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

Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director

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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.

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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

Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Editor

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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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Jian Wu: Master Artist

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“Times Square Traffic” 14×18, Oil on Board.  Winner of the Third Place Award at the 2018 NOAPS Best of America SMALL PAINTING Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee.  Collection of the Artist.

The first thing that the viewer notices in “Times Square Traffic” by Jian Wu is the sense of movement in the painting.  The waving flags, the active brush strokes and the light that streaks from the cars and across the canvas tell us this is not a static scene.  To add to the feeling the colors are bright and seemingly chaotic; but the linear elements of the painting hold the composition together.  A difficult feat indeed.

NOAPS Wu The Color of the Fall 16x20  “Color of the Fall”, 16×20, Oil on Canvas.  Collection of the artist.

The artist began his artistic career in China, where in middle school his first exploration began on a blackboard with a version of a class newsletter.  Later, his art career began to take form after meeting Mr. Wang Naizhuang, a well know artist in China.  Mr. Naizhuang became Jian’s mentor, teaching him drawing and painting.  Jian went on to attend the prestigious Central Art And Crafts College of China (now known as Art College of Qing Hua University) where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art.

NOAPS Wu The Dream 24x32  “The Dream”, 24×32, Oil on Board, Winner of an Award of Exceptional Merit from the Portrait Society of America’s 2015 International Portrait Competition.  Collection of the artist.

Today, Jian’s work may be considered impressionistic realism.  He paints in oil, but also works in pastel, acrylic, watercolor and marker pens.  In his development as an artist, masters such as Sargent and Picasso (particularly the cubism) and contemporary artist Richard Schmid have been influences.  But he has developed his own style over the years, and his ability to capture light, and his loose brush work are hallmarks of his paintings.

NOAPS Wu San Francisco Bay View 48x24  “San Francisco Bay View”, 48×24, Oil on Canvas.  Collection of the Artist.

Inspiration, as we artists know, can come from many sources.  For Jian, it is everyday life: people, landscapes, cityscapes, or “just a shadow on the floor”.  His inspiration for “Days of Her Life” (juried into the 2018 NOAPS Best of America Exhibition) was the old woman, her living conditions, and the “heart aching but honest” story of her life.

NOAPS Wu Days of Her Life 30x24  “Days of Her Life”, 30×24, Oil.  Collection of the Artist.

In the studio, Jian works with both live models and from photo reference.  He begins with a burnt umber underdrawing, sketching out the basic value patterns.  He then begins to apply color, first the shadow areas, then the middle tones, the lighter areas, and finally the highlights.  He assesses for final adjustments at the last.  For his landscapes, he goes directly to color, but makes sure the value contrasts are established.  His brushes consist of bristle brushes, both brights and filberts, along with the occasional large house brush and palette knife.  His colors include: titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, permanent rose, magenta, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, phthalo green (yellow shade), phthalo green (blue shade), and ivory black.

NOAPS Wu Still 20x16  “Still”, 20×16, Oil on Canvas, Private Collection

Jian Wu has had many accomplishments in his career: he is a Master Artist with NOAPS, has won two Exceptional Merit Awards from the International Portrait Competition; NOAPS awards including a Best of Show, Third Place, Best Use of Light and Color (twice) and Best Portrait Award.  He has also won accolades for his pastel work, winning First, Second, and Third place awards in the Pastel Journal ‘Pastel 100 Competition’.  But for Jian, his most prized accomplishment has been the development of his own personal style of painting.

Jian leaves us with a quote from Winston Churchill: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  To relate to painting, Jian says: “I believe that those of us who play with colors can paint our way out of any ‘hell’ if we persist”.

Jian Wu is the Judge of Awards for the 2019 Best of America National Juried Exhibition, to be held at the Montgomery Lee Fine Art Gallery in Park City, Utah.  Jian will also be teaching an exciting 3 day workshop prior to the opening weekend.  Please check for information.  To view more of Jian’s work, visit his website at:

Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director


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William J. Kalwick, Jr.

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“Stoney Mountain”, 24×30, Oil, by William J. Kalwick, Jr.

NOAPS is proud to announce the Judge of Awards and Workshop Instructor for the 2019 Best of America SMALL PAINTING National Juried Exhibition at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.  The exhibit will run from March 1 to April 6, 2019, and will feature 125 carefully chosen paintings by NOAPS members.  Mr. Kalwick will also teach a two-day plein air workshop prior to the opening of the exhibit, located at the historic Pioneer Museum just minutes from the Gallery.

From William Kalwick, in his own words:

Drawing and painting have always been a part of my life.  I studied with my father, who was an artist, until I finished high school and then went to New York City to study at the Art Students League of New York under John Howard Sanden.

Following my time in New York, I was invited to study with Lajos Markos, a prominent portrait painter and western artist.  Markos was the most influential teacher for me, and I spent six years as his student and apprentice.

noaps kalwick imogene creek 11x14   “Imogene Creek”, 11×14, Oil

During my early career, many of my paintings represented my time spent in Europe studying and painting.  Two artists that I admired the most were John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla.  After studying with Markos, my interests moved south to Mexico and Guatemala where I did many paintings over the years.  In Guatemala, I wanted to capture the local dress and culture before it disappeared.  During this time, I was also taking many portrait commissions.  Harold Hook of American General and Rees Jones, golf course designer, are just two of the many portraits.

I always look in many directions for inspiration.  From Plein Air painting in Colorado to painting retiring CEO’s, Western Art, to Mexican market scenes, there is an endless inspiration for my artwork.

Although I have worked in other mediums, my preferred medium is oil painting.  I like the many ways it can be used and manipulated for different effects and the immediacy it offers for my work.  I find painting in oils the perfect medium when painting outdoors.  Having the plein air study and a photo for some details helps me to complete a large studio landscape or any other subject.  I paint from life as often as I can and encourage my students to paint from life as well.

noaps kalwick beaver pond 12x12   “Beaver Pond”, 12×12, Oil

William J. Kalwick, Jr. is represented by the RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas; the Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming; La Antigua Galeria de Arte, Antigua, Guatemala; Pitzer Fine Art Wimberley, Texas; Concetta D Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas; and Marta Stafford Fine Art, Marble Falls, Texas.

To view more artwork by William Kalwick, visit his website at

To sign up for the workshop on February 27th and 28th, 2019, and view all the opening week events, go to

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2018 Fall On-Line: Judge’s Comments

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“Them Winter Blues”, 24×48, Oil, by Marc Hanson.  Winner of ‘Best of Show’ in the NOAPS 2018 Fall On-line International Exhibition.

The job of a Judge of Awards is never an easy task, and the approach that one must take is to forego all personal preferences and look at the artwork with an exceptionally critical eye.  The level of art presented in the 2018 NOAPS Fall On-line Exhibition was outstanding, and the discernment between choices became minute.  In order to win an award, the painting must hit all the marks, with no exceptions; those marks being drawing, values, composition, color, edges, narrative, technique and overall mastery of both the subject and the medium.

In Marc Hanson’s painting, shown above, every aspect of technical skill was addressed with both eloquence and proficiency.  The drawing and values create a composition that invites us in to search for the hidden places amidst the cold glittery morning air.  The colors of blues, blue violets, oranges and golds are subtly combined to pleasingly shift from warm to cool.  The edges dance from soft to hard, informing us of foreground and distance.  The total effect is remarkable.

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“Children Face”, 30x40cm, Oil, by Jie Cai, winner of Second Place Award in the 2018 NOAPS Fall On-line International.

The superbly painted portrait of children, shown above, is an outstanding painting on many levels.  The drawing is flawless, the construction of the composition provides a solid framework for the soft bodies, and the colors are subdued yet full of life.  The artist has provided a variety of textures; the cold metal, the rough brick contrasting with the downy soft hair and clothing.  The narrative is casual, yet draws our attention and curiosity.  The mastery of portraiture by this artist is extraordinary.

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“Calm Morning in Chioggia”, 20×16, Oil, by John Whytock, winner of Third Place Award in the 2018 NOAPS Fall On-line International Exhibition.

Mood was the spell-binder in John Whytock’s painting, above.  The artist skillfully rendered the perspective on the building and boat believably, with impeccable drawing.  The light and shadow coupled with the atmosphere inform us of the time of day.  The artist has used his complementary colors convincingly; dulling down the red-orange has let the blue become the star color.  He has used linear elements, broken up by shapes, to lead us down to his focal area, where he has quietly placed his most intense color.  The texture on the building contrasts with the mirror-like water, with the darkest area of the painting at the bottom, giving the viewer the feeling that they, too, are sitting at water level.

My congratulations to all the artists admitted into the 2018 NOAPS Fall On-line International Exhibition.  It has been a privilege and an honor to view all of the outstanding paintings created by artists from all over the world, and I thank you for sharing with us your amazing work.

Written by Patricia Tribastone, Judge of Awards for the 2018 NOAPS Fall On-line International Exhibition.

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Tom Altenburg: Nature Artist

NOAPS Altenburg Savana Shade  “Savanna Shade”, 23.5×16, Acrylic, Collection of the Artist.  Winner of ‘Best Realism’ at the NOAPS 2018 Best of America National Juried Exhibition at the Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

The most memorable realistic paintings are more than technically well painted; they are paintings, such as Tom Altenburg’s painting pictured above, that are well composed, and give us a sense of emotion that transcends the obviously skilled hand.  Here the artist created a circular composition that leads us directly to the eye; that eye translates intelligence, and leads us directly to the birds above.  We get the sense of size of the elephant in contrast to the birds above.  The elephant is grounded, solid, and the birds, as light as air, fly away.

NOAPS Altenburg Warm Sunlight  “Timber Wolf”, 17×24, Acrylic, Collection of the Artist.

Artist Tom Altenburg is a life-long artist.  Starting in high school, he realized his talent and passion, and took classes at the Kansas City Art Institute in drawing and painting.  He continued his art education earning a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  Tom received additional experience taking classes and workshops; particularly from Hallmark Cards Master Artist Ron Raymer while in high school, and later at the Beartooth School of Art in Bozeman, MT.  He has studied with artists such as Robert Bateman, Terri Isaac, and John Banovich.

NOAPS Altenburg Blue Cascades  “Blue Cascades”, 28×16, Acrylic, Private Collection.

Altenburg would classify himself mainly as an animal and nature artist.  He finds his inspiration and subject matter through his love of nature; parks, nature refuges, animal rehab centers and zoos.  His compositions are a result of sketches, combinations of his photos, and his own fluid ideas.

NOAPS Altenburg King of Coop Paint         NOAPS Altenburg King of the Coop

“King of the Coop”, Left, in progress, Right, finished painting.  28×14, Acrylic, Collection of the Leigh Y. Woodson Museum.

A session in his home studio, which sits across from a fishing lake and nature trails, begins perhaps after his morning walk, a little time on his guitar, and then assessment of his digital photos.  Beginning with an underpainting in acrylic red oxide, he is able to establish his composition.  This color choice also helps him achieve the vibrant colors so characteristic of his work.

Working on a composite hard board coated with gesso, he uses Liquitex acrylics in combination with gesso and mediums.  His palette consists of Titanium white, burnt umber, raw sienna, light blue violet, ultramarine blue, chromium oxide green, cadmium yellow, orange, an red, yellow ochre and yellow green.  Paintings can take a week or up to a month for completion, depending on the size.

Tom Altenburg is also a full-time artist for Hallmark Cards.  He is an American Western equine artist; has created artwork for Star Wars Publications for George Lucas; and created the 2017 Birds in Art Exhibition show poster for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, with the original piece as part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Altenburg’s work has also received accolades from the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, where he has won numerous awards, and has been granted the status of Master Artist.

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Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director

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