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Artists Magazine December 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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1 min.
family matters

The 18th century English artist Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) was an in-demand society portrait painter whose sitters included kings and queens. Nevertheless, the artist found time to paint a number of portraits of his wife and children. The painting above—the first known of several he did of his daughters Mary and Margaret—can be enjoyed both as a tender portrayal of family by a loving father as well as a tribute to the innocence of childhood. In spite of the fact that landscapes were the artist’s first love, Gainsborough still felt called to use some of his noncommissioned free time to paint those dearest to him and, by doing so, immortalized them on canvas. The use of family members as models for painting is common among artists. Certainly one reason is simply the…

3 min.
a convergence of masters

he Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuil demonstrates the adaptability of Édouard Manet (French, 1832–83) as an artist. In the 1860s, Manet had become notorious for provocative figure paintings. Olympia, set in modern Paris, was a scandalous painting that referenced the Old Masters. Manet was, at heart, a studio artist of the highest level, one who simultaneously drew from—and upended—traditions. Manet’s younger colleague, Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), was an equally radical painter, though with scant interest in the art of the museums. Monet was, for the most part, a plein air artist, so it’s fitting that Manet depicted him outside. In the summer of 1874, Manet helped his friend find a house in Argenteuil; as if returning the favor, Monet convinced him to try painting out-of-doors. Although Manet never took to…

4 min.
the model family

my favorite models are my family members. Ever since I began painting, I’ve turned to those I love as my artistic inspiration. The walls of my home are filled with modeling-sessions-turned-to-paintings of my children, in particular, and record their growth from infancy to adulthood. These familial works are more than images; they’re memories, feelings and moments captured in paint—and a testament to my creative journey. GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT The journey into painting and motherhood began at the same time, so it felt natural to focus on my son, Shawn, and my daughter, Anna, as subject matter. In their younger years, I worked from a combination of photographic references and lifetaking photos while they played but relying on life for color. Through these impromptu sessions, I learned the importance of shooting lots of…

1 min.
family modeling tips

• Make the sitting or photo shoot fun. When my kids modeled in the studio, we’d listen to music or audiobooks, make silly faces to loosen up and treat the sessions as a no-pressure way to spend time together. • Pay attention to the light. If you’re photographing in the house or yard, be aware of areas where the light is good and take advantage of that. I used to keep a small children’s table by a north window. • Take a lot of photos. I’ll shoot several hundred photos during a session. They’re kept in files on my computer where I still reference them. • Respect their space and privacy. If your models aren’t in the mood, don’t force it. Any discomfort will show in their expression and body language. • Avoid posing…

1 min.
resistance training

Originating in the Indonesian island of Java, batik produces colored designs on textiles by dyeing them after having first applied wax to areas to be left undyed. When a similar process is used on textured paper with paraffin and watercolor, the texture shows through without any additional effort. I became familiar with this method several years ago when I read an article by artist Kathie George. I found that painting in batik on rice paper gives my work a looser appearance and creates a luminous effect, thanks to the many thin layers of watercolor and wax. It’s a look that can’t be imitated by traditional watercolor methods. Turn to page 18 and follow along as I demonstrate this method.…

3 min.
watercolor batik basics

Materials SURFACE: Any kind of rice paper will work, but my go-to rice paper, ginwashi, has little sticklike flecks and is quite strong, depite its fragile, transparent appearance. WATERCOLORS: • Winsor & Newton • Daniel Smith PARAFFIN: I buy paraffin at the grocery store and then melt it in a miniature slow-cooker. The wax doesn’t heat to the temperature of combustion in this little pot, so I’m comfortable using it for long periods. BRUSHES: I use only inexpensive brushes. The heat and the wax ruins them after a few paintings. MISCELLANEOUS: • wax paper or freezer paper • black waterproof pen • black construction paper • tape • newsprint • iron · 300-lb. watercolor paper • credit card • matte medium • roller 1 First I tape a sheet of wax paper or freezer paper to a board. I then place rice paper over it, smooth side up. Using a…