Featured Artist… Judith Carducci!

Tessa's Hearth by Judith Carducci
Tessa’s Hearth by Judith Carducci

Judith Carducci is an amazing pastel artist – I adore how she did this interior above. The golden glow of the fireplace and the portions left somewhat unfinished but so very cool!

Monhegan from the Cemetery by Judith Carducci
Monhegan from the Cemetery by Judith Carducci

For those of you who have been to Monhegan, ME, you will instantly recognize this view – spectacular, right? Pastels are a medium I’m not really familiar with, I just know when I see something I like, and I like this… be sure to check out more of Judith’s work, as well as her upcoming workshops!

Read a blip about Judith from her website:

Critique - a self portrait by Judith Carducci
Critique – a self portrait by Judith Carducci

When I was a child, my art teacher had me copy “Holbein Heads” – drawings by the great Hans Holbein, portraitist to the court of England’s King Henry VIII. That was the beginning of my lifelong fascination with portraiture and my enduring respect for Holbein’s genius. Even now, my teacher’s voice, as she showed me the fine points of his skill, echoes in my ear: “Look for the lost and found!” 

This self portrait of the artist on a coffee break, in intense concentration assessing the work in progress (values? edges? gesture? composition…?), is also my homage to Holbein, his strength of characterization and his use of color (especially in the simple rich green background). And it is nostalgic for me – a reminder of my love and gratitude for my teacher.

ALL IMAGES via JudithCarducci.com

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Featured Artist… Bob Rohm!

"Afternoon Cloud Break" by Bob Rohm
“Afternoon Cloud Break” by Bob Rohm

This is an amazing piece by artist Bob Rohm. The looseness and the light… love it! I need to have the nice big strokes that he’s got… wow!

BobRohm TexasEvening SWGallery.com
“Texas Evening” by Bob Rohm

This sky is over the top fabulous! The light in the sky is breathtaking! The above painting is at Southwest Art Gallery, just one of the many galleries that Bob is in. Bob paints in oil and pastel and he covers a variety of subjects… this man can paint anything! He’s giving some great workshops, so be sure to check that out!

Read a blip about Bob from his website:

Bob has been painting most of his life, and received classical art training at the York Academy of Arts in Pennsylvania. Now a resident of Texas, his paintings reflect the brilliance of the colors found in the clear, bright light of the southwest.

 Bob juries shows, teaches workshops, lectures and demonstrates in oil and pastel mediums. Known for his ability to capture the poetry of light, he has received many awards and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Oil Painters of America and the Outdoor Painters Society.  He is the author of the book THE PAINTERLY APPROACH and has been featured in many publications includingSouthwest Art, American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, International Artist and Pure Color. Bob’s painting approach has been the subject of several instructional DVD productions and his work is collected internationally and is represented by a number of fine galleries including Michael Henington Gallery in Santa Fe, Aspen Grove Fine Arts in Aspen and Southwest Gallery in Dallas.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

My post from one year ago…   Red’s Eats, Wiscasset, Maine… a great “lobstah” roll!

My post from two years ago…  Artist to watch… Andrea Peters!

Images:

Afternoon Cloud Break: BobRohm.com

Texas Evening: Southwest Gallery

Artist to watch… Tom Curry!

Image: GleasonFineArt.com

I love to introduce artists that you might not run across… good ones, artists that are unique… I would like you to meet Maine artist, Tom Curry. This is a fabulous pastel on paper entitled BOAT HOUSE, I love the orange undertones, its a very striking piece! It’s at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. If you’re in the area, check him out! If not, check out Gleason’s website, he’s under the CONTEMPORARY ART section. The artist also has a FABULOUS website, (click HERE)… so check him out!  Here’s a blip from his website (the Artists Statement):

Life on the Maine coast is charged with a brilliance, a wildness. The waters are a living green ecosystem, radiating wonder. There’s an urgency to my work because so many of these places are being lost to development.

Nature, ever changing, offers countless compositions. I want to evoke a place, time and atmosphere in my work. The natural world is my big studio, filled with opportunities to observe nature and explore its seamless miracle. Open air painting is a selection process: this sky, these waves, this foreground. It’s not a fragment, but a series of experiences not limited to space and time like a photograph. Many places feel sacred to me, places where the landscape evokes a sense of stewardship and reverence.

I have worked with pastel more than 20 years. The medium’s fluidity and immediacy allow me to capture the ever changing light, water, and atmosphere. I often return to work in the same locations with infinite daily results.

Many artists influence my work: Ferdinand Hodler, Wolf Kahn, Marsden Hartley, Tom Thompson and Rockwell Kent. I also find inspiration in Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot’s paintings of the Italian countryside, as well in the work of Edgar Degas, Fairfield Porter, Edward Hopper and Rockwell Kent.

Enjoy! Catch you back here tomorrow!