Saturday, November 27, 2010

Jill Stefani Wagner






















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

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dan Gray

















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

Alain Bellanger

















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

Thursday, November 18, 2010

José Luis Fuentetaja

















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

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lorenzo Chavez

















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

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mary Beth Martin


















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

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

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

Kaye Franklin















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

D. K. Richardson












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

Susan Carlin























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

Susan Abston Wiley
















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

Diana Moya
















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

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Deborah Secor















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

Monday, November 8, 2010

Annick Vallenet
























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

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Deborah Secor: Landscape Painting in Pastels. #2

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

Friday, November 5, 2010

Catherine Saunier

















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

Kurt Weiser






















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

Isabelle V. Lim
















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

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Resumption of service

















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

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

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