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Artists Magazine

January/February 2021

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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English
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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
a round of applause

“Full effort is full victory.” —MAHATMA GANDHI It’s a great pleasure to present in this issue the 15 prizewinning works of art and 50 honorable mentions (page 59) which were selected from thousands of entries received in the 37th Annual Art Competition. While these exceptional pieces of art are certainly cause for celebration, I’d also like to take this time to acknowledge the many marvelous entries that came oh-so-close, but didn’t quite make the cut. We’ve all known the sting of disappointment, and in this, we have some rather illustrious company. Take, for example, the 1863 Paris Salon where Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet and Camille Pissarro were among the artists whose work was refused entry. This led, famously, to the separate Salon des Refusés, where Manet exhibited his famous Luncheon on…

3 min.
a powerful portrait of power

Edmund Tarbell (1862–1938), was one of the best painters of the Boston School. He first earned a reputation for painting scenes of women in sunlit landscapes in a manner reminiscent of French Impressionism. He proved equally proficient painting women and children, often members of his own family, within the subtly lit interiors of his home. These canvases evoke Vermeer’s influence. Tarbell was also a gifted portraitist, good enough to be considered a worthy successor to John Singer Sargent. Among his subjects were three U.S. presidents and one of the most powerful industrialists of the era, Henry Clay Frick. “The colors—especially the skin tones, which glow nicely against neutral surroundings—attest to Tarbell’s skill as a figure painter.” Frick was a steel tycoon, a ruthless businessman with culpability in two notorious American tragedies. He…

7 min.
treasures hidden in plain sight

Although much of art-making can be solitary, artistic collaboration isn’t uncommon. Sometimes the collaborators work in the same artistic field—think of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Other times, a project might pair artists who work in different creative fields—an illustrator with a fashion designer, for example. In this story, however, the collaborative project involves two seemingly different yet fundamentally aligned fields: art and science. Claudia Stevens, a botanical illustrator based in the rural Monterey Bay town of Aptos, Calif., harbors a lifelong love of nature and a deep concern regarding the environment and the detrimental effects of climate change. She collects botanical specimens from various locations—including Antarctica, international rain forests and California’s High Sierras—and creates detailed illustrations not only to provide documentation of these often endangered species but also to showcase…

1 min.
natural art

Diatoms, such as those pictured here, are both important scientific paleoenvironmental indicators [signifiers of a geological age] and beautiful organisms, rich in texture and detailed structure. The incredible patterns that characterize different diatom species and genera have garnered attention for many years as important identifying features. For example, areolae [colored rings] can be organized into sunflower patterns (the “golden spiral”), or honeycombs. The famous Fibonacci sequence exists throughout nature in the unfolding spirals of seashells and galaxies—and single-cell diatoms. These exquisite patterns and spirals are mesmerizing, captivating, and alluring—nature’s fine art. At the same time, scientists utilize diatoms as proxies for climate change.…

1 min.
we asked...

“I’d enjoy a week of daily visits to the Prado.” JIMMY WRIGHT ARTIST AND PRESIDENT, PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA “A long road trip through the countryside of France, Italy and Switzerland. Driving is the only way to get a real feel for a region, its people and the amazing food.” MICHAEL SKALKA CHAIRMAN, ASTM D01.57, ARTISTS’ MATERIALS STANDARDS “Nowhere. I’m happiest painting close to home, which for me is the Hudson Valley of New York State. The pandemic has made me appreciate more than ever the prosaic subjects of my familiar world. Traveling is fine, but the subjects I pick when I’m away from home don’t resonate with me as much as the vistas around here that others may overlook.” JAMES GURNEY ARTIST AND AUTHOR OF THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK SERIES “DINOTOPIA” “I’d spend some time in…

1 min.
we asked... you answered

“The island of Santorini. To be surrounded by nothing but the bluest waters while sitting at an outdoor cafe having a cappuccino is the creative boost I totally need.” —CAT CARBONE “The Isle of Skye captivates and calls to me. Rugged misty mountains and the enchanting Fairy Glen. That’s a wild and free watercolor experience that I’d love.” —WENDY WELK “Israel. The juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern is unbeatable for drawing.” —PEG ELEFANT LIKE US ON FACEBOOK @ARTISTSNETWORK TO ANSWER EACH MONTH’S QUESTION IN “THE ASK.” RESPONSES MAY BE EDITED FOR LENGTH AND CLARITY.…