News from Mentoring Artists

News from individuals who have studied and Painted-A-Long with Albert Handell.

Sandy Bonney, Signatures Gallery 0

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! 0

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 0

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 0

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
Colorado

On a Rainy Day by Kathleen McDonnell 0

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 0

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 0

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 0

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 0

Tom Weinkle
Coral Gables, FL

Between Storms by Enid Wood 0

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 0

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.