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The Artist's MagazineThe Artist's Magazine

The Artist's Magazine April 2018

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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United States
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English
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F+W Media, Inc. - Magazines
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wildflowers

Art is a wildflower in a once-fallow field—a fleeting burst of color and form signaling a regenerative force at work in the world. Perhaps this aesthetic connection to nature explains the prevalence of flowers in art. Flowers express beauty and temporality and, in so doing, illuminate the divine order of things.In exploration of this time-honored genre, we look to sunflower yellow (page 14) and wildflower conservator Lady Bird Johnson (page 12). We consider Monet’s garden paradise (page 17) and contemporary landscape design (page 24). Moving into the studio and focusing on skill-building, we find botanical artist Adele Rossetti offering tips on watercolor painting (page 38) and illustrator Jensine Eckwall working with acrylics (page 30). Realist painter Katie G. Whipple offers art instruction on painting the rose (page 46), and…

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contributors

YULIA BRODSKAYA COVERYulia Brodskaya is an artist and illustrator who uses paper and glue to make lush, vibrant, three-dimensional artworks through a simple technique that involves the placement of carefully cut and bent strips of paper. She is frequently invited to speak at design conferences and schools around the world, and her original artworks are owned by Oprah Winfrey, Ferrero, Hermès and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. For more information, visit artyulia.co.uk. JENSINE ECKWALL ALCHEMY: “AN ARTFUL WORLD” Jensine Eckwall is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. She mainly works on illustrated middle-grade and children’s books but also does comics, paintings and handmade books, as well as editorial and other commercial work. Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts (New York City),…

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behind the cover

w e’re focused on flowers in this issue of Artists Magazine, and for our cover, we thought we’d put a contemporary spin on a famous floral painting by one of the masters of the genre. We asked the British artist and designer Yulia Brodskaya (artyulia.co.uk) to re-create Vincent van Gogh’s Irises using her signature cut-paper technique.To create her images, Brodskaya carefully cuts and bends strips of paper, arranges them into a composition and glues them in place. The result straddles the line between two-and three-dimensional art. Look at it once and you may think it’s a flat painting or print; look again and you see a relief sculpture.In this piece, Brodskaya achieves a wide range of colors and values that are remarkably close to those in the original. The…

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lady bird johnson: when flowers bloom

decades before “sustainability” and “urbanism” entered common usage, Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson (1912–2007) was an outspoken environmentalist. As the wife of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, she couldn’t and wouldn’t be ignored.Highly educated and possessing an aptitude for business and communication, Lady Bird Johnson broke with tradition by interacting directly with Congress and lobbying for legislation to beautify the nation’s cities and highways. Her advocacy led to the passing of the Highway Beautification Act, and her tireless environmental stewardship subsequently led to her being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, two of the nation’s highest civilian honors.In 1982 Johnson, along with Helen Hayes, founded the National Wildflower Research Center, in Austin, Texas. “Some may wonder why I…

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hello, yellow

As we come out of our winter shells, we reach for the sun’s warmth now more than ever. So, too, does the sunflower. It rises with the sun, tilting toward its bright light, and as it moves across the sky, the sunflower’s bloom moves with it.The sunflower’s yellow hues have inspired artists for centuries. The flowers themselves have been favored subjects for several painters, most famously van Gogh (see page 53), but rich yellows appear in all manner of images and objects. Consider Landscape From Arles (below) by Paul Gauguin. Taking center stage is a patch of yellow and green shrubbery. To the left, a warm yellow field cascades off the canvas. A quaint yellow cottage sits near the horizon.The sunflower reaches toward the sun for life; we reach…

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a garden, a studio

Monet in his garden at Giverny Monets house at Giverny Monets garden seen from his house The Japanese bridge and lily pond at Giverny inspired many of Monets paintings. Garden archways Monet in his garden in 1905 The pond at Giverny getting a behind-the-scenes look at an artist’s studio is both inspirational and enlightening—one can learn a great deal about an artist’s process by exploring his or her work environment. For example, in the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, the archetypal studio was a cavernous space housed in a tumbledown warehouse or abandoned barn—the better to work on heroic-size canvases employing sweeping gestural strokes. Traditional styles of representation, meanwhile, call for large north-facing windows and areas for the staging of models or still life setups.The great Claude Monet took a…

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