Testimonial by Mike Etie Comments Off on Testimonial by Mike Etie

I feel compelled to write today about the upcoming workshop in April being taught by one of art’s living legends Albert Handell. Albert stands without peer as a pastellist and is equal in standing to any other living artist in any medium of his choosing.  But when it comes to pastel he defines the genre.  He is incomparable.

I have had the privilege to work with Albert in the field on location, in his personal studio in Santa Fe, and in rented hotel rooms set up as makeshift studios.  Regardless of the teaching conditions he has always been inspiring and professional.  He is completely focused on his work and the students in his charge as he provides an invaluable learning experience to all attending.  One is completely mesmerized watching him transform life into art.  He is always immersed in his art and he shares everything with his students.

Albert is not an entertainer, he is a teacher. His advice and observations are direct and thoughtful.  Students will need to be prepared to receive his knowledge and be open and willing to learn.  And learn you will.  Just watching a two hour demo is like taking a one day workshop with anyone else. And indeed we have had some great teachers through our association in Austin. No one compares to Albert Handell.

So here it is… If anyone will ever take another pastel workshop in their life it should be from Albert Handell.  The man is 80 years old, he comes to Texas very infrequently, the workshop is for FIVE DAYS, opportunities to sit at the feet of a master will only happen a few times, especially in your own backyard!


Please take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity.  I will see you all there!


Mike Etie

Karen Halbert’s PAAC Award of Merit Comments Off on Karen Halbert’s PAAC Award of Merit

Karen Halbert’s PAAC Award of Merit

Karen Halbert won an Award of Merit for her painting, “Santa Fe Turbulence” at the annual PAAC show Sept. 1 at the Mary Williams Art Gallery in Boulder.


“Santa Fe River Turbulence”, oil, 10″ x 16″.  I have returned to this spot on Alameda many times while the water was still flowing – or sometimes not. I have discovered that painting “en Plein air” in a venue that invokes many memories, such as camping by the river as a child, adds a sparkle that is otherwise missing.


Cindy Kopenhafer and her Artwork Acceptance Comments Off on Cindy Kopenhafer and her Artwork Acceptance

Cindy Kopenhafer and her Artwork Acceptance

10 x 8 Graphite pencil on bristol board

I would like to thank Albert Handell for his guidance the last five years through the mentoring program. I feel my growth has come from his instruction on how to focus and develop in my paintings. With each workshop I attend I leave with more knowledge and appreciation for Albert’s mastery of drawing, painting, and the sharing with his students.

I was honored recently with the acceptance of one of my drawings into the American Women Artist 2015 National Juried Exhibition, November 12 – November 30 at the Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona and for the inclusion in an article about the exhibit in the November issue of the Southwest Art magazine.”

-Cindy Kopenhafer

August 2015 Cover of Pastel Journal – Pastel by Katherine Irish Comments Off on August 2015 Cover of Pastel Journal – Pastel by Katherine Irish

August 2015 Cover of Pastel Journal – Pastel by Katherine Irish

“Mentoring with Albert Handell has been a huge step toward a life long quest to grow as an artist. There are so many facets involved in this very important relationship.

First, I have learned how and where to challenge myself under Albert’s guidance. He imparts a very clear way of seeing and constructing a painting. As a studio painter, I have found it important to paint on location. I have come to appreciate the challenge and growth that comes through plein air painting. I have learned how to look for compositions, the use of line to create rhythms, simplifying forms, the importance of laying in values and the richness in using multiple colors of the same value. When Albert demonstrates, the pure joy of creating beauty comes through. Each stroke is relished and is considered an essential building block of the painting. There is care and planning taken in the pressure and direction of each application. He also emphasizes to focus in and develop the strengths that are in the painting. Understanding this approach has begun to alleviate a lot of struggle.

Secondly, Albert has been very helpful in teaching me how to promote my work. In the past two years, I have been accepted into multiple juried shows across the country and have won awards. These steps will help others look at me seriously as an artist. Albert also introduced my work to Anne Hevener, Editor of the Pastel Journal. She agreed to write an article and used one of my images on the cover of the August 2015 issue.

Thirdly and most important, is the friendship and warmth that has been extended to me and my husband. Albert is both genuine and caring with his students and generous in the knowledge that he shares. I trust Albert implicitly and feel blessed to count him and Jeanine as friends. Three years ago, I made an intention to find someone who would be an effective mentor. I took a workshop with Albert and marveled at his mastery of drawing and painting with pastel.
I took the leap when I joined his mentoring program and the rest represents the beginning of a very important senpai/ kohai relationship that will last a life time.”

With the greatest sincerity,

Katherine Irish
July 2015

Enid Wood’s Award Comments Off on Enid Wood’s Award

Enid Wood’s Award

Thank you, Albert, for being my mentor for the past 10 years. I would not have the career I now enjoy without your wise teaching and constant encouragement.

I earned a BA in Art in 1977 at Westminster College and then taught violin for many years. In 2004 I decided to become a full time painter. When I bought my first complete set of pastels, I received a free copy of Pastel Journal. The ad on the inside back cover of the magazine read, “Why not study with the folks who wrote the book?” Why not, indeed?

The book was Albert and Anita’s Painting the Landscape in Pastel. I called Albert and signed up for a week-long landscape workshop in Santa Fe in 2005. Richard McKinley turned up to class one day and said how important Albert’s mentorship had been to his career. I joined Albert’s first very first mentoring week in Taos in the summer of 2006, and have had a mentoring week with Albert each year since, somewhere in the USA. Each time, Albert has chosen inspiring locations and has attracted a group of equally inspiring artists. Being a part of this community has helped me grow as an artist and as a person.

My 18″ x 36″ studio painting “Lily Pond With Iris” received an Award of Merit in the American Women Artists 2016 online show. Much of the credit for this success goes to my mentor and friend, Albert Handell.

Enid Wood, PSA, PSNM athletic lifestyle

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Albert Handell By Bob Bahr Comments Off on Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Albert Handell By Bob Bahr

Spotlight on PACE Faculty: Albert Handell By Bob Bahr

The Flat Irons by Albert Handell Pastel 17″ x 18″

Pastelists are taking note that a master of the medium is teaching at the Plein Air Convention & Exposition (PACE) this year: Albert Handell. During a recent chat with him, Handell explained the intricate relationship of plein air and studio work he pursues—an approach that may surprise you.
For Handell, plein air work means relatively small pastel paintings that he sees as finished work. He may do the same scene much larger in oil in the studio, but the pastel won’t function as a reference—although the experience will. “By doing the pastels on location I’m being exposed to the colors and the light conditions of the subject,” says Handell. “But when one works in sunlight conditions, one has many options during the three hours. In the plein air piece, one can only use one of the options. But it’s nice to be exposed to what else could have been.”

Those alternatives are what show up in his studio work. “I try to photograph those other considerations that excite me—and those photos and my personal experience will freshen the studio piece,” he says. “I rarely paint a large oil based on a pastel done on location, and the oil painting never looks like the photograph, but without the photograph there is no painting…it’s ironical”.Handell’s facility with pastels is on good display in a piece featured here, “The Flat Irons.” The vertical crevice running through the rock falls in shadow, and Handell expertly expresses the crisp edge of the shadow to give the rock convincing form, while the snow in the shadowed crevice screams of the blue sky color, only darker. The New Mexico artist is a strong advocate for the use of pastels outdoors. “The immediacy of pastels works great with plein air,” he says. “By varying the pressure on the pastel stick I get more than one color from each color. It makes the medium very fluid, and certainly very immediate.”The big oil paintings may sell for more and may attract a different group of collectors, but the plein air work is key. His time at a location and the chance to photograph a scene are crucial, to start. Handell clearly gets a kick out of it, too. “There are no coffee breaks,” he says. “There is no mulling it over for a day or two. It’s the freshness of looking up and responding, period.” Sometimes he executes a watercolor underpainting before going to pastels, and sometimes he works strictly in pastels. In either case, Handell blocks in big masses and slowly adds the minimum of details needed. “I never want to lose the impact of those big shapes,” he says.Handell is big on capturing first impressions. He’s discerning, but once he thinks he has it in mind, it’s over. Consider this method of choosing subject matter: “I don’t like to drive more than 20 or 30 minutes from the studio,” says Handell. “When I get out of the car I am always looking. When something hits me I stop and take that very seriously, because I feel something out there has touched  something inside of me. Whenever I get one of those ‘oh my gosh’ hits, it’s sudden and it really hits me. In the old days I used to give myself another five minutes by wristwatch to find something more perfect. But I have found that when it hits, that’s it.”In other words, Handell trusts himself. It’s undoubtedly one of the reasons Handell has had the career he has enjoyed, including the recent addition of a second pastel piece to the Butler Institute of American Art, in  Youngstown, Ohio . At the Plein Air Convention, set for April 13-17 in Monterey, California, Handell will offer a demonstration, and the artist says he will be working from a photograph and utilizing a watercolor underpainting for his pastel piece.

Bob Bahr

Muriel Fawcett and the Buckhead Workshop Comments Off on Muriel Fawcett and the Buckhead Workshop

Muriel Fawcett and the Buckhead Workshop

Dear Albert,
You were a great instructor at our Buckhead workshop last month. You are a caring person and made me feel you were working one on one with me when you stopped by.

I liked that you had rules during demos and I’m pleased I bought your DVD.

You are in my head, when I am painting.

Jeanine was a valuable asset in keeping things running smoothly. Give her a hug for me.

The Sunday morning critique was so worthwhile. I was able to return home and tweak paintings.

I hope my e-mail gave you a break from painting. So now you can return to your current painting and know how to proceed.

You are very generous to give so much of yourself.

In great appreciation,
Muriel Fawcett

Workshop at State College in Pennsylvania Comments Off on Workshop at State College in Pennsylvania

Workshop at State College in Pennsylvania

“The first note I wrote that stuck with me during the workshop was, ‘If you try a new paper, stick with it until you know everything you can learn about the surface. Use it till you get tired of it,’ This seems to make a lot of sense to an artist who is a taste tester. Thirty years of  testing surfaces, is turning into ‘Target Focus,’ for papers, as well as in developing a composition. I’m an ‘all over’ girl, and Handell’s process makes sense to me.”

– Susan Nicholas Gephart, Central Pa Pastel Society Vice President
Workshop at State College Pennsylvania, October 2-5, 2014

Testimonial from Rajen Chanchani Comments Off on Testimonial from Rajen Chanchani

Testimonial from Rajen Chanchani

Greetings!  It is always a great pleasure and excellent learning experience in your mentoring workshops.

Recently I participated in 2014 Santa Fe Paint-out  and am very glad to give you the good news that one of my paintings got selected for an Award. This painting was done in Piedra Lumbre area north of Abiquiu and it is titled “Rocky Serenade.” The inspiration for this serenade came from you during our paint along in 2013.  I look forward to more mentorship opportunities from you.

Thank you Albert for your mentorship and encouragement.

Best Regards
Rajen Chanchani

Stay Inspired Comments Off on Stay Inspired

Stay Inspired

Good morning, Albert,
Thank you again for your hospitality of inviting my class to your studio. It was an enriching and enjoyable experience for all.

Lou Zona and his curatorial staff believe your painting Mountain Stream is “perfect for the Legacy Collection.”  Actually, he seems ecstatic about its inclusion in this collection and wishes to extend his appreciation for your generosity in donating this work to this growing, important collection of pastel painting. The Butler will pick up the tab of shipping.

I am very grateful to you, Albert, for your generosity and foresight in helping to build this unique and outstanding collection of pastel art for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. In my book, Albert, you are nothing short of a shining example of mastery through your art and willingness to give back to others through contributions and instruction. In short, you and your outstanding work serve as a beacon of light showing aspiring artists the heights of achievement possible in the field of pastel, and indeed, you’re an inspiration to us all.

Stay inspired,


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Santa Fe Workshop Comments Off on Santa Fe Workshop

Hi Albert!
Your Santa Fe Workshop was truly wonderful! I will never forget it.
Thanks very much for sharing your wisdom and energy! I’ll be in touch with you in a few months!
Take care and my best to Jeanine!
Carol Fogelsong

Testimonial from Enid Comments Off on Testimonial from Enid

Dear Albert and Jeanine,

Thank you for organizing, hosting, leading, and teaching the wonderful Carmel paint along last week. I gained so much from being in your company and from painting alongside such dedicated artists.

My painting, paperwork, digital images, bio, and stories are all with Lucinda at Mountainsong. I look forward to more details about the show, and I am hoping that both of you will take part.

Congratulations on your palm trees instructional article in Pastel Journal, Albert. One of my students has already noticed it and is digging out photos from Florida for subject matter, buoyed up by your ideas.

I finished my paintings from Carmel and consigned most of them to my Austin gallery. I did a demo there on Saturday, using one of my photos from China Cove. It was nice to be painting with confidence, since I was painting in public. Thank you for giving me skills.

I look forward to seeing both of you soon in Jemez Springs.

Best regards,


Santa Fe New Mexico June 2014 Mentoring Program Comments Off on Santa Fe New Mexico June 2014 Mentoring Program


I would like to thank you for the great mentoring week. You have given me suggestions and tips that should lead me to that next step.

The week was very professionally “handled”: excellent demos and paint-alongs, wise business tips and insightful critiques at the easel. And the surprise of the week for me was to watch how you analyzed each student’s body of work and gave such right-on suggestions for moving forward. And what a pleasure it was to see all your great paintings together.

I also wanted to say something about the students. I don’t know if this was your doing, but I found all the students to be exceptionally nice – and kind. What a great bunch! I am sorry I missed the last dinner get-together; I wanted to say my farewells in person.

Thanks again for the great week and I look forward to the next workshop/session!
Karen Halbert

Testimonial from Bonnie Comments Off on Testimonial from Bonnie

Dear Albert,
When I signed up for my first Albert Handell Paint-a-Long Mentoring Session in May, I did not realize what new artistic skills and learning curves I was going to have an opportunity to learn.  Like COMPUTER stuff—filling out forms, DPI and jPeg,  taking pictures, galleries, newspapers and etc.  While the workshop was in process and mention of a possible” Students of Albert Handell Show” by Mountainsong sounded so iffy.  Well, it was Not iffy!  And I must apologize to you and Mountainsong for my unsupportive and casual attitude regarding the show.

I had a wake up call.  If one is going to try and be an artist in this new technical world, one has to have more skills than artistic talent.

At present, I am trying to redeem my self and catch up with my part of the process,  complete the required information and learning process for the upcoming show.

I look forward to visiting with you and Jeannie next week.

Bonnie testosteron

SOLD! Comments Off on SOLD!


Hi Albert and Jeanine!

Congratulations on your sale! I won’t be surprised if you sell out. I’ve been very busy since I got back, but I did send in my Bio and description of the painting to Lucinda, a picture of me and the painting etc. right after I got back. I think I forgot to send an actual story about the painting, so thank you for the reminder. I want to thank you for such a great experience in Carmel! It was fun to paint again with all our friends and the gallery experience is invaluable! I always learn something new every time we paint together and I look forward to Eureka in the fall. Thank you for arranging the opportunity to connect with such a nice gallery with fabulous gallery owners. I thought that Linda was asking if we were going to do it again and if the timing is right, I would sure be in favor of it. May was beautiful in Carmel. Maybe next year?

I am attaching my plein air painting that won Honorable Mention at the 2013 PAPNM Juried Show at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico last November. I seem to be pretty lucky with skies!

I look forward to seeing Jeanine’s show in Albuquerque in June. Please send more information so that I do not miss it.

I am planning to paint this long weekend and get my story to Mountainsong Gallery. Can’t wait!

Talk to you soon,

Katherine Irish Comments Off on Katherine Irish

Katherine Irish

Dear Albert,
I wanted to let you know that I was accepted into the 24th IAPS National Juried Exhibition. AND I was made a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. I am thrilled. Albert, this would not have happened without your professional mentoring. Your encouragement and insight into ways that I can grow have helped a great deal. Thank you.

Katherine Irish, PSA, PSNM


Katherine Irish received a Distinguish Award of Merit from the American Salon of Fine Art Competition.  Also, her painting Fall Palette in New Mexico was accepted into the 2014 Austin Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Corridor of Art, 700 Lavaca St. in Austin. The show will hang March 3 – April 25. Katherine will also show Aspens on Mogollon Pass at the Pastel Society of Colorado Member’s Show at The Corner Gallery, Montrose, Colorado, March 1 – March 31.


From Katherine:

What a great workshop this weekend – I can’t wait to get into my studio!!!! Saturday I am going to go out and paint after the figure drawing class – probably Corrales – probably to try to capture the beautiful budding trees.

I have attached the image for the New Mexico Arts, Art In Public Places 2013-2014 Purchase Initiative. I am pleased to let you know that your submitted piece, Feathers of Light.

Thank you for your support! Paintings that I have posted that I have done at your workshops include Albert Handell workshop in the title. I also have noted that I have joined and your mentorship program and found it very useful – in bios that I have sent to various websites.

Hope you are well – our school is doing SBA’s – tests – so it is a quiet day.

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Anna Lisa Leal Comments Off on Anna Lisa Leal

Anna Lisa Leal, Leander Texas
Albuquerque Workshop, March 2014

Hello Albert
I wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU for a fantastic workshop. Not only are you a master artist, you are a master teacher. My friend and I discussed at length how much we learned and how the information was so well presented. We feel honored to have learned from you and are grateful for the patience you have with such us.

For icing on the cake, I had an email in my box Monday morning for your Northlight e-book “Essential Lessons in Pastel Painting” – and it featured my homework assignment on painting buildings and my friend’s on Rocks! We couldn’t have had a better gift from you (and the universe that put that email in my box). We ordered and downloaded and are so happy the e book discusses all the key lessons you covered as well.

Again, thank you for the privilege to learn with you!

Anna Lisa

Jory Mason’s take on the Lubec Maine Workshop in August 2013 Comments Off on Jory Mason’s take on the Lubec Maine Workshop in August 2013

Greetings Albert,

Yes, I framed your beautiful painting right away. My house has contemporary decor so I kept it simple. I am thrilled to see it each day. It brings the workshop right back to me.

What I loved the most about your workshop was when I was able to work right beside you as you painted the old gnarled tree. Seeing, doing, and even hearing each stroke really cemented things for me. I will always treasure that opportunity.


Mallory Rich Comments Off on Mallory Rich

Mallory Rich

Edge of the Marsh •  12″ x 12″ • Oils 

“I found a good spot and painted comfortably from the tailgate of my Honda Element. I finished only one but felt good about it. NEVER expected it to be one of the five out of more than 50 to sell in the show the next day! Very encouraged and I never thanked you for your enouraging words about paint-outs.” – Mallory

Maryann McGraw Comments Off on Maryann McGraw

Cloudstory #5  •  12″ h x 18″w  •  Plein Air Pastel

Winner of Plein Air Painters of NewMexico Cloud Appreciaon Day Online Contest and Exhibion
The painng will also be in the Pastel Society of NewMexico
22 Annual Naonal Pastel Painting Exhibion
November 1-24, 2013
Hispanic Arts Center . EXPO NewMexico

“Hi Albert.  Thank you for the kind words about my painting and the invitation to paint with you in Carmel… Please sign me up as I am so excited to be invited.  There is no doubt that taking your mentoring workshops and watching you paint has helped me to improve my painting.  Thank you for that.” – Maryann

Ellen Harney Mentoring Feedback Comments Off on Ellen Harney Mentoring Feedback

Hi Albert,

Here is what we spoke about in our last mentoring session quote;

“I am  struggling with these pieces because this landscape is all completely new –  the light is all new to me.  I had lived in Alaska for 22 years – now that I have moved to Michigan I am still searching for the places to paint and how to capture this light…. Even though I have painted for 25 years some days when I pick up the brush it it feels so awkward, as if I don’t know how to paint. Paintings in the studio become tight and lifeless.   This is one of the reasons I am very grateful for your mentoring program – my hope is that it will help me move through this period and find a voice in painting that is true and clear.”

Congratulations on the Bronze Medal for Oil Painters of America.  “L’Arbre”  – it is a beautiful portrait of a wonderful tree.

Thank you for your guidance and critique of my work. The time spent mentoring with you has been invaluable.  I wish that it was possible for me to meet with you in person during one of your mentoring programs.  At the moment it is not – but Lord willing someday perhaps.  But for now the mentoring time with you long distance and your guidance is so much appreciated.

All the best,
Ellen Harney

Addren Doss and the Southeastern Pastel Society Juried Exhibition Comments Off on Addren Doss and the Southeastern Pastel Society Juried Exhibition

Dear Albert,

I am excited to let you know I have just been notified that I won an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Southeastern Pastel Society Juried Exhibition, and was also awarded Member of Excellence status in that organization.

Every time I step up to my easel in the studio or field, or before a group of students I try to remember all that you taught me over the years.  I always tell a new group of students how you “took away my colors” and made me work in black and white for six months.  That taught me so muchWithout your encouragement and instruction I would not be the artist I am today.  You have truly been the strongest influence on my working pastel and oil.

All my best,

Addren Doss

Signature Member, Women Artists of the West
Member of Excellence, Southeastern Pastel Society
Founding Member, Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society
Associate Member, Women Painters of the Southeast

Doug Tweddale’s First Place Award Comments Off on Doug Tweddale’s First Place Award

Hello Dear Albert,

I am getting excited to be back with the gang painting in August. I am pleased to report that I have won a second 1st place! It was for a show with 256 paintings submitted. Only 1/2 were accepted into the show. One hundred artists got in. Both of my paintings got in with the attached painting getting the 1st place. See you soon! Thank you for your wonderful mentoring.

Doug Tweddale

Sue Preiss and her One-Woman Show Comments Off on Sue Preiss and her One-Woman Show

Albert – I’ve been extremely busy with a one-woman show; 21 paintings at the Riverwalk Theater Lobby Gallery in downtown Lansing.  Below is the advertisement ran in three local papers to promote the exhibit.  Also above is the painting for which I won an “Honorable Mention” Award.  The painting was entitled “Santa Fe Adobe.”  The venue was the 41st Annual Art Show and Sale November 2-25, 2012, at the Hope Borbas Library in Okemos, Michigan.  The painting sold for $450.00. I am also entering a large painting of Lake Huron/Mackinac Island with the Muskeon Museum of Art Next week. I won a Purchase Award for my “Quiet Cove” on the Grand River at Dimondale, Michigan at the 84th Regional Exhibition last year.  The painting was sold to a financial corporation in Grand Rapids.

Albert, I cannot express to you how much you helped me take my paintings to an entirely new and higher level;  the whole experience with you was such an epiphany on so many different levels. I so much look forward to seeing you an Jeanine again.

Again, Albert, you are very special to me, and I so look forward to seeing you and painting together!

Sue Preiss

Doug’s Report Comments Off on Doug’s Report

Doug’s Report

Dear Albert,

I am pleased to report that I have received 1st Place for my pastel “Reflections” at the National Audubon Society Mill Grove Art Show. The show is in this amazing rustic stone barn and it is attended by Society members nationally and by many people in the area. The show will run to the end of April.

At the end of April I will also be a featured artist for the GNAL Art Trail. My home and studio will be open Saturday and Sunday for people to come in and tour. I have done this before and I get about 80 people over the two days and I sell 20 – 30 paintings. I am also teaching a series of Plein Air classes for my local art league. As I help students at the easel or do end of day critiques I often think of your comments over the many years I have studied with you. Helping students resolve their paintings has taught me about resolving mine. I will send in a separate e-mail my last demo painting called “Spring at Last”.

Thank you Albert for your friendship and so freely sharing your amazing art vision. I have grown so much as an artist working with you. You have given legs to my desire to paint and teach. Oregon will be amazing this August!

Love and gratitude,

Bill Buss Comments Off on Bill Buss

Bill Buss

Dear Albert,
Following participation in the 2012 Paint-A-Long in Santa Fe, I submitted 3 pastels for consideration for the New Mexico Pastel Society’s 21st Annual Pastel Painting Exhibition. Two paintings were accepted, and to my surprise and delight, ‘Taos Stream’ won an award under the generous sponsorship of Pat Berrett, Photographer, and Artisan/Santa Fe. The inspiration for Taos Stream came directly from earlier exercises with you at the Taos Paint-A-Long.  I feel these intense painting experiences, under your guidance and in the company of the other superb artists attending, have been seminal in whatever progress I’ve been able to make.

Thank you Albert, for your mentorship and unflagging encouragement!

Best regards,
Bill Buss

Testimonial from Kalamazoo Comments Off on Testimonial from Kalamazoo

Dear Albert,
Thanks for the recent e-mail. I especially enjoyed your little write up about your experience at Grand Marais, Minnesota. I had put $200.00 down in October prior to that paint along the following fall, but then gas prices went up and my budget did not allow me to make the long trip from Kalamazoo, Michigan, so I was forced to cancel. All of these years since, I’ve have dreamed about what might have been.

I was fortunate to have viewed your one man exhibition at Youngstown, Ohio which occurred about that time and I was almost put into a trance as I gazed upon the work! There are a very few of my colleagues left from the Kalamazoo Area Pastel Society who still reminisce about the three day workshop you gave here in Kalamazoo at Nazareth College about 33 years ago. At that time you were living in NY. You actually came to my studio at that time when you were in town, since I was one of the key people organizing that event. I tell my students that Albert Handell actually stood at this easel. They are impressed, of course.

I continue to paint in pastel, do some teaching (but always feel like I don’t know much, especially as I learn more about my favorite medium which I have been using since I was in grade school; I will be 70 in February). I plan to live to be 100 so maybe we can make a deal: you live to be 100, offer a paint along reasonably close to Kalamazoo, and maybe we can meet again!

I offer you the best: good health, longevity, happy painting and best of luck with your new found love!

Kalamazoo, MI

Paint the Lake -Trail at Burnt Mill Beach by Patricia Rose Ford Comments Off on Paint the Lake -Trail at Burnt Mill Beach by Patricia Rose Ford

Paint the Lake -Trail at Burnt Mill Beach by Patricia Rose Ford

“Hi Albert, just wanted to let you know about my recent 2nd place award, at a Paint out in Lake Arrowhead, CA, last weekend. I wanted to paint these tree’s with all the little bare limbs along their trunks. They really reminded me of trees you might select.  I tried to remember your recent advice to me, to minimize my whites in the paintings, and  I do think this has helped me of late. I always benefit from my time with you at the mentorships, and last month in Fort Brag, was very beneficial to me.  Thank you for your onging encouragement, and I really appreciate that you recognize my strengths and weaknesses, and help me overcome my weaknesses with my strengths. – Patricia Rose Ford

2012 Santa Fe Mentoring Workshop by Beth Cooper Comments Off on 2012 Santa Fe Mentoring Workshop by Beth Cooper

2012 Santa Fe Mentoring Workshop by Beth Cooper

What a great week we had together in Santa Fe!  Thank you, Albert for your wisdom and sharing your gift with us and thank you to Jeanine for being our “mom” for the week! You all are both wonderful hosts!

Beth Cooper

Tucson Workshop Experience by Cathy McFarland Harvey Comments Off on Tucson Workshop Experience by Cathy McFarland Harvey

I have just completed a four day workshop with 12 other students at the Tucson Art Academy with Albert Handell.  I am so energized.  It was a expansive artistic experience.

The first morning we met at the Academy studio and  Albert laid out the plans for the four days.  Four days packed full of learning and experimenting.  Albert shared with us some basic principles that he follows such as– Value matching, hard and soft edges, pastel box layout, and so forth.  Over lunch we talked about his travels and background training.   That afternoon we went to the Southwest painter’s, DeGrazzio, former home and museum nestled in the Catalina foothills.  Albert worked with each of us individually as we chose a site and began painting. Most of us were pastel painters with a few oil painters.  In late afternoon, we gathered  around for a critique of our work.  Albert zeroed in on our strengths and gave excellent criticism.

The next morning we met early in the studio for an oil painting demonstration,  again emphasizing, color and composition.  That afternoon we headed for Catalina state Park looking eastward at the Catalina’s.  We  painted for a few hours followed by critique.  In the evening  we brought examples of our previous works for Albert to assess and give suggestions for improvement.  He again zeroed in on our strengths and really urged us to work to our strengths. Albert shared a slide show of many of his paintings and the techniques used in painting each painting. The next day Albert gave a pastel demo and we headed again for DeGrazzio’s studio.

The last day we met early in the morning at Aqua Caliente State Park where we painted along with Albert as he mentored us in our compositions and techniques. The spot was an oasis in the desert and we certainly enjoyed basking in the sunshine with incredible views of mountains and water.  That evening we gathered for a goodbye dinner at a local restaurant.  We all were so upbeat and  thrilled by the terrific experience we had with this master painter.

Cathy McFarland Harvey
Oro Valley, Arizona

Sandy Bonney, Signatures Gallery Comments Off on Sandy Bonney, Signatures Gallery

Sandy Bonney, Signatures Gallery

Your portrait won first place in the Pasadena Materials and Supplies Expo: ART! It was also juried into the Pastel 100 Competition and got an Honorable Mention in the Figures and Portraits Category. It will be in the April 2011 edition of the Pastel Journal Magazine.

Sandy Bonney
Brookings, OR

Both paintings have been sold! Comments Off on Both paintings have been sold!

Jane Christie received the Armstrong Award for her painting The Homestead® at the Mile High International 2010 Exhibition sponsored by the Pastel Society of Colorado in September. She also won 4th place for her painting The Beauty After (L) at the International Association of Pastel Societies 17th Annual Web Show now on their Website.

Both paintings have been sold!

Jane Christie
Golden, CO

Patricia Rose Ford Comments Off on Patricia Rose Ford

Attached are the paintings of my recent accomplishments since joining your great Mentorship Paint Along programs. I feel I have benefitted greatly from the mentorship and your guidance and advice, which has helped me achieve these recent accomplishments.

Patricia Rose Ford
Pastel Society of the West Coast, Signature Member
Women Artists of the West, Signature Member
Loma Linda, CA

Sunflower by Ivadell Marie Comments Off on Sunflower by Ivadell Marie

Sunflower by Ivadell Marie

I just started entering some shows, and one of my landscapes was juried into the Colorado Artists Guild “Artists of Colorado show, Oct. 2010, Alpine Fine Art Center in Denver. The attached painting , 21 x 27, is in the AUM Framing and Gallery show…I was invited to enter this show (that was especially nice).

For just starting in May, I’m feelin’ good!

Ivadell Marie

On a Rainy Day by Kathleen McDonnell Comments Off on On a Rainy Day by Kathleen McDonnell

On a Rainy Day by Kathleen McDonnell

Pastel, 12×16

I have taken 2 workshops from you and 3 mentoring programs. After each workshop or mentoring program I always did very well. You are a great inspiration. I always have something you said to me in the back of my head when I am painting. When I felt like I was not getting any place with my painting I got an Albert ‘fix’ which was another workshop.

In 2010 I have been juried into two National shows, the CT Pastel Society’s Renaissance in Pastel 2010 and the Pastel Painter’s Society’s For Pastels Only On Cape Cod . I received “Best of Show” at the Buffalo Niagara Art Association’s Fall Exhibition.

Kathleen McDonnell
Glenwood, NY

Elizabeth Rhoades Comments Off on Elizabeth Rhoades

All of these accomplishments are due to my having studied with you in Concord, MA….The paintings were done using Albert’s matching values theory and a very light ‘touch’ over the under-painting. I love being able to express myself so rapidly and with such a conservative amount of pastel on the paper.

Elizabeth Rhoades
Stafford Springs, CT

Brenda Siegel Comments Off on Brenda Siegel

I was in Taos, New Mexico this fall for a mentoring paint-along with Master Artist Albert Handell. On the Edge (pastel, 9″ x 12″) was painted en plein air. The sunlit adobe situated close to the colorful cliff was what inspired me to paint this.

Brenda Siegel
Thompson’s Station, TN

Monk Tree by Doug Tweddale Comments Off on Monk Tree by Doug Tweddale

Monk Tree by Doug Tweddale

My winning painting…is a pastel with a watercolor background. I painted it in my back yard on a spring day. I was drawn to the shape of the tree and the light of the sun on the cherry bark – it shimmered. When I finished the painting I saw what looks like a monk in a robe in a processional- so I used that for the title….

Letter from Doug…

Hello Albert,

Yes, dear friends is good.  As I have matured I now know how important and special dear friends are.  We share a love of art and a wonderful friendly connection. I don’t know if I ever told you about my Uncle Lester. He was an oil painter living on the shores of Lake Michigan. He loved to paint the water and the dunes. I would paint with him as often as I could starting at age 10. He even took me to meet his mentor – an artist living in Brown County, IN named Steele.  Lester encouraged me to enter a sketch of a young girl playing a lute in an art show when I was 13. I got an honorable mention.  I first saw the art world through this all and Lester became a wonderful role model and mentor for me.  You have become that for me.  I saw your work and I just knew I could learn from you – your work inspired me and still does.  After meeting you and experiencing your warm open heart (like my Uncle)I knew we could be friends also.  I have a feeling we will be friends until we kick.  You do not really know how inspirational you have been to me – so I am letting you know. I have built my next life and career around the progress I have made with your help and instruction. Yes, it took allot or work on my part and much focus, but you have been there with the next steps and with encouragement all along. I have gained so much joy from doing my art, and now I am looking forward to a life of retirement from the business world into art. To me that is priceless. Another big thank you friend.

I have not yet done a photo with my camera of your painting. I will do that soon and send it to you.

Enjoy the day.  Talk to you soon.

Doug Tweddale
North Wales, PA

Tom Weinkle Comments Off on Tom Weinkle

Tom Weinkle
Coral Gables, FL

Between Storms by Enid Wood Comments Off on Between Storms by Enid Wood

Between Storms by Enid Wood

I had two openings last weekend… the opening of the 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition of the Pastel Society of NM. I had one painting in the show, Leaning Aspen. … (Also) the Austin Pastel Society Members’ Show at North Hills Gallery in Austin. Between Storms (R) won First Prize…The same painting was rejected for the Juried Members show last spring.

Enid Wood
Bastrop, TX

Painting with Albert Handell Comments Off on Painting with Albert Handell

Painting with Albert Handell

Woods Interior ® received an Honorable Mention at the Laumeister Fine Art Competition at the Bennington Center for the Arts. Show dates: August 14 through December 19, 2010.

Woods Interior was painted on location on Kitty Wallis- Belgium Mist (grey) sanded pastel paper dry-mounted onto 100% museum rag board. I started the pastel with a watercolor under-painting. Yes- watercolor can be applied to toned papers with amazing results. The w/c under-painting helped me pitch the tonal harmony for the colors of the interior of the woods. Pastel was applied to resolve the work. Parts of the finished pastel have the original w/c washes showing. Other parts are pure pastel. And still in other areas there is a mixture of the part-pastel and part-watercolor. I have always found using the mixed media technique on toned papers very special.