By M. Stephen DohertyWinter Aint Far Awaywatercolor, 15 x 15.Can a pharmacist who describes himself as cheap actually convince artists to trust his advice about buying art supplies? He can if he is passionate about art, respectful of painters, cheerfully disposed, and committed to serving the needs of creative people.
Three painting friends exchanged photographs and then produced paintings of the same 15 subjects in an experiment designed to teach them about different approaches, challenge them to push beyond their comfort zone, and allow them to work on a common painting project.by Bob BahrLine up three painters in front of a landscape vista and the result will almost assuredly be three very different paintings, with each zooming in on a different aspect of the view.
The opportunity to sketch a paintable subject is usually unexpected and fleeting. When it does happen, the spontaneity of the moment often generates an energy that results in a dynamic on-site drawing. My challenge is to preserve this vibrancy as I develop the sketch into a more formal composition-a task which requires redrawing and recomposing the subject.
In the May 2008 issue of American Artist, we explored how Arlene Steinberg developed her detailed colored pencil drawings in much the same way as an oil painter would proceed. We present more of her drawings in this online exclusive gallery.All Paired Up2007, colored pencil,4¾ x 9. Collectionthe artist.
You have plenty of challenges as an artist. Finding inspiration, honing your craft and selling your art are common topics of discussion year-round. And every April, those of us in the United States have our minds on one more aspect: taxes. Don’t stop reading! I know it’s tempting to move on to something more entertaining (trust me), but today’s newsletter comes with a QA that is likely to put more money into your pocket.
No matter the medium or subject, every work of art needs a strong composition. Large, simple value masses create a composition that’s both dramatic and easy to comprehend. Ian Roberts, author of Mastering Composition, has the following exercise to help you see and simplify the value masses in your composition:Try working out the three or four major value masses of your next painting with three gray markers and see how it changes the way you think about abstract shapes.