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Artists & Illustrators September 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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I still remember the start of my first life-drawing class very vividly. The charcoal laid out, the butterflies in the stomach, the cartridge paper bulldog-clipped to the drawing boards in anticipation. The model assuming a pose that I was convinced no sane human could hold for longer than a few seconds. All I needed was the tutor to tell me how he wanted me to draw this and I’d be good, I thought. Except it doesn’t work like that, does it? With hindsight it seems obvious: these classes are designed to be free spaces where all abilities are welcome and subjects can be tackled however you see fit; where sympathetic tutors will offer gentle encouragement and guidance, not a fully formed brief. If you've only studied art on a prescriptive school…

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JE SUIS DÉSOLÉ I found the article about specialist mediums [Essential Studio Craft, Issue 406] extremely interesting but the final part about spirit painting mediums made me pause. Edgar Degas’ favourite method of peinture à l’essence is cited and the writer suggests that this translates as “the essence of paint”, which sounds romantic but seems far too literal. I suggest that in fact it would translate as “petrol paint” (or a similar volatile solvent), essence being the French word for gasoline. This makes sense from a technical point of view and also more significantly would align it with the similar peinture à l’huile. Anyway keep up the good work. I look forward to the monthly issues of the magazine, which are always stimulating and educational. Pete MacKenzie, via email Yes, Pete, we think you’re right. We…

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the meaning of art

Congratulations on producing such an interesting and informative magazine. Like many people who feel intimidated that their work will not compare, I eventually “found my own voice” by painting things that I felt about. Your ideas and emotions will give you your own style. Just paint to record your pets, garden, family members and surroundings that mean something to you. Over time these will become a record of your life to be enjoyed by the family in the future. As you get older and look back, you will think: did I really paint that? The answer is: Yes, you did. Jean Marianne Andrews, Shrewley, Warwick WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EDIT LETTERS FOR PUBLICATION…

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1 SOROLLA: SPANISH MASTER OF LIGHT Until 3 November Bask in the last of the summer heat via this collection of sun-soaked scenes from the world-renowned oil painter, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, famed for capturing the vibrancy of everyday life in his native Spain. Though his dazzling, Sargent-esque oils appear stylish and relaxed, he was strategic in his approach to developing his career, sending arresting social commentaries on large canvases, such as 1896's Sewing the Sail [above] to major expositions across Europe, cementing his reputation as a modern master. National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2 LIFE’S JOURNEY: THE ART OF KATHERINE MARY FRYER 1910 – 2017 2-21 September This eclectic collection traces the trajectory of Fryer’s extensive career – she died aged 106. This Leeds-born artist began her career selling wood engravings, while becoming friends…

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DEEPENING COLOURS Watercolourist HAZEL SOAN offers advice on embracing darker tones and mixing blacks Deepening colours can require patience if you are not used to working with rich dark or deep mixes. Watercolour dries to a lighter tone than it appears when wet, so go in deeper and darker than the value you are planning to achieve. Check the consistency of the mix: deep dark colours will not need much water, so if the paint is pooling in the palette it is probably too dilute. There is no need for ready-made black or grey in the palette because these colours can be made from mixes of red, yellow and blue, or with mixtures of opposites or near opposites, such as blue and brown. I frequently mix blacks from Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna and may…

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burnt sienna

THE COLOUR A deep, reddish brown that became popular during the Italian Renaissance and was named after the Tuscan city from which it originally came. THE PROPERTIES Sienna is a yellow-brown iron oxide pigment (PBr7) that turns to a deep reddish-brown when heated. Generally more translucent than other earth colours, Burnt Sienna nevertheless has a relatively high tinting strength. Note that some brands make Burnt Sienna with the synthetic pigment PR101 also found in Mars Violet and some Venetian and Indian Reds. THE USES A versatile colour, Burnt Sienna creates a great range of greys when mixed with darker blues – ideal for stormy skies or complex shadows. It is also a great red substitute in a limited watercolour travel palette alongside French Ultramarine and Raw Sienna.…