Margaret Dyer: Painting the Impression of Light

NOAPS Dyer A Garden at La Bonne Etoile

“A Garden at La Bonne Etoile”, 16×20, Oil, by Margaret Dyer, Collection of the Artist.  Winner of “Best Impressionism” at the 2019 NOAPS SMALL PAINTING National Juried Exhibition at the RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas.

A fleeting moment, described only with dashes of color and light, is revealed in Margaret Dyer’s winning painting.  There need be no details to interpret the scene, and one can feel that as the woman is bending over her garden, she may at any moment rise to view us.  The perfectly placed focal point attracts our attention, and we linger in the scene that carries our eyes with hints of orange.  The energetic brushwork looks effortless yet skillful, successfully meshing hard and soft edges.

NOAPS Dyer Jose at the Table 16x20  “Jose at the Table”, 16×20, Oil, Collection of the Artist.

The desire to be an artist was ever present for Margaret Dyer.  Her early studies encompassed abstract expressionism, and though this taught her the freedom of the brush, it left out the fundamentals of traditional art.  Her pursuit continued, and later she found mentor Kate Fetterolf, who taught her value structure, color and proportion.

NOAPS Dyer Jose in the Bedroom 11x14  “Jose in the Bedroom”, 11×14, Oil, Collection of the Artist.

Margaret’s first medium was pastel, in which she has worked successfully for 30 years, earning the honor of Master Pastelist from the Pastel Society of America, and has been inducted into the Masters Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies.  Over the last five years she has been working almost exclusively with oils, after a year of studies in oil with Jim Richards, an Atlanta artist.

Many artists have contributed to Margaret’s inspiration, including such Masters as Degas, Cassatt, Sargent, Mucha and more.  Contemporary artists,such as Quang Ho and Tibor Nagy continue to inspire, although the number of highly accomplished artists today can seem at times daunting.  But there is always something that keeps the artist at the easel, and in Margaret’s words, “maybe it’s because it’s there that I feel most at peace”.

NOAPS Dyer Artists Model 8x10  “Artist’s Model”, 8×10, Oil, Collection of the Artist.

Margaret enjoys figurative work most, and finds the “play of light falling on a  person doing ordinary tasks, (the) subtle drama that is so easily overlooked” her best source of inspiration.  She works at times from a live model or en plein air, but often finds a photo can successfully catch a moment she wishes to express.

Starting with an under-painting in transparent red oxide, with hints of burnt umber and white to enhance values, Margaret then works into color.  Her palette consists of cadmium yellow lemon, cadmium orange, quinacridone red, alizarin crimson, transparent red oxide, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, and viridian and white.  A painting is usually completed in one or two days.

NOAPS Dyer  “Untitled”, Oil, Collection of the Artist

Although relatively new at submitting oil paintings to competitions, Dyer was encouraged by her recent award with NOAPS.  She considers the vocation of art as being that of a perpetual student, and encourages other artists to do the same.  “Persistence, persistence, persistence.  Don’t give up.  Find a mentor and extract every bit of knowledge you can.  Then find another mentor.  Paint, paint, paint.”

Margaret Dyer’s work is represented by Allison Sprock Fine Art, Charlotte, NC; Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston, SC, and River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN.  To view more of Dyer’s work, visit  Margaret also teaches workshops, and to see blogs of her recent workshop trip in Florence, Italy, visit

To view the NOAPS 2019 SMALL PAINTING National Juried Exhibition, visit

Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director

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Kim Lordier: Color and Light

NOAPS LORDIER Half Moon Bay Delights 12x12-1  “Half Moon Bay Delights”, Oil, 12×12, by Kim Lordier, winner of Best Use of Light and Color from the 2019 NOAPS SMALL PAINTING National Juried Exhibition at the RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas.

The sun-filled burst of color is the winning element in this painting by Kim Lordier.  Filled with suggested shapes and shadows, the viewers wind our way through the painting discovering the dappled light until we are greeted at the door of the greenhouse.  The active brushwork enhances the feeling of energy created by the light and color, inviting us to linger among the fresh blossoms.


NOAPS Lordier Intrinsic Beauty, Monastery Beach 27x40  “Intrinsic Beauty, Monastery Beach”, 27×40, Pastel, Private Collection

Kim Lordier has been a serious artist since the age of 15, when she began selling her animal portraits in pastel.  After attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and a brief time working for an airline, Lordier began to actively pursue her art.  Her spark of determination was ignited by an exhibit of the Early California Impressionists at the Oakland Museum of Art, and her path was set.

NOAPS LordierTemblor Range Spring Patterns 18x24 Lordier  “Temblor Range, Spring Patterns”, 18×24, Pastel, Private Collection

Lordier has had many supporters along the way to help and encourage her; from museum directors, magazine editors and collectors, she has gained momentum and name recognition.  In particular, Skip Whitcomb, who works in pastel and oil, has shared his knowledge and friendship with Kim and become a true mentor.  Her impressionistic style has been inspired not only by the Early California Impressionists, but also by the Taos Artists and the Tonalists, all who share the common thread of strong tonal structure with beautiful color and mood.

NOAPS Lordier Kinda Like Diamonds in the Sky 20x24 Lordier  “Kinda Like Diamonds in the Sky”, 20×24, Pastel, Collection of the Artist.

Although her primary medium is pastel, Lordier has begun to successfully work in oil.  She prefers to paint from life en plein air whenever possible, and for larger paintings will do field studies and take photos for reference in the studio.  Her process for oil painting is the direct alla prima approach, resulting in fresh color and brushwork.

NOAPS Lordier Copa de Oro in Antelope Valley 11x14  “Copa de Oro in Antelope Valley”, Pastel, 11×14, Debra Huse Gallery.

Changing mediums, says Kim, “helps to bring one out of a rut, makes you think outside your comfort zone, and shakes up the process.  The foundational principles are the same, and each medium has wonderful idiosyncrasies that are fun to figure out!”

NOAPS Lordier at Half Moon Bay Nursery  Painting in process at the Half Moon Bay Nursery, CA.

Kim Lordier’s work is represented by James J. Rieser Fine Art, Carmel by the Sea, CA; Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island, CA; Holton Studio Frame Makers, Berkeley, CA, Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George, Utah; and Sekula’s Fine Art & Antiques, Sacramento, CA.  To view more of Lordier’s work, visit her website at

To view the 2019 NOAPS SMALL PAINTING National Juried Exhibition, visit

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Blair Atherholt: Tranquil Beauty

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“Empty Vessel”, 12×16, Oil, by Blair Atherholt, winner of the ‘Best Still Life’ at the 2019 NOAPS SMALL PAINTING National Juried Exhibition at the RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas.

The image of tranquility in “Empty Vessel” belies the complexity of the arrangement; the composition, colors and drawing have all been carefully considered.  The drapery leads the viewer to the old jug, loops around the table and back up to the moth in flight.  The colors are orchestrated to harmonize and conduct us around the painting and examine the exquisitely drawn details.

NOAPS Atherholt The Leap  “The Leap”, 14×18, Oil, Private Collection

Blair Atherholt had a passion for art as a youth, and after a short time studying medicine at Temple University, he chose to return to his first passion.  He enrolled at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Maryland, where he met teacher and mentor Carol Thompson.  Inspired by Thompson’s teaching and encouragement, and the paintings of Chardin and David Leffel, his main genre is realistic still life painted in oil.  His inspiration comes from various sources: music, life events, or everyday objects.

NOAPS Atherholt Harshest Critic_Oil_2019_22x34  “Harshest Critic”, 22×34, Oil, OPA Exhibition, Illume Gallery.

A day in the studio begins with coffee, music and a fresh palette.  His small paintings may not require an initial thumbnail sketch, but for larger paintings he does a sketch to work out the composition.  Working from life, the painting process begins with a simple line drawing, with no underpainting.  He establishes the background first to create the value structure and atmosphere, after which he works on the subject matter in a direct manner.  His palette consists of White, Nickel Titanate Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Ivory Black and Ultramarine Blue.  He makes his own panels of MDF board prepared with oil ground.

NOAPS Atherholt Empty Vessel_Process_1  NOAPS Atherholt Empty Vessel_Process_2  NOAPS Atherholt Empty Vessel_Process_3  NOAPS Atherholt Empty Vessel_Process_4  NOAPS Atherholt Empty Vessel_Process_5  Painting process for “Empty Vessel”.

In March 2018, Atherholt held his first solo exhibition and workshop at the Canary Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama, which was a milestone for the young artist.  The successful exhibition featured a large and cohesive body of work, a major accomplishment for Atherholt.

NOAPS Atherholt A Still Life for Summer_Oil  “A Still Life for Summer”, 12×12, Oil, Private Collection

The keys to success as an artist, he says are to “work hard, stay humble, and never forget the people who helped get you to where you are!”

NOAPS Atherholt Single Dose  “Single Dose”, 16×21, Oil, Collection of the Artist.

Blair Atherholt’s work is represented by the Canary Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama, and Gallery 330 in Fredericksburg, Texas.  To view more of Atherholt’s work visit  To see the NOAPS SMALL PAINTING Exhibition visit

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Lindsay Goodwin: Capturing the Moment

NOAPS Lindsay Goodwin Lamplight at   “Lamplight at le Vieux Logis”, 14×11, Oil.  Winner of ‘Best Realism” from the 2019 Best of America SMALL PAINTING National Juried Exhibition at the RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas.

The table is set; the setting intimate.  The glasses sparkle, and an air of anticipation is pervasive.  The scene leaves the viewer with questions to complete; who is expected, what will the scene look like when populated with convivial guests?  When we experience a painting that leaves questions in our minds, or leads us to complete the story in our minds eye, the painting at once becomes memorable.  When the painting is done with an excellent hand, it becomes more so.

NOAPS Lindsay Goodwin- Set for Receiving Royalty, Chatsworth House 14x18  “Set for Receiving Royalty, Chatsworth House” 14×18, Oil, Collection of the Artist.

Lindsay Goodwin began her art career early on, teaching children’s art classes by the time she was 16.  She had taken adult classes in classical techniques at “O’Neills Fine Arts, at that time located in Malibu (now in Pacific Palisades, CA), so was well equipped to teach.  This early training served her well, when she later attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis on classical painting.

NOAPS Lindsay Goodwin- Gatherings from the Garden, Chateau Bridoire 16x16  “Gatherings from the Garden, Chateau Bridoire”, 16×16, Oil, Collection of the Artist.

After working with Katie O’Neill and later Craig Nelson at the University, she began to develop her style of Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet.  The classes in Quick Studies taught her to paint with speed and accuracy, without “fussing or overworking.  The speed and strategy with which one needs to be able to work is fast and exciting, and ensures that I’m never bored with what I’m working on.”

NOAPS Lindsay Goodwin - Prehistoric Elegance at Hotel de Bouilhac, near Lascaux 9x12  “Prehistoric Elegance at Hotel de Bouilhac near Lascaux”, 9×12, Oil, Jones and Terwilliger Gallery.

Many of Goodwin’s paintings are interior scenes; restaurants, cafes, and historic scenes, “from the rustic countryside interiors to the opulent dining rooms.”  Her inspiration is ignited by dark and light transitions, reflections and mood, and working in the Alla Prima style allows her to capture her initial inspiration.  Her aesthetic has been influenced by painters such as John Singer Sargent, a master of light, shadow and brushwork.

NOAPS Lindsay Goodwin - Afternoon Tea at the Montage 14x11  “Afternoon Tea at the Montage”, 14×11, Oil, Jones and Terwilliger Gallery.

Her day in the studio is often a long one; working wet into wet requires that her paint remains fluid.  While her process is most suited for small paintings, a large painting can be completed in this style by selectively working on specific areas in each sitting.  Her palette consists mainly of a warm and cool color of each primary, plus a few mixed pigments for convenience.  She begins with a quick sketch done in paint, and then proceeds to apply her color.  To view some of her time-lapse paintings in process, visit her Instagram posts at LindsayGoodwinfineArt.

NOAPS Lindsay Goodiwn - Baguettes and Rosé at La Bicyclette, Carmel 12x12 $3000  “Baguettes and Rose at La Bicyclette, Carmel”, 12×12, Oil.

Over the course of her studies and career, Goodwin has come to realize that all artists work somewhat differently; what works for one may not neccessarily work for another.  What is most important, says Goodwin, is to “do what works for you.  Study great art, whatever that means to you, but don’t listen to that voice in your head that says ‘Oh, serious artists work that way…’ Study those rules, but also know when to follow your own.”

Her greatest acheivement?  Her children, a source of continuous pride!

Lindsay Goodwin’s work is represented by Jones & Terwlliger Galleries, Carmel, CA and Palm Desert, CA; and by Ella Richardson Fine Art Gallery, Charleston, SC.  To view her website visit

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Katherine Galbraith: A Lifelong Calling

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“Snowy Afternoon Walk”, Oil on Linen, 16×20, by Katherine Galbraith, Winner of the Best of Show Award at the 2019 NOAPS Best of America SMALL PAINTING Exhibition at the RS Hanna Fine Art Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.

There are many aspects of Katherine Galbraith’s painting that are impressive, but one of the most striking is the apparent effortlessness in the work.  The strokes are sure and confident, the colors undulate between warm and cool, the edges are varied, and there is detail only where needed.  And although each of the dogs is facing outward, the connection of the dark masses holds the viewer in the picture.

NOAPS Galbraith Before the Storm  “Before the Storm”, 36×27, Oil on Linen, Collection of the Artist.

Katherine Galbraith began her study of art at a very early age; she began art school and subsequently private art lessons at 11 years of age.  She continued her studies, and after winning a Merit Scholarship to the prestigious National Academy of Design, she studied under Daniel Greene and Robert Phillip.

NOAPS Galbraith The White Horse  “The White Horse”, 16×12, Oil on Linen, Collection of the Artist.

Learning has been an integral part of Katherine’s motivation; she has devoted study to Masters such as John Singer Sargent, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Renoir, Sorolla, and Levitan.  Contemporary artists continue to inspire her as well; the work of David Leffel, Jill Carver, John McDonald, Jeremy Lipking, and Matt Smith to name a few.

NOAPS Galbraith Blue Hat and Coat  “Blue Hat and Coat”, 28×18, Oil on Linen, Private Collection.

Galbraith paints primarily in oil, and her favorite subject matter tends to be people and animals, where she finds the sacred beauty of everyday living beings.  She paints both from life and from photos.  To begin, she uses a notan or a thumbnail sketch to divide her subject matter into values and basic shapes.  For portraits, she draws a charcoal sketch first, then presents a monochrome painting to her client for approval.  After the initial sketches, she draws her image on the canvas, and does a monochromatic underpainting before committing to color.  She works on portrait grade linen, using a variety of brushes, both bristle and soft synthetics.  Her palette consists of Lead white, titanium white, cadmium yellow light or lemon, cadmium orange or cadmium yellow deep, yellow ochre, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, terra rosa, ultramarine blue, cobalt turquoise, sap green, French raw sienna, raw umber, burnt umber and ivory black.

NOAPS Galbraith Lillian in progress  NOAPS Galbraith  “Lillian”, 36×30, In Progress, and Finished Painting.  Oil on Linen, Private Collection.

Katherine Galbraith considers the ability to continue learning about her art to be her greatest accomplishment, although she has indeed won many prestigious awards and recognitions.  Among these are Best in Show from NOAPS, First Place from the Portrait Society of America, and Second Place from American Women Artists.  She is a Signature Member of both American Women Artists and Oil Painters of America.

A most important aspect of lifelong learning, says Galbraith, is to “be true to yourself.  Choose mentors and workshops from artists you feel can teach you the most without losing yourself…work diligently on your own and try to incorporate those lessons that show you how to improve your painting.  Being a painter is a lifelong calling.”

Katherine Galbraith is represented by the Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN; the Grand Bohemian Gallery in Birmingham, AL; and the Grand Bohemian Gallery in Charleston, SC.  To see more work by Galbraith, visit

To see more work from the NOAPS Best of America SMALL PAINTING Exhibition, visit

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Rosa Montante: Drama and Sensitivity

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“The Gift”, Oil on Linen Panel, 24×18, Private Collection

The random beauty of nature is an elusive yet compelling subject matter, and no better is it represented than in “The Gift”, recently included in the 2018 NOAPS Best of America Exhibit, and soon to be seen at the American Women Artists Exhibit in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  The flowers, delicately rendered, create a sense of weight and presence.  The colors in the painting are carefully controlled, shifting from lights and darks, warms and cools.  The sense of depth in the painting makes the viewer wish to reach in and touch the fragile petals.

NOAPS Montante Making The Cut  “Making The Cut”, Oil on Linen Panel, 16×12, Collection of the Artist.

Rosa Montante was surrounded at an early age by stunning works of art.  Born in a small town in Sicily, she frequented the churches, observing the art, the statues, architecture and other works of art that were a part of her early childhood.  These images had an indelible effect on her creativity; by the time she had reached the United States and entered high school, she had taught herself to draw.  The yearning to create art continued, and Montante enrolled in the art program at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, where she studied sculpture, print making, weaving, watercolor, acrylics and oils.

NOAPS Montante Fresh tomatoes  “Fresh Tomatoes”, Oil on Linen Panel, 11×14, Private Collection.

Montante has used her creativity in other areas while earning a living; she has worked in photography, marketing, and management.  These demanding vocations left little time for art, but a local art class reinvigorated her need to more actively pursue painting, and for the past 10 years has focused on colored pencil (for her love of drawing) and oil painting.  She has always been inspired by the Old Masters, in particular Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Zorn.  Today’s artists that resonate are Jacob Collins, Jeremy Lipking, David Kassan, Michael Klein and Renato Muccillo.

A day in the studio begins with soft music, and observation of the painting in progress.  After an assessment, she begins her discriminating process of careful placement of each stroke.  She begins each painting with a monochromatic underpainting done with either pan pastels or paint.  Using a linen panel, her palette includes Titanium white, cadmium lemon, cadmium yellow pale, cadmium yellow deep, yellow ochre, transparent oxide red, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue and phthalo blue.  Her brushes are sable or synthetic sable, allowing her to create soft strokework.

Inspiration comes from ordinary objects with extraordinary beauty: “facial expressions from a person who has lived a lifetime, the frailty and short life of flowers, light’s impact as it touches and bounces…” And words of wisdom….”Paint like it’s your last day, paint what you love and feel what you paint.”

NOAPS Montante Pats Roses  “Pat’s Roses”, Oil on Linen Panel, 18×24, Collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Rosa Montante has had many achievements in her multiple careers, but to her the most outstanding is the purchase of “Pat’s Roses” by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in 2017.  Montante is a Signature Member and member of the Board of Directors of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, a member of the American Women Artists, and the Rochester Art Club.  She currently teaches oil painting at the Art Stop in Penfield, NY.  To view more work by Montante visit her website at

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2019 SMALL PAINTING Exhibition: A Weekend of Art

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“Snowy Afternoon Walk”, 16×20, Oil, by Katherine Galbraith, Winner of ‘Best of Show’ at the 2019 NOAPS SMALL PAINTING National Juried Exhibition at the RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas.

The results are in, the winners chosen!  The 2019 NOAPS SMALL PAINTING National Juried exhibition was a stunning success, with paintings from 35 states, Canada and Selangor.  The quality of the work was outstanding, as our Judge of Awards, William J. Kalwick, Jr. will attest.

The weekend events began with a 2 day plein air workshop headed by William Kalwick, painting on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg.  Though the weather only cooperated for one day, Bill quickly changed genres and gave participants a day of portrait instruction, indoors and out of the inclement conditions outside.  All the participants appreciated Bill’s flexibility and expansive knowledge.

NOAPS KALWICK WORKSHOP  William J. Kalwick, Jr. during the Plein Air Workshop

The rest of the weekend included a demonstration by Ann Hardy, NOAPS Master Artist, where she shared her insights in floral painting.  Bob Rohm, well-known artist and author, followed in the afternoon with a demonstration of his landscape painting technique.

NOAPS ANN HARDY DEMO  Ann Hardy, NOAPS Master Artist

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Bill Kalwick returned on Saturday with a portrait demonstration, where he completed a full portrait ‘alla prima’, while keeping us engaged with lively discussion.


William J. Kalwick, Jr. demonstrating with model Edyth O’Neill

The best part of all, of course, is seeing the paintings in person.  There is simply no comparison to the images over the internet.  For example, the painting that won ‘Best of Show’, above, is an exquisite example of “composition, values, temperature and light” as per our Judge of Awards.  The brushwork flows with grace through the painting, sweeping from one area to the next, guiding the viewer with soft edges and surprises of color.

Be sure to check for upcoming exhibits, and plan to attend the 2019 ‘Best of America’ National Juried Exhibition at the Montgomery Lee Fine Art Gallery in beautiful Park City, Utah!

To see the entire NOAPS SMALL PAINTING Exhibition, visit

Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director.  Photo Credits: Cheng Lian, Ober-Rae Livingstone and Patricia Tribastone.




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