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Artists & Illustrators June 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 recent visit to the Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy exhibition at Tate Modern got me thinking about our creative journeys. The works on display suggested a painter who was almost unimaginably assured about his practice, from his bold palette to his confident brushwork. Whether or not that impression is a true account of the great painter’s experience is another matter. I imagine that Picasso, despite the heights he scaled, walked a similar path to the artists I interviewed for this issue. Both Willy Russell (page 32), writer of Blood Brothers and Shirley Valentine, and the painter Ann Blockley (page 54), shared stories of their bumpy journeys to creative fulfilment in paint. What unites them is that learning helped them to build the confidence to plough their own furrows. One…

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LETTER OF THE MONTH BRUSHING UP ON WELLBEING The therapeutic benefits of painting are well documented and, for the last couple of years, this aspect of our chosen pastime has, for me, been wonderfully demonstrated. I was asked to give some help to an elderly lady who, in earlier years, had been an enthusiastic amateur painter. Sadly, as a result of a stroke, she had lost the use of her right hand and had severe arthritis in her left. The hour or so we spend together is, she tells me, one of the highlights of her week, and the resulting paintings, made into cards, have winged their way to her many friends. I have been astonished at the dogged determination she has shown. Most of the work is in gouache – more…

2 min.
9 artistic things to do in june

1 ENTER THE SUNDAY TIMES WATERCOLOUR COMPETITION This competition is open to works in any water-based medium, not just watercolour. As well as a prize pot of £10,000, 100 shortlisted works will be exhibited at London’s Mall Galleries from 18 to 24 September. Enter up to four artworks by 25 June. 2 DRAW Wildlife Workshops You can choose between two wildlife drawing workshops on 16 June at Honnington Farm in Kent: British Birds or Owls of the Worlds. Artist and tutor Jennie Webber leads both, helping you to draw the animals in their natural habitat, plus you can feed and fly the birds. 3 PRINT Exploring Life in Motion Through Drawing and Monoprint Work with a life model to express movement and energy in drawing and monoprinting. Inspired by the Life in Motion:…

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LONDON Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One 5 June to 23 September Explore how artists responded to the scars left across Europe. Tate Britain. Edward Bawden 23 May to 9 September Bringing together 170 works that emphasise the versatility of this important artist. Dulwich Picture Gallery. New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 15 to 23 June Figurative paintings, drawings and prints from aspiring and established artists. Mall Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector 20 June to 6 January 2019 The inaugural exhibition in a new space, marking 200 years since the birth of the founder and his fantastic art collection. The Wallace RECOMMENDED Summer Exhibition 2018 12 June to 19 August Grayson Perry RA coordinates the talent for the gallery’s 250th year in this prestigious open-submission show. Royal Academy of The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet…

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fresh paint

David Grossmann “The forest, the transitions of colours in the sky, the quiet watchfulness of deer and birds, the flow of time and seasons, this is where I look for refuge,” says the Colorado-based American painter. It’s an atmosphere that oozes from his oil painting September Forest with Yellow Leaves, creating a sense of the peace he feels when working en plein air among nature with its muted, delicate colours. Cool grey, mauve and blue tones contrast with warm yellow and scattered orange in the pattern of the leaves. It has an almost meditative stillness. “It is such a gift to be able to stand in one spot for a few hours and really observe my surroundings; to watch the changes in light and weather, and in my own emotions,” says David.…

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the have eyes it

The beautiful, winding drive to Shani Rhys James’ house in deepest mid-Wales tells you a lot about how she has chosen to live and work as an artist. Here’s a painter who has been hailed as one of the greatest talents of her generation – a Jerwood Prize winner who was made an MBE for services to art. She is admired in the UK and internationally – and she has achieved this from what might be considered a backwater. “I lived in London from the age of nine but I’m not part of that cool art scene, which is why I love creating my own language here,” she says. “It’s not that I don’t have a sense of humour, but I’m not prepared to do the irony and emotional disengagement that…