Saturday, April 30, 2011

Le 1er mai, la fête du travail

Bonjour à tous - 
Pour vous des bouquets de muguets, des petites clochettes d'amitié...
Bon W.E du premier mai!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

JoEllen Murphy

At their  Peak © JoEllen Murphy
Name:  JoEllen Murphy
Bio:  JoEllen received a BFA in medical illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1979, and began her career at the Boston University School of Medicine where she illustrated medical textbooks for four years. For  twenty-four years, she was an artist at the Washington Post, where she won numerous awards from PRINT, the Society of Newspaper Design and the Art Director’s Club of New York for both illustration and design.
More recently,  she has been accepted into numerous juried shows and  has received national recognition for her pastels. She also came in first place (the artist’s choice award) in a plein air competition in 2007 through the Yellow Barn studio in Bethesda, Maryland.
She has taken workshops with Richard McKinley, Susan Ogilvie, Margaret Dyer, Doug Dawson, and Wolf Kahn.  She has also taken oil painting classes with Jill Phillips and Susan Yanero at the Washington Studio School (focusing on the figure and still life) and has studied with Glen Kessler and Walt Bartman at the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society. JoEllen is also part of the Columbia Pike Artist Studios in Arlington. JoEllen lives in Washington DC.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Figurative; Landscape.
Style: Impressionist.
Navigation: FASO website
Gallery: Studio Landscapes; Plein Air Landscapes and Interiors; Figure Work.
Image View: The large thumbnails enlarge in a new page and may be saved. At their peak is 6 x 20 ins.

Marcia Holmes

Name: Marcia Holmes
Bio: Marcia Holmes was born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, home of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Marcia started painting and exhibiting in 1999 after a career as a corporate C.P.A. She attended Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) and USM (University of Southern Mississippi), acquiring a Masters in Accounting. In the arts, her teachers have been Albert Handell, Gil Dellinger, Doug Dawson, Maggie Price, Alan Flattman, Camille Przewodek, Sally Strand, Frank Federico and Jimmy Wright, among others. Marcia teaches workshops  - she currently lives in Mandeville - and conducts travel/painting trips to France.
Marcia was featured in the October 2007 issue of The Pastel Journal, and her work has recently been featured in both the March and May 2011 issues of the American Art Collector Magazine. She was a member of the Degas Pastel Society group that exhibited in the Festival International du Pastel at Feytiat, Limoges in 2008.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscapes; Botanical; Figurative.
Style: Representational and abstract.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website. I don’t know to what extent this site may be customised, but the garish green, orange, pink, red and blue typefaces on the home page do not set up your eyes to view the paintings.
Gallery: Paintings: Preview Current Exhibit-Rue du Pont Breaux Bridge ; Mallory Page Gallery - Jammin' on Julia; Studio - Mandeville, LA ; Landscapes ; Botanical ; French Countryside.Venice, Italy; People; Limited Edition Prints.
Image View: The thumbnails enlarge in a pop-up when clicked and you can proceed forwards or backwards through the enlarged images. Download is not blocked. Images are labelled with information on medium and dimension. Passion Flower is 24 x 30 ins, 550 x 446, 305 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Nancy Poucher

Name: Nancy Poucher
Bio: I have little biographical information on this New England artist, apart from the fact that she lives in Provincetown, Cape Cod. She also spends time in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Nancy is part of the daily painters movement and her work may also be seen there
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Seascapes; Landscapes.
Style: Representational. Many, if not most, are plein air.
Navigation: Website is easy to navigate, with main menu available at side.
Gallery: Water gallery; Land gallery.
Image View: The thumbnails enlarge in a pop-up when clicked and you can proceed forwards or backwards through the enlarged images. Download is not blocked. Images are labelled with information on medium and dimension. Hatches Harbour is 9x 12 ins. 746 x 550, 296 KB.
Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Name: Dinelli (Valérie Genty)
Bio: Valérie Genty studied and worked in different arts fields in Paris, including photography and graphic arts. After two years in Indonesia she progressively devoted herself to sculpture, oil and pastel painting.
Her work is primarily figurative with a surrealist interpretation, taking inspiration from music: the spontaneity of jazz, and from views of Paris that inspired her first series of "Roofs of the World".
Dinelli has exhibited in her native France; Poland, China, Russia, Japan and Canada.She was awarded the Grand Prix d’Honneur at the 2003 Biennale Internationale de Peinture – followed in 2004 by an award from the American Pastel Society at the National Arts Club in New York.
She is a member of Figuration Critique ; and of SODAL.
Her work and methods were featured in Hors Series No. 17, June 2009 issue of Pratique des Arts.
Medium: Pastel; Oil; Wood; Bronze; Clay.
Subjects: Landscapes
Style: Surrealist
Navigation: Website is in French and in English.
Gallery: Creations: Wood; Bronze; Clay; Pastels.
Image View: The pastels gallery has an arrow in the centre that allows you to scroll through more thumbnails – don’t miss it, or you will only see four images. Clicking on these causes them to enlarge in a pop-up, whence they may be saved. Dimensions are not given, nor medium (you are after all in the pastel gallery and those in oil are noted). Sizes are generally about 65 x 50 cms.
Blog: does not seem to have been updated since 2007.
Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Elsie DiNardo Dresch

Name: Elsie DiNardo Dresch, PSA
Bio: Elsie Dresch marked a milestone in March, 2010 with the opening of her one-woman show of oil and pastel paintings at Watson Gallery in Midtown, Atlanta. An 85th milestone, to be exact, that celebrated Elsie's 85th birthday. What is perhaps even more remarkable is, rather than show a retrospective of her lifetime’s work, Elsie displayed 85 recent paintings.
Elsie's art education began in Philadelphia at 13, when she studied at the Graphic Sketch Club then attended the Fleisher Memorial School of Art in addition to studying with several contemporary artists in workshops throughout the southeast.
She is a Member of Excellence of the Atlanta Artists Center and of the Southeastern Pastel Society and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. She has received over 60 awards in regional and national shows. Her work is in many private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada and Italy. She is represented in Atlanta by the Watson Gallery and in Blue Ridge, Georgia by High Country Arts and Antiques.
Elsie is the mother of artist Janet Mozley.
Medium: Pastel; Oil
Publications: Create Better Paintings; ISBN-10: 0978852400; ISBN-13: 978-0978852405
Subjects: Landscapes, Figurative, Animals.
Style: Representational..
Navigation: Main menu remains available at bottom of page.
Gallery: Paintings
Image View: The single gallery page consists of thumbnails that enlarge on a new page when clicked. Rainy Day in London is 18 x 24 ins.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Janet Mozley

Name: Janet Mozley
Bio: Janet Mozley had her first solo show in Hawaii in 2001. Later that year she moved to Beaufort, S. Carolina, to a different landscape. Maine, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia inspired three more exhibitions, culminating in commissions and the 2009 Pastel 100 award in Animal and Wildlife category. Janet comes from an artistic background and cites her mother Elsie Dresch as a source of inspiration and motivation.
Medium: Pastel; Oil
Subjects: Landscapes, Animals.
Style: Realistic.
Navigation: Main menu remains available.
Gallery: Landscapes; Animals; Pets.
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails which may be clicked to enlarge one by one in Adobe Flash Player, where information is provided on the medium and dimensions of the original work. The image can not be saved.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Robin Frisella

Name: Robin Frisella, PSA
Bio: New Hampshire artist Robin Frisella took her first pastel class in 2000 and has been exhibiting and winning awards ever since. Her first piece won Best of Show; it was a "eureka" moment. By 2005 Frisella had left her job to pursue her art career full time. She has continued studying with local artists and teaches the medium to a keen following of students. In 2006 Robin opened Frisella Fine Art Studio in Candia, New Hampshire. Her work has featured in a number of publications, including American Artist Magazine,  May 2010 and September 2009; and in Best of American Pastels Volume II, Kennedy Publishing, 2009.
Medium: Pastel. One hint I picked up from Frisella, who works on several paintings at a time, is that when finished she lays sheets of newsprint paper over the top and applies heavy weights to press the particles of pastel into the support (she uses Wallis).
Subjects: Still Life; Portraits; Landscapes.
Style: Realistic.
Navigation: Main menu remains available.
Gallery: Still Life; Portraits; Landscapes.
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails which may be clicked to enlarge on a new page. There is no information on the dimensions of the original work. The image can be saved. As with all artists whose work is excellent throughout a range of subjects, choice of a single image typique is always going to be tough. I think Frisella is perhaps most keen on still life, so I have chosen Sweet Memories which I know is 12 x 18in as it was published in American Artist.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Paul Billard

Name: Paul Billard
Bio: Paul Billard was born in Nantes, France in 1950. Self-taught, he has always drawn, painted, sculpted, but has devoted himself solely to pastel for the past 20 years. His travel inspire and inform his award-winning paintings - Venice, India, Morocco, Egypt, Mongolian horse, and the nude.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The website is in French but there is nothing to navigate, You are presented with five tantalising thumbnails of the artist’s work. That’s it.
Gallery: None.
Image View: Each thumbnail can be enlarged in a viewer,then further enlarged - but right-click is disabled.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Joanne Agostinelli

Crystal Charisma © Joanne Agostinelli 
Name: Joanne Agostinelli
Bio: With a Masters Degree in Education, Joanne Agostinelli pursued College-Level Studio Art Classes at the University of Connecticut, Manchester Community College, Wesleyan Graduate Liberal Studies Program. She has been exhibiting her paintings since 2004. Joanne was President of Connecticut Women Artists from 2005 through 2009; she is a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, a member of the Salmagundi Club, and associate artist of the American Pastel SocietyJoanne has been selected as Artist-in-Residence at three National Parks – Acadia (Spring 2009); Weir Farm National Historic Site (Autumn 2009); and Mesa Verde National Park (Autumn 2010.)
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape; Still Life.
Style: Impressionistic to representational.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top, except when you enlarge an image. Then you lose the menu entirely.
Gallery: Gallery of the Elements; Still Life Gallery; Landscape Gallery
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails with information on medium and dimension. Clicking on a thumbnail enlarges it in a new page. You need to use the back button at this point to return to the gallery. Download is possible, with the usual copyright restriction on reproduction. Crystal Charisma is 24 x 30 ins, 500 x 360, 60 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Paul Dumestre

Name: Paul Dumestre
Bio: Paul Dumestre was born in 1974 in Périgueux, France. He started his professional career as a chemist, converted to IT and has been employed therein since 2001. For fifteen years he has been painting still lifes, at first in oils, but since 2005 in pastel. He has taken workshops with master pastellists Lionel Asselineau and Chris (Serrurier). His landscapes are based on the mountains of the Bigorre, but with more than a nod to fantastical composition.
Paul Dumestre has been showing his work since 2001. His pastels will be included in the Société des Pastellistes de France at Feytiat this July (I have already given notice of thsi exhibition) and also at St Aulaye in the Dordogne from the 13th to the 28th August (Salon Pastel en Perigord).
Paul Dumestre naquit en 1974 à Périgueux. Il a fait des études de chimie mais il s’est reconverti depuis quelques années dans l'informatique. Peintre amateur depuis une quinzaine d'années, son domaine de prédilection est la nature morte réaliste. A l'origine, il travaillait essentiellement à la peinture à l'huile, mais depuis quelques années, il utilise beaucoup le pastel sec. Aujourd'hui  il réserve  l'huile au trompe-l'oeil. Parallèlement, il réalise donc au pastel des natures mortes plus classiques ainsi que quelques paysages (de montagne principalement, traités sous une approche un peu fantastique).
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape; Still Life; Figurative.
Style: Realistic.
Navigation: Website is in French. Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Natures Mortes (Still Life); Figures; Paysages (Landscapes); Divers & Fantasy (Tolkien casts a long shadow).
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails that open in a Flash viewer when clicked. Download is not possible. The galleries are grouped per medium, over a numbner of pages – all the oils paintings are together, likewise the pastels. Pont Brisé is 40 x 30 cms.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Jeanne Leemon

Name: Jeanne Leemon, PSA
Bio: Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Jeanne Leemon has lived in the Knoxville, Tennessee area since 1993. As an artist she is self-taught, and has attained the status of Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America; Jeanne is also a juried member of the Oil Painters of America, the International Guild of Realism, and the Women Painters of the Southeast, and also a member of the Portrait Society of America. Her paintings have been accepted into numerous juried shows throughout the Southeastern United States. She won Honorable Mention twice for her pastel work in the annual Pastel 100 competition of The Pastel Journal in 2009 and 2010.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Landscape; Still Life; Figurative..
Style: Realistic.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Recent Works; Still Life; Figures; Landscapes.
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails which indicate title and size, but not medium – you can get that information as a tooltip by resting the cursor on the image. Or by clicking to enlarge. You can then zoom again; the image can be saved. The prize-winning Cipolline Onions is 14.5 x 16 ins; 500 x 495, 185 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Jean Fonquergne

Name: Jean Fonquergne
Bio: Jean Fonquergne was born in 1963 in the Midi-Pyrenees region of southern France. After three years of vocational courses in industrial design and drawing, Jean was involved in a serious road accident that confined him to a wheelchair at the age of seventeen. Not until 1995 did he start to draw again, self-taught at first, followed by a three year course with Daniel Maurice-gril, primarily a painter in watercolour, whom Jean met in 1998. He has spent the time since then learning and perfecting the art of pastel. Since then Jean has exhibited his paintings regularly in different salons in the region. The website is all his own work.

Jean Fonquergne est né en 1963 dans la région Midi-Pyrénées où il réside actuellement. Dans son adolescence, il a suivi lors d'un apprentissage dans un lycée professionnel et durant trois années consécutives, des cours de dessin industriel en bâtiment suivi de quelques cours de dessin d'art.

En 1981, à l'âge de 17 ans, il a été victime d'un grave accident de la route qui l'a rendu paraplégique pour la vie. Après de longues années de souffrance de toutes sortes, il a commencé le dessin en autodidacte en 1995 et ce n'est qu'à partir de 1998, suite à sa rencontre avec Mr Daniel Maurice-gril, peintre aquarelliste, auprès duquel il a étudié durant trois ans, qu’il a pu apprendre et perfectionner la technique du pastel. Depuis, il expose régulièrement ses tableaux dans différents salons de peinture de la région.

Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape; Still Life; Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in French. There are some unnecessary features – animated gifs, overuse of the “blink” tag etc. - that betray the amateur nature of the web design. However, the galleries are easy to access.
Gallery: Galleries: Canal du Midi; Animaux (animals); Natures Mortes (still life); Paysages divers (various landscapes) ; Personnages (people) ; Dessins (drawings).
Image View: This is a frames-based website. The thumbnails in the left frame will display full size in the main frame when clicked. This may be downloaded. Ecluse de Gardouch is 29 x 34 cm, 600 x 399, 85 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No. The Tutoriels link is not a demo.

Sonja Kever

Name: Sonja Kever
Bio: Sonja A. Kever grew up in Northern Iowa and from an early age had aspirations of being an artist. She was a fine art major at the University of Kansas but transferred to and graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising. Careers in fashion, as a child welfare supervisor, and paralegal followed. Her art career was all but forgotten as she married and reared two daughters. In 2003 she attended a pastel exhibit at the North Hills Gallery in Austin, Texas and was awed by the luminous medium. Having had no previous experience with pastels, she immediately began taking lessons, attending workshops and pastel exhibits. The artist with whom Sonja has taken workshops is a veritable Who’s Who of American pastelists: Desmond O’Hagan, Judith Carducci, Claudia Seymour, Denise Larue Mahlke, Eve Larson. John Roush, Libby Peters, and Jim Cox. Sonja is a juried associate member of the American Pastel Society, a signature member of the Pastel Society of the Southwest, and is also a member of the Pastel Societies of Austin, Texas, Central Texas respectively, the Portrait Society of America, and the Capitol Art Society.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: See Gallery.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu on top. Very easy to navigate this site.
Gallery: Portrait/Figure; Still Life Miniatures; Still Life Floral; Landscape and Interiors; Animals and Pets;
Image View: Click on thumbnails to enlarge in slideshow, with information attached. Viwer is effectively a Flash slideshow; there is a download option. Monk Parade is 16 x 12 ins., 800 x 600, 94.4 KB
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kim Lordier

Name: Kim Lordier
Bio: Born 1966, and native to the San Francisco Bay Area, Kim Lordier graduated from the University of San Francisco, with a BFA Illustration in 1989, and from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. After college, Lordier flew for a major air carrier, which gave her the advantage of being able to experience many domestic and foreign locations, all the while keeping up with her painting. She switched careers late in 2001 in order to spend a year at the California Academy of Painters, and she continues to study occasionally with master pastellist Bob Gerbracht. She is currently a Signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters, the Pastel Society of America, a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and Artist Member of the California Art Club. She has won many awards including the Pastel 100 Grand Prize in 2007. Kim has been featured in the Pastel Journal, American Artist, American Art Collector, and Fine Art Connoisseur, among others.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Impressionistic; Kim paints in the plein air tradition.
Navigation: Main menu remains at side. This is a FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Works: California Interior Landscapes; Coastel; Desert, Southwest and Colorado; High Sierra.
Image View: Click on thumbnails to enlarge in viewer, with full details. Download is possible. Illuminated is 18 x 24 ins. 550 x 413, 208 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ian Ingram

Name: Ian Ingram
Bio: Sometimes I stumble upon an artist who is outside the mainstream of "pastel artists" in the sense that the medium is not necessarily the message, to paraphrase Marshall McLuhan. Ian Ingram is one such artist, and is featured on this blog because he does make extensive use of pastel in his work. 

Ian Ingram was born in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, but also attended Washington University, St. Louis, and Temple/Tyler Art School, Rome, Italy. Ian Ingram currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.
Having made a self-portrait every year since he was 16, Ingram has recently been working on a highly anticipated series of large-scale self-portrait drawings
His work is often about moments of transition, points in life where change occurs. His self-portraits are autobiographical reflections of meaningful events, such as his wedding, or the birth of his child. Ian describes these emotional moments as “times when a decision or an action changes your entire worldview. The image is of leaving one world and pushing through to another.” 
Cross contours, grids, and blending build the subtleties, nuances, and porous surfaces of the human face. Working with a base of charcoal, pastel, ink, and watercolor, Ingram has also begun incorporating more unconventional materials into his work, such as beads, beeswax, metallic thread, silver leaf, string, and even butterfly wings. 

This is from a blog written by Ian’s wife:
“My husband, ian, is an artist. his current work is a series of charcoal self portraits – intense and magnificent – that are 7 feet high and 5 feet wide. he starts with a big white paper and spends 3 focused months creating each piece. using his hands or sponges or self-made tools, he rubs and grinds charcoal into the paper’s surface. I am continually astonished by what he can create out of burnt wood and white paper.
what mystifies me is that he’ll sometimes take a black lump of eraser in his hand and remove days of hard work in order to start over. but he says that the paper has a memory. though he can take it back to white, the grit of the paper has changed, inevitable altering the piece. and what was in fact important was what was learned between white and white.”

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2010 Self-Portraits, Barry Friedman Ltd, New York, NY
2006 The Opposite of Death: Translations of India, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004 Five Skin Ten Skin: Drawings by Ian Ingram, Quan Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2001 Jazz: Drawings by Ian Ingram, Churchill Grounds, Atlanta, GA
2000 Drawings by: Ian Ingram, The Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Medium: Pastel, charcoal, gold leaf, watercolour, embroidery, metallic threads, string, beads, beeswax, butterfly wings........
Subjects: Self-portraits
Style: Hyper-realistic.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Work: New Work; Divining.
Image View: Images are displayed in a viewer above a series of thumbnails. The main window of the viewer acts as a magnifier of the piec e; which is an essential part of the experience given the huge scale of Ingram's work. The painting featured here, Pierrot, measures 82.5 x 51 inches, and is made of Charcoal, pastel, watercolor and gold leaf. This is the biggest file I have uploaded to date, at 3.25 MB.
Blog: On his website
See also

Friday, April 1, 2011

Irene Georgopoulou

Name:  Irene Georgopoulou
Bio: There is a growing trend among artists to maintain a website and a blog and maybe a Facebook page too; some eschew the website, and keep only a blog. This is fine if, as in the case of Jean-Charles Peyrouny, the blog is well thought-out and intelligently designed so that it works as a website, with well-signalled gallery pages. Other blogs might well express the artist’s thoughts and travels, but have disproportionately little in the way of pictorial content. I tend not to review those blogs, unless they are an adjunct to an up-to-date website.
I have been in two minds about mentioning if an artist is in Facebook. Some artists are quite happy to have a public FB page, while maintaining a private one as well. Others have what appears to be more a "Fanbook" with an unmanageable amount of “Friends” (Daniel Greene has, as of today’s date, 1858 FB Friends).
All this is by way of preamble to Irene Georgopoulou. Irene has a website that is full of pictorial content; her blog is also picture-based; and she is very active on Facebook.
In Irene’s case, had she only the website, she should be featured here; likewise had she only the blog. So I strongly recommend you to visit both.
Irene Georgopoulou was born in Athens, Greece in 1964. She always wanted to paint but life got in the way; she finally got to start her career in 2006 and has since progressed apace. For the most part she is self-taught although she has has attended workshops led by professional artists. She is a member of International Guild of Realism and the Pastel Guild of Europe. She was a finalist in the April/May 2009 edition of International Artist Magazine flowers and gardens competition.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Still Life; Floral.
Style: Hyper-realistic.
Navigation: Main menu remains on top.
Gallery: Gallery 1; Gallery 2.
Image View: Click on thumbnails to enlarge in new page; details are provided on size and medium. Images may be saved. Red Apple, Blue Flowers is 13 x 9 ins.
Blog: There is a wealth of paintings to be seen on the blog. Visit it
Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.