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Artists & Illustrators December 2018

Artists & Illustrators is the UK’s best-selling magazine for artists and art lovers, providing advice and inspiration every month. Published for almost 25 years, each issue of Artists & Illustrators contains a colourful palette of profiles and features, together with valuable practical ideas, expert technical advice and useful product tests. Whether you favour oils or watercolours, portraits or landscapes, abstract art or botanical illustration, Artists & Illustrators brings a refreshing blend of creativity and advice every four weeks throughout the year.

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in this issue

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tis the season to be creative

The season of giving is on its way. While it can be hard to find time to paint and draw the rest of the year, the demands of the festive season can make it almost impossible. That is, unless you roll the commitments together and embark on some seasonal art projects. A traditional festive plant, the amaryllis makes a popular Christmas gift. So why not paint one and give it to a friend or relative? It’s a great way to share your creative passions and your artwork is sure to be cherished year after year – it’ll also need less watering! You’ll find our simple step-by-step guide to painting one on page 56. And, of course, there are Christmas cards. Rather than head to shops to buy them this year, you could…

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SIMPLE PLEASURES I’ve recently returned from Canada and had the pleasure to visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, which is holding an exhibition of folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970), who was born in Yarmouth. She lived with her husband in a small, colourful house measuring less than 16sqm. After her death, it was felt Maud Lewis was such an icon of Nova Scotia folk art that the house was moved and lovingly restored with most original interior details. It is now the centre of the exhibition. This is where Maud created her work using only basic materials, but she produced colourful artwork given her humble life, depicting everyday things in the region and sharing her clear and innocent view of nature and love of rural and coastal living. In…

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the art of wellbeing

Seeing these words in bold on the front of October’s Artists & Illustrators (issue 396) magazine, struck such a strong reaction from me that I feel compelled to respond. A heart attack three years ago stopped me in my tracks. It was a life-changing moment and, apart from the wonderful NHS, I realised the healing power my art has had on my recovery and wellbeing. I sat and drew what I saw from my conservatory and, realising I had not lost this gift, there is now no stopping me. Inspiration is all around and life is too short – so seize the moment. I joined Instagram @creativepwennyk and am already a Portfolio member.…

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9 artistic things to do in december

1 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ARTISTS OPEN HOUSES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Grab the chance to buy unique Christmas gifts as hundreds of artists and makers across the city open their houses and studio spaces to the public on 24 and 25 November, 1 and 2 December, and 8 and 9 December. www.aoh.org.uk 2 DRAW Comic Cats Drawing Masterclass Learn the key aspects of drawing a cat in comic and illustrative styles on this weekend masterclass at the British Library in London, from 1 to 2 December. www.bl.uk 3 COMPETE Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 The prestigious annual animal art competition is open for entries. Enter your beautiful wildlife paintings and drawings before 18 February 2019 for the chance to be crowned the winner. www.davidshepherd.org 4 WATCH Degas: Passion for Perfection This film goes behind-the-scenes at last year’s acclaimed Degas exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum…

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december’s best art shows

LONDON Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde Until 27 January 2019 Featuring works from Dora Maar, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali to name a few, this exhibition explores creative relationships across painting, sculpture and literature. Barbican. www.barbican.org.uk DON'T MISS Mantegna and Bellini Until 27 January 2019 Exploring the link between the painters as artists and brothers-in-law, this exhibition follows the respective careers of two of the most influential artists of the Renaissance. National Gallery. www.nationalgallery.org.uk Oceania Until 10 December Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, this show celebrates the diverse art of the region from the historic to the contemporary. Royal Academy of Arts. www.royalacademy.org.uk Edward-Burne Jones Until 24 February 2019 Charts the artist’s rise from an outsider with little formal art training to one of the most influential British artists of the late…

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fresh paint

Natalia Avdeeva Although painted in the Russian-born landscape artist’s studio in London’s arty Chelsea, Natalia Avdeeva’s exuberant acrylic contribution to this year’s Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition couldn’t feel further from city life. Based on an oil study of low tide on a small Thai island, its expanses of sea and sky burst with a delight in the outdoors. “I’ve always been passionate about painting en plein air,” says the artist. “Creating a painting in nature is a very fast, dynamic way to work. It always gives me an adrenaline boost.” Natalia created Distant Skies with a unique technique she has developed to capture the excitement of working outdoors in her studio. While exploring monoprinting at Heatherley School of Fine Art 10 years ago, she discovered that she could combine…