Aaron Schuerr Pastel Adventures

Aaron Schuerr "River Glow"

Have you ever tried to paint outdoors with the frozen fingers? Or climbing to a peek of mountain to find that perfect spot for your next plein air painting? Looks like that is the specialty of Aaron Schuerr. He combines his love of outdoors and painting to capture those special moments when most of us run for shelter.
Aaron is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, is a dedicated plein-air painter based in Livingston, Montana. Working in both oil and pastel, he brings a quiet intimacy and sensitive rendering of light to the varied landscapes of the Rocky Mountain West.
Aaron won the Pastel Journal Gold Medal Award for Excelence in 2011 with the painting River Glow.

Featured Pastel Artist: Cuong Nguyen

Cuong Nguyen was trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in his native Vietnam. He finds the natural beauty in the people that surround him—from the men and women he painted to earn money on the streets of Saigon as a child, to the denizens of Silicon Valley that he often paints today. Faces inspire him—so much so that that he has been known to approach strangers to request that they model for him. He works in a variety of media, from oil and pastel to digital media and for much of the past decade, he has been active in streetpaint art festivals around the world. Cuong is also a professional illustrator and icon designer for Yahoo! Inc., where he creates digital artwork no larger than 50 square pixels.
He has won several awards for his painting, including Best in Show at the International Association of Pastel Societies’ 15th Juried Exhibition and a Gold Medal at its 16th Juried Exhibition. The artist is a member of Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism and is a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
Cuong won the Pastel Journal Grand Prize Award for 2011 with the painting Spring.

Don Williams, The Pastel Journal Best of Show

Don Williams "Hopper Car in Fog"

Don Williams "Hopper Car in Fog"
Don Williams "Hopper Car in Fog"

Night scenes of empty streets, ships and trains in a fog, old cars and gas stations… if you see it masterfully painted in pastels, you can be very certain it was done by Don Williams. His paintings are very quite and always show dramatic lights.
Don earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Newcomb Art School at Tulane University. He paints in both oil and pastel, and also works in drawing media, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions and one-man shows at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the San Jose Museum of Art and the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln, Neb. The artist lives in Sonoma, California.
Don won the Pastel Journal Best of Show award for 2011 with the painting Hopper Car in Fog.


Daggi Wallace Non-Profit Project

Daggi Wallace "This too shall pass"

Daggi Wallace "This too shall pass"Daggi Wallace is a pastel painter born in 1962, in Berlin, Germany, currently living in Dallas, Texas. Primarily self-taught, she had her first painting lesson at the age of five and continues her studies through workshops and classes as well as many museum visits during her frequent travels to Europe. Her pastel paintings have been juried into many exhibitions including the IAPS and PSA and the awards have included Best of Show, Awards of Excellence and Purchase Awards in regional and national juried exhibitions.
In 2010 Wallace started a non-profit project called “Moni’s Kids”, painting portraits of children in need and using the proceeds to deliver aid to the children portrayed. The first series of Haitian children was exhibited in Miami in November 2010. To learn more about Moni’s Kids, please visit Daggi’s website.

“Painting portraits to me is all about exploring our shared humanity, the connection we have to each other and our common Source. Each face tells a story and communicating this to others is my goal. As these portraits are given new homes my hope is to bring the world outside our own little circles a little closer.” ¨- Daggi

Daggi was recently elected as a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America.

Pastel Artist: Mary Ann Cherry

Mary Ann Cherry is a Master Signature member of the Women Artists of the West and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. She is co-founder of the Pastel Society of the Northern Rockies and current president. She paints primarily in soft pastel or oils, working in a studio near the Snake River in Idaho, where wildlife and birds are abundant. Although comfortable with any subject matter, Cherry admits that wildlife and Native American dancers are her favorites. Cherry is a workshop instructor and offers an online critique service
The painting in this post Blur of Yellow was the finalist in The Bold Brush Painting Competition in January.

Pastel Artist: Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell received her formal art education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, concentrating her studies in Illustration and Graphic Design. She used to work as an illustrator creating storyboards and comprehensive illustrations for several leading advertising agencies in the Mid-Atlantic region. After that she began a twenty year career painting children’s portraits in her home based studio. Lisa expanded her focus to include landscapes, figures and still life subjects. She offers pastel instruction in her studio to a small group of artists. Lisa is a past President of the Maryland Pastel Society (2005 -2007) and currently serves on the board as the Web Site Administrator. She is a Signature Member of the Maryland Pastel Society, a Signature member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, a member of the Portrait Society of America. Her painting in this post Dominique What’s On Your Mind? was the finalist in The Bold Brush Painting Competition in January.

Clark G. Mitchell Pastel Demo

Clark G. Mitchell

Clark G. Mitchell
Clark G. Mitchell

I was fortunate enough to visit John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and see the pastel paintings by Clark G. Mitchell. Beside a few smaller landscapes there was one huge beautiful pastel painting, bigger than me and I’m sure the biggest pastel painting I’ve ever seen. Clark is a pastel artist with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Colorado College. He has been the feature article on several publications such as American Artist and The Pastel Journal. Clark is well known for his pastel landscapes: a teacher for over twenty years, he conducts both studio and plein air workshops. His studio is in California’s wine county Sonoma. If you will be a lucky participant at the IAPS convention in June you can still catch Clark’s 2 day workshop.
On the Artshow site you can find one of his old pastel demos.

Merethe Torbergsen “Raw Breakfast”

Merethe Torbergsen named this painting Raw Breakfast, and my wild guess is that she has raw eggs for breakfast after a rock concerts where she sings and plays :). Merethe is a soft pastel artist form Norway and a rock & blues guitarist and singer in a B.B. Queen & Stringmasters Inc. band.
She started with pastel painting in 2002 and she also works in graphite, charcoal and colored pencils. Her favorite subject is still life and her paintings are sometimes described as a Romantic Realism, where an artist renders everyday objects seen through her eyes. The artist aim for an emotional and personal rendering of the subjects she choose to paint. Merethe is the winner of the latest Get Dusty competition, held by the Pastel Guild of Europe, with the painting above.
You can follow her work on a blog and listen some of her music on the My Space.

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