The first annual "Ray Hassard" calendar is now available. 13 pastel paintings from 2014, done in Texas, France, and my neighborhood in Ohio, most en plein air. You can order one here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/my-calendar/calendar/product-21912700.html or just go to www.lulu.com and search for "Ray Hassard".
I'm just back from the first En Plein Air Texas competition in San Angelo. A long drive to get to a wonderful event. Good painters, great hosts, a wonderful town. And my painting "Cathedral" (pastel 12" x 16") won the top award. I am honored, still excited, and grateful. And planning to return next year! Yeehaw!
I am excited to announce that "The Path to Giverny" was chosen for
one of the top awards in Pastel Journal's 2013 Top 100
competition: the Pastel Journal Gold Medal. The actual issue
with all the paintings will be out in March 2014.
The October/November 2013 issue of Plein Air magazine includes a
feature article about Ray's pastels and oils.
Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place is the new book from IPAPA
with 100 artworks from around the state. The paintings, including
two of mine, will be finishing up their tour of Indiana at
Minnetrista Art Center in Muncie from Oct 11 - Nov 23 2014.