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Artists & Illustrators October 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 painting project for all seasons

Have you ever found that, just as you’re congratulating yourself for having your finger on the pulse, everyone else has had the same idea? I guess that’s the definition of a trend. But when it comes to representing the nude in painting, it feels more like a zeitgeist. You’ll find the subject explored in our feature on artist Clare Bonnet (pages 18 to 21), while Jake Spicer takes inspiration for his new series from a master in the field, Jenny Saville (pages 73 to 76). And we’re not alone. The BBC has just announced it will air Mary Beard’s The Nude Uncovered next year, which will see her explore human bodies in art. Sounds like unmissable viewing. While you’re waiting to hear Mary’s thoughts, why not get busy with an autumn painting…

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GARDEN INSPIRATION On page three of the August magazine (issue 394) you asked a question about favourite places to paint. The answer is: The Blue Garden. It is half-imaginary and half-real. Here is one of my “at work” paintings of the garden. Hana Auerova, Czech Republic, via email ON THE BRIGHT SIDE I have been subscribing to your magazine for over a year now and found it very inspiring. I graduated with a BA in fine art in summer 2011 and since then I have devoted my free time to painting. I paint in acrylics and I am very fond of bright colours. I paint a lot of abstract or semi-abstract paintings. I have very stressful days now because my husband, who is now elderly, is suffering from ill health. Painting always lifts me…

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what is art?

What does it contribute to humanity? I’m sure a great many people, both artists and non-artists, have asked this question. For me art is a universal language, it transcends all races and cultures, and makes nations what they are. Art also has the power to overcome the worst possible situations that people find themselves in. I was fortunate to have met an Auschwitz survivor in the 1970s, a friend of my sister’s, living in Montreal, Canada. Her name was Alice Winant and she was one of the most inspiring artists I have ever met during my 71 years of living. Her beautiful house on the outskirts of Montreal was a living gallery with a number of beautiful sculptures dotted around. Many of her subjects were family groups. There are a number of…

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social scene

Talking point: What makes a great palette? Some artists love wood, others swear by glass. Stephanie Ayhens: If you like cleaning up, use glass. If you don't, use wood – it weighs less. David Del: Ojo Glass. For cleaning reasons but it always stay on an auxiliary table. In fact it's not a palette itself but a rectangular piece of glass which I cut. The touch for me is also important. Glass without no doubt. Cheryl Peters: For acrylics, I prefer a sheet of glass over a mid-grey sheet of paper. It’s very easy to clean. I have other setups but I like this best. Andrea Michelle Anderson: In my studies, I learned that wood was best for some oils because they had extra oil added in, and the wood would absorb it. I…

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9 artistic things to do in october

1 ROYAL SOCIETY OF PORTRAIT PAINTERS EXHIBITION OPEN CALL Have you painted a likeness you’re proud of? If the answer is yes, then the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition open call is for you. Enter up to three works between 15 October and 18 January 2019 for the chance to win prizes and see your work hung as part of the society’s prestigious show. 2 DRAW Botanical Art Workshop Learn how to observe and produce accurate botanical drawings using line and tone in graphite pen with artist Julia Trickey at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol on 13 October. 3 ENTER Artists of the Year 2019 Our competition opens for entries on 7 September. Offering exhibition exposure for 50 shortlisted artists, and £1,000 cash prize and the chance to work towards…

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edward burne-jones

24 October to 24 February 2019 The Pre-Raphaelite’s first solo show at Tate since 1933 features more than 150 objects, bringing together major works spanning his career. The artist’s most famous narrative cycles – The Briar Rose and the unfinished Perseus series – will be shown together for the first time across two rooms. Burne-Jones rejected the industrial world of the Victorians in favour of escaping to medieval art, religion, myths and legends to become one of the most influential artists of his day. Tate Britain, London. LAUS VENERIS, 1873-8, OIL ON CANVAS, 119.4X180.3CM© LAING ART GALLERY/TYNE & WEAR ARCHIVES & MUSEUMS…