Sunday, August 28, 2011

Madeleine Kelly

Name: Madeleine Kelly
URL: http://www.madeleinekelly.com/
Bio: Despite a childhood interest in art, Madeleine Kelly only took up coloured pencils at the age of 47, graduating to pastels within a few months. She became a 'weekend painter' at first, painting 11 months out of the year on her balcony outside her small third floor apartment. Eventually she shared a very small studio with four other artists, and four years of part-time painting followed; losing her job due to a merger/acquisition proved to be a blessing in disguise. She now has her studio where she teaches and paints. Currently her work can be found in private collections throughout the US and in galleries and shows in Pennsylvanis, New Jersey and Delaware. She was featured in the March/April 2010 issue of American Artist.
Medium : Pastel, acrylic.
Subjects: Landscape, Still Life.
Style: Representational..
Navigation: All links remain available at all times.
Gallery: Under Pastel: Barns; Landscapes; Others; Philly; Seascapes; Still Life.
Image View: Each thumbnail enlarges on a new page when clicked, title and dimension are labelled. Download is permitted. Fire Road is 16 x 20 ins. 500x384, 297 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Natures Mortes au Pastel - Patrick Martin - part 2

With reference to my previous post, here's a translated version of the contents of Martin's new book. It can  probably be purchased direct from the publisher Ulisseditions. I have also translated the opening section of Chapter One. Just a taste - il faut la dégustation, quoi!


CONTENTS
1.Still Life - definition, subjects, themes
2. Pastel - history, supports, medium, techniques, colour.
3. The Creative Process - the spark, choosing the objects, texture and material, composition, lighting
4. The story of a painting from A to Z
5. Step by step demos (3 different paintings)
6. Close up on the details
7. The artistic series
8. The finishing stages
9. Twelve steps towards progress
- Keep on trucking
- Take a step back
- Avoiding painter's block
- Put quality first
- Hasten slowly
- Deepen your learning
- Take master classes
- Don't rest on your laurels
- Accept criticism
- Don't desperately seek an individual style
- Learn to be modest, humble even
- When you are ready, take on the world.


Chapter 1 - Still Life
Definition - a minor art form.?


My definition of Still Life can be summed up in a single phrase:
Esthetic painting represents a set-up, on a support, of made objects and/or of elements animal, vegetable or mineral, in an organised fashion, that can have a decorative or intellectal mission.
Three apples suffice. But not just any apples. Three apples chosen for their beauty, form and color. And not placed haphazardly. Placed with care, with deliberation. Each placed in relation with the others, in different positions, in a calculated space. Despite its apparent simplicity, the exercise of still life painting is governed by rules and laws with which the artist must be familiar.
According to the historical classification of painting genres, still life was considered a minor art form. But despite its Cinderella status and perceived lack of prestige, it has exercised an irresistable attraction for numerous artists over the centuries. Great painters have approached this discipline and elevated it to greatness: Chardin, Van Gogh, Manet, Cézanne, Braque - the list is unending.
Why so many? It is an essential stage, decided by the artist, to discover himself, to find himself, an affirmation of his artistic self. It is a laboratory where one works on one's technique, creates a style. There can be no excuses. The ensemble of parameters must be mastered. Time stands still; nothing moves. The artist decides the subject, the elements, the composition, the light, the setting, the harmony, the treatment - there are no concessions. It is an excellent school wherein to learn humility and self-doubt. It is a style of painting wherein one's self is reflected. No cheating is possible. An essential aspect of art, still life is a test of truth.



Friday, August 26, 2011

Natures Mortes au Pastel - Patrick Martin

























French pastellist Patrick Martin has written a new book on Still Life in Pastel; it is published by Ulisse Editions in Paris. It expresses Patrick Martin/s 40 years' experience as an artist, concentrating on still life chiaroscuro. It is valuable to the experienced artist and to the debutante. It is so well illustrated that a knowledge of French is not essential. My single criticism is that the dimensions of the paintings are not indicated.
  • 128 pages - Format 215 X 280
  • Illustrations couleur - Broché
  • ISBN 978-2-844-15-173-5
Diplômé de l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, l’auteur démarre sa carrière comme styliste en création textile, il mène maintenant  une double carrière d’enseignant et d’artiste peintre, professeur d’enseignement artistique en dessin, peinture, aquarelle, pastel, volume ; responsable des ateliers municipaux d’art plastique de la ville de Bondy ; membre et artiste de la société des pastellistes de France ; médaillé du conseil général du Val de Marne ; médaillé Arts, Sciences et Lettres ; il a obtenu le titre de Maître pastelliste. Il participe régulièrement à des expositions, des salons en groupe ou en invité d’honneur à Paris et en province.
"Natures mortes au pastel clair-obscur" est un livre complet, très didactique et raconté avec humour, on ne s’ennuie pas avec Patrick Martin… on apprend, étape par étape, l’art de la mise en scène, la composition, la disposition des objets par rapport à la lumière pour obtenir des clair-obscur intéressants…
La personnalité de l’auteur est une présence permanente, un guide intelligent, pas de bêtes pas à pas mais des explications claires, une conversation entre l’enseignant et l’étudiant, d’égal  à égal, un débat passionné qui n’a rien à voir avec d’autres ouvrages didactiques, certes, mais ennuyeux.
La nature morte est un sujet facile à aborder, nous sommes entourés d’une multitude d’objets, vous apprendrez ici l’art et la manière de les mettre en valeur.

Nicole Clément

Name: Nicole Clément
URL: http://www.nicoleclement.com/
Bio: I first saw Nicole Clement's work in a little gallery in Magné, the Marais region of Deux Sèvres, France in 2010. Magné is a small town with a big reputation. holding a two-day painting festival every July for over twenty years now, always hugely popular. Little did I know that this Parisienne had been exhibiting her work internationally since 1978 - in Paris, Japan, the USA, Germany, China, and South Korea, where she is represented in private collections. Clement is active in art associations in the Paris region, and a member of Artistes Français, Automne, Dessin-Peinture à l’eau, Indépendants, Nationale des Beaux Arts, Violet, and la Fondation Taylor.
Nicole Clement believes, as Renoir said, "a painting should be something pleasant, cheerful and pretty, there are enough annoying things in life - we do not need to manufacture even more!"
Nicole Clément pense, comme Renoir le disait, "qu'un tableau doit être une chose aimable, joyeuse et jolie, il ya assez de choses embêtantes dans la vie pour que nous n'en fabriquions pas encore d'autres!"
"Participation à de nombreux salons de Paris et de la région Parisienne, professionnels et amateurs d'arts, Nicole Clément aime communier avec la nature sauvage, qu'il s'agisse de bord de mer, de paysages ou de champs de blé ... Elle parvient, avec simplicité, à décrire les saisons, à transcrire ses visions en les harmonisant selon son humeur et sa volonté. Ses pastels sont sensuels, orchestrés avec amour et nous proposant un univers où se mêlent spontanéité et sincérité. Chez cette artiste à la générosité d'âme communicative, l'oeuvre réalisée est, pourrait-on dire, la traduction adéquate de sa personnalité."
Patrice de la Perrière, Univers des arts.
Medium : Pastel, watercolour.
Subjects: Landscape, still life.
Style: Representational..
Navigation: All links remain available on top of page, but use the Retour button from the gallery.
Gallery: Some two dozen thumbnails.
Image View: Each thumbnails enlarges on a new page when clicked, title and dimension are labelled. Download is permitted. Pink Reflections is 41 x 24 cm., 538 KB.
Blog/Demo/Ebay/Flickr: No