When a pastel painting takes my breath away, I want to share it! Let’s look at the details of this portrait by English artist John Russell
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I’m just home from Salt Lake City, Utah. Cam, my sweetie was taking a workshop there and I went along for the ride having never been there. One of my favourite things to do when visiting a new city is to check out the local art galleries, particularly the public institutions. I’m always inspired and
I had decided it was time for another ‘Close Look” blog. A number of possibilities came to mind but as I began preparing, I realized it was almost Remembrance Day. So it made sense to choose work related in some way to war. I began to recall pastel portraits I’d seen somewhere along the way,
While researching another project, I came across two paintings by Edgar Degas – one in oil, one in pastel – on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website. I was so taken by these pieces that I had to bring them to you! They have slightly different titles but are basically the same painting of a
Sometimes you come across a painting that keeps you looking beyond a cursory – oh-that’s-wonderful thought. I especially love when the deeper looking involves a painting (and artist) previously unknown to me. This is true of today’s close look blog post. Check out Les Confidences by Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean (b. 13 January 1858, Chevry-Cossigny, France – d.
It’s time for my monthly round-up of pastels but I decided to do something a little bit different this time. I was looking through a little book I have called Women Artists put out by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Funnily enough, on the same day this book came to my attention
There’s a pastel painting I’ve always loved – it’s Édouard Manet’s “George Moore”. I was reminded of it today when, searching my book shelf for something else, I came across a book, Édouard Manet Pastels by John Rewald published in 1947. This book is particularly special to me as it first belonged to my grandfather
Tasmania, that island off the south east of Australia that many of us have heard of but really know nothing about including the fact that it produced painter Florence Rodway (1881-1971). I think Papeeta was the first piece I saw by Florence Rodway and I was stunned by how beautiful, textured, and contemporary it looked.
I don’t know about you but I get intense pleasure when I discover a new-to-me artist from the past who used pastels. A few months ago it was Thérèse Schwartze (enjoy the blog written by Cora Hollema by clicking here). Today it’s the Texan artist Frank Reaugh (1860-1945; pronounced “Ray”). This artist became known for
Okay, tell me straight, have you heard of Joan Eardley (1921-1963)? I was introduced to this artist’s work in 2012 and have been an ardent admirer ever since. Whether or not you know her work, I’m delighted to introduce Joan Eardley and her pastel landscapes. Although born in England, Joan Eardley is considered a Scottish painter. Her