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Artists Magazine

Artists Magazine June 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.
wishes like rain

“I WISH THE SKY would rain down roses, as they rain from off the shaken bush ... They would fall as light as feathers, smelling sweet, and it would be like sleeping and like waking, all at once!” Reading George Eliot’s wish, we imagine it. LaWanda Walters, a poet as well as a painter, creates rhapsodic pictures of what she imagines, conflating interior/exterior scenes that sometimes allude to the work of Raoul Dufy, David Hockney and Wayne Thiebaud—but Walters does it without resorting to paint or paper. Her medium? The iPad (The Artist’s Life, page 8). On our cover, Shana Levenson’s Dove’s Eye shows a child’s wariness as well as her steel; read how Levenson works with young people by playing with them in “Picturing Children,” page 22. Also in this…

1 min.
museum of broken relationships

THE MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS began as a creative art project by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišic in 2006 and has since told stories of love and heartbreak from the world over. According to the director, “The Museum of Broken Relationships is a physical and virtual public space, made up of an ever-growing collection of items, each a memento of a relationship past, accompanied by a personal, yet anonymous story from its contributor.” TO LEARN MORE, VISIT BROKENSHIPS.COM.…

2 min.
lights, camera, paper!

Mar Cerdà was initially interested in film. “I was studying cinema at the Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia, in Spain, specializing in art direction, when I had an opportunity to illustrate a few children’s books,” she says. That humble beginning is what hooked her to the art world. “I started studying art at Escola de la Dona in Barcelona to ‘start the house from the roof down’ as goes the well-known Spanish saying.” Between her film studies and her endless interest in illustration, Cerdà works mostly in paper to recreate some of her favorite movie moments. “I love paper as a medium because the possibilities are endless,” she says. “And I love working with watercolor. Even though I’ve used it for several years, it’s still a difficult medium for me,…

1 min.
ilove digital art

After reading about David Hockney’s iPhone and iPad drawings, I became inspired to try the process myself, so my family gave me an iPad. I downloaded Brushes, an app for painting on the iPad, but now I use Procreate and Paper (by FiftyThree) which allow me to draw thinner lines that don’t get pixelated. I started with a Bamboo stylus but now use an Apple Pencil, which has to be charged. Hockney said that while you’re giving up the sense of texture, an iPad allows you to have so many more layers of color and is amazing in the way it shows how light is reflected on water. When I painted with acrylics, I didn’t know as much as I do now about drawing. The iPad makes it easy to delete…

6 min.
practice playfulness

STONE PAPER is an interesting material. The product I’ve been using—primarily for sketches and small experiments—comes in the form of a notebook made by Ogami. Its tagline is, “The first notebook made from stone.” The notebook is waterproof, made with a stone paper called REPAP consisting of 80 percent calcium carbonate (you might recognize this material as chalk, limestone or even marble) and 20 percent nontoxic ecological resin (high-density polyethylene, or HDPE). Nontoxic ecological resin is photodegradable, and unlike nonbiodegradable plastic, that means that it will, indeed, decompose if left exposed to the sun and elements. I contacted a company that makes stone paper and was assured that although the paper is meant to degrade with exposure to sun, it will do so at a similar rate as that of…

7 min.
going green

I RECENTLY SPENT A COUPLE OF WEEKS in the Central Highlands of Scotland—leading a painting retreat. It was my first time there and, before I went, painter friends warned me to prepare for overwhelming greens. Rather than supplement my oil palette with a number of tubed greens, I took the same six colors that have served me well over the years in both coastal Maine and the desert Southwest (see Cove Grass, above). Although I saw more greens in Scotland than I’d seen in my life, I found with my limited palette I could match just about any of them—but I had to work hard, and the painting would have gone faster had I taken a carefully considered selection of tubed greens. Exploring the options in both mixed and tubed…