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Artists Magazine January/February 2020

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.
building character

The idea that an individual can have a personal attachment to a building was never more clear than it was last spring when fire struck Notre Dame Cathedral. Millions of people who’d visited the historic monument as tourists and been affected by its grandeur watched the news with shock and sorrow. The stories of heartbroken Parisians, gathering at the church to sing and pray were especially affecting. Notre Dame is a marvel of medieval engineering and an elegant example—indeed, the most famous example—of French Gothic architecture, but a building doesn’t have to be an 800-year-old iconic landmark to have meaning. It doesn’t even have to be grand, for that matter. I can point to a few farmhouses and barns that I pass on travels across my home state of Ohio that…

1 min.
in memory of sandra lynn carpenter (1965-2019)

If you’ve been a longtime reader of Artists Magazine or Watercolor Artist, you likely know the name Sandra (Sandy) Carpenter. Sandy was part of the Fine Arts editorial team at F+W Media—the founding publisher of these fine arts titles—for 16 years, from 1988 to 2004. During that time, Sandy played a role on nearly every fine arts title the company published. When I started at the company in 1991, Sandy and I didn’t work on the same publication, but she introduced herself to me on Day One and asked how she could be of help. She quickly became a mentor, a colleague, a travel companion and a very dear friend. Sandy always made me feel I could do anything I put my mind to, but she wasn’t averse to giving…

3 min.
the chill of a winter afternoon

in the years around 1910, New York City found its ideal artist in George Wesley Bellows (American, 1882–1925). Bellows was 22 years old, a pro baseball prospect studying at Ohio State University, when he abruptly left college and moved east in 1904. He enrolled at the New York School of Art (now the Parsons School of Design) and studied under Robert Henri, who encouraged his students to paint modern life. Before long, Bellows was the preeminent painter of the Ashcan School. His themes were the dramatic elements of city life: violent prizefights, working waterfronts and, not least, a culture of frenetic activity. For sheer muscular ambition, the painter and his city were perfectly matched. In 1909, Bellows completed several series of paintings that defined the brawn and bustle of the city after…

4 min.
the most perfect building

for more than 20 years, I’ve found the Pantheon in Rome to be an engaging subject for artistic study and analysis. Built in the year 118 by the Roman emperor Hadrian and converted to a Christian church in 609, it offers an extraordinary example of an ancient Roman interior. The majority of its original materials and details remain intact, thanks to the building’s continuous use and, thus, preservation. The Pantheon is the only Roman structure that didn’t fall irretrievably into ruin when the ancient city’s population declined from more than a million to less than 20,000 inhabitants. The Pantheon’s rich palette of materials—verde antiqua marble and porphyry from Egypt; golden yellow marble from Chemtou, Tunisia; and massive bronze doors—expresses the wealth, scope and breadth of the Roman empire at its peak.…

1 min.
x-ray vision?

A significant graphic challenge for all artists attempting to represent the expansive interior of the Pantheon concerns the limitations of perspective and the relatively narrow field of vision—as demonstrated by Interior of the Pantheon, Rome (below), by Giovanni Paolo Panini. In order for Panini to observe this view from life, he would have needed to be positioned outside the enclosure of the drum, looking through it as if its walls were transparent. In Pantheon: Composite of Multiple Views (bottom), I met this challenge by creating a collage of photographic views. I then drew the collage onto a single sheet of watercolor paper, preserving parts of each photograph’s frame so as to leave a trace of the process and retain the focus and composition of each photo. I unified the ensemble with…

1 min.
follow the light

On December 22, 1999—the winter solstice—I captured the location of the projected disk of sunlight through the Pantheon dome’s oculus at exactly noon (above). This was the lowest point the sun would reach that day. Six months later, on the summer solstice, the sun spot reached the floor in front of the door. On April 21, the date established by legend as the founding of Rome in 753 B.C., the sun at noon aligns exactly with the arch over the entrance. The series of “snapshot” sketches (right) traces the movement of light from noon to 5:30 p.m. on a day in September. I allowed myself a half hour for each ink and watercolor sketch.…