Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Seasons Greetings

I would like to wish all who follow this blog - indeed all 80,000 of you who have looked in since the beginning, a very happy Christmas and a positive 2012. I know that many of us are artists in our own right, some well known, others less so, but as long as the artistic spark is alive within, keep fanning it until it burns bright and lights up your life and those around you.
My favourite quote of the  year, courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Monge in International Artist, December-January 2012, is that of Norman Rockwell: "I think my work is improving. I start each picture with the same high hopes, and if I never seem able to fulfil them I still try my darnedest".
So, for 2010, try your darnedest! You can do no more!

I will spend the next few days checking the URLs in the older posts, before I post any more. Meanwhile. may I wish you all:
Happy New Year - Bonne Année - Feliz año nuevo - Glückliches neues Jahr - Szczęśliwego nowego roku - Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun - Buon anno - Gelukkig Nieuwjaar - Boldog új évet - Onnellista uutta vuotta Ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος - 幸せ新しい年 - С Новым годом 

(The painting is an oil sketch of the Pyrénées, near St. Savin -  I had no seasonal pastel to share with you.)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

James Kimak

Name:  James Kimak
Bio:  James Kimak graduated from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a BS Fine Art, cum laude in 1976. He worked as a freelance from 1976 to 2005 and his 30 years experience as a designer, art director, photographer, digital artist and exhibiting painter, has served him well. Having honed his skills working with top firms and institutions (including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dow Jones, The New Haven Register, and NBC Shows and Sports) he established Kimak Design to specialise in Healthcare and Public Space Murals, Photography and Art.
James Kimak has been an exhibiting painter since the late 1980s. He has  shown in many group shows including the National Art Club, The Parrish Art Museum and the American Museum of Illustration. James works primarily in pastel with mixed media, and occasionally incorporates paintings into his digital public space mural work. The February 2011 issue of the Pastel Journal featured his work in an extensive article.
Medium: Pastel; watercolour. Kimak had his own approach to pastel painting. On illustration board, over a watercolour underpainting, James creates sketchy areas of colour with soft pastels, then uses damp brushes to create gouache-like areas to give a painterly appearance. He usually builds up broad layers of colour before getting into detail. He also combines pastels with acrylic paint on gessoed board, using fixatives so that the painting will not require the protection of glass.
Subjects: Urban Landscape
Style: Representational. In 2001 New York Magazine Online had this to say of his work: “In a style reminiscent of Edward Hopper, James Kimak’s pastels evoke an almost sublime sense of stillness.” He had his first solo exhibition in 1993 – at the Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY!  And in 2011 Kimak participated in a group show there, entitled "Re-Imagining Hopper." Of his work, Washington Heights, Karen Croke of the Gannet Journal News commented that the piece "definitely has a Hopper-esque feel, especially the play of light against buildings."
Interestingly, Kimak also lists Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud among his influences; Fairfield Porter and even Mark Rothko also get a mention.
Navigation: The gallery page lists the paintings by name on the left,
Gallery: Fine Art
Image View: Click on titles to view. There is no information on image size, but the paintings in the Pastel Journal were variously from 14 x 20 to 22 x 31. Capra’s Muse featured here, is 20 x 28 ins;   670 x 473.  104 KB.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

June Maxwell

Name:  June Maxwell, PSA
Bio:  I have been aware of June Maxwell's paintings for some years now. I don't know why I haven't blogged about her before this.
June L. Maxwell received her Bachelor of  Fine Arts at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, studying under Paulette van Roekens and Arthur Meltzer. Later on she took classes from the late Richard Pionk and workshops with Daniel Greene. Before deciding on fine art as her ultimate direction, she worked as a greetings card designer for fifteen years. Having won numerous awards, both locally and in New York, she was invited to lecture and demonstrate at the Salmagundi Club and the Pastel Society of America. She was also an instructor for the P.S.A. National Arts School. In 1997, she was designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America. Her paintings are represented in collections throughout the country.
June has been exhibiting since 1989 and winning awards since 1991. She was featured in Best of Pastels and Best of Pastel 2 (Quarry Books) and in August 2007 she was the cover story in the Pastel Journal.
June Maxwell lives in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania.
Medium: Pastel; oil. June prefers Sennelier’s La Carte pastel board as a support, in the dark brown or dark grey tints, not working above 18 x 24 ins.
Subjects: Still Life; Landscape
Style: Representational
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Still Life in Pastel; Still Life and Landscapes in Pastel
Image View: Click on thumbnails to enlarge. There is a tooltip on each thumbnail giving details of the painting. The enlarged images can be zoomed in a new window, and saved. However, if you use the "next" button to go from one enlargement to another, you do not necessarily get the next image in the particular gallery - you can hop from pastel to oil and vice versa.The T’ang Horseman is 18 x 24 ins, 500 x 376, 131 KB.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Margi Lucena

Name:  Margi Lucena
Bio:  Born in San Pedro, Calif., Margi Lucena  grew up in southern California and on the east side of the Sierras in country very similar to her present location – mountains surrounding high desert.  Margi grew up with the odours of oil paint and turpentine, and has been painting since childhood. After 16 years in Hawaii, she moved nine years ago to the high desert of Socorro, New Mexico. New Mexico has ever since been her source of inspiration. Margi has spent the last decade or so studying her art and learning techniques. But it wasn’t until just a few years ago that she discovered pastels. “I had always painted with oils and watercolors. For the last three and a half years, I’ve painted almost exclusively with pastels. I found my medium,” she says.” Her dedication has been awarded with several awards, including an Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal 2010 Pastel 100, Landscape Division. She was subsequently featured in a  piece by Christine Proskow in the October 2010 Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Pastel Paintings (6 pages); Sculpture.
Image View: Click on thumbnails to enlarge. You can choose to view each thumbnail, or wind through the slideshow of over 100 images. Information is provided both on thumbnails and on enlargements. Clouds over Pederna is 11 x 14 ins. 550 x 412, 164 KB.

Bill Baker

Name: Bill Baker
URL: http://billbakerart.com/
Bio: New York artist Bill Baker worked as a carpenter in the Big Apple while teaching himself how to paint. In 1981 in enrolled in a basic art class in Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, and after a year decided that he would either continue on the formal path towards a PhD, or educate himself through travel and experience. He chose the latter course, making it his mission in life to paint indigenous people the world over (not unlike José Luis Fuentetaja). As a result his paintings are to be found in private and public collections worldwide. He has been showing his work since 1988. He was a finalist in the 2009 Pastel 100, and was featured in the Pastel Journal, December 2011 issue.
Bill Baker now lives in Corrales, New Mexico close to the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico.
Medium: Pastel (Bill switched from oils in the late 1980s for the immediacy of the medium. He has been quietly accumulating what he thinks might be the largest collection of pastel sticks in the world!)
Subjects: Figurative.
Style: Colorist.
Navigation: The links remain available at all times. The whole website, including text, is Flash based.
Gallery: Newest Paintings; Feature Works; Paintings on Display; Available Originals; Giclee; My Travels.
Image View: Click on partial thumbnails to enlarge in viewer. This is necessary every time – there is no slideshow, nor any way to progress through the enlarged images other than by choosing each thumbnail in turn. No information other than title provided. (Paintings that were featured in the Pastel Journal varied in size from 29 x 34 ins to26 x 18 ins.) Download is not possible, although there is a print option for each image on the right click dropdown menu. The painting featured is Mango Cart.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Brian O’Neill

Name:  Brian O’Neill, PSA
Bio:  Brian O'Neill is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America whose work has been displayed in galleries across the United States, Canada, Japan and England.  In the spring of 2009 Brian was accepted to begin an apprenticeship at the world renowned Waichulis Studio in Mountain Top, PA. The commitment to excellence practiced at the Waichulis Studio quickly proved to be a perfect fit for O'Neill's love of realism and representational art and an exciting addition to his continued journey toward artistic expression and growth.
O'Neill has received many awards and honors for his work which include most notably, Blossom 2: Art of Flowers international juried competition Jurors Choice Award and Honorable Mention at The Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Florida. The Pastel Journal Top 100 Competition Second Place and Honorable Mention Awards, The Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition/and All Media Competition Honorable Mentions and Finalists Awards, and The Art Renewal Centers Annual Salon Competition Finalist Award. 
O’Neill has been exhibiting his work throughout the United States since 2003.
Medium : Pastel, charcoal, oil, acrylic
Subjects: Still Life – especially flowers
Style: Realist.
Navigation: The links remain available on left of page.
Gallery: Realism Dry Media; Realism Oil on Panel; Organic Abstraction; Contemporary (Acrylic) Floral.
Image View: Click on thumbnails to enlarge in viewer. Safe on Arrival is 18 x 18 ins, 550 x 541, 185 KB.
Facebook: Yes

Don Rantz

Name:  Don Rantz
Bio:  Don Rantz of Prescott,  Arizona, studied Fine Art at the University of Northern Arizona. He has illustrated three childrens' books with his wife, Beth Neely, and he enjoys working in wood. Since 2002 Don has been painting in pastels, recording the monumental landscapes of the American South West. His work has won significant awards, including the Phippen Museum Art Show and Sale, the New Mexico Pastel Society National Show, the 8th Pastel 100 Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastels award, and the 11th Pastel 100 Best of Show.
Medium : Pastel
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Realist. Rantz works on Wallis sanded paper with Unison pastels. The scale can be large – his recent Pastel 100 winner was a commissioned painting of 30 x 40 ins. but he also has pieces as small as 6 x 9 in.
Check out the Artists Network site  for more information on his working technique.
Navigation: The links remain available on top of page.
Gallery: Current Work; Current Work – Collectors’ Room; Archives; Prints.
Image View: Click on thumbnails to enlarge in a new window, or run the slideshow. Not all images give details of the dimensions of the original. Mystery is 6 x 9 ins, 800 x 529, 130 KB. (I recently watched Deliverance again!)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sharon Allicotti

Name:  Sharon Allicotti
Bio:  Sharon Allicotti graduated with an MFA from California State University, Long Beach, School of Fine Arts in 1987 and is currently an instructor at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art in Van Nuys, Ca. She is also a graduate programme mentor at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Her many awards include a Purchase Award, Works on Paper: Beginnings, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA, in 2009. SHe had a Residency Fellowship, at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, New Mexico, in 2003.
Apat from group shows she has had solo exhibitions in Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, Norwalk and Mount San Jacinto. Her work was featured in an article in the August 2010 Pastel Journal. It is worth visiting http://www.artistsnetwork.com/articles/art-demos-techniques/pj-allicotti to see her unique artistic process at work.
Medium : Pastel, oil
Subjects: Figurative.
Style: Realist with surreal overtones. Allicotti works at fairly large sizes , from 22 x 30 to 56 x 42, on Stonehenge printing paper, using vine charcoal,  hard and soft pastels and pastel pencils; she avoids fixative
Navigation: The links remain available on top of page.
Gallery: Galleries: Paintings in Pastel; Drawings; Oil Paintings.
Image View: Click on thumbnails to enlarge in a slideshow, or click again to enlarge further. Information is provided on each piece, if you click on the word Description at bottom left of viewer. Download is blocked by disabling the right click function. However, Mojave Rain Pool did not have the dimensions attached. 

Sam Liberman

Name:  Sam Liberman
Bio:  Sam Liberman did not take to painting until he was in his early 40s. He was trained as a lawyer and conducted civil rights litigation in his home town of St. Louis, Missouri for many years. But he has now been painting colorful art work for over 35 years. He now works primarily with pastels, while also fashioning a number of oils each year and drawing on a regular basis. His art education began in a class with Sheldon Helfman, and he has studied pastels with many excellent teachers, including Doug Dawson, Albert Handell, Colleen Howe and many others. He did not consider himself a professional artist until the 1990s when he gradually wound down his law practice. In the late 90s, he and his wife, Terri LaBriola moved to Sacramento, where in addition to the Sierra Pastel Society he is connected to the Capitol Art Center and  the S12 Studio and Gallery. He often paints and draws there, as well as exhibiting his work. Sam’s  paintings have been exhibited in over 50 competitive national and international art exhibitions. In June, 2009 he had a one person exhibition at  the prestigious Butler Institute of American Arts.
Medium : Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscape, architecture, figurative.
Style: Expressionist to colorist... Sam explains: "My work contains a little of expressionism, color field, post-impressionism and other identifiable movements, but I enjoy many others art movements, such as art nouveau and fauvism. I would have to admit the most of the painting I love most was done between 1825 and 1950”
Navigation: The links remain available on top of page. Navigation is well facilitated.
Gallery: Works: Pastel Landscapes; Oil Landscapes; Figures; Plein Air; Still Life; New Paintings.
Image View: Click on thumbnails to enlarge in a slideshow, or click again to enlarge further. Full information is provided on each piece, including commentary, dimensions, medium, and prices. Auguste in the Parc is 21 x 23 ins, 550 x 507, 272 KB.
Blog : Sam comments with honest self-criticism on his work in his blog. However, when I looked some images refused to load or have a missing link.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Simone Lainé

Name:  Simone Lainé
Bio:  I have little biographical information on Simone Lainé but I suspect that she works and exhibits mostly in and around Paris- there is a list of salons on her website. She attended the École de l'Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She must also teach, as I have found a reference to the “ Simone Laine School, one the most rigorous and professional Parisian schools.” She has been Director of Art and Design Drawing at St Mandé – now on the Parisian metro as St Mandé Tourelle. S’il y a quelqu’un qui peut me renseigner, j’en serais très reconnaissant.
Medium : Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Impressionist. She reminds me somewhat of Jean-Claude Baumier.
Navigation: This website is presented in French and in English.
Gallery: Gallery/Galerie: Three pages of thumbnails
Image View: Click on thumbnails to enlarge in a slideshow, or click again to return to gallery. Clicking on the Catalogue button on the top left of then pages opens a list of titles,  dimensions, and prices. Un matin au bois is 57 x 38 cm, 900 x 613, 446 KB.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jean-Yves Marrec

Name:  Jean-Yves Marrec
Bio:   Breton (France) artist Jean-Yves Marrec  was born inn Brest in 1961. Painter and decorator by trade, his knowledge and fascination with colour led him to become a prolific and dedicated archivist of the Brittany littoral. Self-taught, his passion for pastels has led him to explore the world of painting via the meandering route that many self-taught painters follow – exhaustive reading, studying colour theory, perspective, art history, meetings and discussions with fellow artists, minute examination and analysis of the work of others. His dedication and talent has been duly recognised – he is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, and he has participated in group and solo exhibitions since 2005. He was recently (2011) a featured artist in the pastel supplement of the French journal Pratique des Arts.
Jean-Yves Marrec is a member of  the Association de peintres et sculpteurs de Quimper Cornouaille.

Jean-Yves Marrec est peintre pastelliste Quimpérois, né à Brest en 1961. Autodidacte, le pastel est pour lui une véritable passion. Il s'est formé au fil du temps, au contact d'amis peintres et de différentes   rencontres. Sa carrière professionnelle lui a fait côtoyer « la couleur » de toutes les manières possibles. Peintre en bâtiment de métier puis peintre décorateur, il suit ensuite une longue formation qui lui fait  approfondir le travail sur la théorie des couleurs, les perspectives dans leur ensemble, la pédagogie et l'histoire de l'Art. Il devient formateur en peinture en C.F.A. Il a beaucoup lu, regardé et analysé la  peinture des autres. Il dit: Je pense que la curiosité nous amène à apprendre et à mieux comprendre ce qui nous entoure! 
Medium : Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape, especially coastal views. Jean-Yves has a special love for boats as a subject, especially if stranded or abandoned.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: All links remain available on top of page. This is a French website; but it has a translate button on the top left of the main page.
Gallery: Finistère Sud; Finistère Nord; Côtes d' Armor; Presqu’île de Guérande.
Image View: The gallery pages are sets of thumbnails that enlarge in an automatic slideshow when clicked. Image information is given on mouseover on the thumbnails, or along the top of th enlargement. Download is not blocked – but of course the usual copyright notice applies. Le Phare, Combrit-Sainte-Marine is 38 x 28 cm, 547 x 550; 286 KB.
Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Michael Norman

Name:  Michael Norman, PS.
Bio: Michael Norman was born in 1943 in Clevedon, Somerset. He is a pastel artist living and working in the South West of England. He was elected to membership of the Pastel Society UK in 2007 and became Honorary Treasurer the following year.  In recent years he has built up a growing reputation as a talented pastel painter. Having experimented with pastels for some years, he began to appreciate how versatile they are and now prefers them to any other medium. (He painted for many years in oils and watercolours before taking up pastels, and was a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society.) Most of his work is purely pastel, but he does occasionally combine pastels with watercolour or acrylic paint. He has won awards for his art, the most recent being the Sarah Samuels Fine Paintings Award, 2006, the Unison Pastels Award, 2007, and the Bill Patterson Memorial Award, 2008.
Michael now lives and works in Devon,  within ten minutes walk of the Exe Estuary and the South Devon coastline.
Michael Norman’s paintings may be viewed in the Fred Keetch Art Shop, The Strand, Exmouth, Devon; Gallery LeFort, 5 Margarets Buildings, Bath; the Appledore Gallery, 31 Bude Street, Appledore, Bideford, Devon.
Medium : Pastel. Michel states : I usually work from sketches made on site. I often take a Unison pastels colour chart, which I use to annotate my sketches with colour references. I also use a digital camera for back-up information, and for detail that I may have omitted to record at the time.I paint in soft pastel on either pumice paper, solid-core mountboard, to which I apply a coloured pumice surface, Sennelier pastel card or Canson paper.I quite often make an underpainting in pastel by blocking in all the main areas of colour and then dragging the applied pastel down with the side of my hand over the whole picture area. This creates a ghostlike image, and also has the effect of unifying the colour. I sometimes draw out my subject in charcoal.
I usually have three or four paintings in progress at any one time.
Subjects: Landscape, especially coastal views. His inland landscapes are quintessentially English, and his Venetian scenes are very fine indeed.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: All links remain available on top of page. A rich and rewarding website. 
Gallery: Exe Estuary paints; South West Coastal paintings; Landscape paintings; Italy paintings.
Image View: The gallery pages are sets of thumbnails that enlarge in a viewer that retains the thumbnails along the top of the slideshow. A download button is provided. My only gripe is that the size of the original paintings is not cited. However 18 x 24 ins or 45 x 60 cm seems to be about right, based on paintings on the LeFort gallery website.  Still morning, Camperdown creek is 800 x 609; 134 KB.
Demo/Blog: No

Lisa Stauffer

Name: Lisa Stauffer
URL: http://lisastauffer.com
BioLisa Stauffer received her Master’s in Design from the University Of Minnesota, and she studied Illustration at Parson’s School of Design (NYC). She continued to take workshops from nationally recognized painters whose work inspires her, including Albert Handell, Richard McKinley, Sally Strand and Anita Louise West. She has taught art at the University of Minnesota, the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, and the Waterfront Art Works in Duluth, where she currently resides.She was awarded Master Circle status by the International Association Of Pastel Societies (IAPS) in 2009. She was awarded the H.K. Holbein Award at the Pastel Society Of America Show at the National Arts Club in New York City, September 2010, and her painting was one of twenty chosen by the Director of the Butler Institute Of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, to travel to their exhibit American Pastels, 2010. Lisa is represented by Waters of Superior, the Art Dock and Lizzard's Gallery in Duluth.
Medium : Pastel. Lisa says: I often use a watercolor underpainting as a setup for the pastel layers in my work, which adds the interplay of transparent and opaque mediums to the visual quality of the final piece.
Subjects: Landscape, especially en plein air; Still life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: All links remain available at left of page. This is a FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Works – four pages of images
Image View: Four pages of thumbnails that may be viewed in their entirety. Thumbnails enarge in a viewer and may be further enlarged in a new window. Information is provided. Download is allowed. Cottage Tales is 12 in sq; 547 x 550; 286 KB.
Demo/Blog: No

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Barbara Jaenicke

Name:  Barbara Jaenicke, PSA
Bio:   Barbara Courtney Jaenicke was born in 1964 in New Jersey. She graduated with a B.A. in Art/Advertising Design, from the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College), in 1986 and spent the next decade as an art director in advertising before working in corporate marketing communications.   In 2002, she was able finally to concentrate on her fine art career, as practising artist and instructor. She has studied with Susan Ogilvie, Albert Handell, Anita Louise West, Greg Biolchini, Margaret Dyer, Greg Barnes, Duane Wakeham and Marc Hanson.  She has won numerous awards for her work, including Honorable Mention in the 12th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, April 2011.
Currently residing in Roswell, Georgia, Barbara teaches weekly pastel classes and various workshops throughout the metro Atlanta area.  Her work is available through the Raiford Gallery in Roswell. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society.
There was a major feature on Barbara’s work, written by Deborah Secor, in the December 2011 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium : Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscape; Still life.
Style: Representational, but with a colorist’s interpretative approach. Barbara says: “when the light, medium and dark values are where they need to be...color becomes my plaything.”
Navigation: All links remain available on top of page. This is a well designed and elegant website.
Gallery: Paintings: Landscapes; Still Life.
Image View: Scrollable thumbnails on  top of the viewing window allow one to choose the image to view, or you can scroll backwards or forwards through the bigger image in the viewer. Information on title, medium and size is provided. The bigger image may be further enlarged. Download is allowed.
Warm Sunlight on a Cold Winter's Day (14 x 18 ins) is extraordinary in that it reverses the usual warm foreground/cool background approach to landscape - a reversal that works very well in a wintry scene. The painting Copper Pot, Pitcher and Flowers (12 x 16 ins) is a great example of the use of primary colours red, yellow and blue, plus green, to give an integrated, harmonious approach to a colorist still life.
Blog: Barbara’s blog is an illustrated diary of her work and workshops.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Françoise Masmontet

Name:  Françoise Masmontet
Bio:  Françoise Masmontet lives in Sanguinet, in the Landes area of South West France, a region of pine forest and lakes, but within easy reach of the Bay of Biscay.  In 2000, Françoise gave up her day-job to concentrate on her art.­ In 2006, she discovered pastel and was immediately seized by the possibilities offered by the medium to her painting style  – spontaneity and sensitivity. Françoise joined the l’Art du Pastel en France in 2007 and ASPAS in 2009. She has exhibited extensively and been a prizewinner at salons both national and international – in Bordeaux, Giverny, Saint Aulaye, Biscarrosse, Pau, Paris and Oviedo.
Résidant dans les Landes et passionée par l'ocean, les lacs et la foret, 
Françoise Masmontet a depuis toujours tenté de traduire sa vision de cette nature par le dessin et la peinture. Pastelliste dediée depuis 2006, cette technique correspond parfaitement à sa vision de la peinture: spontenéité et sensibilité.
Medium : Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape; Seascape; Figurative; Still life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: All links remain available on left of page. This website is in French, but image navigation is self-evident.
Gallery: Galerie 0-11 for Pastels; Galerie 12 of oils.
Image View: Each gallery contains 9 thumbnails. Click to see enlarged image in scrollable viewer. Informaton on title, medium and size is provided. Download is not possible. Le Pin couché is 50 x 65 cm.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ana Bayón

Name:  Ana Bayón 
Bio:   Ana Bayón is a figurative artist who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was educated in New York City at the Art Students League, the Frank J. Reilly School of Art and privately. Then went back to Buenos Aires where her artistic career began and where she did a number of shows mainly as a draughtsman.
Most recently, her work has been exhibited in the Philadelphia area.  Her work is also in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
Her influences were always representational artists and she particularly admires Giacometti, Fernando Fader and Lola Mora.
Medium : Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: All links remain available on left of page.
Gallery: Portfolio (38 images).
Image View: The image viewers allows the sequential viewing of images, or one can scroll through the thumbnails to the right of the viewing window. Image information is provided. Organza is 21 x 19 ins,
Blog: The images may also be seen on her blog, although it is an images-only blog, without commentary.  http://abayon.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 5, 2011

David Napp

Name:  David Napp
Bio:   Born in 1964, Londoner David Napp trained at Canterbury College of Art, England, 1981-1985. He graduated with a first class diploma, Chartered Society of Designers. He has exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society and the Pastel Society, and has held annual solo exhibitions in the Bourne Gallery in Reigate since 1987. (Click on the link to see his portfolio there.) He has also shown in Holland and in the USA. He was  Lecturer at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, 1988-1992 and the Grace Barrand Design Centre, 1999-2003.
David Napp settled in the south of France because  the strong light suited his subject matter and style. His website has him currently residing in Italy.
Medium : Pastel, oil, watercolour. David says of his work:
I am a colourist and I seek to enhance the colour quality of the subject matter and use colour to express my reaction to the landscape emotively. Chalk pastels are my main medium because of their tremendous vibrancy of colour and they inspire me to paint with a much richer palette. The general rule of thumb when working with chalk pastel is to work from dark to light. After years of practice with this medium I now enjoy breaking with tradition and experimenting with colour harmonies and contrasts. I look for ways of describing the subject matter that generate unusual harmonies of colour. This creates a strong stance, something that I believe to be characteristic of my work. I will, for example, put bright blues among reds, and magentas into greens, bring cool colours forward and make warm ones recede. I prefer using the vibrant colours of the spectrum and tend to limit the use of earthy natural colours. I often create an under-painting of warm reds, oranges and yellows that come through and create a notion of heat, whilst purples, blues and magentas are used to create cool-feeling shadows.
Subjects: Landscape. Figurative.
Publications: David Napp has contributed to numerous publications:  articles in and covers for the Artists and Illustrators magazine; the front cover and four-page article in The Artist magazine, 2000; and contributions to the Encyclopedia of Pastel Technique, Quarto Publishing, 1992; Trees Flowers and Foliage, Batsford Press, 1994; Pastels Workshop, Harper and Collins, 1994;  Colour, Harper and Collins, 1994; Painting Still Life by Peter Graham, David & Charles, 2001.
Style: Representational, colorist.
Navigation: All links remain available on right of page. Latest date mentioned on the site is 2009.
Gallery: Oils; Pastels; Limited Editions
Image View: Each gallery consists of a number of pages of thumbnails. Each enlargement opens  in a new window, with full information in the legend. There is no impediment to download. Casa sul Lago Maggiore is 60 x 80 cm, 517 x 390, 45 KB.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gérard Jan

Name:  Gérard Jan
Bio:   Gérard Jan  trained in the graphic studio of Rene Izaure at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts, Toulouse from 1979 to 1985. His early interest was in the play of light and shade, as expressed in monochrome techniques. Indeed, his interest in the technical side of art led to early experiments in casein and in encaustic. Exploring colour in the 1990s,  pastel met his requirements for a material that had immediacy, purity, and that could be pushed beyond its apparent constraints.  From 2006 – 2009  he has been spending more time in Italy, especially in Rome and in Florence. He has been exhibiting since 1987, in France, Switzerland and Germany. Gérard Jan’s work and technique was featured in an excellent issue of Pratique des Arts, number 97, Mars-Mai 2011.
Medium : Pastel, monotypes, etchings, drawings.
Subjects: Landscape – trees and hills, and Italian urban architecture.
Style: Pared down to the essentials.
Navigation: This French website presents a homepage of thumbnail images, together with links to Contact,  Expositions and Archives. The thumbnails are assembled in groups of nine, and link to a new page where the nine images are displayed.
Gallery: Pages of thumbnails linked to home page (see Navigation).
Image View: The thumbnails may be enlarged – there is a zoom function. Each enlargement opens  in a new window, where details of medium and dimension are displayed.  There is a back (Retour) button. There is no impediment to download. Village is 58 x 72 cm, 924 x 616, 215 KB.

New Additions

French artists Pierre Caro (left) and Gérard Jan deep in discussion at the Festival International du Pastel, Feytiat, Limoges on July 1st, 2011.

After a long and busy summer with a limited internet connection, I shall shortly add the following artists to the blog. When the names and links get added to the "to be reviewed" section, this post will be deleted. But for now, for those of you hungry for new pastellists, I am simply listing them here - in  no particular order! All have been published in some publication or other, so while the style and quality of the work varies, they have been "juried" by a journal, including the American Pastel Journal and the excellent French Pratique des Arts, both of whom follow this blog. (I would gratefully accept a free subscription to the Pratique des Arts, if the marketing department is listening. I know that artists have appeared in the magazine subsequent to being featured on this blog.)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Laurent Chantraine

Name: Laurent Chantraine (Cantarana) 
URL: http://cantarana.fr/
Bio: Laurent Chantraine was born in Paris in 1963. He is a graduate of the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués and has an advanced training certificate  in Visual Expression from the École Supérieure Estienne. He has also gained a Higher Diploma in Arts and Techniques of Communication. Laurent has been a graphic designer and freelance illustrator from 1987 to 1990 and was manager of the Atelier du Point du Jour art galerie in 1990 et 1991. He has been teaching since 1991 and leader of a painting workshop from 1993 to 1998. He heads up a drawing workshop at the IUFM (instituts universitaires de formation des maîtres - teacher training college) since 2004. Member of Arts-Sciences-Lettres Academy since 2008, and member of Art du Pastel en France and Salon du Pastel en Bretagne. He has been exhibiting his work for many years, and winning prizes, in France and in Belgium.
Laurent Chantraine est né à Paris en 1963.
Diplômé de l'École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués.
Brevet de Technicien Supérieur en Expression Visuelle
à l'École Supérieure Estienne.
Diplôme Supérieur des Arts et Techniques de la Communication
Graphiste, illustrateur indépendant de 1987 à 1990.
Gérant de l'Atelier du Point du Jour, galerie d'art, en 1990 et 1991.
Parallèlement, donne des cours de dessin
au conservatoire de Gagny (93).et dans un lycée privé de Villemomble (93).
Enseignant depuis 1991.
Anime un atelier de peinture de 1993 à 1998 et anime un atelier de dessin à l’IUFM depuis 2004.
Membre de l'Académie "Arts-Sciences-Lettres", celle-ci lui décerne le 10 mai 2009 une médaille d'argent..Membre des Associations de Pastellistes : "Art du Pastel en France" et "Salon du Pastel en Bretagne"
Medium : Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape – especially sea and water; some figurative work also.
Style: Representational..
Navigation: This up-to-date French website is also presented in English and in Spanish. All links remain available on left of page.
Gallery: Catalogue (2007-2010) sixteen pages of annotated thumbnails; Catalogue (2011 - ...) four pages of annotated thumbnails.
Image View: The thumbnails may be enlarged – there is a zoom function. Each enlargement opens in a new window. There is no impediment to download.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Madeleine Kelly

Name: Madeleine Kelly
URL: http://www.madeleinekelly.com/
Bio: Despite a childhood interest in art, Madeleine Kelly only took up coloured pencils at the age of 47, graduating to pastels within a few months. She became a 'weekend painter' at first, painting 11 months out of the year on her balcony outside her small third floor apartment. Eventually she shared a very small studio with four other artists, and four years of part-time painting followed; losing her job due to a merger/acquisition proved to be a blessing in disguise. She now has her studio where she teaches and paints. Currently her work can be found in private collections throughout the US and in galleries and shows in Pennsylvanis, New Jersey and Delaware. She was featured in the March/April 2010 issue of American Artist.
Medium : Pastel, acrylic.
Subjects: Landscape, Still Life.
Style: Representational..
Navigation: All links remain available at all times.
Gallery: Under Pastel: Barns; Landscapes; Others; Philly; Seascapes; Still Life.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges on a new page when clicked, title and dimension are labelled. Download is permitted. Fire Road is 16 x 20 ins. 500x384, 297 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Natures Mortes au Pastel - Patrick Martin - part 2

With reference to my previous post, here's a translated version of the contents of Martin's new book. It can  probably be purchased direct from the publisher Ulisseditions. I have also translated the opening section of Chapter One. Just a taste - il faut la dégustation, quoi!

1.Still Life - definition, subjects, themes
2. Pastel - history, supports, medium, techniques, colour.
3. The Creative Process - the spark, choosing the objects, texture and material, composition, lighting
4. The story of a painting from A to Z
5. Step by step demos (3 different paintings)
6. Close up on the details
7. The artistic series
8. The finishing stages
9. Twelve steps towards progress
- Keep on trucking
- Take a step back
- Avoiding painter's block
- Put quality first
- Hasten slowly
- Deepen your learning
- Take master classes
- Don't rest on your laurels
- Accept criticism
- Don't desperately seek an individual style
- Learn to be modest, humble even
- When you are ready, take on the world.

Chapter 1 - Still Life
Definition - a minor art form.?

My definition of Still Life can be summed up in a single phrase:
Esthetic painting represents a set-up, on a support, of made objects and/or of elements animal, vegetable or mineral, in an organised fashion, that can have a decorative or intellectal mission.
Three apples suffice. But not just any apples. Three apples chosen for their beauty, form and color. And not placed haphazardly. Placed with care, with deliberation. Each placed in relation with the others, in different positions, in a calculated space. Despite its apparent simplicity, the exercise of still life painting is governed by rules and laws with which the artist must be familiar.
According to the historical classification of painting genres, still life was considered a minor art form. But despite its Cinderella status and perceived lack of prestige, it has exercised an irresistable attraction for numerous artists over the centuries. Great painters have approached this discipline and elevated it to greatness: Chardin, Van Gogh, Manet, Cézanne, Braque - the list is unending.
Why so many? It is an essential stage, decided by the artist, to discover himself, to find himself, an affirmation of his artistic self. It is a laboratory where one works on one's technique, creates a style. There can be no excuses. The ensemble of parameters must be mastered. Time stands still; nothing moves. The artist decides the subject, the elements, the composition, the light, the setting, the harmony, the treatment - there are no concessions. It is an excellent school wherein to learn humility and self-doubt. It is a style of painting wherein one's self is reflected. No cheating is possible. An essential aspect of art, still life is a test of truth.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Natures Mortes au Pastel - Patrick Martin

French pastellist Patrick Martin has written a new book on Still Life in Pastel; it is published by Ulisse Editions in Paris. It expresses Patrick Martin/s 40 years' experience as an artist, concentrating on still life chiaroscuro. It is valuable to the experienced artist and to the debutante. It is so well illustrated that a knowledge of French is not essential. My single criticism is that the dimensions of the paintings are not indicated.
  • 128 pages - Format 215 X 280
  • Illustrations couleur - Broché
  • ISBN 978-2-844-15-173-5
Diplômé de l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, l’auteur démarre sa carrière comme styliste en création textile, il mène maintenant  une double carrière d’enseignant et d’artiste peintre, professeur d’enseignement artistique en dessin, peinture, aquarelle, pastel, volume ; responsable des ateliers municipaux d’art plastique de la ville de Bondy ; membre et artiste de la société des pastellistes de France ; médaillé du conseil général du Val de Marne ; médaillé Arts, Sciences et Lettres ; il a obtenu le titre de Maître pastelliste. Il participe régulièrement à des expositions, des salons en groupe ou en invité d’honneur à Paris et en province.
"Natures mortes au pastel clair-obscur" est un livre complet, très didactique et raconté avec humour, on ne s’ennuie pas avec Patrick Martin… on apprend, étape par étape, l’art de la mise en scène, la composition, la disposition des objets par rapport à la lumière pour obtenir des clair-obscur intéressants…
La personnalité de l’auteur est une présence permanente, un guide intelligent, pas de bêtes pas à pas mais des explications claires, une conversation entre l’enseignant et l’étudiant, d’égal  à égal, un débat passionné qui n’a rien à voir avec d’autres ouvrages didactiques, certes, mais ennuyeux.
La nature morte est un sujet facile à aborder, nous sommes entourés d’une multitude d’objets, vous apprendrez ici l’art et la manière de les mettre en valeur.