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Artists Magazine November 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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2 min.
from the editor

From the pictorial descriptions of hunting expeditions preserved on the walls of caves to the fruit-filled art of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and on through history, food has been a prime subject for artistic enterprise. In some cases, these depictions are taken up as an opportunity to demonstrate a painter’s great gifts in achieving exquisite realism. Think of the lavish still lifes of the Dutch and Flemish masters. Other times, a certain food or beverage acts as metaphor, conveying a thought-provoking concept or narrative that goes well beyond mere description. In other cases, the subject is primarily a vehicle for an artist’s exploration of shape, color and texture. In this issue, we celebrate food in art. To begin, we take a romp through its history (page 40)—sharing a range of…

3 min.
a wedding in earth tones

Pieter Bruegel the Elder was born sometime between 1525 and 1530, when the High Renaissance had ended in Italy and humanist ideals had taken hold throughout Europe. By the end of his life in 1569, Bruegel was the most important artist of the Dutch and Flemish Renaissance, which in turn inspired the art of the Dutch Golden Age in the next century. Bruegel’s greatest contributions to Western art are twofold: He introduced the large-scale development of both landscape and peasant subjects. For his brilliance in the latter genre, he was nicknamed “Peasant Bruegel,” an appellation which was long misinterpreted to indicate that the artist was himself a lightly educated laborer. His art evidences a sly sense of humor regarding human behavior and an overview of the human condition that’s stunning in its…

4 min.
rural plein air in northern thailand

“the Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields,” is the meaning of the name of the 13th-to-18th-century Lan Na or Lanna Kingdom, encompassing present day Burma, Northern Thailand and Laos. A visit to the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai and its surrounding area offers a chance to discover this traditional and noble civilization, sustained by rice cultivation. The distinctive terraced, watery landscapes and the simple elegance of the teak-wood structures, always framed with a backdrop of mountains, are the hallmarks of this unique corner of the world. An elevation of 1,600 feet insures cooler temperatures and lower humidity compared to much of the rest of the country. My artistic and cultural exploration of this region began several years ago when my lifelong partner, Kritsada Buajud, and I acquired a working 17-acre…

1 min.
dry season, wet season

My five-minute sketch, Preliminary Study for Ruen Bua Rice Fields: Dry Season (graphite pencil on paper, 6x10) captures the lights and darks of the scene and lays out the compositional bones for a watercolor painting. It portrays the principle landscape elements viewed from the lower level of the house. (Working with this protection from the direct sun is an absolute must!) Ruen Bua Rice Fields: Dry Season (left; graphite and watercolor on paper, 10x19) shows the major portion of the rice field to the west of the house (seen in the distance on the left side), which is bounded at the edge of the farm by an irrigation canal lined with banana palms and other larger trees. On the right, a barbed-wire fence and stands of tall bamboo and teak trees…

1 min.
a warm-up and a keeper

A quick study of a subject may serve as a “practice” piece to what may seem a daunting subject. It’s undertaken without expectation that the result will be one’s best work. There may be insufficient time devoted to a pencil sketch, so inaccuracies may abound. No worries. The study brings familiarity with the subject and can lay the groundwork for a more considered piece. 1 An initial watercolor wash of cadmium red and cerulean blue establish reserved highlights. 2 The second wash of cobalt and ultramarine blue sets the sky tone and defines the subject. 3 The third wash of quinacridone gold and ultramarine blue establishes the mid- and backgrounds. 4 Subsequent washes approaching the completion of the sketch define the form and detail of the structure. 5 Layered values define the background, and the…

2 min.
stephen quiller

1.I begin my morning at 6:30 a.m. by feeding the birds and having tea and breakfast with my wife, Marta. Watching the various finches, chickadees and juncos feed, and seeing the occasional bald eagle fly up and down the river is a good way to start the day. 2. At 8:00 a.m. I enter my studio, which was built in 2002 about 50 yards upriver from our home. It’s my dream studio, and I’ve honored it every day. It sits just above the Rio Grande River, and my painting window faces true north. 3. I have an east-facing, 4x6-foot room with a window that’s dedicated to meditation. I’ve done this daily practice since 1975. Meditating centers my mind and helps me prepare for unexpected difficulties throughout the day. It also assists me…