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.
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer and may be scrolled. Saving/downloading is possible, and details are provided on medium and dimension. Images are in the main watermarked, but not too obtrusively. Red Geraniums is 11 x 14 ins., 550 x 432, 123 KB.
Facebook: Yes