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Artists & Illustrators July 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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13 Issues

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it’s time to step into the light

I was taken aback when a sunglasses-wearing stranger looked at me on the platform at London Blackfriars and blurted, “It’s spectacular, isn’t it?” Not because it wasn’t true. The glass-encased station spans the Thames and boasts dramatic views of St Paul’s, the Houses of Parliament and beyond. But for most of the year, harassed city workers simply shuffle through, their minds and eyes elsewhere. Not today. The sun has finally come out and the change is palpable. Light dapples the river and warms parliament’s limestone; even the twinkling reflections on some of London’s less attractive buildings look divine. Stepping off stifling trains, travellers are transformed into sociable folk who stop to marvel at the skyline and – shockingly – to speak. Light changes everything; even more so for painters. It means starker…

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letters

THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN Just to say a very huge thank you for choosing my artwork Jewel Border (below) as the artwork of the month for April [in the Portfolio Plus, Editor’s Pick email]. It was such an amazing surprise and made my weekend. It was timely too, as earlier that day I had sent off some digital artwork to see it made into a scarf and cushions (and wondering what I was doing taking this step) so I am taking your wonderful news as a good omen. Andrea Hook, Dorset, via email We loved seeing this winning artwork looking resplendent in its new forms. See more of Andrea’s art on her Portfolio Plus page www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/andreahook. For the chance to be in June’s Editor’s Pick, sign up to Portfolio Plus and submit…

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the magic of a splodge of paint

When I saw the name “Sir Kyffin Williams” on the contents page of the June 2018 magazine (issue 391), I turned right away to Nicholas Sinclair’s heartwarming article on his godfather. It’s a small world. I’m a journalist, and when Sir Kyffin died in 2006, The Scotsman newspaper commissioned me to compile his obituary. I started with: “Sir Kyffin Williams was the Welsh painter who captured majestic images of his native land. People queued for days to buy his work, at prices reaching £40,000, and Wales regarded him as a national treasure.” My great good fortune while on holiday in Anglesey some 20 years ago was a chance meeting with Sir Kyffin. I found him warm, engaging and humorous. As for his work: I loved it. There was one mountain scene…

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social scene

Talking point: would you ask a non-painter what they think of your picture? Casey Floyd: Yes? I feel like it’s a little elitist to suggest a non-painter couldn’t elucidate what it is they like or don’t like about a picture. When I paint, it is primarily to please myself; after that, I paint for everyone, not just fellow artists. Linda Davies Gage: I don’t ever ask anyone, “What do you think of my painting?” If my painting does not elicit a response from someone, so be it. Ann Green: We’ve been brainwashed with too many myths and false rules over the years. You don’t need to follow things like the Golden Rule of Proportion or the Horizon theory. These may assist you when starting out, but as you progress, test theories... That’s all…

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9 artistic things to do in july

1 CAMBRIDGE OPEN STUDIOS 2018 Starting on 7 July and continuing over four more weekends, 350 artists are set to open their doors in 221 locations across Cambridgeshire. Plan your days out by downloading the Cambridge Open Studios app from mid-June and searching for artists. Or look out for the yellow COS flags outside participating studios. www.camopenstudios.co.uk 2 COMPETE Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2018 With new president, portraitist Tim Benson (above), settling into the role, the ROI is calling for entries to its open exhibition. Polish off your oil paintings and enter up to four works online before 17 August. www.mallgalleries.org.uk 3 CREATE Introduction to Print Head to Leicester Print Workshop from 7 June to 12 July to find your niche during its six-week evening course. Explore a different technique each session, including drypoint,…

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exhibitions

LONDON Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One 5 June to 23 Septemebr How artists responded to the scars left by war. Tate Britain. www.tate.org.uk Bomberg 21 June to 16 September An extensive private collection. Ben Uri Gallery and Museum. www.benuri.org.uk RECOMMENDED BP Portrait Award 2018 14 June to 23 September International exhibition of contemporary portrait painting. National Portrait Gallery. www.npg.org.uk Chris Orr RA: The Miserable Lives of Fabulous Artists Until 9 August Humorous works on paper. Royal Academy of Arts. www.royalacademy.org.uk Edward Bawden 23 May to 9 September 160 works that emphasise the artist’s versatility. Dulwich Picture Gallery. www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk Jonathan Cooper: 30 Years 12 to 21 July Celebrates the best in contemporary figurative painting and drawing. Jonathan Cooper. www.jonathancooper.co.uk Quentin Blake: Voyages to the Moon and the Sun Until 30 September The much-loved artist’s illustrations of Cyrano de Bergerac’s 17th-century novel. House…

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