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Artists Magazine November 2020

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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.
pushing your art forward

Both of my daughters ran cross-country in high school, and they were fortunate to have had a supportive coach who offered various motivational tools. In an effort to inspire a runner to push harder, for instance, the coach would say, “You have to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.” This to me was not only great advice for a weary runner trying to make it another 1,000 feet, but also solid guidance for anyone who wants to continue developing any talent or skill. “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” —ALBERT EINSTEIN Beginning painters—if they don’t want to be overly discouraged—quickly learn to accept that their first efforts won’t yield the masterworks they aspire to create. Veteran artists understand that it’s important to keep pushing past…

3 min.
portrait of an artist

Artists Robert Beverly Hale (1901–85) and Daniel E. Greene (1934–2020) were both enormously influential instructors. For many years, Mr. Hale taught anatomy and drawing at the Art Students League of New York. I enrolled in his crowded second-floor class when I arrived at the League in 1978, and upstairs, on the fifth floor mezzanine, Mr. Greene was teaching painting and pastel from the model. The two artists’ paths had notably intersected two years before when Greene painted this pastel portrait of Hale. Prominently displayed in the school office in 1978, it hangs there still, greeting students as they line up to register for classes. This year, with Greene’s passing, it now stands as a tribute to both men. “That’s where I learned about the importance of value, color and drawing—how to construct a…

6 min.
illumination & immateriality

The concept of light in the dark is a trope traditional artists have been exploring on two-dimensional surfaces for centuries, but physically bringing that concept to life through large-scale light installations is a specialty art form all its own. Few contemporary artists are better qualified to speak to the intricacies of illumination and installation than New York- and Ohio-based artist Erwin Redl, who for more than 25 years has been working in a diverse range of media to bring his creations to both public and private spaces around the world. ECLECTIC INTERESTS Redl works in a rare artistic discipline that requires knowledge in numerous subjects and skill sets: art, design, engineering, mathematics, computer technology and more. It’s an art form that seems designed just for him, as it combines specific personal experiences…

1 min.
phases of whiteout

The installation of a complex display such as Whiteout necessitates clear imagery conveying the visual concept. Digital blueprint A depicts the general idea of the installation: an expanse of spheres (represented by black dots) is suspended from a matrix of wires held aloft by vertical poles. Visual blueprint B shows the spheres more clearly as LED-lit orbs with opaque tops and clear bottoms. Digital blueprint C shows the installation as it would appear to the viewer. The photo at bottom gives an aerial view of the actual installation in New York City’s Madison Square Park.…

4 min.
there’s a sketch for that

Ask any artist what the secrets are to a good painting and many will say that drawing is essential. The more you draw, the better your paintings become because you’re consistently stimulating that creative muscle and gaining observational skills. Before starting a painting, a simple drawing (or sketch) can aid in selecting the best composition so that you won’t get halfway through a painting only to discover that the scene isn’t working out. PRACTICE SKETCHES Consistently practicing your drawing in a sketchbook is a wonderful habit. Try tackling different subjects and genres—a landscape, a still life, an object in your home, your dog or even abstract forms (see examples of sketchbook habit, opposite). NOTANS I often set up small still lifes of flowers from my gardens and make simple and quick sketches. Many times…

1 min.
inspired by fashion

Like many artists, I continually fill my sketchbooks with quick visual notes from my observations. Among my subjects are the curious and clever outfits people wear in the city. Of equal interest to me are the fashion choices of past centuries as captured in paintings, drawings and sculptures. Over the years, I’ve sketched a range of fascinating costumes worn by myriad artists’ subjects—from the wealthy to the humble—including their footwear. The chopine, a shoe worn by Venetian women in the 15th century, is perhaps the most unusual shoe I’ve ever encountered in my fashion-sketching adventures. This platform-style shoe, crafted from wood, leather and velvet with intricate decorative stitching, could reach as high as 20 inches. The higher the wedge, the more important the lady, or so it was thought. The chopine craze…