The stated purpose of this blog is to list and review the websites of artists who work in pastel. For the artists featured there is the added benefit of having more traffic directed to their site.
I am always interested in hearing from artists who would like to be listed. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is generally recognised that reviewers may make use of material that is copyright for the purposes of review. I operate under that principle. It is not always possible to request permission of artists to use an image of their work in this blog, especially if the artist is not anglophone. I hope that all artists understand that posting an example typique of their work is essential to the generation of interest in their oeuvre.
This blog aims to be an international directory of artists who express themselves wholly or substantially in pastel. Websites are listed by surname followed by first name, over several pages. The format is a short dataset of essential details about the artist and the site, with a type image of their style. It does not attempt to critique the artist or his/her work, but it does have remarks to make about ease of navigation, labelling of artwork, and image download - an essential learning tool for the student of pastel. Publications are only mentioned where an artist has authored a book - there are too many journal articles to reference. I have on occasion referred to an artist as being in my "top ten" - I have yet to list ten such, and my criteria for inclusion in this exclusive club include a unique vision, a unique expression of that vision, and inspirational material. As an example, I can cite someone who has no website and who will not therefore appear elsewhere on this blog- the wonderful, masterly, inimitable Jane Lund.
I have been painting with pastels for 25 years or so, and have learned from the very practical publications of artists like Alan Flattmann, Daniel E. Greene, and more recently Richard McKinley and Ellen Eagle.
The work of other artists who work in the medium is always of interest, hence this blog, and I am happy to have met many of them, and interviewed some for the Pastel Journal.
Still Life is the subject matter that most interests me, and my pastels have been exhibited in Ireland, in France and in China.