Monday, May 27, 2019

Melody Sears

Late Day © Melody Sears
Name: Melody Sears
Bio: Before launching her own career as an artist, Melody Sears worked for and with other artists for almost 30 years, always fascinated by the magical process of creating fine art, and acquiring in the process not only an aesthetic sense but an understanding of what it takes to make art. Melody has studied in workshops and classes with some of the finest pastel painters today, including Lorenzo Chavez, Albert Handell, Clive Tyler, Terri Ford, Kim Lordier, and Richard McKinley. She holds memberships in Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Sonoran Plein Air Painters, Tucson Pastel Society, Pastel Society of New Mexico, American Plains Artists, and The Drawing Studio in Tucson.
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape
Style: Naturalistic.
Navigation: Another FASO website. Access all pages via the dropdown link on top right of home page.
Gallery: Works: Desert Landscapes and Skies; Desert Waters
Image View: Large thumbnails reveal title and dimension on mouseover. Click to open on new page. These images may be saved. Late Day is 12 x 18 ins, 1024 x 682, 907 KB
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mary Monk

Flooded March Grass © Mary Monk
Name: Mary Monk
Bio: Mary Monk grew up in New Orleans but has been living in Abita Springs with her husband and four children for the past twenty years and has been an award winning professional artist for all that time. She received most her artistic training through classical drawing lessons but as pastellist is self taught. She is an active member of the Degas Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines such as: Plein Air Magazine, Pastel Magazine, Louisiana Life Magazine, New Orleans Art Review Magazine, and the Pastel Journal (June 2018).
Medium: Pastel
Subjects : Landscape. Monk is a committed plein air painter.
Style: Naturalistic.
Best quote: “I saw that my worst painting done en plein air is still better that my best painting done in my studio.”
Navigation: Straightforward.
Gallery: Landscapes

Image View: Slideshow allows thumbnails to open on same page. These may be saved. Titles and dimensions supplied. Flooded March Grass is 10 x 24 ins, 890 x 500, 73.5 KB
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Monday, February 11, 2019

Dina Gardner

Irish Seas © Dina Gardner
Name: Dina Gardner
Bio: Boston artist Dina Gardner is a relatively recent convert to the pastel medium. A ‘creative’ person, but certainly not someone who grew up with a love for art or any noticeable artistic ability, Dina realized after finishing her first pastel painting that she had found her creative outlet. She has spent the last several years studying and reading everything she can about pastel, painting daily when possible and dreaming about painting when not. Her pastel box has traveled with her from coast to coast, and her sketch pad and pencils have traveled around the world, from Ireland to Bhutan.
Dina has already made her mark, with paintings in private collections from California to Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Texas, Arizona, New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and internationally in Portugal, Tanzania and Canada.
In addition to painting, Dina donates the proceeds from all of her paintings to an organization she founded in 2016, the “Pay It Forward Backpack Project”. This is a grassroots organization which connects the local Boston community to the Boston homeless population by directly providing homeless people with backpacks filled with winter essentials to help them endure the tough New England winters. For more information check her website.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects : Landscape; water
Style: Creative interpretation of the scene.
“My paintings reflect the things that I am drawn to: oceans and water, skies, forests, marshes and meadows. I'm also inspired by my travels and I love cities and architecture. When I paint, from a photo reference or even when I paint plein air, I’m not painting what the subject looks like but rather I am painting what my response is to the subject.”
Navigation: Straightforward; menu at top of page.
Gallery: Landscape/Skyscape; Waves/Water; Still Life/Travels; Sold.
Image View: Thumbnails open on new page and images may be saved. You my also use a zoom feature to study them in more detail. Irish Seas is 18 x 24 ins, 900 x 740, 139 KB
Demo: No
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