Al Aire Libre

Al Aire Libre
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Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Jean Hildebrant paints in oil and pastel mediums. Specializing in portraits and figurative works. Jean also teaches classes and workshops on how to paint the portrait and figure in oil and pastel. For portrait commissions, contact the artist. As Jean continued seeking out ways to improve her talents, she attended workshops held by local artists and enrolled as an art major in the local college. As a result of her efforts, she won two scholarships to Scottsdale Artists School, based strictly on the merit of her work. She has studied with nationally known artists Albert Handell, Richard McKinley, Phil Beck, Bob Lemler, Ben Konis and Clayton J. Beck 111. Artists that have influenced her work include John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and Anders Zorn. Jean's favorite subject is the human soul. She desires to capture the essence and inner beauty of the human spirit through the use of light and color. She wants her paintings to speak to the emotions and spirit of each person who views them. She paints realism with the purpose of leaving an indelible impression. Jean has exhibited and won numerous awards in local and national shows.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I've been published in a new book by Maggie Price and North Light Books

Due to come out in March, a new book authored by Maggie Price and published by North Light Books.
I have two paintings with step by step photos and text describing my process. This should be a great book. I can't wait to see it! I'm honored to be included with many wonderful artists! I'll keep you posted as to when it is available to order.
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Just received news yesterday, that my pastel painting titled "Devotion" (which was posted previously here in a step by step demo) has won an award! I will reveal the details as soon as I get the ok to do so. I'm very honored and grateful! The image of the painting will be published in an art magazine along with a brief article.
"Devotion" Pastel 24x18

A very cool contest to win vintage dresses for a year! Wow that would make some awesome costumes to paint models in  :D
Check it out! Link is below:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Finished portrait "Devotion"

this is the final pastel portrait of my daughter, Jessica with her baby, Ezra
This is the final pastel portrait of titled "Devotion".  I continued laying in the remaining flesh tones on the chest, arm and legs, paying close attention to the interplay of cool and warm colors. The light was coming through the window and was a cool temperature. I laid in the background loosely, not wanting it to compete with the figures. The fabric in the foreground was laid in in cool colors and I repeated some of those colors in the background for color harmony. I tried to keep a more painterly feel by not blending and leaving the strokes visible. My goal for this painting was to portray the love and emotions of a Mother, (particularly my daughter) for her child. What a blessing a healthy child is! So thankful for my children and now our grandson, Ezra Michael.