mother is a violinist and his father Jacques an architect and painter. He received his art education at ENSAV (École nationale supérieure des arts visuels) La Cambre, Brussels (Dessins - Drawing) and at the Institut St Luc (Bande Dessinée – Comics Strips).
(In 1969, comics creator Eddy Paape, who had worked since 20 years for the two leading Belgian comics magazines Spirou and Tintin, started a course in comics, with the support of Hergé, Tintin’s creator, and an alumnus of the Institut. It was the first of its kind in Belgium, and was soon developed into a full Bachelor course. Eddy Paape was followed by Claude Renard in 1976. The course soon become a well-known breeding ground for new Belgian talent. From 1975 on, they produced the magazine Le 9ème rêve (The 9th Dream, a reference to the commonly used description in Belgium and France of comics as the 9th Art). Later teachers include alumnus François Schuiten. Between 1984 and 2006, 286 students received a B.A. in Comics.)
Mathieu Weemaels began showing in small exhibitions called parcours d’artistes, which throw open artists’ studios to potential clients. His intimate work soon attracted attention, leading to high profile collectors and exhibitions abroad. There is a fascinating glimpse of this artist in an interview with Margot Schulzke in the February 2007 issue (no. 48) of the Pastel Journal.
Media: Pastel. (He makes his own pastels.)
Subjects: Figurative, Still Life.
Style: Representational. This is a very original artist.
Navigation: The website is in French. The home page can also be accessed by http://users.skynet.be/fc491914/ and his paintings are to be found on http://users.skynet.be/fc491914/index2.html. If you back space to the .be bit of the URL it turns into http://selfcare.belgacom.net/private-internetnew-usage-domain-create-default-en.html (Just for the webpage developers.)
Two of the three links on the Pastels manufacturing page don't work.
Gallery: Les Oeuvres – Artworks. This leads to four sub-galleries, Nus (Nudes) two pages, the first oils and pastels, the second pastels only; Coins d’atelier (literally “corners of the studio”); Deformations (mostly self-portraits, reflected from pots and utensils – oil and pastel); Paysages (Landscapes, pastel and oil).
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new page; data is attached; you can progress serially through the enlargements or return to the gallery. Downloads are possible. I chose Interior with dried flowers as it typifies his approach both to nude and still life paintings. The original is 80 cm square, the jpeg 478x500, 110 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.

Salvatore Carrozzo



















Name: Salvatore Carrozzo
URL: http://www.salvatorecarrozzo.it/index.html
Bio: Salvatore Carrozzo was born 1941 in Alezio in the province of Lecce in the Apulia region of southern Italy, only 4 kilometres inland from Gallipoli. Carrozzo moved to Naples, where he graduated in law. He ia a self-taught painter, who has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Italy. From 1980 up to the present he has held a solo exhibition annually.
Media: Oil, Pastel.
Subjects: Landscapes, Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The website is in Italian, but it is easy to see the word Pastelli fourth from the left on the menu, and a fairly obvious picture link. If you understand Italian, there is quite a lot on this website, although the Wikipedia entry has been removed. (There is also a nice audioclip of classical guitar!)
Gallery: There are only 7 pastels in the gallery. The focus is on oil paintings.
Image View: The thumbnails open in a slideshow format and you navigate this by forward (avanti) and back (indietro) arrows. You will need to view the source code and play with the HTML to download an image. I have explained how this is done in a previous post. Here is a clue. Just vary the past02 bit from past01 thru past07. Basket of fruit is 70x60 cm, 560x500, 39 KB.
Demo: No.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr/: No.