Featured Artist… Barbara Jaenicke!

Aspen Road at Sunset by Barbara Jaenicke
Aspen Road at Sunset by Barbara Jaenicke

Just look at those colors! So very nice, you can just feel that wonderful warm light… this is a pastel done by artist Barbara Jaenicke, this painting is already sold, but I did want to show it to you because it’s amazing! This was the award winner in the 2010 Pastel Society of America Exhibit in NY, New York.

Shadows on the Shed by Barbara Jaenicke
Shadows on the Shed by Barbara Jaenicke

This is an oil painting by Barbara… nice shadows… they make a painting, don’t they? They add life.  Very nice! Barbara is represented by several galleries, be sure to check her out!

Read a blip about Barbara from her website:

Born in 1964 and raised in New Jersey, Barbara Courtney Jaenicke loved to draw and paint as a child and decided at an early age to pursue a career in art in one form or another. As an art major in college, Barbara took as many fine art courses as she could, while also taking painting classes outside of her college studies, but in order to have a steady income right after college, she geared her education toward the commercial side and spent a little over a decade of her early career in advertising as an art director, then later worked in marketing communications in the corporate world. In 2002, she was able to turn her focus to her fine art career.
Currently residing in Roswell, GA with her husband and son, Barbara paints landscapes and still life in pastel and oil. When creating her paintings, she rarely copies her subject matter exactly as it appears, but instead adapts the colors and composition into her own interpretation.
Barbara is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the IAPS Master Circle, a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society, and a member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. She teaches weekly pastel classes locally in the metro Atlanta area and also teaches workshops throughout the US.

Images via BarbaraJaenicke.com


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…        Grandmas Goulash… so easy and so good!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…   The beauty of Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Bruce Gomez!

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Final Thoughts From Far Away by Bruce Gomez – Image: TellurideGallery.com

Bruce Gomez, artist… Spectacular, right? The composition of this painting is amazing. The colors… perfect in every way! If you haven’t seen work by Bruce Gomez I highly suggest you check him out, he’s got such beautiful subject matter! Bruce is a pastel artist, living in Denver, CO.

Here’s a blip about him from the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art:

Bruce A. Gómez was born in Denver, Colorado in 1957 and was educated at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Denver, where he received a degree in Political Science as well as a degree in Romance Languages.  The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art has represented Bruce since 1985.

He has been working in pastels for thirty-nine years, full-time for the past twenty-nine. Entirely self-taught, Bruce works exclusively in that medium on cold-pressed watercolour paper. In addition, he has taught for the last twenty years at the Ah Haa School in Telluride, CO, where he has been one of the school’s highest rated instructors for years. He has also had the opportunity to teach workshops in Sedona, AZ, Moab, UT, London, England, and Cortona, Italy. He is currently a regular instructor at the Abend Gallery of Fine Art in Denver.

Bruce has participated in more shows than he can recall and his work has been featured in The Artist Magazine, Art and Antiques, and in Southwest Art Magazine several times where he was noted as an Artist to Watch Over $5,000.

He has appeared in numerous Pastel Invitational shows as well as Plein Air Invitationals including The Denver Golden Triangle Invitational, and The Sedona Plein Air Festival, in which he won The Collector’s Choice Award, The Artists Choice Award, and received one of five Merit Awards in 2011 and the Merit Awards in 2012.

Bruce has also produced the artwork for numerous festivals and events including The MAAD poster Detroit 1998, The Telluride Jazz Festival, The Telluride Chamber Music Festival, The Sheep Mountain Alliance, and many others. He has contributed his work to numerous fundraisers and benefits including fundraisers for The Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, The Telluride AIDS benefit, The Ah Haa Art Auction, The Alzheimer’s Foundation, KRMA Art Auction, and The American Cancer Society.

His extensive travels range from Aspen and Telluride, New Mexico and Arizona, Wyoming and Montana, up to Banff, and crossing the Pond to Europe; he has painted across London, Amsterdam, Paris, Provence, Florence, and Rome.

Truly gifted! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Kim Lordier!

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The Sun’s Embrace by Kim Lordier / Image: KimFancherLordier.com

Isn’t this a fabulous pastel? That horse is absolutely magnificent! The sun and the dark greens… whoa! (Pun intended)… Kim has an interesting story, read on…

Read a blip about the artist from her website:

Native to the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA, Kim Lordier combines keen observation and sensitivity to her award winning landscapes. After college, Lordier flew for a major air carrier, experiencing many domestic and foreign locales, while keeping up with painting and portraiture. After the events of September 2001 she turned to painting full time.
“There is nothing like the inner peace that comes from working from life, exploring the way the sun can transform an ordinary object into something stunning. I want you to see the beauty in what we pass by everyday, and acknowledge the importance of open space in our lives.”

Inspired by the turn of the century California Impressionists and Tonalists, Kim paints in the plein air tradition. Fascinated with California’s unique atmospheric qualities, Kim strives to capture the beauty, depth and energy of the land and sea. She is currently a Signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters, the Pastel Society of America,  a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and Artist Member of the California Art Club.
Also, check out this article, When to Be Critical, When to Let Go written by Steve Doherty back in 2007. So much great advice!

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Featured Artist… Lorenzo Chavez!

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A March Day by Lorenzo Chavez

So many things to love about Lorenzo’s work. In this particular painting, the iciness of the water drew me in, the stark dark line of vegetation in the background was a nice pop and then that oh so awesome shadow line. Absolutely lovely! You must check out Lorenzo’s work, he’s got a great website! I found this particular image on the Mockingbird Gallery website, very nice!

Here’s a blip about Lorenzo from the Mockingbird Gallery website:

Lorenzo Chavez is from New Mexico where he enjoys a connection with the colorful and historic Southwest and its striking landscapes. He studied at the Colorado Institute of Art and the Art Students League of Denver.  Intensive private study of the Impressionists and 19th century American and Russian painters has made him aware of the wonderful possibilities of painting from life.

 Chavez’s work in both pastel and oil is devoted to plein air landscapes with an emphasis on the American West.  His passion for his craft and his visceral connection with whatever landscape surrounds him weave a powerful undercurrent of emotion and accessibility.

 Chavez exhibits in national invitational exhibitions across the country including the Pastel Society of America, Artists of America and Artists of the West, The Northwest Rendezvous Group, Landscapes of the American West and Plein Air Painters of America.  His worked is exhibited in the C.M. Russell Museum, Laguna Art Museum,Gilcrease Museum, Loveland Art Museum,Pasadena Art Museum, Albuquerque Museum Miniatures and the Bradford Brinton MemorialMuseum.  He was invited to exhibit 7 pastels at the 2010 summer Exhibition for the Society ofPastelists in France.

 Chavez’s work is featured in prominent galleries and magazines including Art of the West,Southwest Art, Pastel Journal, Art-Talk andAmerican Artist.  He was cover artist for The Artist’s Magazine.  He is an active member of the Western Rendezvous of Art, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of Spain.

Catch you back here tomorrow!