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Artists Back to Basics

Artists Back to Basics

Issue 11 Volume 2
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Artists Back to Basics is an entry level magazine for all artists. From setting up a studio to what easel to choose it’s a must for all artists. Featuring the latest in news, reviews and products from the art world as well as exhibition previews and reviews

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Sunray Publications Pty Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

6 min.
the earthen artist

Painting full-time since 2003, Heidi quickly established herself as one of Australia’s emerging artistic talents. Her reputation as a natural history, wildlife and botanical artist is well established. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in prestigious exhibitions and can be found in significant public and private collections around the world including the Shirley Sherwood Collection of international contemporary botanical artists, and the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation USA. Here is her story so far … Surrounded by the incredible natural world we live in, so full of wonder, intrigue, colour, vibrancy, harmony and endless surprises, it is easy to understand why one would choose this as a subject for painting, and how one can become quite absorbed within this. Seeing and feeling so inspired by the natural world is…

3 min.
rainbow lorikeets and black bean

MATERIALS • French Ultramarine• Windsor Yellow• Raw Sienna• Permanent Sap Green• Green Gold• Olive Green• Windsor Red• Permanent Rose• Cerulean Blue• Indigo• Scarlet Lake• Light Red• Perylene Maroon• Stock: I work on a Daler Rowney/Saunders Waterford Illustration Board. It comes in three surfaces on a sheet 22 x 30 inches in size. For oversize paintings I use Arches watercolour paper.• Brushes: Most people are quite surprised and often relieved to discover that I actually use fairly inexpensive synthetic nylon brushes. Sizes range from very tiny 10/0’s to about a 6 in the larger size. As long as the tip is in great condition, It is no doubt fairly easy to see why I was so drawn to this subject. I always love watching the lorikeets frantically enjoying the Black Bean Trees around…

1 min.
hints and tips

• Everyone works differently of course and you need to experiment with materials, subjects and approaches for yourself and find what works for you and your objectives. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Remember that it is only paper and this process is all just a part of your journey and natural evolution, a part of learning and improving. Take what you can from your mistakes and use those things to grow and improve for your next piece. • If you are struggling with your paints looking muddy and dull, try removing white from your palette completely. This means not only removing white itself, but removing any pigment that has a white base or that has been contaminated with white. Clean your palette thoroughly and replace these with transparent pigments and…

9 min.
the core of art

More and more nowadays an unfortunate reality in the art world is the fact that freehand representational drawing seems to be seen as a bit of a poor relation compared to other styles and mediums. Clear indications of this are the difference in prize money offered in competitive art shows, in fact less and less art shows all the time even offer a drawing category. There are a relatively small number of competitive art exhibitions that actually concentrate on drawing rather than painting but they seem to mostly favour non-representational styles. Fed Through the Baffling Machine Even more apparent (to me anyway) is the ever increasing prevalence across the board of that mystifying word “contemporary” which is added to all kinds of art, art shows, and gallery names. By definition the word…

3 min.
botanical art watercolour studies

The concept of the Colour Study is to use it to perfect your painting technique and brush control as well as experimenting with colour mixing and matching. When you begin your final painting you will then know exactly what colour mixes to use, how to build up your watercolour washes to achieve the correct colour intensity and how to apply detail to finish off the painting. A colour study is preliminary practice painting and we know that practice makes perfect. Before you begin your final painting, it is highly recommended that you practice your painting technique first. This way, any mistakes are done in practice, not on the final work. The preliminary work that goes into the drawing and colour study is what makes a superb finished painting. The more time and…

20 min.
paints and mediums contributed

GENESIS ARTISTS COLOURS “With Genesis you can just start painting each session without wasting time preparing your palette.” When Genesis Heat Set Oil paints were developed, they had all artists in mind, including artists who suffered with allergies from using the traditional solvent based oils, and users of acrylics who fought the quick drying times and the loss of that brilliant lustre and sheen found only in oils. Genesis Heat-Set Oils were developed many years ago by two professional artists living in Hawaii. They required an artists’ medium that had the highest light fastness and permanence rating available for archival qualities. It also needed to allow artists to be in total and complete control of their paint’s drying time. No matter what the climatic conditions were, it would need to stay in…