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Artists Magazine December 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.
oh, the places art goes

“I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.”—VINCENT VAN GOGH When 18th-century British explorer Captain James Cook set out in 1768 to chart parts of the Pacific Ocean, the crew of the HMS Endeavor included not only sailors but scientists and artists who made records of the plants and animals they encountered. Upon his return, the naturalist Joseph Banks commissioned artist George Stubbs (English, 1724–1806)—best known for his paintings of horses—to create two paintings using the sketches and animal skins obtained during the voyage. Stubbs’ paintings of a kangaroo (above) and a dingo would become the first depictions of Australian animals in Western art. Though his destinations are not to uncharted territories, watercolor artist David McEown (page 52) certainly takes his travels off the beaten path. During trips to the…

4 min.
open-air drama

having dealt with the closing of indoor restaurants and theaters this year, many of us are all the more appreciative of outdoor recreation. We’ve seen everything from dining to spinning classes move into the open. Even drive-in movie theaters have experienced a revival. The ancient Greeks and Romans, however, were way ahead of us. Nearly three thousand years ago, they regularly gathered for al fresco entertainment. This was partly because the building technology at the time precluded creating large enclosures of sufficient size, but also because the warm climatic conditions of the region made gathering in the open air far more comfortable than packing into a crowded interior. Interestingly, the actors wore masks to identify which characters they were representing—so they would have easily adjusted to pandemic recommendations. The earliest Greek theaters…

1 min.
in situ and in studio

I created my 5x8¼ in situ study (A) of the second-century Roman theater at Xanthos, Lycia, Turkey, in a sketchbook with relatively smooth paper. By using the side of a soft pencil lead, I could block out the picture quickly, focusing on overall shapes and tones rather than details. The two pillar tombs on the right may be as old as fourth century B.C. Traveling in a group, not to mention the hot sun, made creating a more finished work impossible. Back in the studio, however, I created a 10½x14 painting in graphite and watercolor (B). The rows of seats are made of large blocks of finely cut stones. The aisle steps, also stone, are half the height of the seats.…

3 min.
the space between

t his year, we’ve all been dealing with unforeseen circumstances due to a particularly problematic virus. For some artists, life with social distancing has been a gift, allowing more time for exploration and creation. For others, however, anxiety and sadness have stifled inspiration. Time has become more precious as demands have arisen—demands that didn’t even exist prior to the pandemic. Artistic enrichment and expression is a vital part of our lives, yet for many of us, getting in front of the easel has become a daunting process. During this space-between time, as we wait and hope for post-pandemic days, how can we remain productive and creative so that when we finally do reach a new normal, we return to the studio reinvigorated? Reading through The Art Spirit (1923) by Robert Henri…

1 min.
lyn asselta

“There’s always a space between my hand and the surface of the painting where creativity hovers expectantly before taking shape. Mystery lives in that split second between a thought and a mark, between imagination and reality.”…

1 min.
dawn emerson

“The actual physical space between the layers of mixed media and the ground upon which artists paint is so tiny, yet the feeling of space one can create visually can appear to be immense! This happens by manipulating the elements of art—color, edges, texture, value, line and shape—to create the illusion of space. The vertical layering that pastel/mixed-media artists like me do by adding and subtracting layers and materials—that’s the “in between” space that’s most intriguing to me. That space creates history, texture, mystery and story. By building up layers of water-miscible oil with pastel, I can carve down through various layers to reveal what lies below.”…