Monday, October 31, 2016

Marie Tippets

Birding Enthusiasts © Marie Tippetts
Name: Marie Tippets
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.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Alain Voinot

Return to the Summer Garden © Alain Voinot
Name: Alain Voinot
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
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Richard Suckling

Low Tide, Newlyn © Richard Suckling
Name: Richard Suckling
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
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Monday, October 3, 2016

François Malnati

Anoraks © François Malnati
Name: François Malnati, PSA
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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