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Artists & Illustrators January 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 new look for a new year

(MARTIN KINNEAR) In my experience, detailed and ambitious new year’s resolutions – the “scale Mount Everest by March” kind – are rarely worth making. But it is natural to want to reflect and refocus at this time of year. I, like many others, find small, sensible changes reap greater rewards, and can add up to a major lifestyle overhaul.For artists, a switch as simple as using a different brush, colour or subject can be the impetus for an exciting new direction. Take Sally Muir (page 18) as an example. Somewhat spontaneously, she started a Facebook project to post a painting of a dog every day, which has grown into the kind of success story she could never have imagined. If you’re in search of fresh challenges, turn to our ‘New…

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A COLOURFUL DEBATERe: In praise of coloured pencils, Letters, Issue 385Many thanks to Deb Stanley for her short but thought-provoking letter of the month. I have dabbled with coloured pencil for many years, but never sold much and never exhibited, but still marvel at what can be achieved using such a convenient and adaptable medium.Deb is correct in saying some people in the art world do not take coloured pencil work seriously. The debate has been raging for years about them being recognised as a fine-art medium. Most coloured pencil artists are highly skilled. It is good that Artists & Illustrators is doing a series of articles in 2018 highlighting these skills and the medium in general.Great magazine by the way. Mike Mountford, West Bromwich, via email I read…

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the path to inspiration

My morning walk takes me out of my village down a single-track lane, which is lined with hedgerow. I like walking in the rain there enjoying the mindful experience, whatever it throws at me. Our weather was mightily unsettled this summer and, in this painting, I wanted to illustrate the glory of the moment as the sun breaks through the clouds while still retaining the feeling of the threat of the storm to come. Sue Dawes, Holme Cumbria, via email ■…

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social scene

How to Paint like Derren Brown. The famous illusionist shows the process behind his acrylic portrait of the acclaimed actor, Michael Sheen Lorna Murphy: I like this because he is honest about how many changes and decisions make a painting – unlike some other features I have read where the artist gives the impression that every stroke of paint was perfect and unchanging. Let us know what you think of Artists & Illustrators magazine and share your painting projects with us at the contacts below... @AandImagazine ArtistsAndIllustrators AandImagazine AandImagazine ■…

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9 artistic things to do in january

1 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURSThe institute is looking for the best contemporary watercolour and water-media paintings for its annual exhibition of how artists are using this age-old medium. Upload a maximum of six paintings online before noon on 5 January 2018 and your artworks will be in with the chance of being hung alongside members at the exhibition at Mall Galleries, London, in April. (LIZ HOUGH) 2 LEARN Lanyon’s Landscapes Course Learn the secrets of contemporary landscapes with artist Liz Hough, inspired by the work of Peter Lanyon. Taught at St Ives Painting School and on locations around the area, this three-day course, starting on 22 January 2018, is ideal if you want to loosen up your approach. 3…

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LONDON Charles I: King and Collector 27 January to 15 April 2018 Discover the king’s legendary art collection. Royal Academy of Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites Until 2 April 2018 How the Arnolfini Portrait informed the likes of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The National Society of Wood Engravers 30 January to 18 February 2018 The 80th exhibition displaying the best of the printmaking technique. Bankside The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London Until 7 May 2018 See works produced by Monet, Tissot and Pissarro while living in the capital. Tate Britain. Tove Jansson (1914-2001) Until 28 January 2018 View 150 works by the Moomins’ creator. Dulwich Picture Gallery. The Enchanted Room: Modern Works from the Pinacoteca di Brera 24 January to 8…