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Artists MagazineArtists Magazine

Artists Magazine March 2019

Readers learn painting and drawing firsthand from other artists through written instruction and reproduction, guiding them step-by-step through the creative process. The magazine shows readers a wide variety of creative options, teaching the fundamentals of art making, presenting techniques in different painting and drawing media.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
F+W Media, Inc. - Magazines
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taken at face value

“If I can manage to paint the coloring of my own head, which is not to be done without some diffi culty, I shall likewise be able to paint the heads of other good souls.”— VINCENT VAN GOGH Victorian writer Oscar Wilde said, “Every portrait that’s painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” Given that an artist can’t help but offer his or her own interpretation of a model, how much more revelatory then is the self-portrait? The practice of making oneself the subject of one’s art, which—due to the introduction of the glass mirror—flourished during the Renaissance, has continued to fascinate both artist and viewer alike. For the artist, the temptation is both practical and creative. The model for a self-portrait, after all, is affordable—the…

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gucci: the artistry behind the brand

international luxury brands are in the business of creating an elevated in-store experience for their clients, with some of today’s high-end stores turning into veritable sets and stages for one-of-a-kind presentations. Some companies, however, raise the experience beyond retail into the realm of fine art. On a recent visit to Rodeo Drive, the gallery row of luxury retail in Beverly Hills, Calif., I was lured into the Gucci store by their distinctively designed window displays. Enchanted by the ornate architecture, vintage furniture and wallpaper, custom-designed textiles, and artfully displayed couture and ready-to-wear collections, I concluded that the Gucci store felt as much like a gallery or museum as it did a retail space. Presuming there must be some extremely colorful minds behind this bohemian-meets-luxury presentation, I reached out to Gucci…

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in love with passion

in the person of Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863), French art recognized its greatest painter of the Romantic age. He was, according to the poet Baudelaire, “in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible.” In other words, Delacroix’s fascination with physical and emotional drama was expressed through a temperament of detachment. His interests in violent movement and vivid color were matched by his analytical talent. When Delacroix’s mentor, Théodore Géricault, died prematurely, Delacroix was rightly seen as the inheritor of his promise. Géricault’s morbid realism required a dark palette, and though Delacroix’s early work was similarly weighted, his visual rhetoric was more elegant from the start. With Delacroix, the tragic melancholy of Romanticism was lifted by the example of the Venetian Renaissance. It was as if the…

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we asked ... what is your favorite self-portrait?

“On a recent trip to Amsterdam I had the opportunity to see Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul in Rijksmuseum. What do we see in one’s likeness or another’s? Every artist who looks at himself in order to paint his own features must ask this question. In this astonishing late self-portrait, Rembrandt painted himself in the guise of this biblical figure to express his skepticism.” COSTA VAVAGIAKIS ARTIST “Albrecht Dürer’s Self-Portrait at 28 (1500; oil on panel) at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.” CHERYL K. SNAY CURATOR OF EUROPEAN ART, SNITE MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME “Rembrandt’s self-portrait at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The application of paint is amazing.” MICHAEL SKALKA CHAIRMAN, ASTM D01.57 ARTISTS’ MATERIALS STANDARDS “I would have to go with Norman Rockwell’s 1960 Triple Self-Portrait.” ANTHONY WAICHULIS ARTIST, INSTRUCTOR,…

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we asked... you answered

“Difficult, but I’ll go with van Gogh. He gives us a view into his mental state as well as his personality.” —MARJORIE GAVITT “Frida Kahlo, because she was real and raw and didn’t hold back. However and whatever she was feeling, she painted it and shared it. She didn’t flatter herself or portray herself in any way other than what she saw.” —KATHERINE JALLEH NORTHAM “My absolute favorite is Albrecht Dürer’s Self-Portrait at 28. The fur around his collar and his loose ringlet hair are so finely detailed. I remember the first time I saw an image of it, I thought it was a portrait of Jesus—which, honestly, just makes me love it even more.” —WENDY BRYDGE…

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fleshtones

Johannes Itten (1888–1967), a renowned instructor at the early 20th-century German art school, the Bauhaus, taught that colors are either warm or cool: Hues of yellow, orange and red are warm; those of violet, blue and green are cool. He demonstrated this idea in a beautifully designed color wheel. Artists continually use this warm and cool distinction in color-mixing as they balance the temperature changes of each form within a painting. With Itten’s example in mind, you can make a flesh-tone color wheel, a circle of colors based on Itten’s six-hue wheel—but with a twist: Each hue on the fleshtone color wheel is a mixture of the hues opposite each other on a six-hue prismatic color wheel created with primary colors (yellow, red and blue). This results in a wheel of…

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