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Artists & Illustrators November 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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look to the landscape

When, like me, you grow up in the verdant surrounds of Ireland’s west coast, you’re a little spoiled by the scenery. With mountains down one lane and sandy beaches down the other, I took it for granted, and heard London calling instead. Like a typical country mouse in the big city, it took years before I even thought to explore the British countryside, and it was the works of JMW Turner that helped me see what I was missing. His stormy, luminous paintings of the Falls of the Clyde, Brighton Beach and Margate captured a supernatural side of the British landscape that was too tempting to ignore. This issue, we decided to explore the master’s painting techniques as part of our 16-page landscape special (p.62). Here, you can learn to loosen up…

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your letters

FINDING THEMES As the magazine Artists & Illustrators is celebrating 30 years of publication, I thought you would like a recent acrylic work that I painted during the winter of 2015. The scene is a surreal landscape of a forest (above). The themes that I paint include still life, surreal, abstract and landscape. I have subscribed to the magazine for over 10 years or so. I have to travel over 10 miles to the nearest branch of WHSmiths in order to purchase a copy. Sadly there aren’t many artists locally so I am often working on my own. I am always looking for new themes to paint. During the summer of 2016, I painted landscapes, and mountains were also a theme, as there is never a shortage of mountains in South Wales. Iwan Barnfield,…

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money saver

Most books and articles on acrylic painting warn against allowing paint to dry on brushes, claiming that if it happens the brushes are useless. This simply is not true. I use a low cost, odourless paint remover bought from one of the DIY chains. If brushes get encrusted, a soaking in this liquid with an occasional twirl of the brush tends to solve the problem, followed by a rinse in warm soapy water. Once in a while I give all my regular brushes a short soak in order to restore them. Bernard Stewart-Deane, via email…

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9 artistic things to do in november

1 THE OPEN STUDIOS ART SHOW Twice a year, the Wimbledon Art Studios in London opens its doors to the public and offers a great opportunity to meet emerging contemporary artists and buy original artwork. At the next event (10 to 13 November), explore the workspaces of creatives across different disciplines, including printmaking, sculpture and of course, painting. 2 DISCOVER Flying Visit from The Goldfinch Carel Fabritius’ mysterious trompel’oeil bird portrait The Goldfinch will soon make its way to Edinburgh this autumn as part of a new programme of exhibitions. This excellent painting from the Golden Age of Dutch art will be on display for a limited time only at the Scottish National Gallery (4 November to 18 December). 3 DRAW Autumn Themed Botanical Illustration Recreate blossoming flowers with botanical artist Sarah Jane Humphrey’s Truro…

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LONDON Beyond Caravaggio 12 October to 15 January 2017 A collection of 49 artworks exploring the legendary influence of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The National Abstract Expressionism Until 2 January 2017 A large-scale showcase of this great US art movement, including de Kooning and Pollock. Royal Academy of Picasso Portraits Until 5 February 2017 A look at the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers, offering a personal insight into the life and work of this inimitable painter. National Portrait Portrait of the Artist 4 November to 17 April 2017 Self-portraits from the likes of Rembrandt, Freud, Hockney and many more. The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Adriaen van de Velde: Dutch Master of Landscape 12 October to 15 January 2017 An artist of the Dutch Golden Age gets his first ever solo exhibition. Dulwich Picture ING Discerning Eye 17 November to 27 November A…

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fresh paint

ROSE HILTON The faceless figures in Rose Hilton’s Girls in the Spring have echoes of Greek mythology, as though she were trying to render Aphrodite and Artemis in oil. In reality, these ‘forms’ were created from one patient model that posed in multiple positions in the artist’s conservatory in Newlyn, Cornwall. At 85 years of age, Rose has found success late in life, but she has always been a painter. In the 1950s, she attended the Royal College of Art and was a contemporary of Bridget Riley and Peter Blake; she thrived in the school, graduating with today’s equivalent of a first. But Rose was dissuaded from pursuing a career of her own by her late husband, renowned abstract painter Roger Hilton. It wasn’t until Roger’s death in 1975 that she took up painting…