Spotlight on Hang Mingshi

Hang Ming Shi, the Chinese artist who has been pioneering the pastel art movement in China.
The Master Hang Mingshi was recently hosting the delegation of 10 international pastel artists representing the United States, France, Spain, and Singapore. José del Riego, Aurelio Rodríguez López, Vicente Romero, Richard Mckinley, Alan Flattmann, Liz Haywood, President of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Jimmy Wright, President of the Pastel Society of America, Jason Chang, President of the North American Pastel Association, Gwenneth Barth-White, vicepresident of the Pastellistes de France and the painter – resident in Hong Kong – Isabelle V. Lim. More info about the event can be found on Richard’s Pastel Pointers blog.

“Pastel 100″ winners for 2015

Dianne Rudnick Mann "8 or 9 Glass Bowls", First Place in the Still Life category
Dianne Rudnick Mann “8 or 9 Glass Bowls”, First Place in the Still Life category

Congratulations to all 100 finalists and award winners in the Pastel Journal’s 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition!!!! The grand prize winners are:
Simone Bingemer, Pastel Journal Best of Show
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Stan Bloomfield, Pastel Journal Award of Excellence.
Lisa Ober, The Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastel Prize.
Joe Mac Kechnie, Richeson/Unison Pastel Gold
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Zhu Wenlin, Richeson/Unison Pastel Silver.

Landscape & Interior Winners
1. Leoni Duff, 2. Christine Debrosky, 3. Patricia Meras, 4. Colette Odya Smith, 5. Marianna MacDonald. Honorable Mentions, Jan Frank, Brian Sauerland, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Linda Mutti, Willo Balfrey, Don Rantz, Mike Barrett Kolasinski, Jane McGraw-Teubner, Ted Fuka, Bud Edmondson, Katrina Thorstensen, Jennifer L. Hoffman, Don Williams, Nancy Nowak, Jennifer Evenhus, Arne Borring, Frederick D. Somers, Helen Kleczynski, Jacob Aguiar, Chistine Ivers, M. Katherine Hurley, Patsy Lindamood, Kim Morin Weineck, Anthony Davis.

Portrait & Figure Winners
1. Susanne Mull, 2. Alain Picard,, 3. David Wells, 4. Christine Obers, 5. Gaela Erwin. Honorable Mentions, Andrew Bartos, Gwenneth Barth-White, Cristen Miller, Candace Grieve, Christine Swann, Laurent Botella, Sharon Allicotti, Amber-Rose Hulme, Bill Kaufmann, Tina Moore, Sylvia Nitti, Ryan Bradley, Harry Burman, Sandra Kuck, Jane Radstrom, Neva Rossi Smoll, William Schneider,

Still Life & Floral Winners
1. Diane Rudnick Mann, 2. Randy Carden, 3. Kari Tirrell, 4. Jacqueline Meyerson, 5. Donna Timm.
Honorable Mentions, Yael Maimon, Jeanie Schlump, Gail Faber, Phil Kidd, Lisa Ober, Jennifer Evenhus, Robin Frisella, Sarah Blumenschein, Maggie Whitney, Christine Mikesell-Bidwell.

Animal & Wildlife Winners
1. Yael Maimon, 2. Laura Talbot, 3. Sharon Bamber, 4. Carmen Griehl-Gross, 5. Anne Marie Propst. Honorable Mentions, Marla Rush Parnell, Resa Grogan, Sharon Bamber, Brian Brigham, Sue Gombus, Roberta Combs, Jean Terry, Deborah LaFogg Docherty, Nancy MacDonald, Cindy House.

Abstract & Non-Objective Winners
1. Colette Odya Smith, 2. Mel Grunau, 3. Bre Barnett Crowell, 4. Janice Wall, 5. Arlene Richman. Honorable Mentions, Anna Wainright, Jack Jung, Loreta Feeback, Frederick D. Somers, Bernadette deCesare.

Willard Leroy Metcalf

Willard Leroy Metcalf "Moonlight"
Willard Leroy Metcalf “Moonlight”

Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858 –1925) was an American artist born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and later attended Académie Julian, Paris. After early figure-painting and illustration, he became prominent as a landscape painter. He was one of the Ten American Painters who in 1897 seceded from the Society of American Artists. For some years he was an instructor in the Womans Art School, Cooper Union, New York, and in the Art Students League, New York. In 1893 he became a member of the American Watercolor Society, New York. Generally associated with American Impressionism, he is also remembered for his New England landscapes and involvement with the Old Lyme Art Colony at Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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Old Pastel Master: Léon Augustin Lhermitte

Léon-Augustin Lhermitte "Old Harvester's Meal"
Léon-Augustin Lhermitte “Old Harvester’s Meal”

Léon Augustin Lhermitte (1844 – 1925) was a French realist painter and etcher whose primary subject matter was of rural scenes depicting the peasant worker. He was born in Mont-Saint-Père. A student of Lecoq de Boisbaudran, he gained recognition after his show in the Paris Salon in 1864.
Like his contemporary, Jean François Millet, Lhermitte took pastel to a higher degree of completion. While his earliest pastels were studies drawn from nature, his later pastels, including the one in this post, evolved into large-scale, finished compositions in their own right. Lhermitte was certainly one of the most accomplished masters of his generation.
Lhermitte’s innovative use of pastels won him the admiration of his contemporaries. Vincent van Gogh wrote that “If every month Le Monde Illustré published one of his compositions … it would be a great pleasure for me to be able to follow it. It is certain that for years I have not seen anything as beautiful as this scene by Lhermitte … I am too preoccupied by Lhermitte this evening to be able to talk of other things.”

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