Monday, December 14, 2015

Bob Ziering

Family Group © Bob Ziering
Name: Bob Ziering
URL: http://bobziering.com/
Bio : Bob Ziering studied art at the High School Of Music and Art in New York City. That was followed by further studies at New York University under the guidance of Hale Woodruff, William Baziotes and Carl Podzus, among others. His influences include J.M.W. Turner and Francis Bacon.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, Ziering chose to enlist in the US Air Force where as an enlisted man and later lieutenant, he served as a basic training instructor. Upon completing his military service he set out to study further elements of graphic design with Ivan Chermayeff and Bob Gill at The School of Visual Arts.
At the beginning of his career, Bob began illustrating on his own, securing clients such as Reader’s Digest, while at the same time acting as business partner and artists rep for Rahl Studios. Illustration has been the mainstay for his career. His client list includes many of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as cultural institutions such as The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Opera, The Paul Taylor Dance Group and Cirque du Soleil. His work for these companies and many others has earned him several ANDY awards, the highest honour awarded to commercial illustrators. Many of his illustrations have been exhibited at The Society of Illustrators where Bob was awarded two one-man shows. Bob was also one of the founding members of the Graphic Artist’s Guild. He has been participating in group and one man shows since 1983.
From May 18, 2004 through June 26, 2004, a number of his never-before exhibited erotic works were on view at the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in New York city. This body of work, titled "Secret Sex: The Unknown Erotic Drawings of Bob Ziering", spans a period of thirty-five years.
In April 2010, American Artist published a piece on Bob’s technique. And some of his magnificent gorilla pastels were published in the June 2015 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel ; mixed media
Subjects: Portraits; Animals; Still Life
Style: Representational. For his Gorilla series, the artist places the primates in an indeterminate pictorial space so that they seem to exist as much in the world of the mind as in the mountains of Rwanda. Passages of intense descriptive rendering, often focusing on faces and hands, alternate with more open areas in which broad shapes dissolve into a misty, suggestive atmosphere. Silhouettes are often outlined in red, a color used to symbolize danger. Sections of the background sometimes glow with reds and oranges, intimating a broader threat of fire and destruction. Even in the quieter images, an atmosphere of brooding unease pervades the work, reinforced by massings of dark tones and a telling selection of shapes and expression.
Navigation: Links remain accessible at top of page.
Portfolio: Gorillas ; Portraits ; Chairs ; Animals ; Performing Arts; Sports; Still life; Burning Pier; Paper to Paper.
Image View: This website is Flash based and no downloads are possible. Information is not provided.
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Elaine Augustine

Overtures © Elaine Augustine
Name: Elaine Augustine, PSA-MP
URL: http://www.elaineaugustine.com/
Bio : Elaine Augustine is from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when she showed an early talent for drawing and painting. In high school, she studied art privately and then took art classes as an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee. She has also studied with Ramon Kelley, Sally Strand and Ben Konis. Elaine is acclaimed for her vitality of colors, strength of composition and variety of subject matter. She paints colourful landscapes, vibrant still lifes, and glowing children.
Her work ranges in size from small 4" x 6" pastels to 40" x 60" oil diptychs. Elaine's paintings have earned her national honors and are held in corporate and private collections worldwide. She is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a signature member of the Degas Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society.
She has earned honours in national, regional and local juried competitions. Her work was included in "Connecting Alabama: Six Artists" sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. A night scene she painted from a photograph she took in New York won "Best of Show" in a competition held at Samford University in Birmingham. And, she has had pastels juried into the prestigious Pastel Society of America's "For Pastels Only" exhibitions in New York City.
Elaine resides in Florence, Alabama, and occasionally teaches pastel painting and pastel-making classes at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts and Northwest Shoals Community College. Her work is represented at the Emily Amy Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and Artifacts Gallery in Florence, Alabama.
Medium: Pastel ; oil
Subjects: Portraits; Still Life
Style: Representational; abstract
Navigation: The Gallery links are to be found on the home page.
Gallery: Oils and Acrylics; Pastel: Abstract; Pastel: Representational; New Works
Image View: Thumbnails in the the gallery page can be clicked to view in a pop-up window, and sometimes can be expanded further if there is an expand icon in the top right corner. Download is possible. Information is not provided.
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Lisa Ober

Oddball © Lisa Ober
Name: Lisa Ober
URL: http://www.lisaober.com/
Bio : Lisa Ober received her formal training in graphic design and at the School of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Lisa began painting portraits as a college student, and has since completed over a thousand commissions. Her most notable clients include CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, Supreme Court Justices, local, state and nationally elected officials, the Pope and other clergy, as well as a myriad of sports icons. Lisa is a co-owner of Ober Anderson Gallery in Kirkwood, Missouri, which displays sample portraits and exhibits her still life paintings. When she is not in her studio she travels as a pastel and oil workshop instructor, appears as a featured speaker in a variety of venues and is actively involved in the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. She was an award winner in the 2014 Pastel 100.

Uart Pastel Paper have conducted an interview with Lisa on their website. This is the link.
Medium: Pastel ; oil
Subjects: Portraits; Still Life
Style: Representational
Navigation: Links to all pages remain available on top of page.
Portfolio: Still Life in Oil and pastel; Pastel Portraits; Oil Portraits; Pet Portraits; Studies and Experimental.
Image View: Thumbnails run along the top of the gallery page and are clicked to view. Information on the medium is generally provided, but dimension is not always included.
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Simone Bingemer

Kai © Simone Bingemer
Name: Simone Bingemer
URL: http://www.simonebingemer.de/index_en.html
Bio : Simone Bingemer was born into a well-known artistic family in Cologne, Germany, where she still lives and works. Already as a child, her life was determined by the urge to express herself with pencils and colours. Thanks to her exceptional talent, she was accepted at the Cologne Art Academy at the age of 16, as the youngest of all students. After finishing her studies in 1975, she worked Europe-wide as an graphic illustrator for international advertising agencies. She has specialised in portraiture since 1995.
Her ability to create not just portraits but fine art has earned her a lot of respect among customers nationally as well as internationally. Besides many nominations and awards she has won first place in a world-wide pastel artist contest in 2001. She won best of show in the 2015 Pastel 100.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Portraits and figures.
Simone says: Taking a look at classical portrait art in fact equals looking at human history. To the portrait artist, the individuality and uniqueness of a portrait pose an intellectual challenge, especially in times in which a collectively produced flood of pictures pushes the look at the original into the corner of cliché. In a portrait, the ”Zeitgeist” and the social view of the “own” converge with great sensitivity.
Style: Classical. The initial stage of finding her inspiration for the picture is crucial. Many photographs are taken, from a selection of which a sketch is then made that is finally transferred in enlarged form on to her support. During the photo shoot personal dialogues render for a short while an atmosphere of privacy and closeness, the direct contact with the model and his/her environment that is integral for the conception of the idea and subsequent success of the portrait.
Navigation: The site is in German, but has an English language version – that given here.
Gallery: Children; Men and Women; Animals. Free Works
Image View: Thumbnails run along the bottom of the gallery page and are clicked to view. The resulting image may be further enlarged in a Flash viewer, but only the previous image may be downloaded. Information on the paintings is provided. Kai is 103 x 75 cm, 115 KB.
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Nancy Nowak

Ablaze © Nancy Nowak
Name: Nancy Nowak, PSA
URL: http://nancynowak.net/
Bio: A native of New Jersey, Nancy Feinman Nowak earned her BFA at Cleveland Institute of Art in 1981, where her primary focus was on Enamelling and Oil painting. She ran a calligraphy business for 13 years before transforming it into her present business, Ink Strokes Printing, Inc. She is a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society.
Nancy has been winning awards since at least 2009. Among her accolades, she was featured in the February 2015 issue of the Pastel Journal, and won First Place for Landscape in the 2016 Pastel 100.
Nancy Nowak resides and works in Atlanta, Georgia, where she conducts workshops and classes in pastel, focusing on landscapes.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational, with impressionistic flair.
Navigation: Main menu remains accessible on top of page.
Gallery: Paintings; Plein Air
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new page, and may be enlarged in a separate window. Information is not consistently provided on medium and dimension. Ablaze is a 9 x 12 plein air pastel.
Blog and Demos: http://nancynowak.net/blog/

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Clayton Buchanan

Scoville Blues © Clayton Buchanan
Name: Clayton Buchanan, PSA
URL: http://claytonbuchananart.com/
Bio: Clayton Buchanan’s early art training was in a traditional and tonalist style. However, when he sought the influence of more colorful painters, he found what he was looking for. He studied Impressionist Painting with Henry Hensche Provincetown, Massachusetts for a few years and enthusiastically adopted the colorist approach.
He also studied Figure/Portrait Painting with William Draper, Art Students League; and Painting/Graphic Arts, Memphis Academy of Art. He worked in graphic arts for 30 years, and now paints full time. His studio is in Newburgh, New York.
Clayton Buchanan states that he paints those pieces of nature that speak to him through light, colour, structure, and emotion. He has been fascinated with the Impressionist color concept for over 35 years and is still visually learning from nature. Looking for moments that come and go with a blink of an eye are a challenge for him to capture. Many of his figurative paintings are those moments, frozen in time, that capture life in movement, and give us a chance to recognize that fleeting beauty of light and colour so easily lost forever.
Clayton Buchanan's paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the Northeast including Portraits Incorporated; Hudson Valley Gallery; James Cox Gallery; River Winds Gallery; Flat Iron Gallery, all of New York. He has had one man shows at Kent Art Association, Connecticut;  Karpeles Library Manuscript Museum, New York. Memberships include; Connecticut Pastel Society; Guild of Boston Artists; Kent Art Association, Connecticut; Orange County Art Federation, New York.
His works are in private and corporate collections including The First National Bank of Boston, London, England; The Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation, Montreal; Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck, New York. He has done numerous portrait commissions throughout the Northeast and South. Corporate portraits include Justice of Mississippi Juvenile Court; President of Florida State University; President of Midland National Bank, Texas. He has done private portrait commissions throughout the Northeast and South, and is currently conducting Demonstrations and Workshops. He won his first award when he won the First Prize in Figure and Portraiture, Academic Artists Association’s Annual Show, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1971 and he has contiued to garner awards along the way, including the Richard Pionk Memorial Award, Connecticut Pastel Society Annual Renaissance Show West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, Connecticut, 2008, and the Edmund Tarbell Award, The Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, Massachusetts, 2010. More recently he received Best In Show, Connecticut Pastel Society Annual Member Show, 2011, and has won awards on a regional and national level.
Medium:
Pastels are his medium. Applying these brilliant colours layer upon layer, mixing on the painting surface, and doing so with energized strokes enhances his visual imagery.
Subjects: His work is primarily portraits and figures, though he does like to mix in still life and landscape painting as well.
Style: Representational with impressionist influences
Navigation: Links remain at side of page. Nice clean, easy site.
Gallery: Figure; Portrait; Landscape; Still Life
Image View: Thumbnails open in a pop-up viewer. Information on the paintings is provided. Download is possible. Scoville Blues is 41 x 27 ins., 600 x 322, 47.7 MB
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Demo /Blog: No

Friday, October 30, 2015

Christine Swann

Art Critic © Christine Swann
Name: Christine Swann, PSA
URL: http://www.swannportraits.com/
Bio: Christine Swann studied fine art in college, then worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator as well as painting murals and teaching. Recently coming back to fine art portraiture, her sensitive paintings of children have allowed her to concentrate full-time on commissioned portraits.
Christine is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the IAPS Masters’ Circle. She is also a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and was nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year in 2004. She is currently the President of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League and a Past President of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society.
She is an award-winning artist on the international level, including winning the 2015 “Prix de Pastel” Best of show award and the 2013 Gold Medal at IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Convention. She also won the Founders Award in 2013 in honor of Flora B Giffuni at the Pastel Society of America’s International Exhibit in New York. She was featured for four years in a row in the Pastel 100, including second place for portraiture in 2014. In the January 2005 issue of International Artist Magazine, she was published as a top ten finalist in their international People and Figures competition. She was also published in the book, How Did They Do That? - 100 Ways To Paint People and Figures. She was also published in the sixth and eighth editions of Strokes of Genius.
Christine is represented by the James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects: Portraits; figurative.
The artist states that the figure has always been her first choice as subject matter because the genre is challenging, complex, and difficult to execute well. The long stretch of time it takes to complete a portrait to her satisfaction is never dull. “I will spend hours creating a little kid’s nose but get bored quickly with painting a tree,” she says. “With a tree, I will just say, ‘Oh, that’s close enough.’”….
“My obsession now is faces. Subtle nuances that set one child apart from another or wonderful wrinkles in a wise face. I love sunlit hair and bare feet - the mommy in me comes to the table as well. And despite all the detail, the graphic designer in me still lives and tries to bring a well-thought-out plan to every painting.”

Style: Representational
Navigation: Links remain on top of page.
Gallery: Paintings; Commissions
Image View: Images open on a viewer with thumbnails running along the side; the viewer is scrollable. Information on the paintings is available, especially their award status; but dimension is not always mentioned. Download is possible. Art Critic is 20 x 28 ins.
Blog: 
http://www.swannportraits.com/blog.html
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Nan Ping Yun

Gazing © Nan Ping Yun
Name: Nan Ping Yun
URL: http://www.yunartheritage.com/
Bio : Any facts I have about this artist are derived from her web page.
Living in New York City, Nan Ping Yun specializes in drawing portraits and figures in classically realistic style, inspired as she is by the cultural diversity of the city. She loves to draw quick sketches of people; in the moment when a person whose extraordinary appearance or temperament instantly captures her attention, her mind is quickly infused with this impression and wants to keep this impression. For Nan Ping, each of these moments is fascinating which inspires her to sketch and then permanently preserve this impression in the painting.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Portraits; figurative
Style: Classical realism.
The artists states: Three passions, simple but overwhelimingly strong, have governed my art: the longing for beauty, the search for truth, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. I choose to paint realistically because I believe realism is truth and truth is beauty.For me, the creation of every piece of my paintings is an aesthetic pilgrimage during which I am fully dedicated in every step of this long process.
Navigation: There is no difficulty in negotiating this website
Gallery: A series of thumbnails with one enlargement at a time on the same page.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a window on the gallery page. Gazing is 22 x 30 inches; Pastel Society of Tampa Bay Award, 2015 Enduring Brilliance Exhibition, Pastel Society of America.
Blog/Facebook : Not that I can see.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Gary Huber

Table for Four with View © Gary Huber
Name: Gary Huber, PSA
URL: http://www.garyhuberart.com/
Bio: Wyoming artist Gary Huber was raised in Pennsylvania Dutch farm country. His artistic development began at the early age of five when, armed with his own oil painting kit, he accompanied his mother on Plein Air expeditions into the Pennsylvania countryside. After college, he spent 25 years in Denver, Colorado, eventually founding a software company devoted to computerized landscape visualization.
Made uncomfortable by the rapidly expanding Denver suburbia, Gary moved north to Wyoming where the wild and varied landscape provided him with space and inspiration. He also derived inspiration from the rich landscape tradition of the American West as preserved in the art galleries and museums oof Wyoming. His approach to color and composition was influienced by painters such as Clyde Aspevig, Scott Christensen, Lorenzo Chavez, George Carlson and T. Allen Lawson. Gary has developed a style of pastel painting that can be mistaken for oil but whose luminous surface, upon close examination, is found to vibrate with the subtle interplay of woven strokes of color. Gary brings to the easel his own unique sense of composition and light borne from lifelong outdoor study and an early interest in photography.
While Gary took his time coming to fine art as a profession, he has quickly accrued numerous awards including several Best of Show and First Place awards in national exhibitions, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center Award and placement in the Pastel 100. Gary is a Master Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, recipient of a Master Circle Medallion from the International Association of Pastel Societies, a signature member of Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast and Northwest Pastel Society, and a member of the American Impressionist Society and California Art Club. His paintings are found in collections across the United States and his work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, California, the National Arts Club in New York City, and The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, Wyoming.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape – especially snow, water, mountains The artist's hometown of Buffalo, Wyoming, sits at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. Grassy rolling plains rise abruptly to heights of over 13,000 feet in the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The ranches, hay meadows and wandering streams that water them are among Gary's favorite themes.
Style: Representational with loose painterly approach.
Technique: Gary says: Painting begins with a loose charcoal sketch on my textured board. The sketch is then converted into a charcoal value study. This is an important step in helping me evaluate the composition before applying color. At this stage the drawing can still be removed if the composition needs correction.
A workable fixative is used to set the charcoal and keep it from mixing with the colour layers that come next. I spray fixative until I can't rub the charcoal off with my finger but not so much as to fill the tooth of the surface.
One thing I like to do is not paint the colour I see directly but let two different colours blend either on the painted surface or in the viewer's eye to create the desired colour. I might use warmer and cooler versions of the color or richer/greyer, etc. to achieve the effect. That gives me livelier colors than if I just use a solid tone from the beginning. Some pastelists use cross-hatching to get a mix of colors. I prefer to work more like an oil painter, using the sides of the pastel sticks to achieve a wider stroke, varying the pressure to achieve varying amounts of coverage. A very light touch when there is still a lot of tooth is like an oil painter's dry brush technique. Light pressure with hard pastel over soft can give a glazed effect. Heavier pressure with a soft pastel can actually build up a little impasto on the surface that I find attractive.

Navigation: Links remain available on top of page.
Gallery: Recent Work: Western Landscapes ; Foothills of the Bighorns ; Pastorals ; West Coast ; Back East ; Plein Air. Past Work: Similar categories
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new page and may be saved. Information on title, medium , support and dimension is reliably provided. Table for Four with View is 16x 20 ins.
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Carrie Raeburn

Afterglow © Carrie Raeburn
Name: Carrie Raeburn, PSA-MP
URL: http://carrieraeburn.com/
Bio: Any information that I have posted about pastel artist Carrie Raeburn has been gleaned from her website.
Carrie Raeburn began seriously to paint in 1997 and to study with with some of the great American pastellists, including Elizabeth Mowry, Herman Margulies, Alan Flattmann, Gil Dellinger, Albert Handell, Christina Debarry, Anita Louise West, Sally Strand, Frank Federico, Anatoly Dverin and Marilyn Simpson.
The artist has been juried 5 times into the Pastel Society of America's shows in New York where she won 2 awards, and has been awarded the title of Master Pastellist. She has participated in numerous national and regional shows where she received many awards including Best of Show and First Places. The Pastel Journal selected her work for inclusion in their Pastel 100 in 2002, 2010 and 2011.
Carrie is a Past President of the Pastel Society of North Florida, a juried member of the Degas Pastel Society, and of the Salmagundi Club, NY.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape; Figurative; Still Life
Style: Impressionistic.
Navigation: This is a typical FASO website.
Gallery: Rain Series ; Force of nature Series ; Nudes ; Cloud Series ; Alchemy Series ; Tree Series ; Carillon Beach Series ; Water Series ; Fruit, Flowers and Vegetables ; Sunset Series.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new page, and the enlarged images may be scrolled. Mouseover the thumbnails for information on title medium : dimension is not always revealed. Images may be saved. Afterglow is 19.5 x 27.5 ins.
Demo/Blog/Facebook : No

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Diane Rosen

Pivot © Diane Rosen

Name: Diane Rosen, PSA-MP
URL: http://www.rosenart.net/
Bio: Diane Rosen received her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has taught art at all levels, both privately and at the PSA School for Pastels in Manhattan; secondary classes at Birch Wathen in NYC; and college studio courses at Parsons School of Design in New York. After working as a copywriter in New York Diane Rosen felt so dissatisfied that she quit her job to study at the Art Students League. Having studied French in college she applied for a travel grant to Europe and received a fellowship from the French government to study at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. She was allowed special access to the Bibliothèque Nationale, where she read Degas’ journals; and what’s more, she was allowed access to the vaults of the Louvre to view paintings of Degas not on current display.
Her award-winning work has appeared in American Artist; and especially in The Pastel Journal, issue 38, June 2005, in an article by Loraine Crouch that explores in depth her influences and technique. She is also to be found in Pure Color: The Best of Pastel, and Best of Pastel 2. Her numerous awards include: Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal Award, 2014 PSA Annual Exhibition; CLWAC Award, 2010 PSA Annual, and First Place Mixed Media, 2008 CLWAC Annual.
A Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America (elected 2003), Diane Rosen is known for sensitive portraits as well as powerful, dynamic figure compositions.
Rosen is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in American Art. Her paintings and commissioned portraits are in collections in the US and abroad. Professional memberships include Pastel Society of America, Salmagundi Club, College Art Association, American Artists Professional League.
Medium: Pastel ; acrylic.
Subjects: Figurative.
"Though extremely personal in terms of their technique and their approach to the pastel medium, which is handled with rare sophistication, the images are relatively impersonal in their approach to the body. Figures are not characterized as individual personalities... There is a haunting resemblance to classical relief fragments in many of Rosen's compositions. Relatively small in scale, these pastels are nevertheless monumental in effect."
Edward Lucie-Smith, author, curator, art historian, from Accidental Selves catalog essay
Style: Representational.
Rosen states: “After college I spent a year in Paris on a painting fellowship. Whenever I wasn’t in the studio I was studying Degas or Renaissance masters. Then I encountered Duchamp! His Dadaist aesthetic overturned traditional notions of art as a “retinal” enterprise– passively pleasing the eye– and radically redefined it as an experience occurring in, and constructed by, the viewer’s mind interacting with the work. His notorious Readymades not only democratized the process but liberated art from the tyranny of the ‘beautiful product.’ Though my work is largely representational, these concepts still influence my own practice and beliefs about making art.”
Navigation: Main menu at side of page.
Gallery: Paintings : Figures ; Landscapes. Portrait Commissions.
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a new page. Mouseover the thumbnails for information on medium and dimension. Images may be saved but contain a watermark. Pivot was her Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award, 2014.  
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Brian Bailey

Unity © Brian E. Bailey
Name: Brian E. Bailey, PSA-MP
Bio:  Brian E. Bailey born in Lancaster, Massachusetts  and gained his BFA in the Philadelphia College of Art. He contined his educatrion in the Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art. Bailey now paints and teaches in New Jersey, following a successful career that spanned several decades in New York as an illustrator. Bailey uses still life to depict subtle metaphors regarding nature and its fragility. In his figurative painting he projects the burden of society through quiet gestures and the stillness of his subjects. Previously a professor at the School of Visual Arts for several years, he currently maintains a noteworthy private studio /atelier for budding artists who have a desire to pursue the arts and create contemporary images anchored in academic traditions. He was awarded Signature Membership of the Pastel Society of America in 2009, and Master Pastellist status in 2014. He has won numerous awards both for his illustrative work and for his pastels, most recently the Founders Award, Flora B. Giffuni Foundation, PSA. His work is in the National Portrait Gallery, the François Mitterand Permanent Collection, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Permanent Collection.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Still Life; Figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Main menu on top on page. Four clear choices
Gallery: Paintings.
Image View:  Fifteen thumbnails enlarge in a new page. Information is provided on medium and dimension. Images may be saved for offline perusal. Unity is 26 x 40 ins.
Demo/Blog /Facebook: No

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Marlene Wiedenbaum

Valkill Pond © Marlene Wiedenbaum 
Name: Marlene Wiedenbaum, PSA
URL: http://www.wiedenbaum.com/
Bio: New York artist Marlene Wiedenbaum is a graduate of Queens College, State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz, and she studied at the Arts Students League in New York City. In 2010 she was awarded a residency through The Catskill Center for Conservation & Development. A Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, she is also an Active Member of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters (NAPPAP), New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP) and LongReachArts. Her work is in private collections & is represented in the Tri-State area. Marlene accepts commissions and teaches at Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Marlene has exhibited extensively since 1999 and her award winning paintings have been exhibited internationally, including the International Pastel Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan in 2010, 2012 and 2014, As a result, her work is among that of six International Master Pastellists featured in two text books commissioned by the Taiwanese government. She is listed in Art in America. Marlene was among ten semi-finalists for the Basil Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting in 2012.
Marlene was a featured artist in the November 2010 issue of Art Times and the December 2009 issue of American Artist. One of her paintings was also selected by American Artist Magazine for their 2011 calendar.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Landscape; Figurative; Still Life.
Style: Representational. Marlene says:
I am a passionate realist, working with a palette of soft pastels, sanded paper, and a kneaded eraser. My early years of working in the abstract helped me refine my handling of the medium and sharpen my understanding of shape and form as it manifests in the natural world. I feel obligated as an artist to reflect the world I live in, to look keenly at my environment, and to present it to the viewer in an engaging way. 
Navigation: Main menu remains at left of page.
Gallery: Landscape ; Sacred Ground ; Still Life ; Plein Air ; Figurative
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new window, and may be further magnified. Information is provided on medium and dimension. Images may be saved for offline perusal. Valkill Pond is 17 x 20 ins.
Demo/Blog: No
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Waif Mullins

Free Floating © Waif Mullins
Name: Waif Mullins, PSA
URL: http://waifmullins.com/
Bio: Waif Mullins was born in Jackson, Tennessee, but has lived in Northern California (Chico)for most of his life. After his Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University (1972), Waif completed a Masters Degree program in 1980. Waif is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a member Society of Western Artists, and of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
Waif began teaching oil painting and pastel painting classes in 1998, and has given demonstrations and critiques for artist organizations throughout the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area.His paintings have received numerous awards from regional and National juried art exhibitions. In addition, Waif’s work has been featured in national art magazines, including The Artist’s Magazine (August 2003 issue in Greg Schaber’s cover story article, "Secrets to Sparkling Water"); and in Pastel Artist International. Awards for his work include the Wakeham/Sutherland Award (1st Place) in the 2003 Pastel Society of the West Coast 17th Annual International Open Exhibition.
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects: Landscape ; Figurative ; Still Life.
Style: Representational. Waif says of his work:
Artistically, I think of myself as a dramatist. Whatever the subject, whether painted from life or developed from photographic references, I search for a dramatic presentation, through the use of lighting to reveal form, orchestration of color and value to lead the viewer through the painting and to focus attention on the main subject. Relationships of scale are used to add depth and enhance the sense of reality.
Navigation: Main menu is in small print at bottom of page. Gallery links are at the top. There is internal evidence that the website has not been updated since 2011.
Gallery: Landscapes ; Figures/Portraits ; Still Life.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, and may be scrolled through, or chosen from the many pages of thumbnail. An image-rich site, rewarding the curious explorer. Information is provided on medium and dimension. Free Floating is 600 x 421, 72 KB.
Demo/Blog/Facebook : No

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Helen Kleczynski

Old Barn © Helen Kleczynski
Name: Helen Kleczynski
URL: http://helenkleczynski.com/
Bio: Helen Kleczynski graduated from the University of Oregon’s school of architecture in 1984. She soon discovered coloured pencils and worked with them exclusively for the next 15 years, then decided to explore mediums that would allow her to work faster, and make alterations with more freedom. In 2004, she took her first pastel lesson from a friend, and after a pastel was accepted into the Pastel 100 in 2010, she invested a large set of pastels that included muted colours, as well as the more vibrant shades. This was a turning point for the artist.
Helen teaches at her studio in Vicksburg, Michigan, as well as other locations. She is a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, the Northern Indiana Pastel Society, the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan, and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
Medium: Pastel;watercolour
Subjects: Landscape ; Still Life.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Easy and clean; you must return to the main menu to navigate out of a particular gallery,
Gallery: American Landscapes; Seascapes and boats; Italian Collection; Still lifes; Prints.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on the same gallery page, and may be saved. Information is provided on medium and dimension. Old Barn is 10 x 17 ins. 562 x 325, 30 KB.
Demo/Blog/Facebook : No

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Andrée Bienfait

Sensuelle  © Andrée Bienfait
Name: Andrée Bienfait
Bio: Andrée Bienfait was born in 1956 in Belgium where she spent her youth and there began to paint under the guidance of painters of her native region, the Ardennes. She started art classes in high school Izel (Gaume), then continued her studies in the Ecole Supérieure des Arts in St Luc in Brussels.
With the desire to further her profession, Andree went from Belgium to Alsace in order to study with the renowned Claude Lapointe at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. In 1981, Andrée Bienfait moved to Strasbourg, in north-eastern France, working as a book illustrator for over 20 years, mainly books for children and young people (there’s a considerable list under Bibliographie). In the new millennium Andrée decided to develop the business of care assistance in order to enrich and complement her profession of illustrator.  The older people she met re-awakened her primary artistic passion: fine art painting!
Since 2007, she has been painting in a larger format, in oil and pastel. She is primarily a portraitist; children, the elderly, all ages and ethnicities are grist to her mill.
Currently resident in Franche-Comté, she exhibits also in the Vosges region. From 2012, she spread her net to surrounding departments and began to win prizes  - I came across her work in Saint Aulaye, in the Dordogne, where her work was acquired by the Museum of Pastel. A member of IEDAC (Institut Européen Des Arts Contemporains), she was recipient of their Gold Medal in 2014.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects:Portrait, figurative.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is in French, but the essence – the images – is readily available.
Gallery: Tableaux; Portraits; Croquis (sketches); Illustration.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer on the same page and can be saved. Information on material and dimension is lacking, although the pastels are readily identifiable.  Sensuelle won first prize in the 2013 Salon of the Pastel Society of East Paris (Regards de Pastellistes).
Blog : The website is in blog format.
Facebook : Yes

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jessica Masters

Seagulls  © Jessica Masters
Name: Jessica Masters
Bio: Canadian artist Jessica Masters has been living in Guelph, Ontario for over ten years. She received her bachelor degree in Fine Art at the University of Guelph in 1995. She trained in printmaking, and worked as a printmaker for seven years at the University of Guelph. She teaches the craft, and is currently an instructor for Guelph Art School, as well as teaching privately and giving workshops.  Her work has been exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions, and is held in many private collections throughout Canada and the U.S.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects: Landscape, figurative.
Style: Representational.
My work is inspired by elements of the landscape such as skies, water, silhouetted trees and simple architectural forms. I love to use light, colour and simple shapes to define the landscape and the atmosphere within it. For me it is the atmosphere that I respond to emotionally and that is what connects me to the places I have been. A particular light or colour can trigger my memory and momentarily take me from present to past. I feel drawing is an important tool to be able to describe each scene and coupled with loose brush work and muted palettes I hope to recreate the images like memories rather than pure representation.
Navigation: Made on a Mac. A simple layout, easy to navigate.
Gallery: Under Portfolio there is a single gallery for Pastels.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a flash viewer and can’t be saved. Information on the dimension is inconsistent. Seagulls is 23 x 31 ins.
Demo/Blog : No
Facebook : Yes

Wendy Griffin

Rough Sea near Albecq © Wendy Griffin
Name: Wendy Griffin
Bio: Wendy Griffin moved to Guernsey, Channel Islands, in 1973 and has lived there ever since. Inspired by the Guernsey coastline, she has been exhibiting and winning awards for her pastel landscapes in the Guernsey Eisteddfod since 2004.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects: Landscape, including seascapes.
Style: Representational
Navigation: An easy website, but one cannot move from one enlarged image to the next – one must return to the thumbnails.
Gallery: Guernsey; Lake District +
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a flash viewer on the same page ; there is information only on the medium ; and some  have a watermark across the centre. Download is not possible.  Rough Sea is 30 x 40 cms.
Demo/Blog : No
Facebook : Yes

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lionel Asselineau

Evening light on Guérande Marsh © Lionel Asselineau
Name: Lionel Asselineau
URL: http://lionelasselineau.com/
Bio: Lionel Asselineau was born in Paris in 1970. Early on, he began to draw and paint. In 1986, he entered via competition, the school of the BJO (Jewellery and silverware) in Rue du Louvre, Paris. He graduated as a setter in jewelry and silverware in 1989 and worked for ten years for the great jewellers of the Place Vendôme: Cartier, Van Cleef Arpels, Chanel, and Tiffany.Lionel Asselineau has always been attracted to nature and the countryside and in 2001 he decided to leave Paris to devote himself entirely to the art of pastel, his chief love. Seeing a poster of the Festival International du Pastel held at Feytiat he went there on opening day and met the foremost French pastellists. He was immediately adopted by them and invited to participate in their exhibitions each year. His experience in the observation of birds and their surroundings, and his love of wildlife art led him to depict them in exquisite pastels.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Still life; Wildlife, especially birds. Portraits
Style: Naturalistic.
Navigation: This website is in French, of recent origin.
Gallery:Tableau du moment; Oiseaux (birds); Etudes (studies); Etudes portraits
Image View: Each thumbnail may be enlarged in a viewer. Title and dimensions are cited. Download is not possible. Evening light on the Guérande saltmarsh is 37 x 61 cm
Demo/Blog: No.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Toni Lindahl

Dogwood © Toni Lindahl
Name: Toni Lindahl
Bio: Toni Lindahl has lived in North Carolina for thirty five years and holds a Masters Degree from New York University. Her paintings have won numerous awards in national juried exhibitions. She is a member of Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, The North Carolina Pastel Society, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, The Degas Pastel Society and was awarded the title of Master Pastelist from the Pastel Society of America. She is included in Who's Who in American Art and her work has been published in The Best of Pastels, Portrait Inspirations, and Floral Inspirations by Rockport Publishers. Her work was featured in the French art journal Pratique Des Arts. Her paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections including Glaxo, R.J.R. Tobacco, Steelcase, Sheraton and Hilton Hotels, Lowe's Companies, and Duke University.
Lindahl is represented by the Greenhill Center for NC Art, and by the Tyler White Gallery, both in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Her pastels are diverse in subject matter, ranging from florals and figurative work to landscapes. She has used her work to explore her interest in environmental issues through her Leaf Patterns Series.
Style: Representational
Navigation:
Gallery: Animals; Cityscapes; Figuratives; Florals; Landscapes; Leaf Pattern Series; Orchard Vineyard Garden Series; Still Lifes.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer where they may be scrolled ; they are labelled with title and dimension. They can be downloaded.  Dogwood is 18 x 28 ins, 675 x 486, 73.2 KB.
Demo/Blog : No

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Charles Peer

Headed South © Charles Peer
Name: Charles Peer
Bio: Charles Peer received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Arkansas in 1979.  In 1990 he moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas to take up a teaching position in the Department of Visual Arts at John Brown University. In addition to serving as professor he is also Director of the university’s Fine Arts Gallery. 
Peer is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Ozark Pastel Society. He has served as a guest artist for many arts organizations, the juror for regional competitions and the leader of pastel workshops. His artwork has garnered many awards, including the President’s Award at the Northwest Pastel Society’s 28th Annual International Open Exhibit 2014, an Honorable Mention in the Richeson 74 Landscapes, Seascapes & Architecture Exhibition in 2014 and Best of Show at the Ozark Pastel Society in 2012 and 2013. Peer’s work was included in Best of American Pastel Artists. In 2010 he was selected as the summer Artist-in-Residence for the Buffalo National River. He is represented by Gallery Central, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style and Technique: Peer uses his native Arkansas as the framework for exploring his interest and love of colour. “I have a particular interest in color combinations that create a richness of surface, an inner glow or that make a painting ‘sing’. My goal is to combine the beauty of the landscape with the immediacy of drawing and the magic of interesting color. My chosen materials are soft pastels on a hand textured and painted surface. All of this is in an attempt to develop that color richness I am looking for.”
Navigation: No problems with this clear, rewarding website.
Gallery: Current Artwork; Archived Artwork
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a scrollable viewer where they are labelled with title and dimension; their are a generous size and make a fine show ; also they may be downloaded.  Headed South is 18 x 28 ins, 1500 x 956, 1.32 MB.
Demo/Blog: No

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiziana Ceschin

Majesty © Tiziana Ceschin
Name: Tiziana Ceschin
Bio: Tiziana Ceschin lives in Rome, Italy and now works and teaches at her studio and in the silence of the Lazio countryside.
Fascinated since childhood Tiziana by colours and the design, she studied graphic arts, and tried all the techniques of painting, before specializing in oil paint, acrylic, and pastel. Her love for animals, especially cats, led her to master the techniques to be able to paint with precision in these three mediums, making her portraits extremely realistic and expressive.
To further refine her technique in pastel, Tiziana studied with master wildlife artist Eric Wilson, bringing even more realism and detail in the construction of the hair and in the study of the effects of light and shadow.
Tiziana is the author of a book of six projects for those with no formal artistic background, who have the desire to learn to paint. The projects are accompanied by photos, drawings, and all the steps required to complete the projects.
Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions; including two installations dedicated to wildlife, where artist has presented her paintings of wild African cats.
Medium: Pastel; acrylic; oil
Subjects: Animals; Portraits. I came upon Tiziana on Facebook and was greatly impressed by her portraits. But she has mostly wildlife and cats on her website.
Style: Realistic rendering of wildlife
Navigation: This website is in Italian. It is neat, well-organized, and navigable.
Gallery: Maestosita (Majesty); I cuccioli e il gioco (Puppies and play); Sogno di liberta (Dreams of freedom); Predatore (Predators); Specchio del'anima (Mirror of the soul).
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer on the same page, where they may be scrolled; they may not be downloaded. Medium is often omitted; and dimension is not regularly noted.
Demo, Blog: No
Facebook : Yes

Monday, March 2, 2015

Andrée Launay

Jeux de lumiére  © Andrée Launay
Name: Andrée Launay
Bio: Andrée Launay lives in Le Grand-Quevilly, Normandy, and is a primarily self-taught artist. She studied drawing and painting in Rouen and Paris respectively, and three years of life drawing from 2007-1010. although she has studied with several pastellists (including professional artists of the Société des Pastellistes de France) She has exhibited widely in juried French Salons, including those at Livry-Gargan, Yvelines, and Giverny, and has been the recipient of several awards for her work.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscapes; vegetation; portraits.
Style: Representational, somewhat naive, but attractive.
In her own words : La peinture a toujours été pour moi une passion. Simplement elle a été mise longtemps entre parenthèses, étant prise par la vie familiale et professionnelle.Après m’être essayée à différentes techniques, le pastel m’a paru correspondre le mieux à ma sensibilité par sa richesse, sa douceur, les subtilités qu’il offre et la variété de ses nuances. Je me suis investie plus complètement depuis 2007 en approfondissant mes connaissances avec des cours ainsi que dans divers ateliers. J’ai également enrichi ma technique auprès de pastellistes chevronnés qui m’ont ouvert des perspectives nouvelles, et je poursuis toujours un travail en atelier.
Navigation: The website is in French, powered by Book.fr, neat and modern in conception unlike so many French sites.
Gallery: Au bord de l’eau (waterside); Côté terre (land side); Portraits; Natures mortes (Stil life)
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer (click on Grand Format) and scroll vertically. Alternatively, click on Diaporama for a Slideshow. Download is not possible. Jeux de lumiére is 65 x 50 cms.
Demo : No

Monday, February 23, 2015

Claude and Claudine Vallepin

Le Forgeron  © Claude Vallepin
Name: Claude and Claudine Vallepin
Bio: Two for the price of one, is the boast of hasband and wife team Claude Vallepin and Claudine Mercier-Vallepin. Both are self-taught artists, who have taken courses with professional French pastellists, including Alain Victor,Thierry Citron, Maxime Bochet, Patrick Henry, Cécile Houel (and husband David Garrison) and UK born French resident Penelope Milner.
Both artists have exhibited widely in the French pastel Salons, including Giverny and Saint Aulaye.
Medium: Pastel; Watercolour
Subjects: Still Life; Landscape; People; Genre.
Style: Representational
Navigation: This website is in French. It is not slick although it appears to have been professionally designed. However, it is navigable.
Gallery: Galerie Claude; Galerie Claudine.
Image View:  Thumbnails in the various sub-galleries enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled. Medium is stated, but dimensions rarely. Images may be saved.
Demo, Blog: No.
La Paillasse  © Claudine Vallepin