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Artists Magazine

May 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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to catch a wave

“I could not paint at all if I had to paint slowly. Every effect is so transient, it must be rapidly painted.” — JOAQUIN SOROLLA If you want to find someone who knows the inner workings of ocean waves, either track down a surfer—or a seascape painter. A wave, they will tell you, is constantly on the move, and no two are alike. California artist Marcia Burtt (page 70) describes the challenge of trying to put down on canvas an impression of a wave in just a few seconds and then waiting for the next one to come along to provide another chance to revise the information and complete the effect. “You don’t realize how different the waves are until you wait for eight or 10 or 12 of…

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venice: steeped in history, awash with beauty

Santa Maria della Salute as seen from Giudecca graphite and watercolor on paper, 11⅞ x16 This view from my apartment, encompassing Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (left) and San Giorgio Maggiore (right) as seen from across the Giudecca Canal, is one I’ve painted frequently at different times of day. On a June afternoon, the sun strikes the forms of Salute and the facade of San Giorgio, but leaves the line of buildings fronting the Zattere promenade in shadow. la Serenissima (“the most serene,” in Italian) is the name given to Venice, a once powerful, autonomous seafaring republic. From the fall of the Roman Empire, it ruled the waves for more than half a millennium and, at the time, was among the most powerful city-states in the world.…

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moon river

for much of his life, Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910) lived near water. The ocean became a central, if not dominant, theme in his work. It initially served as a setting for youthful recreation in paintings that celebrated children sailing, bathing or picking fruit by the sea.But by 1880, Homer had begun to withdraw from polite society, and the sunny mood of his early work evolved into something more serious. The dapper, cosmopolitan artist turned truculent, and his painting reflected the change. A summer trip to Gloucester, Mass., resulted in a series of radically expressive watercolors of the harbor. There followed what would prove to be a transitional 20-month stay in Cullercoats, on the coast of England. Handsome young fisherwomen populated these works, but they cut monumental figures, often set…

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we asked... you answered

“I would love to have stood beside Vincent as he painted The Starry Night.”—CONNIE ROBBINS BRADY“One of Matisse’s large-scale collages would’ve been fun to assist in.”—BIANCA VAN DER HOEK“Any ballerina painting by Edgar Degas.”—ERIC DUNCAN“Picasso’s Guernica. He must have raged and wept, slashed in anger and splashed in frustration, experienced helplessness and cried out in anguish.”—WALTER BAKKER“Untitled [1982] by Jean-Michel Basquiat.”—ERICK SÁNCHEZ GIL“Girl With A Pearl Earring [by Johannes Vermeer].”—GAYLAND CRUTCHFIELD“The Arnolfini Portrait [by Jan van Eyck].”—VICTORIA OHAN“Michelangelo carving the Pietá.”—CHERYL KEGGAN ■…

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“I’d have loved to be present when Pontormo drew and painted The Visitation, recently exhibited for the first time in the U.S. at the Morgan Library Museum. It’s an extraordinary painting to view and copy.” The Visitation by Jacopo Pontormo, (Italian, 1494–1557) 0il on wood, 79½ x61½ San Michele, Carmignano (Florence) WENDY SHALEN ARTIST AND INSTRUCTOR, THE ART STUDENTS LEAGUE OF NEW YORK “J.M.W. Turner’s Rain, Steam, and Speed, in the National Gallery, London.” Rain, Steam, and Speed—The Great Western Railway by J.M.W. Turner, (English, 1775–1851) 1844; oil on canvas, 26x33¼ CHERYL K. SNAY CURATOR OF EUROPEAN ART, SNITE MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME “I wish I could’ve been a fly on the wall in Vermeer’s studio while he painted The Art…

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Shells on Artist Palette oil on board, 18x22 “The mollusk’s motto would be: One must live to build one’s house, and not build one’s house to live in,” wrote French philosopher Gaston Bachelard (1884–1962). As I caress nautilus and abalone shells, part of a collection I’ve acquired for painting and pleasure, I often muse about these sea dwellers’ unexpected ability to color the interior portions of their shells with iridescent rainbow hues. I find painting these colors diverting and challenging as I attempt to match the ability these mollusks have for creating vivid color inside their modest homes. IN VIVID, LIVING COLOR Seashell and Sand Dollars SMPTE series; oil on board, 12x9 “Merely think, ‘Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink,…