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Artists & Illustrators January 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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a new look for a new year

In my experience, detailed and ambitious new year’s resolutions – the “scale Mount Everest by March” kind – are rarely worth making. But it is natural to want to reflect and refocus at this time of year. I, like many others, find small, sensible changes reap greater rewards, and can add up to a major lifestyle overhaul. For artists, a switch as simple as using a different brush, colour or subject can be the impetus for an exciting new direction. Take Sally Muir (page 18) as an example. Somewhat spontaneously, she started a Facebook project to post a painting of a dog every day, which has grown into the kind of success story she could never have imagined. If you’re in search of fresh challenges, turn to our ‘New Year, New…

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A COLOURFUL DEBATE Re: In praise of coloured pencils, Letters, Issue 385 Many thanks to Deb Stanley for her short but thought-provoking letter of the month. I have dabbled with coloured pencil for many years, but never sold much and never exhibited, but still marvel at what can be achieved using such a convenient and adaptable medium. Deb is correct in saying some people in the art world do not take coloured pencil work seriously. The debate has been raging for years about them being recognised as a fine-art medium. Most coloured pencil artists are highly skilled. It is good that Artists & Illustrators is doing a series of articles in 2018 highlighting these skills and the medium in general. Great magazine by the way. Mike Mountford, West Bromwich, via email I read the ‘In praise…

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social scene

How to Paint like Derren Brown. The famous illusionist shows the process behind his acrylic portrait of the acclaimed actor, Michael Sheen Lorna Murphy: I like this because he is honest about how many changes and decisions make a painting – unlike some other features I have read where the artist gives the impression that every stroke of paint was perfect and unchanging. Let us know what you think of Artists & Illustrators magazine and share your painting projects with us at the contacts below... @AandImagazine ArtistsAndIllustrators AandImagazine AandImagazine…

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9 artistic things to do in january

1 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS The institute is looking for the best contemporary watercolour and water-media paintings for its annual exhibition of how artists are using this age-old medium. Upload a maximum of six paintings online before noon on 5 January 2018 and your artworks will be in with the chance of being hung alongside members at the exhibition at Mall Galleries, London, in April. www.mallgalleries.oess.uk 2 LEARN Lanyon’s Landscapes Course Learn the secrets of contemporary landscapes with artist Liz Hough, inspired by the work of Peter Lanyon. Taught at St Ives Painting School and on locations around the area, this three-day course, starting on 22 January 2018, is ideal if you want to loosen up your approach. www.schoolofpainting.co.uk 3 DISCOVER Salon Series: Impressionists in London Head to Tate Britain on 19 January 2018…

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LONDON Charles I: King and Collector 27 January to 15 April 2018 Discover the king’s legendary art collection. Royal Academy of Arts.www.royalacademy.org.uk Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites Until 2 April 2018 How the Arnolfini Portrait informed the likes of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The National Gallery.www.nationalgallery.org.uk Society of Wood Engravers 30 January to 18 February 2018 The 80th exhibition displaying the best of the printmaking technique. Bankside Gallery.www.banksidegallery.com The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London Until 7 May 2018 See works produced by Monet, Tissot and Pissarro while living in the capital. Tate Britain. www.tate.org.uk Tove Jansson (1914-2001) Until 28 January 2018 View 150 works by the Moomins’ creator. Dulwich Picture Gallery. www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk The Enchanted Room: Modern Works from the Pinacoteca di Brera 24 January to 8 April 2018 A major exhibition of one of the world’s most important modern Italian art collections.…

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fresh paint

ARTWORKS, STRAIGHT OFF THE EASEL CHARLOTTE KEATES Since graduating from Falmouth University this young artist has shown with the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition and the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, and now Kaleidoscope has been selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize. Part of her latest body of work – inspired travels across American and Canada – the painting takes its impetus from sketches of old photographs discovered at a 1960s motel in Palm Springs, California. With its graphic aesthetic, Charlotte wanted the diptych to become a flight of fancy. “I wanted to give the impression of combining disparate imagery and fitting it together,” she says. “I hope it gives the illusion of 3D space, giving way to formal devices such as line, pattern and flat passages of colour.” Charlotte’s paintings start with her…