Sunday, November 20, 2011

Michael Norman

Name:  Michael Norman, PS.
Bio: Michael Norman was born in 1943 in Clevedon, Somerset. He is a pastel artist living and working in the South West of England. He was elected to membership of the Pastel Society UK in 2007 and became Honorary Treasurer the following year.  In recent years he has built up a growing reputation as a talented pastel painter. Having experimented with pastels for some years, he began to appreciate how versatile they are and now prefers them to any other medium. (He painted for many years in oils and watercolours before taking up pastels, and was a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society.) Most of his work is purely pastel, but he does occasionally combine pastels with watercolour or acrylic paint. He has won awards for his art, the most recent being the Sarah Samuels Fine Paintings Award, 2006, the Unison Pastels Award, 2007, and the Bill Patterson Memorial Award, 2008.
Michael now lives and works in Devon,  within ten minutes walk of the Exe Estuary and the South Devon coastline.
Michael Norman’s paintings may be viewed in the Fred Keetch Art Shop, The Strand, Exmouth, Devon; Gallery LeFort, 5 Margarets Buildings, Bath; the Appledore Gallery, 31 Bude Street, Appledore, Bideford, Devon.
Medium : Pastel. Michel states : I usually work from sketches made on site. I often take a Unison pastels colour chart, which I use to annotate my sketches with colour references. I also use a digital camera for back-up information, and for detail that I may have omitted to record at the time.I paint in soft pastel on either pumice paper, solid-core mountboard, to which I apply a coloured pumice surface, Sennelier pastel card or Canson paper.I quite often make an underpainting in pastel by blocking in all the main areas of colour and then dragging the applied pastel down with the side of my hand over the whole picture area. This creates a ghostlike image, and also has the effect of unifying the colour. I sometimes draw out my subject in charcoal.
I usually have three or four paintings in progress at any one time.
Subjects: Landscape, especially coastal views. His inland landscapes are quintessentially English, and his Venetian scenes are very fine indeed.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: All links remain available on top of page. A rich and rewarding website. 
Gallery: Exe Estuary paints; South West Coastal paintings; Landscape paintings; Italy paintings.
Image View: The gallery pages are sets of thumbnails that enlarge in a viewer that retains the thumbnails along the top of the slideshow. A download button is provided. My only gripe is that the size of the original paintings is not cited. However 18 x 24 ins or 45 x 60 cm seems to be about right, based on paintings on the LeFort gallery website.  Still morning, Camperdown creek is 800 x 609; 134 KB.
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  1. This is brilliant!! The water is just unbelievable real! I love that water, great artists indeed!

  2. Hi Felicity - yes, I think Michael's experience in other media stands him in good stead. We are clearly looking at a wise and skillful artist who is comfortable in his genre and his medium.

  3. Beautiful painting!You are lucky to do sketches in plain air. I only work from pictures lately, because of the weather.Here in Dublin, you are lucky to take pictures....