Alberto Piedra Fernández

Alberto "Colorfull Thoughts"

Alberto "Colorfull Thoughts"
Alberto Piedra Fernandez "Colorfull Thoughts"

Alberto Piedra Fernández is a pastel artist from Spain. He studied laws and in his artistic beginnings he was self-thought but soon he explored and discovered a field of figurative art and realism in pastels by the hand of internationally renewed artist Abel Marquez from Argentina.
Alberto has received several international awards and recently had the Outstanding Pastel at Bold Brush competition.
He is a founding member of the Pastel Guild of Europe (PGE) and member of Spanish Pastel Society (ASPAS).

The Tree of Knowledge by Dion Pollard

Dion Pollard "Tree of Knowledge"

Dion Pollard "Tree of Knowledge"
Dion Pollard "The Tree of Knowledge"

Dion Pollard started his artistic life at age of 13 after seeing his brother copying comic books. He started with pencil drawings but now mostly uses pastels. Dion creates colorful realistic paintings from mind and uses strong warm colors. He lives in Upper Marlboro, MD USA.
The infinity Art Gallery recently awarded 3rd place for his pastel painting The Tree of Knowledge. Here is what the juror Marcella Gillenwater nicely commented about this painting. The “Tree of Knowledge” calls for a sense of strong boldness from the artist. The movement is brilliant! I enjoy the harmony of the ripples throughout the painting, yet the straight edges of the books allow for a balance of interesting energy. The warmth and vibrant colors are in a nice measurement with the cools. This painting makes me want to jump in and pick up a book. Congratulations on a great work of art which screams for a wonderful movement in this world!

Canada’s Master Pastelists Exhibition

D.F.Gray "Qualicum Heat"

D.F.Gray "Qualicum  Heat"
D.F.Gray "Qualicum Heat"

The place to visit for pastel lovers in Canada this summer will for sure be Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. D.F. Gray has assembled pastels from private collections from various historical Canadian master pastelists and invited 18 contemporary Canadian artists working with soft pastel along with some of his recent pastels. The show will be open July 18th through August 14th, and there will be more than a week of workshops and events. This looks like a big undertaking and I hope we’ll see more pastel events like this around the world. Thank you Dan and everyone else involved!
More info can be found on Dan’s website.

Pastel Artist: Paola Bassoli

Paola Bassoli "Tuareg"

Paola Bassoli developed passion for painting under the watchful eye of her grandfather who was also a painter. The search for the right expression of Paola’s personality has gone through every form of art, but neither watercolor nor drawing courses have fulfilled her full expression. She finally found her expression through the portraits and figures in oil and later developed an interest in pastels and charcoal, always applying the technique of tonal painting. Paola is an active member of art scene in Milan, Italy, and she continues the study between the U.S. and Italy. The painting in this post Touareg was the finalist in The Bold Brush Painting Competition in March.

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.

Jan Weaver, The Best of APS Show 2011

Jan Weaver "Watching"

Jan Weaver’s interest in art eventually led her to get B.F.A. in studio art from the University of Texas. She pursued her love of ceramics until 2000 when she turned her focus to drawing and painting. Jan never considered herself a painter, but making art is a learned skill and she was willing to be taught. That year she saw an artist-friend’s work in pastel and she was mesmerized by the intensity of the color. Jan knew right then that this was what she wanted to learn.
Jan’s painting Watching (in this post) was the best of show at the Austin Pastel Society 2011 Annual Juried Member Exhibition held this 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.

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