Monday, April 3, 2017

Rick Stevens

Morning Jewels II © Rick Stevens
Name: Rick Stevens
URL: http://rickstevensart.com/
Bio: As a small child growing up in Sparta, Michigan, Rick Stevens used to watch his father paint evocative landscapes that reflected the beauty of woods, rivers, and wildlife. Inspired by that process, Stevens went on to study art at Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall School of Design, and graduated 1982 Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree - but his most intense education was provided by the woods themselves.
He has had numerous group and solo exhibitions and awards, and is represented in many corporate and private collections.
His work has been featured in a number of art publications, including the Pastel Journal in 2009, (Cosmos of Pattern by Tamara Lenz Muente) and most recently American Art Collector (Endless Possibilities, May 2015, by John O’hern).
Medium: Pastel; oil
Subjects : Landscape; abstract. His abstract work reminds me strongly of the paintings of Robert Natkin.
Style: “Stevens began as a landscape painter, but the ephemeral appeal of nature eventually led him away from the realistic rendering of what he saw around him into a realm of abstraction, where pulsating energy and lambent light create the crescendos and diminuendos of a world in continuous flux. Working both in the studio and en plein air, he draws on the realism and abstractions of the natural world to create paintings that challenge us to perceive the underlying structure of the universe within a seemingly random expression of unalloyed beauty.”
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Gallery: Indexed by series and year
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Blog: http://rickstevensart.com/studio-blog/
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Jacob Aguiar

Overlooking the Marsh © Jacob Aguiar
Name: Jacob Aguiar
URL: http://jacobaguiar.com/
Bio: Jacob Aguiar from Plymouth, Indiana, took a leave of absence in his third year of naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington, to spend time with family and to pursue art. After coming upon the landscape pastels of Richard McKinley, Jacob immediately purchased his first set of Rembrandt pastels, and traveled throughout the west, studying with Richard McKinley, Albert Handell, Clark Mitchell, and Marla Baggetta. He was accepted into several national shows including IAPS, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Northwest Pastel Society, Pastel Painters of Maine, and Pastel Painter Society of Cape Cod. Jacob returned to Seattle to finish his last two years of school. He now works three days per week as a naturopathic doctor in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and much of his off time is devoted to art.
Jacob teaches regular classes in Westbrook, Maine, as well as plein air and studio workshops around the country and internationally. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a professional artist member of the Copley Society in Boston.
Two of his paintings received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Pastel 100,  and Jacob was awarded 2nd place, landscape and interior, in the 2016 Pastel 100.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape 
Style: Representational, loose, painterly.
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Gallery: All; Originals; Limited editions; Open editions.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gondola Pastels

Thanks to a Japanese artist who posted their work on Facebook, I have been made aware of a pastel brand that is completely new to me, Gondola Pastels. Manufactured in Japan by an art materials company that has been in business since 1919, Gondola Pastels is a range of 242 colours, hand made in Kyoto, and size (Diameter x Length): 1.2 x 2.1 (cm) / 0.5 x 0.8 (inch)

They are available from Art Supplies Store, 1-1259-64 Shiomigaoka, Nakago-Cho, Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki 319-1553 JAPAN. The web address is http://www.art-supplies-store.com/product/6590.php

The 242 stick set, in a wooden box, costs $270, which seems good value.
The manufacturer's web page states: Gondola pastel is Japan's first soft pastel manufacturer that started business in Kyoto in 1919. For 90 years since our establishment, we have carefully created the colors according to the light of Japan one by one by hand.
In 2011, based on the idea of ​​Takiko Inoue, who received the Kyoto Culture Venture Competition First Prize , he created and launched " Kyoto Seki pastel" which gathered the traditional colors of Kyoto.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Jude Tolar

Red Geraniums © Jude Tolar
Name: Jude Tolar, PSA
URL: http://judetolar.com
Bio: Although she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Psychology, Jude Tolar chose to pursue a career in graphic design and illustration. Pastel is her medium of choice, and she has studied with studied extensively with artists that include Stephanie Birdsall, Lorenzo Chavez, Terri Ford, Rita Kirkman, Terry Ludwig, and Elizabeth Mowry.
Jude’s paintings have won many awards, including five Best of Shows and success in the 2011 and 2016 Pastel 100. Her work has been exhibited in invitational group shows and solo shows and is in collections across the USA. Jude demonstrates to art groups and is available to teach pastel workshops. She has written about painting flowers in the April 2016 edition of the Pastel Journal.
Jude is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and the Oklahoma Art Guild. She also holds memberships in the American Impressionist Society, the Oklahoma Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of New Mexico and the Stillwater (OK) Art Guild.
Medium: Pastel; mixed media
Subjects : Floral and tree portraits (outdoors) and glass subjects (indoors).
Style: Representational, but with colour as the main focus. Jude prefers to work from life, using mostly Terry Ludwig soft pastels on Art Spectrum ColourFix paper.
“Painting pastel florals as portraits allows me to filter out distracting details and aim for a more succinct, striking floral painting. We commonly think of a portrait as a visual expression of a person, and the same approach can help you capture the essence of a flower.”
Navigation: Main menu remains at top of page. This is a new iteration of the FineArtStudioOnline web design. It works very well and is a pleasure to navigate.
Gallery: Landscape and Florals; Still Life; Etc.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Suzanne Godbout

Still Life © Suzanne Godbout
Name: Suzanne Godbout
URL: http://www.suzannegodbout.com/
Bio: Suzanne Godbout has been a pastellist since 1995, after 30 years of drawing in graphite, and an introduction to colour via oil paint. Suzanne is a professional artist who conducts conferences, demonstrations and workshops to further the medium. Her works have been exhibited in Canada, and at Giverny in France. She prefers to work directly from the subject, be it still life or landscape. Suzanne was President of the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada from 2005 to 2011, she has attended internships and demonstrations with pastel masters in Quebec and the United States and is recognised as a role model in the medium. With 40 years of teaching experience, she has developed effective teaching tools and gained an enviable reputation for her ability to pass on her knowledge.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Still Life; Landscape
Style: Representational. Suzanne credits her musical discipline with informing her painting practice: My formal education in music composition has guided me in the apprenticeship of this artistic discipline - form, rhythm, key, modulation, nuance, phrasing, legato, staccato, crescendo … and I keep on learning every day.

Miniature Landscape © Suzanne Godbout

Navigation: This website is in French. Main menu is at left side of page.
Gallery: Nature Morte (Still Life); Paysage (Landscape); Miniature.
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Blog/Demo: There is a very useful pdf on painting metal in pastel, originally published in Pratique des Arts, that may be downloaded from Suzanne’s blog. The article is in Fench, but there is a colour chart of the pastels she uses for silver, pewter, steel, and galvanised metal, that can be adapted by anyone. http://www.suzannegodbout.com/blog
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Henri Roché Pastels

Henri Roché Pastels 
For any practising pastellist, the basic rule is that you can never have enough pastels. If you had the the complete Roché set, now over 1200 and counting, you might just have reached that limit!

Roché Pastels have just updated their website to facilitate online purchase, or just to make available to view the complete range in order to see what you don't realise you need, or what is actually available! 

Henri Roché are the oldest pastel brand in the world, dating from around 1720 and used by artists such as Rosalba Carriera, and Edward Dégas. At its height in the 1970s, the entire range of Roché pastels exceeded 1800 colours. Today, Isabelle Roché and Margaret Zayer are busy expanding the collection that currently comprises 1201 colours, divided into ranges of nine gradations. Each range is composed of pure colours that are either gradated with white, black, or crossed with another colour.


Manufactured in small quantities, Roché pastels are individually hand-rolled into a form suitable for both bold and detailed work. With exceptionally lightfast pigments and a minimum of binder, the pastels possess a particular texture that allows them to adhere well to a number of supports, as well as display a remarkable intensity and clarity of colour. These are top of the range products, expensive, and not for the beginner. But the quality is superb and the personal service second to none. 

The full set of colours is visible here on the online shop. Look, lust, select, buy!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sandra Nunes

Sidewalk Carpet © Sandra Nunes
Name:Sandra Nunes
URL: http://sandranunes.com/
Bio: An award winning contemporary Brazilian artist from Rio de Janeiro, Sandra Nunes is in love with her native city, her main source of inspiration. She is the first artist that I have posted here from Brazil. She gained her Bachelor’s Degree in Letters and Arts from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Sandra Nunes travelled widely early in her life, getting to see paintings by Rembrandt, Velasquez, Caravaggio, Frans Halls, John Singer Sargent and her all time favorite painter, Joaquin Sorolla.
Most of her work is plein air, done in one or more painting sessions in oil, charcoal, watercolour or soft pastels. She plants her easel wherever there is something that attracts her attention, and the locals and passers by, who are frequently her subject, often offer to purchase her work before she has even finished the painting.
Her work has been receiving recognition in important juried exhibition and has been published in prominent papers, magazines and bookcovers in Brazil and abroad.
Medium: Pastel; oil; charcoal.
Subjects : Urban landscape; figurative.
Style: Impressionistic
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Gallery: Landscapes (oils); Santa Teresa Series (oils); Soft pastel; Portraits and Figures (pastel); Mural Project
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Blog: https://artpleinair.blogspot.com
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Dave Francis

Tah-Dah! The Grand Finale © Dave Francis
Name: Dave Francis PSA-MP
URL: http://www.defrancispastels.com/
Bio: Dave Francis, from Hudson Falls, New York is a self-taught artist who started his art career doing pastel portraits from photographs before progressing to landscape work. He has been painting professionally for about twenty-five years. Dave states that he continually strives for more realistic imagery while trying to maintain a "painterly" approach in his work.
In September of 2003, he was elected to Signature Membership with the Pastel Society of America and, in November of 2005 he was invited to become a member of the Guild of Adirondack Artists. In 2014 he was designated Master Pastellist in the Pastel Society of America.
Dave’s work has been included in nine national pastel exhibitions and has received numerous awards. His work was featured in the February 2016 Pastel Journal in a piece called Worlds of Whimsy, together with Kari Tirrell and Kathy Hildebrandt.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects: Still Life. “My most recent work has been an exploration of the still life genre. I feel that still life paintings do not have to be boring, repetitive works of flowers, vases, and such items. I take nontraditional items such as children's toys, blocks, bricks, almost anything I can find and use them as subject matter. I feel that I inject a lot of my personality and sense of humor into these pieces, which are new and exciting for me.”
Style: Whimsical realism. “My current style has evolved into an impressionistic approach. My work has been described as "impressionistic realism" and although I like that term, I feel a more apt description would be "imagined realism". I apply small bits of color over a solid tone under painting and allow them to optically mix creating the final image. I try to keep my palette very simple and work with at least three values of each color used.”
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Gallery: Still Life ; Miniature pastels ; Landscapes ; Fantasy Art ; Pen and Ink Work; Drawings.
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Blog: http://dfrancispastels.blogspot.com/
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nà Luther

Livres © Nà Luther
Name: Nà Luther
URL: http://naluther.fr/
Bio: Nà Luther was born in Vientiane, Laos in 1959. His parents emigrated to France when he was nine. He was educated by the Marist brothers in the Lot valley, but at the age of twelve he discovered pastel, in the studio of Roger Milhomme, uncle of a schoolmate. After a period as fashion designer, he returned to Milhomme at the age of 28 to spend four years mastering his art. He held his first exhibition in 1994 in the François Miron gallery in Paris. He now lives in Paris, in a house stuffed with the booty of his travels, ceramics, ex-votos, shells, rare books – a veritable cabinet of curiosities.  
Influenced by Chardin, and by the Dutch masters, he declares candle-light to be the best form of illumination for still life.
Roger Milhomme, whose sole student he was, taught him how to use his fingers to spread pastel on paper. This manipulation by the pastellist's finger is one of the reasons for the reputation of sensuality attached to the practice of this art. He makes no preparatory sketches. The shapes are born out of flattened colours. 
The stories told by Nà Luther are illustrated with objects that to our eyes may seem trivial. But he loves them for their simplicity, their fragility, their tears, their cracks: faded roses, old books, coral-covered bowls from wrecked ships, whitened shells ... all charged with stories they hasten to spill.
Why these objects particular objects? "Because they touch me and I love the quiet life….I like to paint objects that have lived, like old ceramics, or books waiting for the binder. The question of time passing is inherent in all my work.”
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Still Life
Style: “His Still Lifes carry us away, overwhelm us, soothe us. They make us dream, meditate. Nothing extraordinary, nothing extravagant, nothing ostentatious. Simple materials and objects, he presents them to us as he discovered them and gives them life for our greatest happiness.”  Pierre Stéphan
Navigation: Pared to the bone. In French.
Gallery: galerie poterie (pottery); galerie coquillages (shells); galerie fleurs (flowers) ; galerie fruits; galerie legumes (vegetables); galerie livres (books);
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

David Brammeld

Summer’s Coming © David Brammeld
Name: David Brammeld
URL: http://www.davidbrammeld.com/
Bio: David Brammeld is a Staffordshire-based artist whose subject matter is the ever-changing urban built environment, and also the natural landscape - particularly the infinite beauty of trees. An award-winning artist with many years experience, David works in various media: graphite, pastel, acrylic and oil as well as mixed media. He is also in popular demand as an art tutor, demonstrator and workshop leader.
David Brammeld exhibits nationally and internationally and his work has featured regularly in exhibitions in London - at the Mall Galleries - in annual shows by the Pastel Society, the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), the New English Art Club (NEAC) and the Royal Society of Oil Painters (ROI). His work was selected for the recent, inaugural Derwent Drawing Prize also held at the Mall Galleries.
Elected Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) and Member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), his work is shown several times a year at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) Gallery.
David is guest of honour at the Société de Pastellistes de France exhibition in Feytiat, Limoges, 2017.
Medium: Pastel, graphite, acrylic and oil
Subjects : Urban Landscape; Trees
Style: Representational. "I am intrigued by the urban built environment - the hidden histories of derelict buildings, old disused factories and houses - they all have a story to tell. I also produce treescapes - being fascinated by their shapes and character especially in autumn, winter and spring when their strength and beauty are revealed."
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Gallery: Gallery 2 Treescapes ; Gallery 3 Prints.
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Paula Pearl

Snow Shadows © Paula Pearl
Name: Paula Pearl
URL: http://www.paulapearlart.com/
Bio: Paula Pearl graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Advertising Design/Photography, and began a career in photography in New York City. She later became involved in quiltmaking and fiber arts and when a friend mentioned that some of her (award-winning) art quilts resemble paintings, she decided to give painting a try. Starting with watercolour, she soon after tried her hand at pastels and the rich intensity of the colors and the layering effects that are possible with pastel make it her medium of choice.
Paula has studied watercolor painting with Bill Senior and pastel painting with Julie Friedman. She has had several solo shows including Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, The Shelter House Museum, Newburg, New York and the Gallery on the Boulevard, Kenilworth Library, New Jersey. In addition, many of her paintings are in private collections.She has won numerous awards for her work, among them, Tewksbury Historical Society Show, 1st Place Landscape, MSHAC Overlook Hospital Award of Excellence, WAA: Jeanette Golda Memorial Award and an Award of Merit.
Paula is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of New Jersey, and an Associate Member of the American Pastel Society. Her work was featured in The Artists’ Magazine, April 2017 as an Annual Art Competition finalist.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects : Landscape; animals
Style: Representational, painterly. Paula’s photographic background has a strong influence on the lighting and composition of her paintings. Always on the lookout for inspiration for her landscapes, she is never without her camera.
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Gallery: Landscape; Small Works; Fiber Art; Animals
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new page and may be saved. Snow Shadows is 11 x 20 ins., 800 x 435, 119 KB
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lana Ballot

Breaking Wave © Lana Ballot
Name: Lana Ballot
URL: http://www.lanaballot.com/
Bio: Lana Ballot majored in Studio Arts at Stony Brook University, New York. After graduation she worked as a web designer, (like the previous artist, Roger Holmes) while studying painting further, making landscape her main subject. When she discovered pastels as a perfect plein air medium, she spent her free time painting outdoors. Although this early plein air work did not result in a lot of finished paintings, it proved to be an invaluable experience in developing the ability to see how colour, light and atmosphere affect each other in different times of day or season.
Lana lives on Long Island, NY where she has access to her favorite subjects - ocean, harbours, beaches etc. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She teaches pastel painting in the Atelier in Flowerfield, St James, NY.
Medium: Pastel; watercolour
Subjects : Landscape and Seascape.
Style: Representational, painterly
Navigation: This has the overall feeling of a blog, but it’s easy to access the paintings
Gallery: Landscape; Plein Air; Florals
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a scrolling viewer and may be saved. Breaking Wave is 17 x 25 ins., 900 x 594, 582 KB
Demo/Blog: http://www.lanaballot.com/blog/
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