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Artists Magazine September 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.
pivotal moments

LIFE-CHANGING MOMENTS are rare, yet we all can identify points in our lives that altered our subsequent paths. Joseph Raffael’s series of small, single-flower paintings began when a blossom within a large work called out to be painted by itself (“In the Now,” page 30). As a young student, Roger De Muth took on an assignment to “hop on a bus, get off anywhere and do a painting.” He’s been creating ink and watercolor paintings of architectural treasures ever since (“Artist on the Go,” page 54). In “Giving Voice to the Soul,” page 46, Margaret Bowland tells how she fled art school, where instruction centered on abstract art, to teach herself representational painting. Emil Robinson reserved this order; having established himself as a successful representational artist, he heeded an inner…

1 min.
queer british art 1861-1967

TATE BRITAIN, in London, presents “Queer British Art” to commemorate the partial decriminalization of same-sex relations in England with the Sexual Offences Act of 1967. Ranging from 1861 to 1967, “Queer British Art” explores the ways in which LGBTQ artists expressed themselves when society and government wanted them silenced. On display are deeply personal and intimate works alongside pieces aimed at a wider audience in an effort to bring communities together at a time when the LGBTQ community was marginalized and persecuted. “QUEER BRITISH ART” IS ON DISPLAY AT TATE BRITAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 1. LEARN MORE AT TATE.ORG.UK. WARWICK DISTRICT COUNCIL (LEAMINGTON SPA, UK). NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY (LONDON, UK). © ESTATE OF JOHN CRAXTON; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, DACS 2016; PHOTO CREDIT: LONDON BOROUGH OF CAMDEN…

2 min.
a family affair

6,000 MILES didn’t stop Parisian artist Thomas Romain from immersing himself in Japanese culture. “I grew up watching Japanese animation on television, and playing Japanese video games as a teenager,” says the artist. “I’ve always been influenced by Japanese culture and French comic books.” His first artistic goal was to become a comic book artist, but after crossing paths with a French animation producer, his dream evolved and put him on a career path one might call fateful. “I had the incredible opportunity to move to Tokyo and collaborate with a Japanese studio. I was co-director, character designer and art director of an animated TV series called O - ban Star-Racers. I fell in love with Japan and decided to continue pursuing my career here.” The idea to collaborate with his children…

6 min.
go for the gold

GOLD LEAF is perhaps best known historically for its use in Christian icons and paintings. The early Italian Renaissance tempera paintings of Fra Angelico are magnificent examples. For the use of gold leaf closer to our time, look at the work of Gustav Klimt, who integrated gold leaf with oil paint. Contemporary artists are making the use of gold, silver and copper leaf in painting more common again. With products now available, leafing is a fairly simple craft, and with practice and creativity, it can add a striking element to your artwork. Choose Your Desired Effect Over the past few years, I’ve experimented with various approaches to applying gold or silver leaf to my paintings. In the manner of medieval icon artists, I may use the leaf to surround and contrast with…

1 min.
bird and leaf

1. UNDERPAINTING: For the most part, when you intend to add gold leaf to your oil painting, you can prepare your surface and paint your subject in your usual manner. I began with a light underpainting of a vermilion flycatcher on a prepared copper plate. 2. ADDING LEAF: I completed my painting and let the oils thoroughly dry before applying size around the bird and branch. When the size became tacky, I applied white gold leaf. I needed several full and partial sheets of leaf to surround the bird and the branch. You can see the seams on the left where I haven’t completely worked the leaf into the size with a brush. In the lower left corner, you can also see a bubble in the leaf over an area of…

8 min.
a uniquely human stance

CONTRAPPOSTO (LITERALLY “COUNTER-POSTURE,” IN ITALIAN) is, in the most basic sense, a standing pose in which the weight is shifted to one leg while the position of the upper body is adjusted to balance the weight. The Greeks were the first in our cultural memory to depict contrapposto. This mode of expressing the human form dovetailed beautifully with the Aristotelian ideal of a mean between extremes or balance of opposites. Contrapposto contains a number of opposites, such as bent versus straight, flexion versus extension, active versus passive, tension versus relaxation and tight versus loose. Many of the most celebrated and commonly known works of art in history were contrappostos, including Donatello’s David, Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and the Venus de Milo. One could wonder, however, why it took so…