Featured Pastel Artist: Ellen Eagle

Pigeon Glancing -1

Ellen Eagle holds a BFA with Distinction in Drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She also took Daniel Greene’s workshop and studied with Michael Burban at the Art Students League. Her primary study has been with Harvey Dinnerstein, for whom she was class assistant at the League.
Ellen Eagle is an American artist, best known for her figure drawings and portraits in pastel. At an intimate scale, Eagle’s subjects are friends, fellow artists, and professional models drawn from life by natural light. Her work is characterized by restraint of color, self-containment, and the depiction of her subjects’ emotional states. Eagle’s delicate figurative work can be described as exquisite, able to effortlessly manipulate pastel to create soulful, lyrical portraits. She is known for her reflective self-portraits, which can at times appear whimsical, are a study in the trials and tribulations of the life of an artist.

Ellen Eagle bookHer amazing book Pastel Painting Atelier: Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials, revel in the luminous and vibrant qualities of pastel with an essential course in the history, techniques, and practices of the medium. In this comprehensive yet intimate guide, Eagle explores pastel’s rich but relatively unexamined past, reveals her own personal influences and approaches, and guides you toward the discovery and mastery of your own vision.

If you would like to join Ellen on the Painting holiday in Croatia (June 2016) please register here.

Featured Pastel Artist: Lyn Diefenbach

Lyn Diefenbach
Lyn Diefenbach

The pursuit of masterly quality and technique is a high priority for Lyn Diefenbach whose work is imbued with a celebration of her faith and of life. Her paintings covers a myriad of subject matter, with her bold florals consistently receiving accolades nationally and internationally. Her ability to communicate her ideas has entrenched her as a respected and sought-after tutor, with teaching engagements internationally and across Australia.

Lyn was accepted into the International Guild of Realism in May 2008 and holds Master Pastellist status with the Pastel Society of Australia. In 2014 she was awarded Master Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies. She has been featured numerous times in the International Artist, Pastel Journal and the Australian Artist magazines.
Her paintings are represented in major regional and private collections within Australian and overseas.

The Pastel Society UK – Annual Exhibition 2015

Jan Munro - Red Chair and Apples
Jan Munro – Red Chair and Apples

The Pastel Society’s 116th Annual Exhibition is open at the Mall Galleries.
I never understood the connection between the award category and the sponsor names and thus I’ll skip the award names. To see the awarded works check the gallery below.
Mike Clapton,
Michael Norman PS,
Felicity House PS,
Joanne Last,
Caroline Bays PS,
Jan Munro,
Tony Allain
Matthew Draper PS,
Christine Watson,
Jenny Smith,
Melodie Cook,
Barry Freeman,
Richard Turner,
Liz Balkwill,
Jaana Fowler,
Qiaoxi Chen.

For the extensive exhibition report please check Making a Mark blog.

Old Pastel Master: Giuseppe Casciaro

Giuseppe Casciaro "Barca sulla spiaggia di Ischia"
Giuseppe Casciaro “Barca sulla spiaggia di Ischia”

Giuseppe Casciaro (1861-1941) was an Italian painter, active mainly in Naples. Orphaned at the age of twelve, he was raised by a paternal uncle, a priest. He attended school in lyceum gymnasium of Maglie, where his uncle hoped he would start studies towards a career in medicine. However, there he was first instructed to art by Paolo Emilio Stasi, who aided him in enrolling in the Neapolitan Academy of Fine Arts under Morelli and Palizzi. His uncle initially thought Giuseppe was in Naples attending the university, and upon learning of his deception, ceased his support of the young man.
At the Academy, he met Francesco Paolo Michetti, from whom he learned to paint landscapes in pastels. He spent most of his life painting landscapes of the shoreline and of his native Ortelle. At the end of the century, he traveled to Paris, where he met Giuseppe De Nittis and his circle. He gained a nomination to be professor at the Institute of Fine Arts of Urbino. He often visited and tutored members of the Royal House of Savoy about pastel painting. His works were exhibited throughout Europe and Argentina.

Click on the following thumbnails to see the gallery of works.

Featured Pastel Artist: DAI YongJie

YongJie Dai "In The Midst of Desert Storm"
YongJie Dai “In The Midst of Desert Storm”

DAI YongJie (b. 1964 -) is a pastel artist based in the province of Ningxia, north China. Dai is a graduate of Fine Arts from the Ningxia Shaanxi Normal University and has studied soft pastel painting from Hang Ming Shi at the China Pastel Research Center in 2001.
Dai paints subjects around his desert environment of the Ningxia province. His paintings have been selected to feature in many Chinese publications.  Currently, a Deputy Director of the Art Council, Ningxia Art Association.

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