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Artists & Illustrators May 2017

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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break out of a creative rut

(ANNE-MARIE BUTLIN)Finding your ‘voice’ – hitting on a style, medium or technique that typifies you as an artist – is one of the major milestones in your creative life. But without constant vigilance it’s all too easy to stagnate and find yourself in that dreaded creative rut. So as those longer, sunnier days edge ever nearer, we’ve taken our cue from our columnist Laura Boswell’s brilliant advice on the matter (page 22) and brought you lots of challenging and fun ways to switch up your working practices and reinvigorate your art.Our DIY special (page 48) will help you take control of those important first and final steps in your painting’s life, stretching and varnishing a canvas, as well as putting your credit card to a positive new use – creating…

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your letters

CHALLENGE ACCEPTEDRe: 30 Autumn Project, Issue 370 Further to the invitation to readers to respond to the autumn project challenge, I have sent my response – a painting I have entitled Extravaganza (right). It is in acrylic and on a large scale – 80x80cm. I very much enjoyed the challenge.Richard Wheeler, via emailWhat a pleasure to see the results of our challenge in such a vibrant painting. We’re so pleased you enjoyed it, Richard. A CLEAN BREAKAs I sit reading your current issue on my iPad, Apple Pencil in my pocket, I have to wonder why you don’t feature more on the various iPad/Android painting apps? It is unlikely that digital creations will ever look as good on paper, but even those who love the smell of turpentine and delight…

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styling it out

I am always reading “Write to us” and I thought that you might like to see to my new artworks in oils. I have been painting for 36 years and in these last weeks I was surprised to have created a style. I call it ‘oil vitrals’. I decided to paint a peacock and started to draw the bird on a canvas I had in my studio, but when arriving at the bottom of the painting I noticed that I did not have enough room for the bird’s tail. I started to draw lines on both sides of the peacock and also others that crossed the subject. The next step was to paint those empty spaces with the colours of the peacock. The result excited me and I am now…

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9 artistic things to do in may

1 FRESH ART FAIRThe UK’s newest art fair, Fresh, which takes place from 12 to 14 May at Cheltenham Racecourse, offers an exciting first for artists who can bring along their old paintings for on-site experts from fine art auctioneers Bonhams to give free valuations. www.freshartfair.net2 VISIT Brighton and Hove Open HousesBringing arts and crafts to the widest possible audience, artists and makers are set to open their houses and studios to give art lovers the chance to browse and buy direct, from 6 to 28 May. 3 ENTER Royal Society of Marine Artists Competition 2017Submit your art inspired by the sea, shipping, sailing, harbours, beaches, creeks, coast and marine wildlife before 30 June to be in with a chance of being selected for the RSMA exhibition at Mall…

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LONDONMichelangelo & SebastianoUntil 25 June 2017 Watch the extraordinary artistic collaborations of two Renaissance masters unfold. The National HockneyUntil 29 May 2017 A comprehensive retrospective including the artist’s most famous works across six decades. Tate Selfie to Self-Expression31 March to 30 May 2017 A close inspection of the selfie from Velázquez to the present day. Saatchi Nicholas Turner: To and Fro4 to 27 May 2017 The RWA artist’s solo show features 30 new landscapes and still lifes. Jonathan Sheer Pleasure – Frank Brangwyn and the Art of JapanUntil 14 May 2017 Japanese paintings, prints, furniture and ceramics belonging to the gallery’s founder Frank Brangwyn RA are on show for the 150th anniversary of his birth. William Morris – NORTHSkin: Freud, Mueck and Tunick22 April to…

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fresh paint

INÊS-HERMIONE MULFORDFascinated by the crossover between art and science, the recent Edinburgh College of Art graduate produced Surgical Still Life – part of a series on the subject – after a placement shadowing craniofacial surgeons in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Inês’s precision and care in meticulously rendering the scene in oil was her way of paying homage to the surgeon’s skill, as well as drawing the two now disparate disciplines back together. “The two are historically intertwined and it is only in the last century that they have become separated into ‘the arts’ and ‘the sciences’,” she says. As she studied the surgeon’s dexterity, visualisation and learning methods, she found many similarities with her own skill set.Her dedication to her craft saw her voted by the public as Jackson’s…