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09-11-2015, 07:52 AM

as a beginner I love to see different styles and themes to find out what exactly I like about pastels and what I would like to learn in the future.

You know, you are all my favorite artists, right? :cat: And I appreciate your help and advice tremendously.

But outside of WC, I love the style of Karen Margulis

And today I found an artist whose work swept me off my feet :lol:
Tony Allain
I love especially his sailboats, like these:
(I am not sure if I can let the photo display here)
His style reminds me of watercolors of Alvaro Castagnet

Would you share your favorite artists please with us?

09-11-2015, 09:34 PM
Charlotte Herczfeld, aka Colorix here. Charlie taught me color and I love her work, she is my favorite pastelist.

09-12-2015, 09:58 AM
Two artists I met here on WC are certainly among my favorite pastel artists - Charlie (Charlotte Herczfeld) and Paula Ford. I had the incredible good fortune to be a guide with both of them here in the pastel forum!

Other favorite pastel artists worth checking out in my opinion are:

Alain Picard (for portraits and figures) and Bill Cone (for landscapes).

My favorite contemporary artist are Pino and Ovanes Berberian, both oil painters. Pino, alas, passed away a few years ago.


09-12-2015, 10:16 AM
Nick, thanks for starting this thread. I agree with the others. I love Allain, Charlotte's work and Picard. I also love Sandra Burshell's interiors for their wonderful treatment of light. My favorite portrait and still life painter is David Gray. He paints in oil. http://www.davidgrayart.com

09-12-2015, 10:28 AM
Luanna Luconi Winner, Clive Tyler, Mike Beeman

09-12-2015, 12:17 PM
Thank you for sharing your tips!

I realized later that I forgot to mention Bill Cone. Shame on me. He was the one who brought me to pastels. Just as Tony Allain's, his style seems to be easy and light and fast. (But is so difficult to learn and reproduce :))

I have seen several demos of Alain Picard at artistsnetwork. They are wonderful and seem to be relatively easy to follow. I am definitely going to try his apples.

I haven't known the others that you all mentioned.

I also love watercolorist Hazel Soan, especially her African wildlife.

And also Karl Martens' work. The way he is painting is very interesting:

09-13-2015, 06:52 AM
Thanks for starting this Nick. It will be wonderful to learn about and learn from each artist posted. I'm constantly finding a new favorite. There is this guy called Nick7 who does beautiful work when he paints.

09-13-2015, 07:15 AM
Haha, Jay :D And now for real, your style is very different from mine, and I would love to know ho inspires you!

09-13-2015, 01:52 PM
I too love seeing different artists' work. I couldn't have one favorite or even ten, there are so many whose work I admire. But some particular favorites (in addition to those already names) are:

Barbara Jaenicke


Aline Ordman


Sara Bee


I keep a Pinterest board of pastelists I like


09-13-2015, 01:59 PM
Thank you, Kate, for joining the thread!

I didn't know any of the artists you mentioned.

I like the light in Barbara's landscape paintings. It's wonderful to see how many different styles there is. It always surprises me to be honest :)

09-13-2015, 05:25 PM
Nick, I bounce around like a kid in a rubber raft...so many I admire. McKinley is a consistent favorite. I like Phil Bates. Albert Handell. My initial draw to painting, not pastel, was Turner and then Sargent. Those two were big inspirations. Lately I've admired Jacob Collin's landscapes.

09-15-2015, 12:01 AM
I recently found Anita stoll and really like her.

09-15-2015, 11:55 AM
For landscapes, I like Glenna Hartmann and Bert Collins. Two completely different styles, but both excellent in what they do (did).

09-15-2015, 11:53 PM
Lesley Harrison and Harley Brown, two very different styles but I would love to be able to paint like either one of them

09-16-2015, 10:23 AM
Richard McKinley has always been a favorite, love his landscapes. Bill Cone for his wonderful rocks.

09-16-2015, 11:21 PM
I like all of these and of course Degas and Monet. Also another one that hasn't been mentioned yet. Has videos on Youtube. Arnold Lowrey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TVzydgBs10) has videos on ArtistsNetworkTV and is a lot of fun.

He's good for techniques that work on Canson Mi-Tientes with Rembrandts and other moderately priced mid-texture pastels. I linked to one of the videos on YouTube.

Very fond of Richard McKinley's blog too. He taught me how to organize my pastels box and handle greens!

Also Nick7 is my birds pastelist, he's got this strong style with them that's at once natural and painterly. Accurate but never stiff!

09-17-2015, 02:00 AM
Thank you for sharing your tips. It's wonderful to look them up and see all the different styles.
I like Lowry's watercolor demos as well.

Rob, thank you. WC is full of great artists that are on MY pedestal though :)

09-17-2015, 06:02 PM
Another artist that I like: Matthew Brehm (watercolors)

I love the light in his sketches and the clean look

09-17-2015, 07:52 PM
One of mine is Chris DiMauro, a.k.a. Allydoodle here on Wet Canvas. This piece (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15098772&postcount=363) is a favorite.

01-03-2016, 10:02 PM
Zaria Forman does the most amazing icebergs and water. These are huge pastel painting and I find them awe-inspiring. http://www.zariaforman.com. I think I read that she worked with Unison on creating special pastel colors for her works. She took a trip with National Geographic as well.
Another is Tom Christopher. He posts on WC occasionally but here is his website too http://tomchristopherartist.com/about

01-04-2016, 10:29 AM
What a wonderful thread. I am glad it was bumped so I could see it. I love the loose and bright styles of Tony Allain and Bill Cone. And oh man, those works by Zaria Forman are wonderful!

I linked this elsewhere, but I am bowled over by the work of Wang Xiangzhen that I saw in this article

A friend turned me on to the work of Gigi Liverant and I am fascinated by her style, and her use of color and darkness http://gigiliverant.com/gallery/

Another favorite for me is Christine Ivers

01-04-2016, 02:33 PM
And two more I found and love

01-04-2016, 03:03 PM
One more :)


01-04-2016, 09:11 PM
Since this thread has been revived, I want to add that I absolutely adore the portrait work of Margaret Ferguson, known in these parts as "Mang."
Here's one fabulous example (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1330678) from the Pastel Gallery, and here is one more (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1314182).