Monday, May 30, 2011

Tom Weinkle

Name: Tom Weinkle
Bio: Tom Weinkle was born in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. After working for an industrial automation company in Pittsburgh, he returned to Miami and started his graphic and web design firm, Vortex Communications in 1986. Tom has been helping local, national, and international companies succeed through design communications. His work has won many regional and national awards for creativity.
In 2006, Tom began devoting more time to drawing and painting. Currently, he is focused on regional landscapes and portraiture created in pastel.
Subjects: Landscapes, portraits, figurative.
Style: Representational - Impressionistic. His recent work has been created primarily in soft pastel, combined with a variety of liquid mediums to achieve more painterly results. The varying style of his current paintings is a result of his interest in experimenting with the application and manipulation of pigments
Navigation: Main menu remains available at bottom of page. This is an elegant website, a pleasure to browse.
Gallery: New Work; Southeast; Northeast; West; Homestead; Figurative; My fellow artists.
Image View: Each gallery opens in a slideshow viewer page with thumbnails at the side. Full information is available on all images. They may be downloaded. Monhegan Trap Yard is 26 x 18 ins, 700 x 500, 317 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No

Rick Lee

Name: Rick Lee
Bio: Richard S. Lee (Rick) has worked as a professional photographer in Charleston, West Virginia for more than 25 years. Mr. Lee's numerous artistic photography exhibitions have included the West Virginia Juried Exhibition, the Parkersburg Art Center Juried Photography Exhibit, and the Huntington Museum of Art 280 Exhibition : Works on Walls.
In 1996, Rick branched out into pastel illustrations of architectural scenes, combining his interest in historic architecture and his interest in drawing which he has nurtured since childhood. In March of 1998, he mounted a one-person exhibition of pastels at WVU Institute of Technology. In August of 1998, he exhibited pastels at the Annex Gallery at Taylor Books, Charleston, WV. In 2000, he exhibited 12 pastels in the David L. Dickirson Gallery at the Tamarack Center in Beckley and in November he was featured in The Pastel Journal.
Subjects: Architecture, cityscapes.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The website is primarily a photography website.
Gallery: A single page of images – scroll down the main page.
Image View: Large thumbnails that do not enlarge further. There are no paintings more recent than 2000. The River Cam is 20 x 29 ins.
Blog: Only about photography.
Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No

Karen Margulis

Name: Karen Margulis, PSA
Bio: Karen Margulis received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida; she went on to study for her masters in Art Education at Florida Atlantic University but it wasn’t until 2005 that she began painting seriously. Karen is a productive daily painter, posting daily to her blog every day - she estimates that she has completed about a mile of paper!
She has studied with Albert Handell, Anita Louise West, Terry Ludwig, Stan Sperlak and Margaret Dyer. She continues to study with Marsha Savage. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections around the world including the University of Alabama’s Gorgas Library and the caneel Bay Resort on St. John, USVI. (Karen traveled extensively with her family throughout the US and Caribbean and many of Karen’s paintings are inspired by her memories and photos of her travels.) She has had work juried into regional and international shows receiving awards and positive reviews.
Karen is represented by the following fine art galleries in the Southeast: High Country Art in Blue Ridge, Georgia, Bella Vista Fine Art in Asheville, North Carolina and Frameworks Gallery in Marietta, Georgia, and Primary Elements Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon. She a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Karen lives in Marietta, Georgia, USA.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscapes – especially wildflowers. Karen is passionate about plein air painting.
Style: Impressionistic.
Navigation: This website is a blog.
Gallery: A single page of images.
Image View: The eighteen or so images posted in the gallery have some information available if you rest the cursor on the image. They open in a slideviewer when clicked, and may be downloaded. Don’t miss the images in the blog proper. Purple Haze is 16 x 20 ins, 1024 x 819, 190 KB.
Blog: Paintings are posted in chronological order, as in all blogs, the most recent on top.
Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No

Friday, May 27, 2011

Lorenzo Rappelli

Name: Lorenzo Rappelli
Bio: An Italian in France, Lorenzo Rappelli lives to paint the Brittany coast, the forests and pools of the Limousin where he lives, and Venice, in homage to his origins.
Rappelli is the founding president of the International Association of Landscape Painters, a member of Art du Pastel en France, and ASPAS. He has exhibited internationally in France, Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg and in the U.K. but has a permanent exhibit (by appointment) in his studio in the Monts d’Ambazac, Haute-Vienne.
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Publications: Peinture au couteau – le paysage; Ulisse Editions, 2011. ISBN-10: 284415171X ; ISBN-13: (EAN13) : 9782844151711
Subjects: Landscapes – especially water and snow.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in French. Each page seems to be based on an image, thus taking time to load. The Main Menu stays on top.
Gallery: Oeuvres: Pastels; Huiles (oils); Huiles petits format (small oils). There is a shortcut to the diaporama at the right side of the page.
Image View: All thumbnails are labelled with information on dimension of original, and open in in a “diaporama”. Download is not possible. Moulins à Kinderdÿk is 50 x 35 cm.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No

Natalia Repina

Name: Natalia Repina
Bio: Natalia Repina was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1967, where she attended the Middle Art School from 1979 until 1985.She studied painting at the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture (The Academy of Fine Arts ) graduating in 1991 in “easel painting”. She taught Graphic Arts until 1997 at the Architectural Construction Institute in St. Petersburg. In 2002 began to teach painting at the Primo Levi University, Bologna,Italy; since 2006 she has been teaching Fine Arts at the Oil Painting School in Bologna. Natalia Repina has been exhibiting internationally since 1989. Since 1998 she became a member of the Russian Artists’ Union and various art associations in Italy and USA. Her work is to be found in Museum of Scientific Research with the Fine Arts Academy, and the Museum F.M. Dostoevskij, both in St. Petersburg, Russia;and in private collections in Italy, China, India, Finland, France, Germany, Russia, Spain and the USA
Repina received an Honorable Mention in the Portrait/Figure Category, the Pastel 100 Competition organized by the Pastel Journal, in 2010.
She is included in the International Dictionary of Artists 2011.
Medium: Pastel, oil, pencil.
Publications: Painting and Design by Natalia Repina, Petropol Publishing, St Petersburg, 2006;
Subjects: Figurative; Landscapes.
Style: Representational- impressionistic.
Navigation: This website is in Italian and in English.
Gallery: Figurative Composition (Sub-galleries 1988-1999; 2000-2009) – these are all oil paintings; Landscapes (Sub-galleries 1988-1999; 2000-2009) - all are oils; Works on the paper support (Sub-galleries 1988-1999; 2000-2009) – these are pastels, with some graphite and a single watercolour.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a slideshow, with full information on medium and dimension of original. There is a facility to enlarge the images further in a new window; download is not possible. Twilight on the river Reno is 32 x 46 cms.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No

Friday, May 20, 2011

Vicente Romero

Name: Vincente Romero
Bio: Vicente Romero Redondo was born in 1956 in Madrid as the eldest of four sons. During his childhood, his interest in art manifested itself as he drew sketches and caricatures of schoolmates and teachers in every school where he studied (due to the work of his father, he grew up in many different towns all over Spain). The family returned to Madrid when Romero was 15 years and he began studies at the prestigious Faculty of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid (Salvador Dali’s alma mater). He started with sculpture, but soon switched to painting, and he graduated with honors in 1982. Then he spent several years working on the street, just as José Luis Fuentetaja had done, painting pastel portraits in villages along the Spanish coast and on Tenerife, Majorca and Ibiza. In 1987 Romero and his wife settled on the Costa Brava, with its marvellous light, where he perfected his individual style and subject matter, converting intimate situations of life into the leitmotif of his art, a modern interpretation of the great Spanish Maja tradition. Since the early ‘90s Romero has had one-man exhibitions in Spain, France and Portugal. In 2001 he moved back to Madrid, but he still spends time on the Costa Brava.
Romero is represented internationally by galleries in Portugal (Euroarte, Lisboa), Spain (Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid), France (The Little Gallery, 14 rue de la Porte Bouqueyre, 33330 Saint-Emilion,) and the USA (Alexander and Victor Fine Art, Miami).
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Subjects: Figurative, the nude, portraits.

Je viens de trouver cela dans une traduction française de La Maja Desnuda par V. Blasco Ibañez :

L’adjectif majo (féminin : maja) n’a pas d’ équivalent exact en français. Il signifie à peu près : beau, élégant d’allure, mais avec une nuance d’ostentation. A la fin du XVIIIe siécle et au commencement du  XIXe, c’est à peu  près exclusivement  aux femmes du peuple habillées avec une certaine élégance que le mot maja s'est appliqué. Le costume de la Maja, qui consiste en une jupe étroite recouverte d’une résille de soie, avec une ample mantille envellopant la tête et le buste, a été adopté, au temps de Goya, par les femmes de la plus haute aristocratie madrilène, et il a été consideré depuis, dans le reste de l’Europe, comme le costume national des Espagnoles. 
Style: Traditional, representational. He owes his technique in oil painting to his academic training, although he has increasingly explored pastel, wich he finds more direct, more spontaneous, and as he quotes provides the opportunity for “unrivalled delicacy”.
Navigation: This is a Spanish website, based on the Wordpress blog format. The above URL connects to an English version. The main menu remains available at top of page.
Gallery: Gallery 2007-2009; Gallery 2010-2011
Image View: Each gallery consists of a page of large thumbnails these enlarge further in a new window when clicked. Informaton on medium and size of original is given as a tooltip when the cursor rests on the image. Download is allowed. The image displayed is 60 x 81 cm, 1382 x 1020, 329 KB.
Blog: The Spanish version of Vincente’s blog is available here.
Demo/Ebay: No
Update: I wrote an in-depth piece on Vicente for the June 2012 issue of the Pastel Journal, and I reproduce it here with the permission of FW Media.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Timon Sloane

Name: Timon Sloane
Bio: Californian artist Timon Sloane states that he never planned to become a full-time artist. He initially painted as a creative outlet while working in the technology sector. He responded to the challenge of rendering objects with paint, and wanted more. He started to paint en plein air to loosen his painting style, and it became a life-changing experience.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape, seascape.
Style: Impressionist.
Navigation: Main menu available at top of page.
Gallery: Artwork: Seven pages of thumbnails.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a slideshow, with full information on dimension of original. There is a facility to enlarge the images further in a new window (not the earliest archived work); download is allowed. Bright Bluffs is 8 x 10 ins, 800 x 657, 64.5 KB.
Demo/Ebay: No
Flickr: Yes.

Jerry Messman

Name: Jerry Messman PSA
Bio: Architect Jerry Messman was born in 1948, in Woodstock, Illinois and attended both the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan. Graduated with a degree in architecture, and has been a practicing architect since 1978. In the mid 1990’s, he did the “House of the Future” design for Newsweek magazine which was later built for the television show HOMETIME. He also designed the ABOD, a low cost housing system built for South Africa as slum replacement housing.
Jerry has received numerous awards for his pastels, including the Best In Show at the All Island Art show on Martha's Vineyard in 2005. His work was featured in the April, 2010 issue of the Pastel Journal. He is a signature member of the American Pastel Society.
Medium: Pastel, acrylic.
Subjects: Landscape, seascape.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu available at side of page.
Gallery: Artwork 1; Artwork 2
Image View: Thumbnails only, that do not enlarge. There is no information on dimension of original.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Peter Barker

Name: Peter Barker
Bio: Peter Barker was born in 1954 in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Much of his childhood was spent in the surrounding countryside, where his inherent love of nature was instilled through bird-watching, fishing and breeding butterflies and moths, hobbies which would feed his interest in conservation, and later inspire his paintings. In 1983 he abandoned a professional golf career and became a full-time artist. Although self-taught, he did receive much early encouragement from renowned artist Caesar Smith and by 1985 his work was being accepted by galleries. Since that date he has had numerous one-man shows.
Peter’s paintings are in collections in the United States and in Australia. They have been accepted by the Pastel Society (where he won the Frank Herring award in 2006), The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (where he won the Ranelagh Press Award for 'an exceptional small oil' and the Stanley Grimm Memorial Award for the favourite painting as voted for by the public) and the Royal Society of Marine Artists at the Mall Galleries in London.
Medium: Pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolour.
Subjects: Landscape, wildlife and animals, still life.
Style: Traditional, representational. Peter paints both plein air and in the studio.
Navigation: Main menu always available at top of page, except in the gallery pages, where there is an up-arrow to Home.
Gallery: Paintings - Archive - Landscape Archive (148 images); Marine Archive (67 images); Animals and Wildlife Archive (37 images, mainly pastel)
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a slideshow on a new page. There is no information on medium or dimension of original. Download is possible.
Blog: Chatty blog at
Demo: Yes, in pastel and in oil.
Ebay/Flickr: No.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Andrew Hemingway Landscapes

I have previously done a post on the pastels of Andrew Hemingway, who does not have a website of his own, but whose work is too important to ignore. Hemingway is indisputably among the top five exponents of pastel in the world today. He has in the past been known for his exquisite still life paintings. Now he has undertaken a new venture, bringing his powers of observation and delineation to bear on the Swiss landscape in all its majesty.
A new gallery, The School Gallery, in Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire, has gone on line with a collection of Hemingway's landscape, mainly pastels, but with some oil paintings too. Don't miss the opportunity to see a master at work, at the top of his game.
The Sisters at Loèche les Bains is 35.5 x 54.5 ins. 
UPDATE 7.6.2012: The domain name expired on 5.5.2012 and is pending renewal or deletion. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Karen Vanderpool

Name: Karen Vanderpool.

Bio:  Texas artist Karen Vanderpool  has an undergraduate degree from Austin College (1986)  and a Master of Art in Medical Illustration from UT Southwestern Medical Center (1998).
Medium: Pastel, oil, acrylic.
Subjects: Landscape, still life.
Style: Expressionist, with a Fauvist leaning in terms of colour. Karen states, “ I use strong imaginative color and many layers of pastel to create contemporary images. The interaction of color and composition evolves to describe the world as I see it.”
Navigation: Main menu always available either at side or at bottom of page.
Gallery: Pastel Portfolio (2 pages); Medical Portfolio.
Image View: Thumbnails in the pastel portfolio enlarge in a  pop-up. Some (not all) have information on dimension of original. The medical illustrations do not enlarge. Download is possible. Yucca is 5 x 5 ins.
Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Judy Pelt

Name: Judy Pelt, PSA, KA
Bio: Aside from a course in oil she took in high school, Judy Pelt is self-taught. her mother Sylvia, was a painter, a poet, jewelry maker, leather worker and clay enthusiast. Judy began painting professionally in 1975. For 16 years, she was shown in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Evelyn Siegel Gallery. Judy was elected signature member of the Pastel Society of America in 1978, and Master Pastelist nine years later. In 1992 she was granted full membership of Knickerbocker Artists. In 1994 she was included in Who’s Who in American Art. Her work has been featured in The Best of Pastel, The Best of Pastel, II, and in Pure Colour, among others.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape, flowers, still life, figurative.
Style: Representational to Impressionist
Navigation: Main menu always available either at side or at bottom of page.
Gallery: Landscapes; Flowers, Still Life and Figurative; Sold Paintings.
Image View: Judy’s work is displayed in Adobe Flash Player, There are no thumbnails – you must proceed “blind” through the slideshow to view all the paintings. Download is not possible, Cat on a ledge is 20 x 24 ins.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Rodrica Tilley

Name: Rodrica Tilley
Bio: Rodrica Tilley has been a professional artist for over 40 years since graduating from Moore College of Art, Philadelphia. She has had eleven one-woman gallery shows and numerous group and museum exhibits. She was invited for three years to participate in the NYC Central Park Paint Out as an invited signature member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters. In 2004 she was the first Artist in Residence at Salt Springs State Park. Her pastel plein air paintings have been chosen twice by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to be presented as awards for lifetime achievement. Her work is held in collections in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Rodrica has achieved signature status in Pennsylvania En Plein Air Society as well as International Plein Air Painters and Landscape Artists International. She is a member of the Pastel Society of America. Rodrica lives and works in N.E. Pennsylvania.
Medium: Pastel, watercolour
Subjects: Landscape – plein air and studio.
Style: Impressionist
NavigationMain menu always available either at side or at bottom of page.
Gallery: Watercolors and studio paintings; Plein Air paintings; Recently sold work.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on new page. The enlarged images contain information on medium and size and may be downloaded. Copper Crown Lilies is 20 x 30 ins, 600 x397, 109 KB
Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Maria Sylvester

Name: Maria Sylvester
Bio: Maria has spent the 27 years in the field of Graphic Design - her BS was in Advertising Design. In the field of fine art, Maria is an award winning artist. She is a past president and a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, based in Sacramento. Her work has been featured in the the Pastel Journal, including a feature article about floral painters. In 2005 Maria won a second place in the Still Life/Floral Category of the Pastel 100.
Medium: Pastel, oil, watercolour.
Subjects: Botanical
Style: Representational.
Navigation: There is only the one page of pastels to view.
Gallery: This is displayed as an Adobe Flash slideshow with thumbnails running along the bottom of the viewer.
Image View: No information is provided on medium or size of original painting. Download is not possible as such.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Rosa Elvira Caamaño

Name: Rosa Elvira Caamaño
Bio: Spanish artist Rosa Elvira Fernandez Caamano was born in Bueu (Pontevedra). She spent part of her childhood in Meira,  in her aunt's full of painted walls, flowers and fantastical characters, and great photographs of her ancestors. A BA in Bueu y Pontevedra, was  followed by a pharmacy course in Santiago de Compostela; Rose subsequently moved to Madrid to join the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando. In 1980 she qualified as an art teacher, and received a BA in Fine Arts with a thesis on the horse in art. In 1991 her doctoral thesis gained her a PhD in Fine Arts from Complutense University.
Medium: Pastel, oil, charcoal, mixed media.
Subjects: Landscape ; Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: There is only the one page of pastels to view.
Gallery: You may access other images in other media: Oil, drawing, prints, mixed media, etc.
Image View: Six paintings are presented on one page. Beluso Beach, Pontevedra, is 50 x 60 cms.
Blog/Demo: No.
Facebook: Yes

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bonnie Williams

Name: Bonnie Williams, PSA
Bio: Bonnie Williams, a national award winning pastel artist, was born and reared in Louisiana. She studied art while attending the University of McNeese in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has since attended workshops with Albert Handel, Skip Whitcomb, Alan Flattmann, Gil Dillenger, Lorenzo Chavez, Maggie Price, Kitty Wallace, and Dalhart Windberg, among others.
Bonnie's work has been included in major pastel exhibitions from coast to coast. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of New Mexico, Lonestar Pastel Society, Degas Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of the Southwest. Her work hangs in collections across the U.S.A.
Bonnie Williams lives in Brookeland, a rural community in east Texas.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Landscapes; Hayfields; Tumbling On Series; Southern Creeks and Landscapes; Still Lifes and Florals.
Image View: The very small thumbnails provide information on medium and dimension on mouseover, and enlarge in a viewer when clicked; they will then enlarge further in a pop-up, and may be saved. September Afternoon#2 is 12 x 18 ins, 550 x 357, 192 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.

Larry Blovits

Name: Larry Blovits, PSA
Bio: Larry Blovits emerged with a BFA and an MFA from Wayne State University (Detroit) in the 60’s. Receiving numerous awards and honors in national shows ever since 1962, Larry has also achieved signature status in many prestigious national art organizations including the Salmagundi Club, Knickerbocker Artists, Oil Painters of America, and the American Society of Portrait Artists. The Pastel Society of America bestowed Master Pastelist status on Larry in 1996. He is featured in Who’s Who in America, and in Who’s Who in the World. He has taken portraiture workshops with Daniel Greene, and with Richard Whitney. He has attained a national reputation for excellence in painting oil and pastel portraits, landscapes - and teaching. Larry spent 26 years as an Art Professor at Aquinas College and has himself been teaching workshops since the mid-seventies.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Figurative; Landscape.
Publications: Pastel for the Serious Beginner, Watson-Guptill, 1996.
No Experience Required: Sketching and Drawing, North Light Books, 2004.
ISBN-10: 9781581805055; ISBN-13: 978-1581805055
Pastel interpretations, Madelyn-Ann Woolwich, North Light Books, 1993. Featured artist
The Art of Pastel Portraiture, Madelyn-Ann Woolwich, Watson-Guptill, 1996. Featured artist .
Style: Traditional.
Navigation: Main menu is always available. I have the impression that the website has not been updated for some time.
Gallery: Portraits; Landscapes
Image View: The thumbnails enlarge on a new page when clicked; information on medium and dimension is provided here. Download is possible, but the images are not large. Linda is 30 x 38 ins. 437 x 340, 57.7 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No.