Author: John Markese

  • Bronze Medal Great Lakes Pastel Society 2014 National Exhibit

    Bronze Medal Great Lakes Pastel Society 2014 National Exhibit

    I am proud to announce my Bronze Medal Award at the Great Lakes Pastel Society 2014 National Exhibit. The piece that won the awards is a portrait of a young woman entitled “Vlk”. “Vlk” is an alla prima (all at once) 16×20 soft pastel portrait that was done at a short 2.5 hour session and […]

  • Honorable Mention Awarded at Art of the Pastel 2014

    Honorable Mention Awarded at Art of the Pastel 2014

    A Girl Wearing a Bandana won an Honorable Mention award at the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas’ Art of the Pastel 2014 show. A Girl Wearing a Bandana was awarded this distinction by the awards juror Alan Flattmann. Alan Flattmann juried for awards on February 7, and stated, “I am impressed by the diversity of […]

  • Award of Excellence Four Points Contemporary 2nd Bi-annual

    Award of Excellence Four Points Contemporary 2nd Bi-annual

    Portrait of Andrew won an Award of Excellence in the Four Points Contemporary 2nd Bi-annual online exhibition. Portrait of Andrew is an expressive acrylic painting of a young man, Andrew, which is painted in a vibrant and lively style. The painting depicts Andrew looking off to the right with a determined and contemplative expression. I […]

  • Purchase Award at Pastels Chicago 2013

    Purchase Award at Pastels Chicago 2013

    3 of my artworks were accepted into the pastel only art exhibit Pastels Chicago 2013 which is held at the Art Center Highland Park, IL.

  • Portrait/Figure Award at the Annual PSSW National Juried Show

    The Pastel Society of the Southwest Held the opening reception and award ceremony this past weekend, and I am proud to announce that the pastel portrait I submitted “Vlk” was selected for the Portrait/Figure Award!

  • Honorable Mention at Starline Gallery’s 2013 Grand Finale Masquerade Ball

    Honorable Mention at Starline Gallery’s 2013 Grand Finale Masquerade Ball

    I exhibited two artworks at the Starline Gallery’s Grand Finale Masquerade Ball in Late October, which wraps up their 2013 exhibition lineup, and I am proud to announce that I won an honorable mention in the show. 2 of my works were accepted, a portrait in soft pastels entitled “Jessica” and the award winner a figurative study done in soft pastel entitled “Kay”.

  • Pastel and Acrylic Paintings of Jordan in Naperville, Illinois

    Pastel and Acrylic Paintings of Jordan in Naperville, Illinois

    Jordan has posed for us at the open figure sessions many times with good reason; She is a great model with natural poise and grace. Here are various drawings and paintings I have made of her over the years in three different mediums, acrylic paint, oil pastel, and my most often used medium soft pastel.

  • Charcoal and Conté Drawings of Jordan in Naperville, Illinois

    Charcoal and Conté Drawings of Jordan in Naperville, Illinois

    Jordan Reclined, is a 45 minute study that was sold at the Beyond the Coyote show. It features a wonderfully talented model, Jordan, sitting in a makeshift chaise with her left hand extended out  in front of her and her right hand resting on the back of the chair. her face is in profile and […]

  • Jesse in Yellow & Grey

    Jesse in Yellow & Grey

    Jesse in Yellow and Grey was done at the Palette and Chisel on a Saturday morning during one of their long pose sessions. That morning she was posing clothed, wearing a grey long sleeved shirt.

  • Pastel Art of Sadie

    Pastel Art of Sadie

    Sadie modeled for us at Platform Studios in Chicago Illinois at several of their weeknight drawing sessions. On some days I draw using an array of soft pastels, and on others I keep it simple with a couple of pieces of black and white conté. Here are examples of each.

  • Figurative Nude Art in Soft Pastel

    Figurative Nude Art in Soft Pastel

    These are some great pastel drawings that I did at a quick sketch open figure drawing session hosted by the Palette and Chisel in Chicago Illinois. I attended the long pose session that saturday morning, and stuck around for more quick sketch to get the chance to draw the lovely model that afternoon. I was […]

  • La Chemise Rouge, Oil Painting Portrait of Nicole in Chicago

    La Chemise Rouge, Oil Painting Portrait of Nicole in Chicago

    Nicole modelled for me at an art gallery in Chicago’s north side. She was an amazing model with a knack for expressive an dynamic poses. She incorporated her hands nicely, and included environmental elements in a very natural way.