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Artists Magazine

Artists Magazine January - February 2017

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.
celebrating friends

The Artist’s Magazine speaks to and for a community of artists, and at no other time is this more apparent than when we’re screening (5,472) entries for our Annual Art Competition. So many new and old friends whose work we catch up on! Artists who enter our contest as students, as well as established masters like Dean Mitchell, Pauline Roche, William Schneider, et al—honor our magazine by continually sharing their work with us. This year we were delighted by a synchronicity (see The Thompsons on our cover). Finalist Glenn Harren submitted a studio portrait of artists dear to us, George and Emily Thompson, who are perennially listed among our Annual Art Competition’s winners and finalists (see Competition Spotlight, page 96). Congratulations to the 30 winners and to the 358 finalists!…

1 min.
the frick collection

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE FRICK COLLECTION: One of the Frick’s most iconic works of art— Comtesse d’Haussonville, 1845, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres—was purchased in 1927 after Frick’s death in 1919. One of the Frick’s most iconic spaces, the Garden Court, was actually created during the transformation of the mansion into a museum in 1935 by architect John Russell Pope. It had originally been the home’s driveway. In the Living Hall, the installation of paintings and furniture appears today in the museum as it did in Mr. Frick’s home during his own lifetime. With one exception, the paintings in this room have remained in place—exactly in this way—for more than 100 years. KNOWN FOR ITS COLLECTION of old master paintings, European sculpture and decorative arts, The Frick Collection (New York City) was originally created by industrialist…

2 min.
celebrating beauty

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”–Pablo Picasso THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE (TAM): Tell us about your education. MIKELA HENRY-LOWE (MHL): I learned to paint from my classes at high school. I was taught color theory, which colors work well with other colors and why, and I always keep this in mind when working on my own projects. Most artists have to learn about the different “isms” of the art world, and being exposed to Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and Cubism has molded the way I approach color in my acrylic paintings. TAM: Can you describe your process in some detail? MHL: Before I even start to stretch a canvas, I’ve already made decisions on what color goes where and how I want the subject to be positioned within…

1 min.
50 years of faces

I worked as an illustrator for 13 years after graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1956, but it was my move to New York in 1969 that changed everything. I began working in a bravura style under Samuel Edmund Oppenheim’s influence at the Art Students League—large, broad brush-strokes, with the subjects “swimming in the atmosphere” achieved by colors and tones. My illustration clients objected; Brown & Bigelow, for whom I painted an annual Cub Scout calendar, was annoyed by my new “soft touch” style, and gave the series to an artist who worked in the style of Norman Rockwell. But when I began to paint portraits professionally in 1970, my clients were, for the most part, pleased. I’m currently revising my first book, Painting the Head in Oil,…

6 min.
the out-and-about artist

Q Please give me a few tips on how to create a watercolor kit that I can use while traveling or just going about my everyday business. I want something small that I can use on the spur of the moment. A There are a lot of small-to-tiny ready-made travel kits available (see Kits on Hand, page 14), but making your own, upcycling this or that and customizing it to fit your personal needs, is often more satisfying. I can’t look at a tin or plastic box without considering how it would work for a watercolor kit! Small containers, such as those manufactured for candies, mints or drawing media, can be made into lovely portable kits. I normally begin outfitting my kits with a few empty plastic paint pans that many big…

6 min.
get a handle on hands: drawing extremities part i

SEEING CORRECT PROPORTIONS There are natural arcs to the hand—a convex arc across the metacarpals, a concave arc across the palm, and an arcing across the knuckles and fingertips. The middle finger is the apex of the first and last of these arcs. It’s the longest finger. The fingers on either side of the middle finger are slightly shorter than the middle and similar in length. The difference between the lengths of the pointer and ring fingers varies among individuals. While some people have a slightly longer ring finger, others have a longer index finger. What is predictable, however, is that the tip of the pinky will almost always be level with the bottom of the distal phalange (the topmost section) of the ring finger. The tip of the thumb will…