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Artists Magazine July/August 2019

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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“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” — CLAUDE MONET Claude Monet’s paintings of haystacks—about 30 in total—were created between the years 1890 and 1891. He wrote of the project to the art critic Gustave Geffroy: “I am working very hard, struggling with a series of different effects ... . The more I continue, the more I see that a great deal of work is necessary in order to succeed in rendering what I seek.” In 1891, Monet exhibited 15 of these works at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris. It would be the first group of paintings he exhibited as a series. Lucky for us, he opted to take his struggle to other subjects—among them, the Rouen Cathedral, and the water lilies and footbridge in his famous garden at Giverny. Artists…

2 min.
paradise on the palette

With the blue of the ocean and a tint of Earth’s green, lagoon blue pulls at our primal heartstrings. Artists have always felt drawn toward the vast, open expanse of the sea and sky to find inspiration for their palettes and compositions, and it’s no surprise that blues rank among the hottest selling colors among all fine art media. Frederick Childe Hassam knew the appeal of this stunning blue and used it in many of his seascape paintings both of Europe and of the New England coast, where he summered with his family. The artist had lived in Europe for years before moving back to the United States and painting Palace of Fine Arts 1893. In this work he employed his studies of and enthusiasm for the light-drenched and color-filled paintings…

3 min.
in the blink of an eye

What watercolor sketcher hasn’t seen a fabulous subject come and go before having had time to capture it? While sketching in this medium is a more nimble enterprise than painting in oil, the time needed to set up materials, lay out a sketch and wait for the washes to dry tends to mitigate the impulse to paint on the fly. The dynamics of the subject, vantage point and light—as well as the impatience of a fellow traveler—all impose time pressure. Over the years, I’ve developed a technique for quickly and spontaneously capturing colors, shapes and light—forcing myself to look beyond details so as to abstract the subject to its essence. I adopted this approach out of necessity while painting aboard a moving vessel, whether in Venice or along the coast of…

1 min.
cinque terre

The region of the Cinque Terre (five lands), in northwest Italy, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, provides abundant opportunities for breathtaking rides aboard the coastal steamers that ply the waters between the towns of Santa Margherita, Portofino and Camogli. Sizable mountains rise steeply from the coast, and picturesque villages of densely packed, brightly colored buildings cling to the slopes. In Ligurian Coast (below, top), preliminary applications of clear water suggest the clouds, into which the distant mountain fades, as well as the white surf bordering the blue sea. As the boat rounded a peninsula, a brightly colored town consisting of closely packed multistory buildings appeared. Camogli (above, middle) is the most developed of these quick studies. The warmth of the day dried the paint fairly quickly, so the layers…

3 min.
realizing one’s sensations

this portrait of Hortense Fiquetthe future wife of Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906)—marks a critical period in the artist’s progress. Previously, Cézanne had painted with a youthful, dark palette. Then, under the influence of Camille Pissarro, he flirted with Impressionism, which he sought to fuse with a solid classical ideal. His pictorial solution bore little resemblance to anything he—or anyone else, for that matter—had painted before. The year Cézanne painted Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair, Bouguereau ruled the Paris Salon. The painting lacks a “breathable” environment and forgoes the illusion of space. It’s a two-dimensional arrangement, with but a cursory nod to hundreds of years of illusionism in Western art. The idea that a painting was meant to more or less objectively represent a universally agreed-upon visual reality—preeminent since before the…

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we asked...

“The Horse’s Mouth, by Joyce Cary, is perhaps the finest novel ever written about an artist. Its painter hero—the captivating and cunning Gulley Jimson—deceives, steals, conspires and moralizes his way through the novel. He’s true to one thing only: his art.” COSTA VAVAGIAKIS ARTIST “Loving Vincent, the 2017 film directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.” WENDY SHALEN ARTIST AND INSTRUCTOR, THE ART STUDENTS LEAGUE OF NEW YORK “Kirk Douglas in the 1956 film Lust for Life based on the book by Irving Stone. Douglas earned a Golden Globe and Anthony Quinn an Oscar as Paul Gauguin.” MICHAEL SKALKA CHAIRMAN, ASTM D01.57, ARTISTS’ MATERIALS STANDARDS “I have a tie: Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner (2014) and Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate (2018). Mr. Turner is enveloped in a visual feast of costumes, period sets and Dickensian characters.…