Monday, February 28, 2011

Karen Baker

Name: Karen Baker CPS PSA
Bio: Karen Baker is a Signature Member of both the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America. She is also an artist member of Vermont Pastel Society, Southwest Florida Pastel Society, Pastel Society of Tampa Bay, and The Exhibiting Society of Artists, Clearwater, Florida. She has studied with the late Master Pastellist Herman Margulies, Wolf Kahn, and PSA signature members Stanley Maltzman, Elizabeth Apgar Smith, Christina DeBarry, and Albert Handell.
She offers painting demonstrations, and teaches studio and plein air classes and workshops in pastel painting and the creative process. She is founder and director of the Vermont School for Art and Creativity which offers workshops in July and August in southern Vermont. In addition, she teaches landscape painting workshops at the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts in Ludlow, Vt., and at the River Gallery School, Brattleboro, Vt. She also provides pastel painting lessons throughout the Tampa Bay area in Florida.
Medium: Pastel. Karen works both in the studio and outdoors, creating finished pieces from plein air color studies, sketches, photo references, and, more importantly, her imagination, which she believes produces paintings most expressive of an "inner landscape." Her favorite light of day to capture in a landscape painting is late afternoon when the sun is at a low angle, yielding long shadows and warm colors.
Subjects: Seasonal landscapes of northern New England; marshlands and waterways of the coastal South; Florida’s sugarcane fields and the Everglades; still-life of fruits and vegetables; florals; and her continuing Poppy Series.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top; use back button to exit gallery and return to Portfolio page.
Gallery: Portfolio: Poppy Series; Four Seasons; Americana Series; Florals; Memory Series; Low Country South; Recent Paintings.
Image View: Each gallery opens to thumbnails and a slide viewer. Click to view chosen image. Recent Paintings displays clicked-on image in a pop-up window, and this display is larger than those of the other galleries. Download is possible. Information is not provided on image size. Poppyfield 3 400 x 307, 192 KB.
Demo/Blog//Ebay/Flickr: No.

Barbara Reich

Name: Barbara Reich
Bio: Barbara Reich was born and raised in Michigan. She began to study drawing and painting in 1990, and since 2001 she has been painting full time.
She is a founding member of Mid-Michigan Plein Air Painters.
Barbara exhibits in local, regional, and national exhibitions, and she was chosen by the Great Lakes Pastel Society to be a Featured Artist in 2006. Barbara is included in The Best of Michigan Artists and Artisans book series she had two paintings included in The Best of America Pastel Artists, Volume II, and is also included in the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Member Folio Book. She was awarded "Outstanding Pastel" in the National Bold Brush Painting Competition in 2009, and received numerous national awards in 2010.
Medium: Pastel. Oil, Watercolor, and Charcoal. Barbara's painting time is divided between studio painting, figurative work, and plein air.
Subjects: Landscape, Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website, with it’s usual navigation style.
Gallery: Landscape/Plein Air/Floral; Animals/People; Most Recently Added Paintings; Hanni Gallery.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a page of thumbnails. Click to enlarge, and click again to enlarge further, and download if you wish. Information is provided by resting the cursor on the thumbnails, and on the enlarged images. Special Bouquet is 10 x 16 ins. 550 x 345, 181 KB.
Demo/Blog/Facebook/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Anne Kessler

Name: Anne Kessler
BioRaised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Anne Kessler followed family tradition by attending Harvard. She moved to California and threw herself  into the "back to the land" movement. She spent the next 10 years as a professional musician conducting both choruses and orchestras. Then she moved to London where she studied finance and database engineering. Finally she moved to Point Arena, on the Garcia River in Mendocino County, where she paints full time. Anne studies colorist and pastel techniques with Kitty Wallis, a close friend for over 30 years.
Anne has shown her work in galleries in San Francisco, Scottsdale, New York City, Paris and Zurich. Her work is on permanent display at The Sea Ranch Lodge in Sonoma County. In 1993 when Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan married Masako Owada, one of Anne's paintings was presented to the royal couple as a wedding present by an American collector. The painting now hangs in the private collection of the Japanese Royal household. 
Medium: Pastel. Anne works exclusively on Wallis paper. The pastel brands she prefers are Ludwig, Unison, Schminke, and Sennelier. If she lacks a precise colour, she creates her own pastels.
Subjects: Landscape, Floral.
Style: Impressionistic.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at left.
Gallery: New Paintings; Rivers and Forests; Farms and Vineyards; Oceans and Dunes; Flowers and Plants.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a page of thumbnails. Click to enlarge, and obtain further informaton and commentary. Download is permitted. Garcia Shallows is 18 x 24 ins.   400 x 291, 29 KB.
Demo/Blog/Facebook/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Kathleen Cook

Name: Kathleen Cook PSA
Bio: Kathleen Cook was born in Amarillo, Texas in 1949. Her father, Lloyd Cook, was a professional advertising artist and painter. Kathleen always wanted to be an artist. She cannot remember a time when she was not drawing on every available surface.
She took her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, when she did commissioned portraits of children to help finance her education. During her entire university career she also had commissions in the advertising departments of two retail fashion department stores that led to ten years of head illustrator and advertising art director after graduation.
In 1981, a move to the Texas Hill Country allowed her to explore her own visual ideas. A short year later she was awarded coveted signature status by the Pastel Society of America.
Kathleen’s work has been featured in American Artists, Pastel Artists International, and Southwest Art. Since 1980 it has been consistently winning awards, and her work is in the collections of the San Antonio Art League Museum, and the San Marcos Telephone Company.
Kathleen’s studio is located in the historic art village of Old Ingram Loop, 6 miles west of Kerrville, Texas.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Portrait, Figurative, Animals, Landscape, Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at side, on bottom, or one click away at “Home”
Gallery: Gallery: Available artwork.
Image View: The gallery consists of a page of thumbnails. Click to enlarge. Download is permitted. Grim Reaper is 24 x 18 ins, 723 x 546, 281 KB.
Demo/Blog/Facebook/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Christine Debrosky

Name: Christine Debrosky PSA
Bio: A native of the Hudson Valley area of upstate New York, Christine Debrosky finds the rich jewel like tones of pastel to be an ideal medium for her light-saturated landscapes, whether depicting her banks of her native Hudson river, the Catskill Mountains, or more far-flung locations.
Christine studied at the State University of New York, the Woodstock School of Art, (where she is on the Faculty) and with with Wolf Kahn, Albert Handell, Jiang Hong Nian and others. She has tutored workshops in Tuscany and Venice (Italy), and in Burgundy (France.)
Her work has been exhibited, both in group and solo shows, across the United States, Europe, and St. Petersburg, Russia, garnering numerous awards and collectors along the way. Christine Debrosky's work has consistently been honored with awards in national juried exhibitions, with such groups as American Women Artists, and the American Impressionist Society. She has earned signature status with AWA, the Pastel Society of America, and Distinguished Pastellist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast. SHe has exhibited with L'Art du Pastel en France (Giverny), at the American Women Artists invitational in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in Sorrento, Italy.
Articles about her work have been published in several magazines, including American Artist, The Pastel Journal, and The Artists Sketchbook, and her work has also been featured in books. She has been listed in Who's Who in American Art, and Who's Who of American Women for the past several editions.
Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections, such as Pfizer Chemical, Standard and Poor's, and McGraw-Hill Inc.
Long inspired by the Hudson River environs, she has recently relocated to Northern Arizona, where the brilliant sunshine and richly hued shadows are leading to a deeper understanding and a new interpretation of the illuminated landscape.
Medium: Pastel, oil,
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Impressionist. Christine works mainly on Sennelier La Carte or on Wallis paper, midtoned, with a charcoal underpainting, and with a full range of pastels that include Rembrandt, Rowney, Sennelier, Great American, Mt. Vision, Unison, Schminke and Diane Townsend. At times she mixes pastel with watercolour. About 50% of Christine’s work in done en plein air.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline site.
Gallery: Southwestern Home; Garden and Architecture; The Pure Landscape and Waterscapes; Travel Works; Orchards and Vineyards.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a page of thumbnails. Information on size, medium is normally provided both by resting the cursor on the thumbnail, and when you click on and enlarge a particular image; click again on an image to enlarge it further, and proceed forward or backward through the enlargements. Download is permitted. Lemon Quartz Light is 15 x 22 ins, 5560 x 376, 214 KB.
Facebook/Demo /Ebay/Flickr: No.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Julene Baker

Name: Julene Baker, PSA
Bio: Arkansas artist Julene worked as an advertising designer and production artist for over 25 years with various magazines, newspapers, and commercial advertising. What she learned in that profession she applies to her eye-catching pastels. Julene specializes in large format flowers, foliage, and animals for their graphic shapes, dramatic color and lighting. In her series of flower and foliage paintings the emphasis is capturing fleeting light and shadow. The colour and nuances of flowers have always intrigued and fascinated her, and she always hopes that others viewing her oversized petals will find them as breath-taking as she did when painting them.
Julene was a featured artist in the August, 2006, edition of the Pastel Journal, along with Al Lachman in the article Art in Bloom. Julene has won awards in local, regional and national competitions, including Third Place in the Still Life/Floral Category of the 2004 Pastel Journal Pastel 100 competition (with over 3,000 entries).
Julene has signature status with the Pastel Society of America, also signature member of the Ozark Pastel Society, with memberships in the Degas Pastel Society of New Orleans, and the Artists of Northwest Arkansas.
Medium: Pastel, mostly on white Wallis paper. Julene finds that blending with her fingers works best for her – even if her fingers suffer from the tooth on Wallis. She layers, blends, fixes, and layers again until she achieves her final result. The dark background is the last to get painted.
Subjects: Floral; Portraits; Animals; Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Menu remains at side of page. Bringing up the images is easy.
Gallery: Florals; Portraits; Pet Portraits; Equine; Still Life.
Image View: Pages of thumbnails with information on size, medium etc may be opened one at a time to click on and enlarge a particular image; or you can click on an image, enlarge it, and proceed forward or backward through the enlargements. Download is permitted. Dance of Red is 22 x 32 ins, 500 x 333, 136 KB
Facebook: . This page concentrates on her pet portraits.
Blog: Not very active – I suspect the Facebook page has taken over,
Demo /Ebay/Flickr: No.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Penelope Milner

Name: Penelope Milner
Bio: Penelope Milner has worked as a practising artist since obtaining her BA Honours degree at the University of Wales in 1982.
She has won awards with the Royal Society of Oil Painters and the Pastel Society (UK) who awarded her with the Debra Manifold Prize in 2004. In 2009 she was awarded the title of Maître Pastelliste by the French Pastel Society. She exibits with them in Bordeaux and Paris and each summer at the International Pastel Festival at Feytiat, Limoges. She also continues to exhibit with the British Pastel Society.  Over the last ten years Penelope has undertaken portrait commissions in America and in Europe, primarily, but not exclusively, of children. Her works has been featured in Artistes Magazine, Thématique no. 21; Pratique des Arts, Spéciale Pastel 2010 (extensive and informative interview), and Dessins et Peintures, Thématique, l’Art du Feminin.
Penelope Milner lives in Catus, the Lot, France.

Pénélope Milner a travaillé comme artiste peintre depuis son diplome "BA honours" de l'université de Pays Galles en 1982, elle à remporté plusieurs prix au sein du "Royal Society of Oil Painters".
Pénélope Milner a été nommée en 2009 "Maître Pastelliste" par la Société des Pastellistes de France. Pénélope Milner enseigne son art du pastel, appliqué aux portraits et paysages sous forme de stages et de cours dans son atelier de Catus, Lot.
Elle expose avec la Société des Pastellistes de France chaque année, dans les Salons de Bordeaux et de Paris. Elle participe également au festival international des Pastellistes à Feytiat, Limoges, ainsi qu'au " British Pastel Society" à Londres.

Medium: Oil, Pastel. With pastel she works primarily on Lotka paper, hand-made in the Himalayas.
Subjects: Landscapes; Figurative; Portraits.
Style: Representational to impressionistic. Some of Penelope’s figurative work is remniscent of that of Sally Strand.
Navigation: This website is bilingual – French and English. It has a modern, clean look to it and is a pleasure to navigate.
Gallery: Portrait Commission; Gallery.
Image View:Click on images to see them enlarged. One can scroll through them, and it is like being in a virtual gallery. Paintings are labelled with medium and dimension, and may be saved.  I had the pleasure of seeing her painting of Trafalgar Square, among others in Limoges, summer 2010.
Blog: Yes, at her Daily Painting link. This blog is in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Dennis Linn

Name: Dennis Linn
Bio: Dennis Linn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art and Art Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
He joined the U.S. Air Force as an officer in the late 70s, and during his career he worked as an Air Force artist and was professor of art at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, teaching studio art and art history. Other positions include Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Director of the Journalism Department at the Defense Information School in Indianapolis, Director of Public Affairs at Ellsworth AFB, SD and at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, and Chief of Plans and Policy for Public Affairs at Headquarters European Command in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. His last assignments were Inspector General at Ellsworth and Chief of Protocol at Osan, Korea.
Throughout his Air Force career, he continued working, learning, and developing as an artist, receiving many state and regional awards, and recording his varied experiences in his art. Sixteen of his paintings were accepted into the Permanent Collection of the Air Force, and hang in the Pentagon and other locations.
Dennis has been featured in American Artist's Magazine as an American Emerging Artist and won First Place Sculpture in Artist's Magazine's All Media Competition. In 2007 he was placed in the abstract division in the Pastel Journal's annual Pastel 100 competition, and in 2009 in the Animal and Wildlife category.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscapes; Animals; Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Artwork (ten images all told): Landscapes; Animals; Abstracts.
Image View: All images are large thumbnails. They are not labelled with medium or dimension. Koi is among three gold-medal paintings he has on display at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Riverside, California.
Demo/Blog/Ebay/Flickr: No.

John Wang

Name: John A. Wang, PSA
Bio: Singapore artist John Wang has enjoyed painting from the early 1960s, despite his lack of formal training in art. He has been painting regularly after his retirement from the Singapore Civil Service in 1999. 
John's artworks are mostly in private collections. 
John was elected as a Juried Associate of the Pastel Society of America in November 2002, and a Signature Member in March, 2005.
Medium: Pastel, watercolour
Subjects: Landscapes, seascapes.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Artworks: Watercolour; Pastel (9 pages of 6 images per page).
Image View: Pages of thumbnails form the galleries; these may be clicked to enlarge in a pop-up window – the more recent images are larger. Autumn Colours is 13.5 x 19.75 ins, 880 x 590, 217 KB.
Demo/Blog/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

June Gumbel

Name: June Gumbel
Bio: June Gumbel graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where she was born in 1950. Her passion for painting and drawing lead her to further studies at Pierce College in California, Parsons School of Design with Gary Fagin, The Art Students League with Daniel Greene, Everett Ray Kinstler and Nelson Shanks, The New York Academy of Fine Arts with Nelson Shanks and the Scottsdale Artist School with Milt Kobayashi.
June is a member of the Salmagundi Club, The Portrait Society of America and The Artist Fellowship of New York. Her studio is in Waccabuc, New York.
Medium: Pastel, oil, watercolour
Subjects: Portraits, landscapes, still life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Artwork: Portraits; Landscapes; Still Life (mainly floral); Animals (one painting of a hound, presumably June’s – should be in Portraits really!).
Image View: Pages of thumbnails form the galleries; these may be clicked to enlarge in the Javascript slideshow on the same page.. Each thumbnail is labelled with information on dimension and medium. Javascript is download proof. However, the slideshow on the home page permits right click saving. June's Double Portrait is 24 x 30 ins 440x309, 36 KB.
Demo/Blog/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Marian Flahavin

Name: Marian Flahavin PSA
Bio: Spokane artist Marian Flahavin graduated with a BA in Art, from Holy Names College, Oakland, CA. She was accepted by the Pastel Society of America in l982 and became a signature member in l99l. She is also a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Northwest Pastel Society. She is included in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. She has won two national awards, the Gold Medal Art Spirit award (2007) and the Jack Richeson Award (2006) in the American Artists Professional League Grand National Show in New York.
Medium: Pastel, oil, bronze.
Subjects: Figurative; Portraits.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains available at right side.
Gallery: Portraits (mostly oils – the pastels herein are also featured in the Pastels gallery); Gallery Pastels; Garden Bronzes.
Image View: Pages of thumbnails form the galleries; these may be clicked to enlarge; the only options from there is to use the Back button to return to the thumbnail page, or to click on a different page. Clicking on the image returns you to the thumbnails. It would be useful to be able to scroll through the enlargements in a slideshow. There is no information on the dimension of the original paintings. I have chosen Dinner at 8 because it reminds me of Carolyn Robles' Fallera in Turquoise.
Demo/Facebook/Blog/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Gary Blackwell

Name: Gary Blackwell
Bio: Gary Blackwell was awarded his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. After a stint in the army where he served as an illustrator, he settled in Southern California to work for 23 years as a Creative Director for a large corporation.
In the 90's Gary discovered pastels and soon became a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Within three years the PSWC bestowed the Distinguished Pastelist award on Gary. Gary is now a full-time painter both in studio and plein-air. He attends four to five invitational plein air festivals each year, including Lakewood Artist Guild (2006 Best of Show winner), Sonoma, Huntington Beach, Telluride, Rocky Mountain and La Quinta Festivals.
He was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal Top 100 competition for April 2010.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Figurative. Landscape. Floral.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnLine website.
Gallery: New Paintings (mostly oils); Landscapes; Seascapes; Floral; Figure.
Image View: The usual FineArtStudio features – thumbnails, enlargements, pop-up slideshow. Images are all tagged with medium and size, and may be downloaded. 1000 Palms is 9 x 18 ins, 500 x 245, 120 KB.
Demo/Facebook/Blog/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Edward L. Rubin

Name: Edward L. Rubin
Bio: Emmy Award winning Production Designer Edward L. Rubin has lived in Paris, New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Santa Barbara. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and he holds a Master of Fine Art degree in Set and Costume Design for Theatre from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Edward studied etching and lithography at California State University Long Beach, and drawing and painting at the Academie de Port Royal in Paris, France. From 1991 through 1997 he had a studio space at the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco. During this time he developed his mastery of soft pastel on paper, a medium he continues to discover new things about every day. Edward’s love of the Bay Area is evident in the many series of landscapes he created depicting its stunning beauty and his work of this period resides in many private collections. Edward now lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, not far from where his grandparents built a home back in 1934.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Figurative. Landscape. Still life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The main menu remains available at all times. Some of the links are in a state of development. Once in a particular gallery you can only advance or retreat through the gallery pages, or return home. There is no link to the other galleries, or to the portfolio page.
Gallery: The Fine Art portfolio is available from the home page. Subgalleries are Figurative; Landscape; Still Lifes.
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails that may be enlarged. Both dimension and medium is listed. Clicking on the enlarged image opens a pop-up slideshow. The Letter is 36 x 35 ins,  572 x 600, 363 KB.
Demo: On the Portfolio page is a link to a detailed stage by stage (pas-à-pas) of The Letter. (featured here). Ed is also on YouTube – the links are available from his Facebook page.
Blog/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Lyn Mellady

Name: Lyn Mellady, AGRA
BioBorn in Quirindi, 1946,  Lyn Mellady grew up in Sydney’s southern beach areas. In 1964, she was introduced to oils at teachers college and in 1966 she graduated with a distinction in art. In 1981, after being very involved with ballet, primary teaching, art education and raising a family, she gave her own artwork priority and she retired from teaching to paint full time.
Lyn's work has won many dozens of awards, and commendations including Finalist in the International Pastel landscape Excellence Awards 2001. She appears in three art reference books including 50 Australian Artists. Her paintings are owned by corporate and private collectors on five continents. Lyn was  President of The Australian Guild of Realist Artists in 2000 & 2001. During this term she was instrumental in establishing the annual Australian Art Excellence Medallion.
Lyn is a Charter member of Landscape Artists International, Fusion Six, Pastel Society of Victoria, and Brushmen of the Bay, Councillor and Past President of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Seascape. Landscape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The main menu remains available at all times, either at the top or the bottom of the page. Navigation would be more user-friendly if it stayed put.
Gallery: Paintings: New Work; More Paintings (Subgalleries open on a new page: Seascape; Australian Landscape; Inland Waterways; Portraits.)
Image View: Each gallery consists of large thumbnails. Labelling of these is inconsistent, both for dimensions and medium  - the thumbnails do not enlarge, and Lyn’s realistic technique is such that to decide on whether painting is oil or pastel is a matter of guesswork. Splash is 46 x 67 cm.
Blog/Demo/Facebook/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Michael Chesley Johnson

Name: Michael Chesley Johnson PSA, MPAC
Bio: Michael Chesley Johnson is a Master Pastellist of Pastel Artists Canada, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of New Mexico, as well as a juried member of Oil Painters of America and other prestigious groups. His work has been in shows in both the US and Canada and has been published in The Artist's Magazine, The Pastel Journal, American Artist and Fine Art Connoisseur (Plein Air Magazine).
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Publications: Michael is the author of the books, Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Pastel & Oil; Through a Painter's Brush: A Year on Campobello Island and The Art of Ann Templeton: A Step Beyond
He writes regularly for The Pastel Journal, and is a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine.
Subjects: Landscape. Primarily an outdoor painter, he teaches plein air painting workshops throughout North America.
Style: Representational, with impressionistic tendencies.
Navigation: This website is well laid out, bespoke design by 3 Crows, which demonstrates the artist’s work and is a functional shop window for his art, DVDs and books. The main menu remains available at all times. There is a site map, which is unusual on artists’ websites.
Gallery: Paintings: Maritime/Seascape (oils and pastels); American Southwest (more oils than pastels); Selection of Sold Works (oils and pastels).
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails that are tagged with information on medium and size. You are invited to click on these to enlarge them in an attractive pop-up, whence they may be saved. Many of Michael’s pastels are 9x12 ins, including Low Tide Roses, 600x 437, 101 KB.
Blog: Michael maintains an intelligent, informative blog that has useful tips on everything from the advantages of a limited palette (oil), to using a “dry wash” in pastel. 
Demo: Search for the artist on YouTube.
Facebook: A public Facebook page.
Ebay/Flickr: No.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sydney McGinley

Name: Sydney McGinley, PSA
Bio: Sydney McGinley studied drawing and design in Barnstone Studios, Coplay, Pennsylvania, and silversmithing, art history and drawing in Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA. She is an invitational member of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and a Master Pastellist, American Pastel Society. Among her many awards have been second place for portraiture in the Pastel Journal Pastel 100,  in 2002 (and finalist in other years); and first place in the National Drawing Association exhibit, New York. She was featured in Pure Colour: The Best of Pastel; and in Margot Schulzke's 2006 book, A Painter’s Guide to Design and Composition. Sydney draws her inspiration from the desire to convey good design and draftsmanship - soft pastels are her ideal medium as they allow her to draw and paint simultaneously.
Sydney explains: Each of my pieces begins with a drawing; this ultimately provides a source of information and inspiration. The intimate act of drawing produces for me the link between the emotional energy I first encountered with the subject and the emerging visual image which develops after marks are made on paper. I then use pastels to expand upon these images. This medium allows me to simultaneously unite the gesture of drawing with the act of painting and to eventually give form, color, and space to that imagery.
Medium: Pastel, pencil, charcoal
Subjects: Figurative. Sydney prefers placing the figure in an environment and working in a series in order to develop one idea more completely. Her pastels bring Degas to mind, or perhaps a closer relationship might be to Mary Cassatt.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is very easy to negotiate.
Gallery: Pastels; Archived ’07-’10 (four sub-galleries filed by year); Archived ’06 and Previous (four sub-galleries filed by year and medium).
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails that may be played as a slideshow as such, or enlarged and browsed serially in the viewer. There is no indication of the size of the original, but the piece displayed here is 20” square. Her entry on Artistshouse does indicate the size at which she usually works. Images may be downloaded, but they are watermarked for copyright purposes. Sydney kindly sent me Blue Bow #2 for this blog.
Blog/Demo/Facebook/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Pastel and woad

I was browsing recently through a book called Southwest France - an Insight Guide published by APA Publications for the Discovery Channel - when I came upon an entry for the city of Toulouse. Toulouse enjoyed  a period of prosperity in the 15th and 16th centuries because of its monopoly on the export of woad, a deep-blue dye extracted from the woad plant, Isatis tinctoria. Woad was cultivated in the Lauragais farming country -  a triangle bounded by Albi, Toulouse, and Castelnaudery (home nowadays of the French Foreign Legion and famous for cassoulet -  bean stew). This area became known as the Pays de cocagne, which I always assumed was the land of Cockaigne. Not so. The word cocagne is from the word cocques - balls of concentrated dye. Toulouse merchant princes that made their fortune from the dye were known as les princes de pastel. Aurélien Fenouillet recorded a song called Ballade Tarnaise on his album Mon Albigeois, with lyrics by Jean-Claude Testarode, that refers to le Pays de Cocagne. When in France, look for this album - it may be found on the CD stands in the markets, and is a great musical souvenir of the holidays. (Jean-Claude Testarode has also penned a catchy song about Toulouse Lautrec.)
The Toulouse shop La Fleurée de Pastel, located in the 15th century Hotel Pierre Delfau, sells, not pastels and painting materials, but products dyed with woad, and books about Toulouse's short-lived pastel industry (the arrival of indigo towards the end of the 16th century sealed its fate.)
And the point of this post - pastel is the French word for woad! Pastel sec is pastel.

En feuilletant un livre intitulé Southwest France je suis tombé sur la ville de Toulouse. Toulouse a connu une période de la prospérité dans les 15ème et 16ème siècles en raison de son monopole sur le l'exportation du pastel, une teinture d'un bleu profond extraite de la plante du pastel, Isatis tinctoriaPastel a été cultivé dans le Lauragais - un triangle délimité par Albi, Toulouse, et Castelnaudery. Cette secteur est connu sous le nom de Cocagne, dont j'ai toujours pensé a l' pays de CockaignePas du tout. Le mot cocagne est dérivé du mot cocques  balles de colorant concentré. Les marchands qui ont fait leurs fortune de la teinture étaient reconnus comme les princes de pastel
Aurélien Fenouillet a enregistré une chanson Ballade Tarnaise sur son album Mon Albigeois, avec les paroles de Jean-Claude Testarode, qui se réfère au Pays de Cocagne. Achetez-le!
Le magasin La Fleurée de Pastel, situé dans le Hôtel Pierre Delfau, du 15ème siècle, vend, ni pastels ni matières de peinture, mais les produits teints au pastel, et des livres sur l'industrie pastel de courte durée (l'arrivée de l'indigo, vers la fin du 16ème siècle a scellé son sort.) 
Et le point de ce post - pastel est le mot français pour le tincture et pour Isatis tinctoriaPastel sec est le pastel des pastellistes.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Eugenio Mayor

Name: Eugenio Mayor
Bio: Eugenio Mayor was born in Alcoy, Spain, in 1952. Drawing from a young age with his mother and sister, he studied at the municipal school of Fine Arts in Alcoy. He took an advance course in landscape painting at the faculty of Fine Arts, Complutense University of Madrid.
In 1978 he exhibited for the first time, and  he has had individual and group exhibitions all over Spain and abroad. He is a gold medal recipient from the Asociación Pintores ADA – Calpe.
His work is in private collections in Italy, Germany, England, USA, Japan, Portugal.
Mayor pinta lo que ve y como lo siente: no le preocupa otra cosa que hacerlo cada vez mejor; evolución que he podido seguir y comprobar paso a paso, viendo la paulatina iluminación y limpieza de su color; siempre a expensas de su pureza y sinceridad de concepto. Rara Avis en la actualidad. Alex Alemany.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape. Has an obvious love-affair with Granada.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in Spanish.
Gallery: Galeria: Pastels; Oleos.
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails that enlarge in a viewer, whence they may not be saved. Like Germán Aracil, Mayor has a gallery on the ASPAS website.
Blog: No
Demo: Some sketches under the Bocetos link.
Facebook/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Germán Aracil

Name: Germán Aracil
Bio: Spanish artist German Aracil was born in 1965 in Alicante. In 1985 he began his studies at the San Carlos School of Fine Art in Valencia, Spain. Aracil's first one-man show was held in his home town of Alicante, followed in 1990 by exhibitions in New York's Liz Liberatore Gallery. Two years later he took part in the Art Miami International Art Fair. Since then, Aracil has exhibited his work with great success in Spain, Portugal, Japan, Germany, France, South America and the USA.
Aracil is a member of the Pastel Society of Spain, ASPAS.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Figurative in the main.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in Spanish. It is Flash-based, so no matter what link you click on, the URL remains the same.
Gallery: Obra
Image View: Each image is present in Adobe Flash Player 10, so images may not be saved. However, the artist does have images on the ASPAS website......
Blog/Demo/Facebook/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

José del Riego

 El Camino de Arriba ” © José del Riego
Name: José del Riego
Bio: José del Riego was born in Oviedo, Spain, 1960, where he still has his studio. He has a BSc in Biology from the University of Oviedo; he studied Philosophy and Theology; and for six years he studied drawing at the Oviedo School of Arts, where he counted among his teachers Adolfo A. Folgueras, Magin Berenguer and Bernardo Sanjurjo.
José del Riego has always been a painter. As an amateur artist he worked in oil, watercolour and pen and ink drawing. In the late '90s he discovered pastel. The characteristics of the medium were just what he was looking for and changed his outlook on painting. Initially self-taught, José further explored the technique with a number of master pastellists in France. He is now practically a full time professional artist.
A member since 2006 of International Association Art du Pastel en France, José is one of the founding members of the Pastel Society of Spain, ASPAS, and he is its first (and current) President. He has been exhibiting his work, in group shows and solo, since 2001.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: José del Riego paints almost all subjects: landscape, portrait, figure (human, animals, flowers, still life), seeking not to be pigeon-holed into a single theme.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in Spanish, French and English.
Gallery: There are thirteen galleries in all, I do not propose to list them; the titles are self-explanatory, except for Interiors – which turns out to be Still Life.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a page of thumbnails - click to enlarge in full page viewer, with remaining thumbnails at side. Pointing at these gives details of title and size, (also available on the enlarged image). You may continue in a slide show. Enlargements may be saved. El Camino de Arriba is 30 x 40 cm, 800 x 548, 65 KB.
Blog/Demo/Facebook/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Pierre Caro

Name: Pierre Caro
Bio: Pierre Caro was born in Villeurbanne, Lyon, 1952 of Andalusian parents. After studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lyon from 1970-1975, and Paris, and Chicago where he worked with Jovo Krneta, Pierre Caro frequented the workshop of the Marseille-born artist Jean Fusaro. Early in his career he devoted himself to pastel, infusing his technique with a modern approach while absorbing the teachings of the old masters.
He has considerable musical and theatrical talent - in 1980 he applied himself to textile design for the city of Lyon.
Caro compares pastel to a butterfly’s wing, since, he says, it embodies the maximum intensity of pigments. It offers endless possibilities, from the most violent colors to the softest tones, and most complex of drawing techniques to techniques more closely associated with painting, everything is permitted.
Caro believes that in our era of virtual images it is necessary to call for a revival which perpetuates the necessary direct contact of the hand with the material.
D’une grande richesse picturale, son œuvre renouvelle la technique avec modernité, tout en respectant l’enseignement des anciens. Des flous jaillissent d’un dessin vigoureux, créant tout un jeu de tranparences. L’artiste compare le pastel une aile de papillon, douce et saturée, « parce qu’elle a emmmagasiné le maximum de pigments. »
En feuilletant son monde, on pénètre dans une gare en Inde à la croisée des destins; bien plus loin, dans l'Extrême-Orient des films de Kurosawa, des guerriers de "Ran".
En Chine, on découvre toute une foule en mouvement au son des flûtes…de l'autre côté des mers, au Brésil, la peau bleue des Africains qui ont traversé l'Atlantique. Sur la route de la Soie, on aperçoit des corps couverts d'étoffés… Jouissance de la vie au bord d'une piscine.
Et Caro attire le lecteur de ses images vers l'évidence de leur bonheur, celui d'un instant, tout en jouant de la transparence: tulles, voiles, fumées, miroirs, un soleil omniprésent, partition de l'ombre, caprice de la pluie. Jean-Yves LOUDE (écrivain).
Medium: Pastel. 
Subjects: Landscape, Figurative.
Style: Representational, but highly stylized, and among the most colourful pastel paintings that I have ever seen. A rich palette of primaries is covered by transparent glazes that  reveal a technical mastery of the medium and a painstaking process. He layers many coats of pastel and fixative to obtain the  result he needs – the apparently impossible effects of transparency with a medium that is essentially opaque. This process allows him to work with relatively few primary colours, like an oil paiinter, as they mix optically though the layers. He has tried many supports, but finds that a velour surface allows for most layers. His fixative is Talens during the course of the work, and a final spray of Lascaux acrylique that stabilises all layers and gives a resistant finish. For a full exposition of Caro’s technique  seek out Pratique des Arts, Spécial Pastel, June 2011.
Navigation: Another approach to web design. Website is in French. Clicking on the home page open another; here the pages are accessed by running the mouse over the little blue “marbles” at the bottom – the mouseover gives rise respectively to the legends Hier (Yesterday); Aujourd’hui (Today); Demain (Tomorrow); Edition (Prints); and Contact.
Gallery: Hier – subgalleries: L'Inde; Le Brésil; La Chine; L'Espagne; New York ; Le Maroc ; L'Eldorado. (Some of these have more than one page). Aujourd’hui: Visiter la galerie de l'atelier (several pages that one can traverse forwards or backwards.); Edition.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a page or pages of large thumbnails; Click to enlarge in new window. There are no details attached to the original works; only the prints have image information. The enlargements may be saved.  The image shown is 550 x 375, 81 KB
Blog/Demo/Facebook/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Name: Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA
Bio: Liz Haywood-Sullivan was destined to be artist. Her family were artistic going back three generations! Graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1978 with a BFA in Environmental Design, she started as an industrial designer for Xerox Corporation, and she worked as a commercial artist in the various disciplines of industrial design, museum exhibit design, graphic design and illustration prior to spending 11 years from 1985 to 1996 operating Haywood&Sullivan, Inc., a full-service graphic design business with her husband, Michael.
In 1996 an opportunity arose for her to return to her childhood dream of being a fine artist. With the design business becoming increasing technology driven she fell back on her love of working with her hands. Since then she has worked exclusively as a professional pastel artist, art educator, and community arts advocate. Holding Signature Memberships in the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Connecticut Pastel Society, her award-winning paintings have been seen in numerous local, national, and museum shows, and are included in private and corporate collections worldwide. She has been winning awards since 1999, including the prestigious Dianne Bernhard Gold Medal for Excellence in 2001, 2003 and 2010.
Liz is a Vice President of the North River Arts Society, where she teaches and gives workshops on pastel painting. In February 2010 she accepted the position of Vice President of IAPS   - International Association of Pastel Societies.
She was featured in the Pastel Journal in 2002, where there was a discussion on her medal-winning painting, and much more besides; in October 2007 with “Lighting Up the Sky”, and a multi-page demonstration on painting snow in the February 2010 issue; and in The Artist’s Magazine; Southwest Art Magazine Annual Pastel and Watercolor issue April 2005; and American Art Collector 2007 and 2008.
Liz lives in Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts, USA along the New England coast where she finds much of her inspiration. She takes an annual trip to New Mexico where she paints and gathers reference material for her Southwest landscapes.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape, Cityscape.
Style: Representational. Liz stays motivated by having a painting on her easel at all times.
Navigation: Main menu remains available on left of page.
Gallery: Cityscapes; Northeast Landscapes; Southwest Landscapes. You can also view her paintings on the Vose Gallery website: 
Image View: Each gallery consists of a pages of large thumbnails; Click to enlarge on the same page. The enlarged image has details of title and size, and may be saved. Clicking on the enlarged image brings up the next one. Waiting for Spring is 12 x 30 ins, 926 x 450, 199 KB.
Blog/Demo/Facebook/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

William Hosner

Name: William Hosner, PSA
Bio: Bill Hosner was born in 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his BFA at Wayne State University and studied illustration at the Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design in Detroit. For 17 years Bill produced illustrations for companies such as Readers Digest, Field and Stream Magazine, CBS-Fox Video and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
At the peak of a highly successful career in commercial art, Bill launched himself into the demanding sphere of fine art painting, To further hone his artistic abilities, he enrolled in the Scottsdale Artists School in Arizona, where he studied under Harley Brown and Daniel Gerhartz.
Bill is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of the West Coast. He has received the Gold Medallion and been inducted in to the Master's Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. His work is represented in the book, Pure Color: The Best of Pastel. Bill has won numerous awards for his paintings, including the Jack Richeson Award in memory of Flora B. Giffuni - First Prize, 2010, For Pastels Only, hosted by the Pastel Society of America, New York, NY; the Best of Show, 2009, Pastels USA, at the Triton Museum hosted by Pastel Society of the West Coast, Santa Clara, CA; the Grand Prize, First Place Figure and Still Life in the Pastel 100 Competition sponsored by The Pastel Journal; and the Prix de Sennelier - Top Prize, 2009, Salon International du Pastel, hosted by Art du Pastel en France, Giverny, France. Bill will be the Invité d’Honneur at the Salon International du Pastel which takes place at Giverny, (think Monet) France from 25th May to 2nd June, 2011.
Madame Monet and her son
Bill Hosner’s work was included in The Pastel Journal February 2010 issue in an article about painting winter scenes. Bill was the cover artist of the February 2008 issue no 54, where his two pieces that won at Giverny 2009, Her face to the wind, and Dreaming, were featured in an article on Bill’s plein air figurative work. Just by coincidence I was reading an illustrated biography of Claude Monet at the same time as I was looking at Bill’s work, and some pieces by the inventor of impressonism are very remniscent of Bill’s plein air figures – paintings of his wife Camille (and his son) with a parasol (1875); and the two portraits of Monet’s step-daughter, Suzanne Hoschede, also with a parasol (1886) – although, unlike Bill, Monet seemed more interested in depicting the play of light and shade than in the features of his models.
Woman with parasol turned to the leftMedium: pastel.
Subjects: Landscape; Figurative – all en plein air.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Menu remains at bottom of page.
Gallery: Collection; Available. See also the Café Society page.
Image View: Each gallery consists of a pages of thumbnails with relevant information attached. Click to enlarge – and continue to view enlargements in a slideshow if you wish. These may be saved. Victoria is 20 x 26 ins, 403 x 500, 39 KB.
Blog/Demo: No, but Bill has published a DVD on painting the figure en plein air.
Facebook: Yes
Ebay: No
Flickr: Look for photos of Bill at work on