While the comments box is available to all, it may not suit those who wish to have their website considered for inclusion on the blog. I am always interested in hearing from artists who would like to be listed, but who might be reluctant to use the comment box. You may email me as Xxxxx@gmail.com, substituting Oldenbroke for the Xxxxx - I'm getting too much spam.
The stated purpose of this blog is to review the websites of artists who work in pastel. For the artists featured there is the added benefit of having more traffic directed to their site.
It is generally recognised that reviewers may make use of material that is copyright for the purposes of review. I operate under that principle. It is not always possible to request permission of artists to use an image of their work in this blog, especially if the artist is not anglophone. I hope that all artists understand that posting an example typique of their work is essential to the generation of interest in their oeuvre.
This blog aims to be a comprehensive, international list of artists who express themselves wholly or substantially in pastel. Websites will first be listed under "websites awaiting review" and moved from that list to the "Labels" list as I get around to them - so all artists featured should appear on one list or the other, but not on both. Both lists are arranged alphabetically - the waiting list by first name, followed by surname, which is how I started out and I'm not about to change this; the reviewed list is sorted by surname followed by first name, over several pages. The format is a short dataset of essential details about the artist and the site, with a type image of their style. It does not attempt to critique the artist or his/her work, but it does have remarks to make about ease of navigation, labelling of artwork, and image download - an essential learning tool for the student of pastel. Publications are only mentioned where an artist has authored a book - there are too many journal articles to reference. I have on occasion referred to an artist as being in my "top ten" - I have yet to list ten such, and my criteria for inclusion in this exclusive club include a unique vision, a unique expression of that vision, and inspirational material. As an example, I can cite someone who has no website and who will not therefore appear elsewhere on this blog- the wonderful, masterly, inimitable Jane Lund.
I have two great interests, art and literature. More specifically, art as expressed through the medium of pastels; and French literature, in particular the poems of Paul-Jean Toulet, whose philosophy is encapsulated in his famous "Prends garde à la douceur des choses". The two blogs that express my interest in these themes may be found at oldenbroke.blogspot.com (Toulet) and artistsinpastel.com (pastels).