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.


  1. i love your work and your blog! thank you for sharing! this is beautiful!

  2. I think that was the most prompt response yet to a post! Thank the artist!

  3. Hello Niall,
    I received an email form Myron Barnstone I guess Sydney McGinely forwarded to him. In there you say "The images that you create are almost the nearest I have seen to those of Degas - and I have seen thousands of pastels at this point."

    Thank you for noticing that. Artistically speaking Syd is the great grand daughter of Edgar Degas and James Abbot Whistler. See her artistic lineage (family tree) at ( scroll down to the bottom of the homepage )