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Artists Magazine

Artists Magazine December 2018

Readers learn painting and drawing firsthand from other artists through written instruction and reproduction, guiding them step-by-step through the creative process. The magazine shows readers a wide variety of creative options, teaching the fundamentals of art making, presenting techniques in different painting and drawing media.

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1 min.
the art of darkness

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”— VINCENT VAN GOGH Night—whether in conditions of low light or total darkness—is a time that can be associated with feelings of fear, anxiety and dread, but these hours also can produce moments of extravagant creativity, when senses are heightened and the imagination kicks into overdrive. The dreamy quality of a city after dark, the breathtaking beauty of a starlit sky and the poetic quality of a candlelit room are all subjects that have long attracted the attention of artists. Rembrandt and Goya, Whistler and van Gogh, Hopper and Remington—they’ve all famously responded to the nocturnal call, as have many painters since. In these pages, we celebrate the art of darkness. You’ll read about historic…

5 min.
creative construction

creating public artwork may be an age-old practice, but Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin is bringing a whole new level of contemporary innovation to the genre. His larger-than-life structures bridge the worlds of fine art, installation, sculpture, welding and found-object assemblage while often taking on the appearance of stained-glass mosaics. Fruin’s concept-driven approach is also unique in that each piece is scaled to match his vision: Once he conceives of an idea, he finds the requisite techniques and tools to bring it to fruition, regardless of how many municipal red-tape tangles, engineering challenges or environmental restrictions he may encounter. COMMUNITY GARDEN SHED Fruin—who grew up in Los Angeles and majored in art at the University of California, Santa Barbara—moved to New York City in his early 20s. There he started investigating his surroundings…

2 min.
strokes of midnight

midnight blue is instantly associated with great expanses of night sky. Gazing at the world’s evening cover is an exercise both inspiring and overwhelming; it’s certainly innately human, and the blue spaces between the bright stars have been the source of many a philosopher’s conundrum and epiphany. The color seems to foster introspection. Cafe Terrace at Night was the first of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings to feature a starry sky, distinctly painted in blue. In a letter to his sister, he expressed his excitement: “The gables of the houses on a street that leads away under the blue sky studded with stars are dark blue or violet, with a green tree. Now there’s a painting of night without black." He wrote that he enjoys painting en plein air at night because,…

5 min.
the four elements of watercolor

keiko Tanabe and Thomas W Schaller are two of today’s leading watercolorists. Their paintings are held in notable private and public collections, they exhibit globally and, as instructors, they have followers worldwide. Here, Tanabe and Schaller, both of whom attended the Fabriano in Aquarello Watercolor Invitational this year, share their experiences and understanding of watercolor’s essential materials. PIGMENTS “I expect pigments to be pure and vibrant on paper and to contain no fillers,” says Tanabe. “Permanence and lightfastness are equally important so that pigments don’t fade over time or when exposed to light.” She advises painters to look for paints that are of a professional grade and from a reputable manufacturer, and that have excellent reviews. Schaller says that when it comes to selecting a set of colors, a painter should look for…

1 min.
don’t forget drawing

Pigment, brush and paper may be of paramount importance to a watercolor painter, but other materials also matter, none more so than pencils and other drawing instruments. “The pencil is critical,” says Schaller. “I even love seeing a bit of the loose pencil sketch through the transparent watercolor. For me, it’s all connected. I collect pencils and have many different types, from very precise mechanical pencils to chunky aluminum clutch pencils to more standard types. If I had to choose just one, it would probably be the traditional wooden, soft-lead sketch pencil that’s been around for ages. It just feels right.” The pencil is equally important to Tanabe. “It’s my favorite tool,” she says. “I usually start with a drawing as the first step of my painting. I use my pencil marks…

1 min.
competition spotlight

Art as an action means that the object is the result of an artful, holistic, meaningful lifestyle. Without an intentional approach to life, art as an object is meaningless. Katelyn Wolary CINCINNATI, OHIO KATELYNWOLARY.COM This self-portrait was number 10 in a series of 12 portraits for my senior thesis exhibition. Until this point in the series, I’d painted friends with their eyes cast down or just off-center. I wanted to capture an introspective state of mind that we all share. Once I made the decision to include myself in this body of work, I knew that I wanted it to feel like a milestone. It was diffi cult to forget about what I thought I wanted to see and, instead, look closely at my face in an objective way for hours on end.…