Friday, December 16, 2016

Roger Holmes

Hard Frost at Burraton Coombe © Roger Holmes
Name: Roger Holmes
URL: http://rogerholmes.co.uk/
Bio: Roger Holmes is a self-taught artist who has lived in Saltash, South East Cornwall for the last 30 years. His early career as a signwriter provided him with graphic skills, and his love of surfing had him shape, decorate and fibreglass his own Longboards. Apart from providing him with marvellous surfing opportunities, the coastline (and landscape) of the West Country inspires and informs his work, which is predominantly in pastels, though he works in other mediums too. Roger has had a solo exhibition at The Wharf in Tavistock and more recently at the Ashtorre Arts Centre on Saltash Waterside.
Medium: Pastel; watercolour; acrylic; oil
Subjects : Landscape and Seascape. Roger loves to paint the wild beauty of the Cornish and Devon coast throughout the year, especially in the winter.
Style: Representational but in a painterly, impressionistic style.
Navigation: Roger has been designing websites for over twenty years, so one would expect his website to be state of the art, and in fact he has everything accessible on just one page.
Gallery: On the one page, scroll down to see a selection of Recent Paintings; Oils, Acrylics and Watercolours; Looser Pastel and Mixed Media Sketches; Older Works.
I don't normally comment on fee structure, but there is no excuse for not having original art on your walls given Roger's extremely reasonable prices.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a scrolling viewer and may be saved. Hard Frost at Burraton Coombe is 8 x 7 ins., 960 x 846, 112 KB
Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Friday, November 25, 2016

Yvette Bonnet-Fretin

Mes Tomates © Yvette Bonnet-Fretin
Name: Yvette Bonnet-Fretin
URL: http://www.yvette-bonnet-fretin.odexpo.com/
Bio: Apart from some correspondence courses in drawing during adolescence, Yvette Bonnet-Fretin is essentially self-taught.Over a dozen years she tried several mediums, acrylic, watercolor and especially oil. In 2009, she discovered of pastel, and has concentrated on it ever since. Clearly successful, she has been juried into the Société des Pastellistes de France exhibitions in 2012 and 2013 at Feytiat, Limoges, and with Pastels en Périgord in Saint-Aulaye in 2016.
Medium: Pastel; oil; acrylic
Subjects : Flowers; Fruit.
Style: Realism.
Technique: Yvette works the pastel like a painting medium, gradually applying successive layers to create volume, to exalt light and transparency. She lays and blends the powder with her fingers to obtain a smooth and velvety texture.
Navigation: This is a French website using ODEXPO.
Gallery: Galeries: Galerie 1 Pastels; Galerie 2 Pastels; Galerie 3 Pastels; Huile et Acrylique.
Image View: Thumbnails mostly give details on mouseover. They enlarge in a scrolling viewer but may not be saved unless you make use of the Diaporama option and stop the action on the required image. Mes Tomates is 163 x 75 cms., 600 x 480, 147 KB.
Demo/Blog/Facebook: No

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Kathleen Kalinowski

Rural Life © Kathleen Kalinowski
Name: Kathleen Kalinowski
URL: https://kathleenkalinowski.com/
Bio: Kathleen Kalinowski is a west Michigan artist noted for her contemporary impressionistic landscape paintings. She is a dedicated plein air artist, painting studies directly from nature whenever possible. Kathleen has been working in pastel and oil as a full time artist for the past twenty-five years. She has a B.S. in Arts and Media, from Grand Valley State University, Michigan. She has attended Kendall College of Art and Design. She also has attended workshops with Quang Ho, Elizabeth Robbins, Marc Hanson, Terry Miura, Ken Cadwallader, Gil Dellinger, Alan Flattmann, Doug Dawson, Sally Strand, and Larry Blovits.
Kathleen Kalinowski is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Great Lakes Pastel Society, Plein Air Artists of West Michigan and Grand Valley Artists. Her award winning work has been accepted into prestigious juried regional and national exhibitions and is in numerous private and corporate collections, including Pfizer Corporation, Portage, MI, Betty Ford Breast Cancer Center, Grand Rapids, MI , and Rush University Medical Cancer Center, Chicago.
Medium: Pastel; oil.
Subjects : Landscape, studio and plein air. Kathleen paints the landscapes of her native Michigan in all seasons and favorite places from her travels. Her home and studio is just north of Grand Rapids, in a rural area close to farms, rolling hills, and plenty of rivers and streams. She often finds water as her inspiration including the shorelines of the Great Lakes, northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Style: Representational landscape.
Navigation: FASO website
Gallery: Studio Oils; Pastels; Plein Air Paintings (oils); Petite Paintings; Still Life.
Image View: Thumbnails give details on mouseover. They enlarge in a scolling viewer and may be saved. Rural Life is 18 x 24 ins., 900 x 679, 195 KB
Demo/Blog: https://kathleenkalinowski.com/blog
Facebook: Yes

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Janis Krendick

Taos Landscape © Janis Krendick
Name: Janis Krendick
URL: http://janiskrendick.fineartstudioonline.com/
Bio: Originally from Ohio, Janis Krendick moved to Texas in the early 90’s and presently resides in Plano, Texas. Her interest in art goes back to childhood, and she has worked in a number of media over the years. She has a minor in studio art from Ohio University (1973) and has studied both pastel and oil with a number of nationally known artists including Doug Dawson, Ned Mueller and Ann Templeton, Lorenzo Chavez, Bob Rohm, Bill Hosner and Richard McKinley.
Her pastels and oils have been in many exhibits and have won several awards, including Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal. She received her Master's Circle medallion at the IAPS convention in Albuquerque, in 2011.
Serving two years as the President of the Pastel Society of the Southwest, she remains active in that association. The Pastel Society of the Southwest, the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and the International Association of Pastel Societies have awarded Signature Member status to Janis. She does frequent demonstrations for art groups in the North Texas area.
Medium: Pastel, Oil
Subjects : Landscape, especially plein air.
Style: Loose, painterly renderings of the landscape.
Navigation: FASO website
Gallery: Works
Image View: Thumbnails give details on mouseover. They enlarge in a scolling viewer and may be saved. Taos Landscape is 11 x 14 ins., 900 x 701, 541 KB
Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Junko Ono Rothwell

Still Life with Chinese Calligraphy © Junko Ono Rothwell 
Name: Junko Ono Rothwell PSA, MP.
URL: http://junkoonorothwell.com/
Bio: Having received her art degree from Okayama University in Japan, Junko Ono Rothwell soon after came to the United States and attended art classes at Cornell University. Rothwell’s cultural heritage can be seen in her use of space and shape – which echoes Eastern art, yet her color palette is strongly influenced by her American art experience. She uses bold bright colors in contrast to the more delicate tones often associated with Asian art. The artist has had numerous one person and group shows, and has shown in selected National Exhibitions including the American Artists Professional League National Exhibition and the Pastel Society of America in New York and the Pastel Society of Japan in Tokyo.She has received many awards including The Dianne B. Berhard Award in Pastel, American Artists Professional League, NY, and the Faber Castell Design Award and the Pastel Society of America Plaque. Her paintings have been purchased by the State of Georgia and many corporations including the Southern Company, Continental Telephone, Kaiser Permanente, Prime Bank, Nations Bank, George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and the Northwest Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Her work has appeared in Best of Pastel (Rockport Publishers, 1996), Portrait Inspirations (Rockport Publishers, 1997), Best of Flower Painting 2 (North Light Books, 1999), The Best of Sketching and Drawing (Quarry Books, 1999) and Pure Color (Northlight Books, 2006). She was one of four artists featured in the “Unforgettable Landscapes: Different Approaches to Light and Texture” article in The Pastel Journal (May/June, 2000). She was also featured in the June 2004 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Rothwell also illustrated a children’s book in Japanese: M. McLaughlin, Minna no koe gakikoeru (Bungeisha, 2002).
She is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America. She is also a member of excellence of the Atlanta Artists Club and the Southeastern Pastel Society, and a Fellow of the American Artist Professional League, New York, and a member of the Pastel Society of Japan.
Medium: Pastel; Oil; Watercolour
Subjects : Landscape; Still Life; Figurative
Style: Her pastel renderings make good use of the textural characteristics of the medium, which lies somewhere between painting and drawing.
Navigation: Links remain available at top of page except in the viewer, when you must use the back or up button.
Gallery: Still Life; Landscapes; Travel Sketches; Figures
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in scrolling viewer on new page. These may be saved. The thumbnails are labelled with medium and size. Still Life with Chinese Calligraphy is 21 x 27 ins., 527 x 400, 48.1 KB
Demo/Blog: No
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Maureen Spinale

Dancing in the Light © Maureen Spinale 
Name: Maureen Spinale PSA
URL: http://www.maureenspinale.com/
Bio: Maureen Spinale was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, but has lived most of her life in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Following an early retirement from a career in Social Work, Spinale began studying at North River Art Society and the South Shore Art Center, where she was inspired by pastel under the tutelage of Donna Rossetti-Bailey and Liz Haywood-Sullivan. Most recently, she has studied under Tom Christopher, Ken Elliot, and Casey Klahn. She has been inspired by tonalists Francis Murphy, George Inness and Charles Warren Eaton.
Spinale was granted signature membership in the Pastel Society of America in 2010, Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of Cape Cod in 2013, and in June 2015 was honored with the Master Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work was featured in the December 2016 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : “I think that I shall never see/ a poem lovely as a tree” would seem to sum up Maureen Spinale’s approach to painting Trees - "Trunks twisted, bent and straight, sort of like human beings."
Style: “A contemporary perspective flecked with bold colors, strong lines, light, and the use of drizzled paint for dimension and texture.”
Navigation: Links remain available on top of page, except in the viewer, which can be exited by clicking on the “x” in the top left corner.
Gallery: Paintings; Archives
Image View: Thumbnails open in a scrollable viewer. The images are fully labelled with title and dimension except in the archives. Download is possible, but images are saved in .webp format, so unless you are very up to date, you won’t be able to open them. Dancing in the Light is 24 x 36 ins.
Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Donna Aldrich

Rivers Concourse © Donna Aldrich 
Name: Donna Aldrich
URL: http://aldrichgalleries.com/
Bio: Donna Aldrich began exhibiting her pastels in 2008 in a National Juried Pastel Exhibition in Wichita, Kansas. The following year was the first of successive years for Donna to exhibit at the IAPS, where she achieved the Master Circle Status in 2013. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico. Most recently, her paintings have been juried into the 2015 and 2016 Miniatures and More Show at the Albuquerque Museum. Her work has sold in the US (The Farmington Museum purchased one of her paintings in 2014), Europe, and in Korea. Donna is represented by Weem’s Galleries in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Medium: Pastel, Oil.
Subjects : Difficult to categorise but certainly organic, based on nature, and very beautiful.
Style and Technique: “My pastel paintings strongly juxtapose organic and geometric structures. I use intricate patterns, pastel printing and mixed media collage in contrast with realism to evoke a sense of visual poetry. By working geometric patterns into my compositions, I am able to portray an Asian appeal while representing mans impact on nature, whether positive or negative, no landscape remains untouched by humans. Occasionally a Japanese influence can be seen in my pastels due to living on Islands in the Pacific as a child.”
Navigation: There are two artists sharing this website. Link to Donna’s work at top of page. Some further links are presented at the bottom of the home page. The website is powered by Wordpress.
Gallery: Current Work; Mixed Media Pastels; Oil Paintings; Archives.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a scrollable viewer. (To escape the viewer there is a small “x” on top left of page).There is a View Full Size button that opens the image on a new page, leaving the original in situ. The images are not labelled with dimension. Download is possible. Rivers Concourse is 800 x 599, 206 KB.
Demo/Blog: No

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mary Padgett

Trout Plate © Mary Padgett
Name: Mary Padgett PSA
URL: http://www.marypadgett.com/Artist.asp?ArtistID=44701&Akey=R8HLR835
Bio: Mary Padgett was educated at Boston University (BFA 1975)and Syracuse University (MFA 1978). She has taught painting and colour courses for Syracuse University and Cazenovia College, and currently conducts workshop programs in the US and abroad. She works in both oil and pastel, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has been featured in American Artist magazine. Her paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including Towers Perrin, Takasago International, and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She has participated in many local and national exhibitions, with exhibition and competition awards from the Pastel Journal, the Pastel Society of America (2003 and 2015), the Fenimore Art Museum, and the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition.
Medium: Pastel, Oil
Subjects : See Gallery
Style: Mary Padgett’s loose, painterly pastels are distinctive for her use of colour.
Navigation: No inherent difficulties
Gallery: Portfolios: Plein Air Landscapes; Florals; Color Studies and Series; Still Lifes.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a scrollable viewer. Some (not all) images are labelled with dimension. Download is not possible, so I had to use the Prt Sc button to save the image displayed.
Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Maria Marino

Evening on the Seine © Maria Marino
Name: Maria Marino
URL: http://mariamarinoart.com/
Bio: Maria Marino was born in Washington D.C. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute of Art in 1998 and after a career in interior design, especially of corporate and educational facilities, she began to paint professionally full-time. She now lives in a farming district of Maryland where she has her studio.
Maria exhibits her work in national shows and in galleries. She has received recognition for her paintings by the Allied Artists of America, Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America and the National Arts Club where she holds memberships. Her work is featured in the December 2016 issue of the Pastel Journal in an extensive and informative article by Robert Carsten.
Medium: Pastel, Oil.
Subjects : Landscape
Style: The artist claims to be a modern American Impressionist. However, it seems to me that the combination of bold impasto textures, impassioned mark-making and sumptuous, intuitive color smacks more of Expressionism. But what's in a name?
Navigation: Since this is a FineArtStudioOnline website, it is built on a template.
Gallery: Landscape Paintings; Landscape Paintings - France; En Plein Air Paintings; Other Paintings; Sketches and Drawings.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new page and may be scrolled. Information on medium, support and size is provided. Download is possible. Evening on the Seine is is 24 x 31 ins, 1024 x 770, 1.18 MB.
Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bob Richey

Snow-capped Hayroll © Bob Richey
Name: Bob Richey
URL: http://bobricheypastels.com/
Bio: Born in Philadelphia in 1949, Bob Richey graduated from Penn State University in 1971, with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. During a 25 year engineering career designing and analyzing aircraft structures with the United States Navy, Bob kept his childhood passion for art. He is mainly self taught although he did study with several local professional artists during his early period with the goal of perfecting his own artwork to a professional level. He turned full time professional artist in 1996, when he took early retirement. Bob's passion for creating art led him first to watercolor before he finally settled on soft pastels as his primary medium. He usually concentrates on relatively small format landscapes, completed in a single sitting. Working on a modest scale allows him to explore many compositions and capture the essence of the moment on paper. It is also a successful business model – Bob has averaged sales of 200 paintings per annum over the last twenty years.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape
Style: Representational. Bob's works put a strong emphasis on both composition and color.
Navigation: Since this is a FineArtStudioOnline website, it is built on a template. Not everything is live, but importantly, the paintings are!
Gallery: In Honour of Bob Richey III; Interiors; Rural Landscapes and Gardens; Urban Landscapes; Seashore Landscapes; Pastel Miniatures; Small Square Pastels; Small Panorama Pastels
Image View: Thumbnails are quite small; and there are lots of them - it really is necessary to click on the image to a higher resolution. Download is possible. Snow-capped Hayroll is 9 x 12 ins, 550 x 412, 228 KB.
Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Doreen St.John

Sunset at the Marsh © Doreen St.John
Name: Doreen St.John
URL: https://doreenstjohn.com/
Bio: Since the early 1980's, Doreen St.John exhibited her work in juried outdoor art shows, was represented in several galleries in Ohio, conducted workshops, and won numerous awards, including “Best in Show” for her watercolor and mixed media paintings. After several years away from painting to pursue a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership, she joined the Ohio Plein Air Society in 2005 and started painting again. In 2010, St.John retired from her education career and was able to devote more time to her art, concentrating on works in oil and, more recently, pastel. Her frequent travels in the United States and abroad provide a wealth of inspiration for her plein air and studio works, as well as painting the figure and portraits from life. St.John is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Akron Society of Artists, and member and erstwhile Secretary and Trustee of the Ohio Plein Air Society. She has been juried into National shows for both her oil and pastel paintings over the past 3 years. She is represented by the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio; Turner Studio & Gallery in North Canton, Ohio; and the Chestnut Hill Greenhouse Gallery in North Canton, Ohio.
Medium: Pastel; Oil
Subjects : Landscape
Style: Representational
Navigation: Since this is a FineArtStudioOnline website, it is built on a template, which means that some links, such as Blog, are not necessarily live.
Gallery: Works: Studio; Plein Air; Portrait/ Figurative.
Image View: Images are displayed large size, with title, medium and dimension supplied on mouseover. Clicking on the image brings it up on a new page, at a higher resolution. Download is possible. Sunset at the Marsh is 18 x 24ins, 1188 x 890, 228 KB.
Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Jan Frank

Restless Asilomar © Jan Frank
Name: Jan Frank
URL: https://janfrankfineart.com
Bio: I have no knowledge of this artist other than what little is on her website.
Among her awards are Honorable Mentions in the Pastel 100, viz. for Still Life (2016); Landscape (2015); and Landscape (2011). She is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the Santa Cruz Art League (where she lives currently).
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape; Still Life.
Style: The artist claims to be both Representational and Impressionist.
Navigation: This is a FineArtStudioOnline website, which seems to have adopted a new style.
Gallery: Landscapes and Seascapes; Still Life and Figurative.
Image View: Images are displayed large size, with title and dimension supplied on mouseover. Clicking on the image brings it up on a new page, at this high resolution. Download is possible. Restless Asilomar is 18 x 24ins, 800 x 596, 205 KB.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Kathleen McDonnell

Reinstein Woods © Kathleen McDonnell
Name: Kathleen McDonnell
URL: http://kathymcdonnell.com/
Bio: Kathleen McDonnell received a B.S. and M.S. in Art Education from State University College at Buffalo. She has attended pastel workshops with Pastel Artists Doug Dawson, Albert Handell, Anna Contes, Ben Konis, Elizabeth Mowry, Richard McKinley, and mentoring programs with Albert Handell and Anita Louise West.
Kathleen is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and an artist member of the Buffalo Society of Artists as well as many other local art organizations. She has received local and national awards including the Ruth Richeson Gold Award, in the 17th Annual Pastel Journal 100 Competition.

Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape. This is one of the finest landscape websites I have come across in some time.
The quiet atmosphere of the countryside of Western New York, where she lives, drew the artist to plein air landscape painting. Kathleen calls the painting experience "yoga of the mind". She will paint in a series to explore her subject at different times of the day, year, or different view points. The pastels that she completes in the studio are from plein air paintings and or her own photographs.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This is a FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Landscapes; Small Studies; Fields of Gray.
Image View: Images are displayed large size, with title and dimension supplied on mouseover. Clicking on the faded image brings it up on a new page, where some further information on its genesis may be gleaned. This new image may be zoomed, and further images may viewed at this high resolution by scrolling.Download is possible. Reinstein Woods is 12 x 16 ins, 900 x 667, 825 KB.

Anne Laddon

Breakfast Brunch © Anne Laddon
Name: Anne Laddon
URL: http://www.anneladdon.com/
Bio: Anne Laddon graduated from Occidental College in 1966 with a BA in Art History and Philosophy. She continued her studies at Masters level in Art History and Aesthetics at UCLA. Anne has been a professional artist for 40 years, beginning her career in a San Francisco ad agency as a graphic designer. She exhibited her work in New York each year at the International Art Expo there, as well as in galleries in Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
Laddon was introduced to pastels by Master Pastellist Bill Hosner. With the pure, luscious color and immediacy of the medium she was hooked! Pastels allow her to create quick studies in unlikely locations (barrooms, kitchens, fairgrounds, concerts). Capturing these spontaneous moments present challenges to be addressed later in her Paso Robles studio.
In 2007 Anne found the non-profit Studios on the Park organization in Paso Robles.
As a plein air enthusiast, Anne Laddon has adjusted her painting supplies over the years to make her plein air toolkit as mobile as possible. “I really like to keep the weight down, especially in Mexico, where I’m walking on cobblestone streets up and down and all across town,” she says.
Laddon uses a small rolling suitcase to transport her plein air toolkit, which consists of the following essentials:

  • Two small Heilman boxes with assorted pastels, mostly Holbein and Rembrandt; 
  • Light gray pastel pencil; 
  • Lightweight tripod easel; 
  • Camera; 
  • A box with a shoulder strap to hold sheets of 12×16-inch Sennelier La Carte mid-tone paper and a sturdy piece of black Fome-Cor as a painting board. 
Anne’s work was featured in the September/October 2016 issue of the Pastel Journal.
Medium : Pastel, oil.
Subjects : Townscapes, various
Style: Colorist. "Color and design have been my focus … As a ‘color junkie’ I push color to the limits and look for energy and confidence in my brushwork."
Navigation
: This website is clean and modern and presents no difficulties browsing; however, on my PC the legend below the main image is partly obscured by the running thumbnails below.
Gallery: Available Artwork; Oil Painting Archives; Pastel Painting Archives
Image View: Thumbnails scroll along bottom of page, main image is displayed in centre of same, with title and dimension supplied. Download is possible. Breakfast Brunch is 10 x 15 ins.
Blog: http://www.anneladdon.com/blog/

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Gareth Jones

Standing Still © Gareth Jones
Name: Gareth Jones
URL: http://garethjonesart.co.uk/
Bio: Gareth Jones trained at Flintshire and Loughborough Art colleges before embarking on a long and successful career in Graphic Design and illustration. In 2010, he took the plunge and decided to concentrate on fine art. Originally from North Wales, Gareth now lives and works in Brinton, Norfolk, whose coast and countryside continue to inspire him. In 2012 he held first one-man show; and he was accepted into the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Show at The Mall Galleries London at his first attempt. In March 2015 Gareth was elected as a full Member of the East Anglia Group of Marine Artists (EAGMA).
Gareth's work has been shown in galleries across England and Wales and now features in many private collections. He is in increasing demand for demonstrations and workshops.
Medium : Pastel, acrylic, oil.
Subjects : Seascapes.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: This website is a pleasure to browse.
Gallery: New and Available; Selected Archive
Image View: Thumbnails scroll vertically on left of page, main image is displayed in centre of same, with title and dimension supplied. Download is possible. Standing Still is 52 x 52 cms, 412 x 412, 141 KB.

Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Kimberly Wurster

Early Summer © Kimberly Wurster
Name: Kimberly Wurster
URL: https://kimberlywurster.com/
Bio: Kimberly Wurster was born and raised in southwestern Montana, and lived there until she was 26. Her parents were jazz musicians (and nearly everyone in her father's family), so music became a big part of her life. A classical cellist for over forty years, Kimberly shifted her artistic focus in 1995 to fine art when she relocated to the Elk River, on the Oregon coast. Prior to this move Kimberly, with her husband Scott, had developed wildlife refuges near the Jefferson River in Montana, turning unproductive ranch wetlands into prime habitat for waterfowl and trout. With no formal training, she continues to draws on this experience with wetlands and on a life-long love for the natural world. Her work has earned numerous awards for excellence in domestic and international competition. Kimberly is a member of the West Coast Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of America and the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon.
Medium : Pastel, Watercolour, Acrylic.
Subjects : Birds; Wildlife; Landscapes
Style: Representational.
Navigation: A FineArtStudioOnline website.
Gallery: Works
Image View: Images are displayed quite large, grouped on a page. Title and dimension is supplied on mouseover. Clicking on the image brings you to a single image page, with the possibility of further enlargement , and download is possible. Early Summer is 22 x 22.5 ins., 700 x 930, 261 KB.
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k4sEqVR9-w

Jeanne Tangney

Into the Dunes © Jeanne Tangney
Name: Jeanne Tangney
URL: http://www.jtangney.com/
Bio: Jeanne Tangney graduated from Rhode Island college with a BA in Painting and a BS in Art Education. She has participated in numerous exhibitions – her solo shows begain in 1996. Her awards are too numerous to cite here, but are listed on her website. Jeanne is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Art League of Rhode Island and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She has been published in the Pastel Journal (Honorable Mention for Landscape, Pastel 100) and in the American Art Review, among others.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Representational. Jeanne’s rich pastel paintings are subtle and sensitive, evoking a sense of stillness through the effects of light, color, and composition. Her representational works push and exaggerate the colors found in nature, allowing the viewer to see familiar scenes in a different way.
Navigation:
Gallery: Landscapes; Still Lifes; Florals; People and Animals
Image View: Images enlarge in a viewer on same page as thumbnails and may be played as a slideshow. Title and dimension is supplied, and download is possible. Into the Dunes is 12 x 12 ins., 800 x 800, 271 KB.
Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Monday, October 31, 2016

Marie Tippets

Birding Enthusiasts © Marie Tippetts
Name: Marie Tippets
URL: http://marietippets.com/
Bio: Graduated with a BFA in fine art from Nazareth College, Rochester, Marie founded the award-winning Marie Tippets Design, in a career that spanned 22 years. Currently a professional fine artist, based in Orange County, California, she has been juried into national/international shows, including the second International Pastel Biennial at Suzhou, China, in 2016.
Marie is the recipient of numerous awards, and is represented in private collections nationally. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a Signature Member - Distinguished Pastelist of The Pastel Society of the West Coast, a Master Circle Member of IAPS, The International Association of Pastel Societies, and a member of the International Guild of Realism.
Subjects : Still Life, Figures; Landscapes.
“ I have a particular fondness for still life. It affords me the luxury of controlling nearly every aspect of the painting from the selection of objects, to the compositional flow, the angle and condition of the light, the color palette and the value structure, all of which are an active interplay in the artistic mix. During the setup phase, I carefully select all of the elements; and then experiment by adding or subtracting essentials such as flowers, collected treasures, fabrics, fruits, ribbons etc. Once arranged in a pleasing manner, the light becomes key to bringing the setting to life. I prefer natural sunlight and, the angle of the setting sun. However, during the course of the day, the play of light can change and alter a mood, so I shoot multiple photographs and carefully select which light best captures the mood that was intended.”
Style: Contemporary realist.
“My work utilizes the concept of Chiaroscuro, or the art of using strong contrasts between light and dark, giving emphasis to certain objects as they appear and take shape from their backgrounds. It has become an integral part of my work and find that it is the magic that adds a sense of mystery to each painting, as I make deliberate, conscious choices between what is seen and not seen, what is lit and what is not lit. The effects can be stunning and mesmerizing.”
Navigation: Easy to navigate this rich treasure trove of pastels.
Gallery: Current Work ; Still Life ; Miniatures ; Figurative ; Landscape; View Archived Works.
Image View: Images enlarge and may be scrolled Title and dimension is supplied on mouseover in gallery, and on each enlargement. Download is possible. Birding Enthusiasts is 16 x 20 ins.
Facebook: Yes

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Alain Voinot

Return to the Summer Garden © Alain Voinot
Name: Alain Voinot
URL: http://voinot-pastels.waibe.fr/
Alain Voinot was born in 1954 and lives in Toulouse, France.
A self-taught pastellist, he studied for several years of classical drawing classes with Catherine Escudié, an engraver and illustrator from Toulouse. He also studied at the Académie de dessin de Luc Peltriaux. He practised classical design with a clear preference for black and white. When he moved to colour he chose pastel as the medium that best fit his style and subject matter.
Then followed a twenty year "apprenticeship" developing his knowledge of pastels, and the realisation that his strength was strong contrast combined with the softness of pastel. Hence his choice of black paper which perfectly highlights the colour and lights.
Alain often works en plein air, in part because passers-by at times make intelligent remarks about his work. He also teaches pastel in the Toulouse area.
I first met Alain when we exhibited side by side in the Salon des Pastels en Périgord at Saint-Aulaye in 2012, where we formed a mutual admiration society! I think the fact that we both use a dark ground and are excited by the possibilities of chiaroscuro was a bonding factor.
Subjects: Landscape
“My favorite theme is the landscape. Of course we can only interpret what we see, and that is what we offer: an interpretation. I think the spirit of the artist always tries to approach the mystery and beauty of the world and interpret it in his vision. My gaze is realistic and poetic at the same time because it seems to me that poetry must combine realism to reveal its depth, and realism without poetry is just cold. It is the search for this synthesis that motivates me.”
Style: Impressionistic.
“I found that this technique is particularly suited to working from nature: it can translate directly what we are feeling.”
"Je travaille également d'après photo, bien sûr ( on a beau être passionné, l'hiver est rude... ), photos réalisés par moi même, durant mes longues ballades de découverte et d'observation de la nature. La photo n'est qu'une aide, et on voit avant tout avec l'esprit quand on est peintre, plus encore qu'avec les yeux probablement. Donc, tout ce qui est " impressions ", je le récolte durant ma ballade d'observation, et c'est cela qui est décisif, c'est cela que je vais restituer ensuite en m'aidant de la photo."
Technique: Alain works chiefly on a black ground, on Canson Mi-teintes and on Pastel Card. He mixes soft and semi-soft pastels and uses no fixative so as to not alter the colours.
“In my view, there are two distinct phases in the development of a pastel: the first is the intuitive phase, where the essence of what we want to express should be understood and grasped as quickly as possible. The second phase is that of bringing the work to completion. We can thus qualify the black paper, shadows, to bring their subtlety. The difficulty is finding the right balance so as to not to entirely lose the paper under the colour, and retain strong but light contrasts.”
Navigation: The website is in French, but easy to negotiate.
Gallery: Galerie; Galerie 2 des lumières particulières (Special Light) ; Les petits formats (Small format)
Image View: Images enlarge on same page as thumbnails. You can scroll through the enlargements or choose from the thumbnails. Title and dimension is supplied, Download is not possible. Return to the Summer Garden is 50 x 65 cm.
Demo: Yes – Pas-a pas  ; and Pas-a-pas 2
Facebook: Yes

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Richard Suckling

Low Tide, Newlyn © Richard Suckling
Name: Richard Suckling
URL: http://www.richardsuckling.co.uk/
Bio: Richard Suckling's early career, after studying at Cambridge School of Art, was as an illustrator in London. The past ten years have seen an instinctive progression from graphic art to painting, mainly pastels and, more recently, acrylics as well.
Richard moved from London to Somerset and then in 2013 to Newlyn in Cornwall, five miles from Land’s End. The village of Newlyn is historically famous for fishing, art (The Newlyn School) and great storms; all of which are still central to Newlyn's unique character.
Richard believes in painting what you have a real passion for and know best and the Penwith peninsula in West Cornwall provides him with a daily cornucopia of endless inspiration.. He paints in soft pastels and acrylics, mainly land and seascapes, and his work is on display in several West Country galleries.
More recently, Richard has written a piece for The Artist Magazine on his pastel painting techniques, due in the January 2017 issue.
Medium: Pastel , Acrylic
Subjects: Landscape
Style: Representational. I suppose the style is akin to impressionism, but these are the most radiant light-filled pastels I have seen.
Navigation: The website is simple to negotiate. My only criticism is that the dropdown list of titles disappears off the end of my screen so I’m not sure if I have seen all the paintings.
Gallery: Pastels; Acrylics.
Image View: Images open individually by title from the Pastels (or Acrylics) links at the side of the page. Image size is not given. Download is possible. Low Tide, Newlyn is 967 x 787, 280 KB
Twitter: Yes

Monday, October 3, 2016

François Malnati

Anoraks © François Malnati
Name: François Malnati, PSA
URL: http://www.malnatipastel.fr/
Bio : François Malnati was born in Delle, Franche-Comté in 1950. He studied Public Service at Sciences Po, University of Strasbourg. He now lives and works in Sélestat, Alsace. He is a self-taught artist, and cites among his influences Wayne Thibaud, Arikha, Szafran, Wyeth, and Lévy-Dhurmer. He also feels an affinity to realist painters Scott Fraser, Robert C. Jackson, Jeffrey T. Larson and Janet Monafo. He started to exhibit in 1984 and has had solo shows in Bâle, New York, Strasbourg, Colmar, Sélestat, and Mulhouse. He won the award for Still Life at the PSEC exhibition in 2015 and the same year was the guest artist at the Salon de Bourbonne-les-Bains (Lorraine).
François Malnati was featured in the August/September 2016 issue 110 of International Artist.
Medium: Pastel, Watercolour, Oil
Subjects: Still Life
Style: Representational with colorist influences.
François states that his work comprises the exploration of contemporary still life, based on strong design and unusual subject matter. His style is realist and precise, reaching to express the interplay between line and volume out of the ordinary. His message, if message there is, is to express an admiration for simple objects that surround us. An interplay of amazing colours and lines is in front of us – we just need to train ourselves to see. Before being a painter, François is a gazer and a photographer.The most intense phase of creativity is based there. On taking a photograph, François is already visualising the future painting in pastel. He is particularly attracted by reflections and transparence.
Navigation: The website is in French.
Gallery: Galerie de pastels; Huiles
Image View: Thumbnails open in a pop-up viewer and may be scrolled. Information on the paintings is provided. Download is possible. Anoraks is 55 x 55 cm., 800 x 800, 336 KB
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pirko Mäkelä-Haapalinna

On the frozen lake © Pirko Mäkelä-Haapalinna
Name: Pirko Mäkelä-Haapalinna, PSA
URL: http://www.pmhdesign.fi/en
Bio: Pirko Mäkelä-Haapalinna was born in Finnish Lapland in 1960. She trained as a ceramist in the Arts and Crafts School in Rovaniemi and studied fine art at the Faculty of Art and Design in the University of Lapland. Since 2000 she has been painting mainly with pastels. She’s had several solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, and her paintings have received awards. She was a winner of the 2012 Art Times Award, Open Juried Exhibition, The Pastel Society of America, and 3rd prize in the abstract/non objective category of the 17th Pastel 100.
She is a member of the board of the Artists’ Association of Lapland and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
Medium: Pastel
Subject: Figures, Landscape.
Style: Pirko states: The starting point of my works lies in realism, but I am heading towards simplified abstraction and installations.
Technique: Pastel over ink underpainting. To quote the artist: My working process is a combination of the planned one and an intuitive coincidence. ”Chance favors prepared mind.” My aspiration is to give my work a possibility to guide the composing process. I mainly work with pastel. I am deeply enchanted with the intensity of the colors of pastel chalks. I am fascinated by different surfaces varying from pastel boards up to old gray staves of boats, as well as by the immediate contact with the surfaces I am working with.
Navigation: Links remain on top of page. There is an English version of the site.
Gallery: just Gallery.There is much to ponder in this artist’s work.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a slideshow on the same page and may not be copied. This is Pirka talking about On the Frozen Lake: This is the view in winter from my studio window. I started with an under painting of inks, even metallic copper, and worked with a wooden stick to give texture as an impression of the traces I saw on the ice. I worked with the flat edges of Sennelier and Terry Ludwig pastels, putting very gentle layers of pastel on top of the ink.
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Suc2HxFK3EY
Facebook: Yes
Blog: There is a guest blog on Gail Sibley’s pastelblog 

Diego Simancas

Music on a blue background © Diego Simancas
Name: Diego Simancas
URL: http://www.diegosimancas.com/
Bio: Diego Simancas was born in Badajoz, Spain in 1958.
He studied in the Zurbarán Institute and the 
Ramón Izquierdo Salesian College, both in Badajoz, from 1969-1972 graduating with honours in drawing before entering the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Extremadura.
In 1981, as he entered military service, he won 1st prize in painting and sculpture in the San Clemente military camp of Sasebas (Gerona), and 3rd prize for painting and sculpture in the Barcelona Armed Forces.
From 1987 to 1995 Simancas divided his time painting with his work in the pharmaceutical industry. From 1996 to 2000 he concentrated on painting, especially on portraiture, but from 2001 began a new stage, effectively abandoning realism, to give way to fantasy.
In 2009, Simancas was appointed professor of drawing at the 
Adelardo Covarsí School of Fine Arts and Crafts of Badajoz. At the end of December 2015, he resigned the professorship to establish a new project: The Simancas Academy of Art, a project for specialization in drawing and figurative painting, aimed at an audience interested in learning to draw and paint in a traditional manner.
Medium: Pastel, oil, pen and wash, pencil, mixed media
Subject: Mainly figurative.
Style: Fantastical, after an earlier, representational, period. His later work demonstrates clear influences from earlier Spanish masters, from Pablo Picasso to Joan Miro.
Navigation: Links remain on top of page. This website is in Spanish. Explore all the links, there is much to discover other than the pastels.
Gallery: Obras: Oleo (Oils); Pastel; Aguada y plumilla (Pen and wash)
You can access further work via:-
Otra Mirada: Obra (Works)1987-2000; De Toros (Bulls); Retratos (Portraits)
Image View: Images scroll horizontally in a slideshow and may not be copied. Not all are labelled. Music on a blue background is 55 x 64 cms.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Sven Kinader

Bearded Dragon © Sven Kinader
Name: Sven Kinader.
URL: http://www.svenkinader.de/
Bio: Sven Kinader was born in Saarbrücken in 1976 and grew up in the Saarland, painting from childhood. He first exhibited in 2013 and started to gain awards straight away for his work.These include 1st Prize in the animal/wildlife category, The Artists Magazine annual student competition, January/February issue, 2016; 2nd and 3rd prize in the Salon de Peinture de Saint Avold, Moselle, France , in 2013 and 2015 respectively; and Grand Prix De La Ville in the 3rd Biennale des Arts at Morhange, also in Moselle.

Cable-car © Sven Kinader
Medium: Pastel on plain paper or on pastel paper. Large-format pastels over a meter are painted on primed wood panel.
Subjects: Portraits, Still Life, Landscape.
Style: Representational
Navigation: Links remain on top of page. This website is in German. While in a slideshow, click on Zurück zu gallerie to return to the galleries.
Gallery (Galerien): Saarland – Impressions; Grosseprojekte (Largescale works; Portraits; Stilleben (Still Life); Auftragsarbeiten (commissions); Fan-Art.
Saarbrücken by Night © Sven Kinader
Image View: Images scroll horizontally in a slideshow and may not be copied. Title and dimension are provided. I have, unusually, uploaded three images provided by the artist, which help to indicate the dimensions of the work. The Bearded Dragon took over 200 hours to paint.
Facebook: yes

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Lisa Diller

August © Lisa Diller
Name: Lisa Diller, PSA, MP
URL: http://www.lisadillerart.com/
Bio: Originally from Collingswood, New Jersey, Brooklyn artist Lisa Diller took a BS in Vis Comm at the University of Delaware and went on to a successful career in advertising, becoming an Executive Creative Director at one of New York City’s premiere ad agencies.
In the late 1990s she returned to fine art; she explored pastel while traveling in the country with her husband, landscape artist Jim Maio, and found it suited her because of its flexibility, speed and colour saturation. The artist, who taught herself to use the medium, later studied with Wolf Kahn.
She first entered the Pastel Society of America’s Juried show in 1997, and was inducted as a member two years later. She was named a Master Pastellist in 2010 after winning numerous awards.
Lisa has been represented by galleries in New York City, Bridgehampton, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Stone Harbor and Englewood, New Jersey. Her work has been seen at the New York Armory and in numerous group and solo shows. She is a member of the Board of Directors at The Harlem School of the Arts.
Medium: Pastel, charcoal
Subject: Landscape en plein air, cityscapes and a series of French pastries that were inspired by numerous visits to Paris. You can see her portraits at http://lisadillerportraits.com/
Style: Representational
Navigation: Links remain on top of page. This is a Wordpress site.
Gallery : Marshes ; France ; Patisserie ; Aerials; Urbanscapes; Forests; Waterscapes; Landscapes.
Image View: Images within the galleries scroll horizontally. Clicking on them enlarges them further, and you can continue scrolling the bigger images. There is no indication of title or dimension. However, August is 18.75 x 13.5 ins
Blog : http://lisadiller.net/fine-art-blog/

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Jeri Greenberg

Lemons in a bowl © Jeri Greenberg
Name: Jeri Greenberg
URL: http://www.jerigreenbergart.com/
Bio:
Jeri Greenberg teaches landscape and still life in pastel in New Jersey and the tri-state area after spending many years as a fashion designer and illustrator, and then working in advertising. She has been juried into many shows including the IAPS and the Enduring Brilliance PSA show. A Signature member of the American Pastel Society and Pastel Society of New Jersey. Jeri is a member of Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Connecticut Pastel Society, Degas Pastel Society, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and the Salmagundi Club, NY.In 2014 she was awarded First Place in the Artists Magazine all-media competition.
Medium: Pastel
Subject: Still Life, Landscape, Portraits
Style: Loose, painterly
Navigation: A lot of Flash used in this website; which is unfortunate as support is being withdrawn for this. Links disappear on the gallery page. However, the paintings are easy to negotiate.
Gallery: Paintings
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be saved. Images are not consistently labelled with dimension of the piece, but they tend to be small. Lemons in a bowl is 600 x 430, 47 KB.
Blog: No
Facebook : Yes
Daily Paintworks: Yes

Mary Muller

Robert Kay © Mary Muller
Name: Mary Muller, PSA, MP
URL: http://www.marymuller.com/
Bio: Mary Muller was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1934, and graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois with a B.A. in Studio Art, in 1956.
After marriage and five children, she returned to art and studied with Dimitar Krustev and Robert Brackman. She taught at the Des Moines Art Center for twenty years, and still teaches painting and drawing in her home studio, and continues her own work. Drawing about 1000 portraits in art festivals and fairs, (including some for for Iowa State University's Agricultural Dept., the Law School at Drake University, Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson for the Governor's office at the end of her administration, and several for Planned Parenthood), being represented by several art galleries, and travelling in Mexico and Europe on painting trips has kept her busy and fulfilled. Mary was awarded Master Pastellist status by the PSA in 2013 and she was a winner in the members-only competition of the Portrait Society of America in 2015. Mary has also created a series of 3 DVDs consisting of the first 10 lessons she teaches in her studio classes, and is on YouTube (see below)
In 2004 Mary began teaching art lessons at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, 20 miles east of Des Moines. Her goal was to find among the inmates women who had the talent and the drive to develop an expression of art to be relied upon for future income and personal development upon leaving the prison.
Medium: Pastel, watercolour, oil
Subject: Portraits; still life; landscape
Style: Representational
Navigation: Tabs remain available at top of page.
Gallery: Portfolio (Portraits in oil and pastel); Store (Still Life and Landscape in pastel)
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge on same page, and may be saved. Images are labelled with title, medium and dimension of the piece. Robert Kay is 26 x 33 ins, is 547 x 480, 67 KB.
Demo : YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt01qgmr_gk

Monday, April 11, 2016

Emily Christoff

Listening to the Grateful Dead © Emily Christoff
Name: Emily Christoff
URL: http://www.emilychristoff.com/
Bio: Emily Christoff Flowers earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio. She has been supporting herself as a professional portrait artist since 1984. She currently illustrates children's books, does commissioned portraits, teaches private and social art classes and shows her work at galleries and art festivals around the state of Virginia.
Emily is a member of the Pastel Society of Virginia. Her awards include Best of show for the category of drawing at the Port Warwick Art Fest, Virginia, 2015.
Medium: Pastel; acrylic
Subject: Portraits, figurative, animals.
Style: Realistic; her Listening series is imaginative and romantic.
Navigation: All links remain available at side of page.
Gallery: Fine Art Work (by date); Portraits
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be saved. Images are well labelled with title, medium and dimension. Listening to the Grateful Dead is 18 x 24 ins, 800 x 600, 120 KB.
Blog: http://emilychristoffdailypaint.blogspot.com
Facebook : Yes

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Nancie King Mertz

Adare Thatch © Nancie King Mertz
Name: Nancie King Mertz, PSA, MP.
URL: http://nanciekingmertz.com/
Bio: Nancie King Mertz was born and raised in Central Illinois, where she began painting and selling her work in her early teens. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, where she was a James Scholar, and also where she met her husband, Ron. They settled in Central Illinois and Nancie pursued a Masters Program in Painting at Eastern Illinois University where she taught for 3 years. She conducts destination workshops and local demos, and serves as a juror for shows in the Midwest.
In 2011 she was an Artist-In-Residence for the National Park System and in 2014 she was named a Master Pastellist in 3 international pastel organizations: Pastel Society of America, Chicago Pastel Society and International Association of Pastel Societies. Other memberships include the Degas Pastel Society, Salmagundi Club, Oil Painters of America, and the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.
The February 2015 issue of the Pastel Journal featured an article on her work, and put her on the cover. Several magazines have chosen her paintings as "best-of" over the years. She was twice named Artist of the Year by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, and her work is featured on many Chicago-based television shows including The Good Wife and Chicago Fire.
While in graduate school, Nancie began a gallery/framing company which she has continued to operate after re-locating to Chicago in 1987. Her husband joined her in the business in 2000.
Medium: Pastel, oil
Subject: Nancie’s work varies in theme from urban to landscape, figurative to interior, much of it painted on-site.
Style: Nancie’s oils and pastels are Impressionistic in style, with 60% of her work created en plein air. She paints approximately 100 pieces annually and has traveled to over 20 countries.
Navigation: All links remain available at top of page.
Gallery: Nancie’s gallery is classified by geographic location in the main. I chose Ireland for obvious reasons.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Images are well labelled, and may be saved. Adare Thatch is 16 x 16 ins.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Karen Stombaugh

Birthday at the arboretum © Karen Stombaugh
Name: Karen Stombaugh, PSA
URL: http://karenstombaugh.com/
Bio: Karen Stombaugh grew up on a farm in South West Minnesota. Until 2006, when she retired from a career in critical care nursing, art was always on the periphery. She obtained a fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota by taking night classes, and now she has more time to focus on her work. During the past few years, she has taken workshops from many nationally known pastellists. 
A major milestone on her artist's journey was a move to her Deephaven property, complete with a separate carriage house studio that overlooks her gardens. Karen is currently membership chair for the regional Lake Country Pastel Society. She has been juried into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit a number of times and recently received awards from Arts in Harmony International Exhibit in Elk River, the Pastel Society of America, and Lake Country Pastel Society. Her painting, Over the Dam; Pipestone Creek was juried into the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) 26th Juried Exhibition in Albuquerque, June 2015. She was juried into the Pastel Society of America's Annual Exhibit for the 3rd year in a row, qualifying her for a PSA Signature membership.
Medium: Pastel
Subject: Landscape (gardens)
Style: Colourful impressions of gardens and flowers – I haven’t seen anything quite like this since the pastels of Elsie Dinsmore Popkin.
Navigation: FineArtStudioOnline website in the style of a blog.
Gallery: Artworks; Pipestone National Monument Pastels; Archive
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. The enlarged images are not greatly magnified from the thumbnails. Images may be saved. Birthday at the arboretum is 18 x 24 ins.
Blog: Yes

Monday, March 21, 2016

Jane Radstrom

Home © Jane Radstrom
Name: Jane Radstrom
URL: http://www.janeradstrom.com/
Bio: Jane Radstrom first studied drawing and painting at Watts Atelier California. She then attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, emerging with a BFA in Illustration. Jane had a feature article Double Exposure in the Pastel Journal, Oct 2015, and an Honorable Mention in the Pastel 100 - Portrait and Figurative Category (she was a winner the previous year).
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subject: Figurative
Style: Contemporary realism
Technique: The artist states: "I am inspired by photographic effects, specifically the manipulation of exposure to create images that look 'real', but contain more than a single still image. In choosing poses, I focus on nuances of body language and expression. It is important to me that the people are presented realistically, showing unidealized beauty and what I think of as a modern sense of confidence in candid moments."
Gallery: Work
Image View: Large thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Thumbnails remain accessible along bottom of page. Images may be saved.(Details are given in the thumbnail images on mouseover.) Home is 22 x 30 ins, 800 x 800, 143 KB
Demo/Blog: No
Facebook: Yes

Monday, February 29, 2016

Christina Schulte

Borzoi © Christina Schulte
Name: Christina Schulte
URL: http://christina-schulte-fine-art.de
Bio: Christina Schulte is a professionally trained fine Artist from Germany, but has been painting since childhood. Owning and being around 
animals all her life has had a big influence on her art. While animals are her favourite subjects she also paints portraits and landscapes. She greatly admires Robert Bateman and Carl Brenders, and is captivated by the amount of detail in their work.
Christina was included among the 40 Maîtres de Pastel published in the book of that name by Pratique des Arts, 2016.
Medium: Pastel; watercolour; acrylic; oil
Subject: Dogs, especially Gazehounds. Christina keeps and breeds Borzois (Russian wolfhounds)
Style: Realism. Christina states that her process is relatively simple, starting with a contour drawing, adding colour and shadows before getting down to detail. A painting may take several weeks - even months - to complete.
Technique: According to the artist, are five elements essential to every painting: drawing, values, colour, composition,contours. Direct observation, and understanding of the laws of perspective play their part. The painting should possess a focal point, and one should pay attention to the transitions between areas of shadow and light.
Navigation: This website exists in both German and English versions. Liks remain available at top of page.
Gallery: Monochrome; Watercolour and pencil; Pastel; Acrylic; Oil
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer, and may be scrolled. Images may not be saved. The images are named by means of a list on the thumbnail page but dimension is not stated.
Demo: Yes - Technique
Ebay: Yes
Blog: The whole website feels more like a blog than a standard webpage.
Facebook: Yes