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Artists Magazine March 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.
the power of place

“Most artists look for something fresh to paint; frankly I find that quite boring. For me it is much more exciting to find fresh meaning in something familiar.” — ANDREW WYETH Many artists are inextricably linked to a specific location. For Monet, it was his beloved gardens at Giverny; for O’Keeffe, the unique beauty of New Mexico; and for Wyeth, it was the scenery of Chadds Ford and Brandywine, Pa., as well as coastal Maine. Sure, these artists found inspiration in other places and subjects, but they made famous their attachments to these particular landscapes—places that, for a variety of reasons, captivated their attention in significant ways. It’s worth noting that an artistic response to a place must involve more than simply recording what everyone else can see; it requires an emotional…

3 min.
“the smell of the earth”

we think of modern art as the product of urban centers, but its history is incomplete without the contributions of dozens of provincial outposts. Pontoise, a northwestern suburb of Paris, played a prominent role in the development of Impressionist painting. Although a number of brand names—among them, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin and Charles-François Daubignylived there or nearby, it’s Camille Pissarro (French, 1830–1903) whose legacy is most closely associated with Pontoise. He lived there from 1866 to 1883 and painted the environs in dozens of his greatest landscapes. In Pissarro’s early landscapes, one can see an affinity with the Barbizon School, but by the time he moved to Pontoise, the influence of his mentor, Camille Corot, had begun to wane. The separation was due, quite literally, to a difference…

3 min.
houses of devotion on top of the world

the monasteries of the ancient Buddhist kingdoms of the Himalayas (Tibet, Bhutan and, in India, Ladakh) present a unique and fascinating building type. The topography and natural environment found in this part of the world are some of the most extreme and challenging found anywhere, and the architecture has evolved in response to that as well as to strong cultural and religious tradition. Tibet has always been the heart of the branch of Buddhism called Mahayana, and its influence spread throughout the neighboring mountainous regions. IMMERSED IN TRADITION Historically, the core of each local community was the monastic order, a group of monks (usually male) who gathered at the feet of their teacher, or lama, as disciples. Beginning in the eighth century, the traditions spread throughout the region as communities expanded and…

8 min.
all the world’s a stage

only in the greatest opera houses can the sights one sees on stage be as spectacular as the sounds one hears. That’s certainly the case at the Metropolitan Opera (Met Opera) in New York City. This mise-en-scène artistry is fully evident in the work of John Macfarlane, an internationally recognized set and costume designer. His work is part of four major 2020 productions at the Met Opera: Handel’s Agrippina, Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Puccini’s Tosca, and Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. All of these productions will also be simulcast to a global audience through the Met Opera’s Live in HD series. ENTER, STAGE LEFT Macfarlane—a native of Scotland who currently resides in the countryside of Wales—knew from childhood that his artistic talent would find a home in theater. “I remember my…

1 min.
we asked... you answered

“ I love William Merritt Chase’s plein air work from Shinnecock Hills, Long Island. I can feel the salty breezes, hear the ocean and feel the warmth of the sun.” —DEBBIE TAYLOR MEEKINS “Anything by Albert Bierstadt—his mountains, clouds, everything! In New York City, this country girl was feeling a bit homesick. When I rounded a corner at the Met and saw Lander’s Peak, I burst into tears. I realized then that I could survive being away from Wyoming—as long as I could visit Bierstadt from time to time.” —BOBBIE BROWN LIKE US ON FACEBOOK @ARTISTSNETWORK TO ANSWER EACH MONTH’S QUESTION IN “THE ASK.” RESPONSES MAY BE EDITED FOR LENGTH AND CLARITY.…

3 min.
painting with an edge

Ever since artists began painting with oil, they’ve recognized the medium’s potential to create a variety of edges. Oil’s translucence and slow drying rate allow for a range of visual and expressive effects, from gradually turning the form away from the light to a thick impasto edge that interrupts one form with an overlapping one. The painter can blur or sharpen the edges to create textures of fur or steel or to suggest light and air—from a subtle, delicate mist to sharp shadows from a blazing sun. Paintings by Vermeer, Cezanne and Manet show a few of the many ways of using edges. Following these is a painting demonstration showing my use of different types of edges. Helen Oh is an artist and conservator, and an instructor at the School of…