Lynn Freed was the finalist in the Still Life & Floral competition in the latest issue of the International Artist magazine. Lynn used to work as a designer and fabricator of ornamental elements for fine restaurants, hotels, and casinos. She also worked for some time for Hollywood on the set of “Matlock”, the new “Adam 12”, “Little White Lies” with Ann Jillian, and “Rhythm Nation” with Janet Jackson. Lynn determined to return to painting and made her entrance into the fine art world doing Southwest themes in pastel.
Another finalist with pastel painting in this issue was Richard Levine, but unfortunately I could not find information about his work on the Net.
This is the list of approaching deadlines for the pastel competitions till the end of 2010. Not all of them are pastel only competitions, but they are popular and many pastelists participate. Please feel invited to comment and add more.
The August issue of the Pastel Scribbler is bringing an interview with Harley Brown. Harley is Canadian artist best known for his pastel portraits of Native American Indians and other characters of the Wild West. He is author of sold out bestsellers Confessions of a Starving Artist, Eternal Truth’s for Every Artist and Inspiration For Every Artist and is a regular contributor to International Artist Magazine. He is one of the living legends of the Soft Pastel Art and I warmly recommend reading this inspiring, 12 pages long interview.
Sergei Oussik is a pastel artist based in St Petersburg, Russia. Serguei started his art career by selling works on the streets of St Petersburg, but has since achieved an international reputation as a formidable landscape artist of great sensitivity. He is a member of the Russian Union of Artists, the International Federation of Artists, the Pastel Society of France and International Association of Pastel Society. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a leader of the St. Petersburg Pastel Society.
Sergei’s was recently chosen as a finalist in the Seascapes, Rivers & Lakes competition in the latest issue of the International Artist magazine #73. More of his beautiful works can be found at ArtLondon pages.
Carole Katchen has been a professional and successful artist and author for more than 40 years. You can find her work in private and public collections, including the collection of Bill Clinton, the former president of the United States. Carole has published 17 books, which have sold over 1 million copies and she has written numerous magazine articles for Cosmopolitan, Parents and several art magazines. She is also a Contributing Editor to The Artists Magazine and a featured columnist for International Artist. Carole uses all sorts of art mediums, but most of the time she uses soft pastels. On her website you can find an article about her technique and a couple of demos.
Below are links to a some of her books available at Amazon. If you wander why I give links on the Amazon, it is because I get a 4% commission from any sales done through my Soft Pastel Store or through the provided links :).
Sabina Haas from Switzerland was the finalist in the Still Life & Floral competition in the latest issue of the International Artist magazine. She was the only pastel artist to reach the finals in this competition.
Although Sabina loves painting flowers, the main subject in the most of her paintings are animals and specially horses. She worked with horses and for a time managed her own livery stable. When she took up painting later on, the art rekindled her passion for the horses. You can also find Sabina in the older post about the Art Horse Magazine. Sabina is a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe.