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Artists & Illustrators October 2016

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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celebrate 30 years of artists & illustrators

Now we’re not one for dropping hints, but as you might have gathered from our cover, it just so happens to be our birthday. I know we don’t look it, but it’s true –Artists & Illustrators magazine is a child of the 80s, and we just hit the big 3-0. To celebrate our anniversary, we have some very special features planned, like our 30 autumn painting projects (see what we did there). Starting on page 50, you’ll find a challenge for almost every medium, from watercolour landscapes to botanical drawing. And on page 18, we take a look at Picasso’s portraits to explore how he effortlessly moved from one painting genre to another. On page 38, you can join us for a trip down Artists & Illustrators’ memory lane, and take a…

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your letters

LIVE AND LEARN Your articles on wildlife were a breath of fresh air! I am experimenting and focused on new ideas and learning creatively, I love art and I will be doing a course in art and design in September. Magazines like yours encourage, motivate and inspire. My dream from childhood is to study, and work. I love creating so to have this passion still alive is a joy. I find all aspects give me a feeling of freedom. I look forward to more creative adventures in the future. Happy learning! Elaine Hartigan, Limerick CUT AND PASTE Re: Your Letters, Issue 368 Here are a few collages (right) I have made from old paintings that I didn’t know what to do with. I have found a new way to enjoy all of those hours of painting…

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on tour with a&i

I have just completed a short teaching programme bringing creativity to a school in Kathmandu, Nepal. I taught three classes where the children created a World Map mosaic using buttons. The children loved this new experience and I took the opportunity to show Artists & Illustrators magazine to the schoolchildren. I hope you can publish this letter so I can send it on to them. Rose Bryan, via email Sounds like they were naturals! We hope this £50 voucher for GreatArt will fund some fantastic new art materials to send to the class in the post.…

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9 artistic things to do in october

1 NOA16 WINTER EXHIBITION Themes of Brexit and the death of David Bowie loomed large in the artworks submitted to this year’s National Open Art Competition, and the final selection should make for an exciting 2016 exhibition. One of the paintings on display will be this striking portrait from former Artists of the Year shortlistee, Joshua Waterhouse. On the opening night, the final 35 winners will be announced and £60,000 worth of prizes awarded. You can find the NOA16 Winter Exhibition at The Mercer’s Hall in London from 27 October to 4 November. www.nationalopenart.org 2 PAINT Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Call for Entries Open to any artist over the age of 18 and living in the British Isles, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize has been known to launch careers, and comes with hefty cash prizes from £2,000…

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LONDON Beyond Caravaggio 12 October to 15 January 2017 A collection of 49 artworks exploring the legendary influence of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The National Gallery.www.nationalgallery.org.uk Picasso Portraits 6 October to 5 February 2017 A look at the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers, revealing his creative process when moving between drawing from life, caricature and painting from memory. National Portrait Gallery.www.npg.org.uk Paul Nash 26 October to 5 March 2017 Discover the surreal and mystical side of English landscapes through his drawings and paintings. Tate Britain.www.tate.org.uk Flora Japonica at Kew Gardens Until 5 March 2017 Paintings of native flora from eminent Japanese botanical artists. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.www.kew.org The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam 14 September to 8 January 2017 A retrospective of the groundbreaking Cuban painter’s work. Tate Modern.www.tate.org.uk Adriaen van de Velde: Dutch Master of Landscape 12…

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fresh paint

JEREMY GARDINER Solitary, proud and exposed to the elements, lighthouses are a compelling subject for the romantically-inclined artist. Over the years, the likes of Claude Monet, JMW Turner and Edward Hopper have featured these majestic coastal structures in their paintings, not only as a defiant vertical in a composition of endless horizons, but also for the extra symbolic weight that they can bring to an artwork. Following in that grand tradition, Bath-based artist Jeremy Gardiner’s latest collection, Pillars of Light, focuses on lighthouses in the south west of England. “They are feats of Victorian engineering, designed to withstand storms and gigantic waves,” he explains. “This has given them a reputation for strength and survival – a symbol of man’s struggle with nature.” A professor at Ravensbourne college and an ING Discerning Eye 2013…