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Artists & Illustrators

Artists & Illustrators May 2019

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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1 min.
let your creativity blossom in spring

We have something of a botanical art focus this month, with an exclusive interview with the Society of Botanical Artists president Billy Showell and a “Your Questions” special dedicated to it. You don’t need to be painting plants for spring to feel like a wonderfully creative time though. The improving weather makes plein air painting more appealing, the longer days mean better light in the studio, and a studio spring clean can give fresh impetus to your favourite hobby. It is a time to rediscover your creative purpose and Norfolk Painting School founder Martin Kinnear has written a really interesting article that ties into this theme. On page 64, he shows you how to make an honest assessment of your own artwork (as he still does with his own award-winning work)…

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FILLED WITH WONDER The question which has been important to me all my life is “I wonder what would happen if...?” That question was what made me become a scientist, and it is what drives my art now. I nearly always have a list of things I want to try, so any indecision is only caused by not being able to make up my mind as to which I want to do first! Jessica Aidley, via email THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX In my efforts to learn more from other artists, I have been looking into what kit they use. I have taken to following social media sites like Pinterest, YouTube and Facebook to look for ideas and inspiration. It has struck me how much more American artists seem to be into plein air painting and…

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stop me if you saw this one before…

Ever had déjà vu, that feeling of having experienced something before? Well, that’s exactly how I felt after reading two articles in the last two issues: Kelly Grovier on Vermeer (A New Way of Seeing, issue 400) and Nick Cudworth’s Twilight Scenes (Your Questions, issue 401) showing scenes of Bath. In 1998, I attempted a little watercolour view of St John’s Gatehouse similar to one of Nick’s paintings. More recently, I gave myself an artistic kickstart by tackling something I both admired but knew would be challenging: a copy of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. After months struggling with techniques and brush disasters, I finally managed to produce something I was reasonably happy with. David Thew, via email…

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9 artistic things to do in may

1 SPRING FLING Scotland’s premier open studios event (25-27 May) takes place across Dumfries and Galloway, with almost 100 artists of various disciplines inviting guests into their workspaces. Highlights of the trail include wildlife artist Lisa Hooper’s Port William print studio and Ailsa Black’s seaside workspace [pictured with sheep dog Jack], as well as the chance to meet Harry Potter illustrator Clare Melinsky. Sample the work of the artists taking part at a pop-up exhibition at The Bakers Oven in Dumfries (5-13 April) ahead of the main event. 2 BROWSE Wimbledon Art Fair Wimbledon Art Studios will host their twice-yearly fair (9-12 May) exhibiting talented artists and makers working in painting, printmaking, sculpture and more. Browse affordable artworks or find inspiration by chatting to the artists about their practice with access to 150 private studios.…

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brought to life: eliot hodgkin rediscovered

25 May to 20 October Eliot Hodgkin may be the most talented, 20th-century British artist you’ve never heard of. Born in Berkshire in 1905, he studied at Byam Shaw School of Art and staged his first solo show aged 31. Over the next half century, he had more than 100 paintings selected for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition yet turned down the opportunity to become an Academician. Instead, he focused his on meticulous still life compositions, painted with an almost botanical accuracy. Eliot may never have received the critical acclaim heaped on his cousin, the abstract painter Howard Hodgkin, yet his work was hugely popular and so most of his best works quickly disappeared into private collections. This welcome gathering of almost 100 paintings, the first major show in almost 30 years,…

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LONDON Edvard Munch: Love & Angst 11 April to 21 July The Norwegian artist’s most famous prints – guaranteed to be a Scream. British Museum. Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway Until 2 June Wintry landscapes with a masterful rendering of soft, modulating light. Dulwich Picture Gallery. Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective 24 May to 15 September Look back at 50 years of art by the Tamara Drewe illustrator. House of Illustration. Sean Scully: Sea Star 13 April to 11 August New series of Rothko-esque abstracts inspired by Turner. National Gallery. Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light Until 7 July Sumptuous landscapes, gardens and figurative scenes by the Valencian master. National Gallery. Anish Kapoor Until 18 August New mirror sculptures in Sir John Soane’s recently refurbished former home. Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery. The Renaissance Nude Until 2 June See Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian…