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.

If you would like to contact the artist please leave a comment or send mail to this blog.

Rae Smith in PSA Hall of Fame

Rae Smith "Into the Light"
Rae Smith “Into the Light” 19″x25″

Rae Smith, elected Master Pastelist by The Pastel Society of America in 1997, is their 2014 Hall of Fame Honoree. She has exhibited her pastel and oil paintings throughout the United States, as well as Japan, China, France Italy, Russia, Taiwan and Canada. Rae has been following her painting passion for most of her life, using so many different media or combinations, from pen and ink to water color, oils and pastels, at times specializing in one medium or another. Her work has sometimes been abstract (very large watercolors) and then at other times, more realistic, but always her very own impression of a place, time, or figment of her imagination. There was a time that all of her works were of, or included people, but when she moved to the country, Nature took hold of her, and she began to specialize in Landscape painting and the pastel medium.
“My painting is all about emotion, mood and atmosphere. I am always looking for the ‘out of the ordinary’ feeling in a composition. At times my paintings have been described as spiritual and I would hope I am able to express myself so that one who views my work is touched.”

The Pastel Society UK Open Exhibition 2015

The Pastel Society Digital Pre-Selection closes on December 5th 2014! Go to www.mallgalleries.org.uk and submit your entry!
Pre-Selection Notification: 12 December 2014.
There are a number of prizes and awards available to win, including: NEW for 2015: £5,000 Zsuzsi Roboz Prize for artists aged 35 and under.
Minimum price: £300

Enjoy the gallery of works from 2014.

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