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Artists & Illustrators July 2016

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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inspiration is everywhere if you know where to look

As I prepared to edit my first issue of Artists & Illustrators, I had the opportunity to read countless copies from cover to cover and take inspiration from each one – much like an artist does when creating a new painting. When tackling a blank canvas, thoughts of the art you love and want to create can breed hesitation. But that provenance can also be a guiding force for your paintbrush. For this issue, we decided to explore inspiration, what it means to a painter, and the unexpected places it comes from. On page 18, artist Tony Foster tells us how his search for watercolour inspiration took him across the globe, setting up his easel on site to paint subjects like Mount Everest and the Grand Canyon. Meanwhile, artist Ray Balkwill shares…

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your letters

SUCCESS STORY Regarding my quite recent letter about older work, which you kindly published, I am writing to let you know that one of my old paintings, which I had repainted over recently, has been chosen to be published in a well known gardening magazine! This floral painting was originally painted years ago and was copied from the book, Flowers & Designs to Copy. This book was the inspiration on my painting journey. Jean Cooper, via email SCREEN TEST Having seen David Hockney’s wonderful digital paintings I finally purchased my own iPad a few months ago. I downloaded several drawing and painting apps and, while having some success with drawings, I found myself in difficulty when attempting painting. Quite by chance, a fellow member of an art group mentioned a book by Diana Seidl…

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the artist’s eye

I am prompted to respond to ‘share your tips’, the request in your May issue. My tip is: ‘half close your eyes’. This is to enable tones to be far more easily visible – either with my own work or to appreciate painting in general. It is so easy to underestimate tonal contrast as we strive for that magical 3D effect. I have subscribed to Artists & Illustrators for so long, it must be the beginning of publishing! Having had a wonderful life in the art world, I am now in my 87th year and I am still able to draw, paint, exhibit and sell. Betty Thornton, Huddersfield…

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9 artistic things to do in july

1 THE NATIONAL OPEN ART COMPETITION Now in its 20th year, and with £60,000 of prizes on offer, The National Open Art (NOA) competition aims to nurture creative talent from emerging and professional artists. This year, there will be a £1,000 graduate award and a new miniatures category. Pictured above is 2015 winner Asleep, submitted by then 18-year-old Kaye Song; it was the first A-Level entry to win a top prize at the NOA competition. Each entry is judged anonymously, and the final deadline for submissions is 10 July. This year’s finalists will be exhibited in NOA’s Winter Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall, London, in October where the prizewinners will be announced. 2 DISCOVER Francis Bacon and Maria Lassnig Summer School Love Francis Bacon? Join Jai Chuhan at the Invisible Rooms exhibition at Tate…

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London Painting with Light Until 25 September Exploring the relationship between photography and Pre-Raphaelite art. Tate Georgia O’Keeffe 6 July to 30 October A retrospective of an American icon. Tate David Hockney RA 2 July to 2 October 82 portraits and 1 still life by the British painter. Royal Academy of Arts. BP Portrait Award Until 4 September Painted faces by artists around the world. National Portrait Gallery. Seven Halts on the Somme 30 June to 2 October Hughie O’Donoghue RA translates the scenes of WW1 into his art. Leighton House The BFG in Pictures Until 2 October Never-before-seen drawings from Quentin Blake. The House of Dutch Flowers Until 29 August Detailed floral portraits from the Golden Age. National Gallery. Alex Katz Until 11 September Experimental landscapes from the New York artist. Serpentine Gallery. England – North Noble Prospects –…

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fresh paint

RADKA KIRBY Living in Zambia for more than five years, oil painter Radka Kirby loved to follow wild paths into nature and paint what she found there. The wonderful light, peaceful atmosphere and the huge jacaranda and eucalyptus trees full of character can be seen in Flamboyant in Bloom. Painting using only a palette knife for 13 years, Radka can achieve an almost stained glass mosaic effect in her paintings. “I first started to use this method to paint the patterns on animals like giraffes and leopards and then tried it on landscapes and portraits. The knife gives me more freedom and faster, varied strokes,” she says. In the beginning, Radka had a hard time creating portrait details with the knife, but overcame these with practice and working with good quality oil colours,…