Daughter of Hope (watercolor, 32×21½) by Paul W. McCormack was a finalist in the portrait/figure category of Magazine’s 27th Annual Art Competition.Paul W. McCormackHometown: Glenham, NY of HopeThe desire to paint my daughter Abigail began as the inspiration for the painting.
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Born in 1947 in Washington, D.C., Jon R. Friedman received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University and his master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Art Academy in Michigan. He’s also studied at Corcoran Museum School and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His works are part of numerous public and private collections, and the artist regularly appears in solo and group shows.
Enjoying the Sunlight (pastel) by Ida M. Glazier grabs the viewer’s eye for several reasons: good use of light and dark color contrast, a solid composition and excellent use of texture.The illusion of strong sunlight is a product of the artist’s use of strong contrast in color and value. Light, warm colors on top of the cat’s neck and back in conjunction with cooler violets on its front and legs creates a convincing sense of sunlight bathing the animal.
If Don Tiller’s signature painting style seems familiar, you may be remembering his work in “Splendid Over 60” (Magazine, March 2008). This self-made painter took a few art classes in college and after graduation was seeing the first buds of success as a working artist, selling paintings and entering shows.
Duane Wakeham, the mild-mannered painter, is firm in his ideas—the outcome of a decades-long career in the classroom and in front of an easel. It’s this wealth of information that draws students from across the country to his workshops, which he offers once or twice a year. I had the opportunity last fall to participate in one, and found that the artist shared generously from his storehouse of knowledge and expertise.
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Born in 1966 in Beaufort, South Carolina, Duane Keiser received his master’s degree in fine arts from Brooklyn College in New York, and his undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he’s currently an adjunct art professor. His work has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions and hangs in corporate and private collections worldwide.
Gary Greene has been a full-time artist since 1967. After working for 15 years in mainstream fine art media, he accidentally came across a book on colored pencil in 1983. “It was an epiphany!” he says. Greene is the author of four books and videos on colored pencil techniques, including No Experience Required: Colored and Watercolor Pencil (North Light Books, 2005).
Watch a freewheeling, unscripted hour of conversation with legendary painter Everett Raymond Kinstler, Kinstler started his illustrious career by drawing comic books and illustrating pulp fiction. Throughout his career, he’s painted luminaries like Katharine Hepburn, John Wayne, and Will Barnet. Watch below as he shares his stories.
After Jonathan Queen completed his bachelor’s degree in fine arts at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, he worked as a concept artist/illustrator for two years, then as a framer while doing commissioned paintings. “A client of mine had one of my commissioned pieces framed, and when I stopped in to see the painting in its frame, the gallery’s director offered to represent me—based on one painting!
Watercolor Artist brings you a gallery of renowned Chinese watercolorist Guan Weixing’s work. For more on this exciting artist and the places and people who inhabit his work, see the feature article, “Profiles in Courage,” in the April 2009 issue of Watercolor Artist.Old Farmer from Shanbei (watercolor on paper, 11×15)Wrestler from Inner Mongolia (watercolor on paper, 44×26)Expectation (watercolor on paper, 14×20)Northeast Farmyard (watercolor on paper, 30×20)Autumn Rhythm (watercolor on paper, 21×29)First Look Into the World (watercolor on paper, 20×15)Shanbei Folk Singer (watercolor on paper, 15×20)Little Monk from Xishuangbana (watercolor on paper, 20×30)Discover new watercolor tips, techniques more with Watercolor Artist email newsletter.
An artist shares advice for finding models and establishing a working relationship that’s mutually rewarding.Whether you work in the realist tradition or not, drawing from life is the best way to learn the elements of style and representation. Nothing beats drawing or painting from a model.Some artists use models only when they’re teaching a class; some concentrate exclusively on the figure in their own work, and some produce primarily abstract art but sketch figures regularly as a way to keep their skills sharp.
Though launching into professional portrait painting can be a daunting task, fortunately there are a host of excellent informational sources for portrait painters from beginner to expert levels.1. Advance your skills with workshopsA simple Google search can yield dozens of listings for courses across the country.
A first-generation American whose parents escaped Russia to settle in Southern California, Sandra Sallin didn’t really start painting until, after trying many majors, she found a home in the art department at UCLA. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree and set up her first studio in Venice, California.
Although it definitely offers plenty of visual stimulation, Sin City is more commonly associated with high rollers, showgirls and the slogan “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” than the arts. Lately, however, the town is claiming a title attached to more artistic pursuits as well.The downtown arts district, referred to as “18b,” exists in a 20-block area around Charleston and Main.
Val d’Orcia (oil, 63×42) by Joe Remillard was a Landscape finalist in the 25th Annual Art Competition. Remillard is our March 2009 Artist of the Month.Residence: Atlanta, GeorgiaWebsite: art career: I took my first art class as a senior in college studying American history. I didn’t take another until I graduated from law school three years later.
In the June 2009 issue of The Pastel Journal, renowned pastelist Elizabeth Mowry traces the path her career has taken since she first appeared in the magazine 10 years ago. As part of our 10th Anniversary celebration, the artist answers 10 questions pertaining to a single painting, Poppy Fields (7×19), below.
A longtime member of the American Watercolor Society, Anne Bagby has been painting for more than 20 years in Winchester, Tennessee. From her own hand-painted paper created with acrylic paint and hand-carved stamps, she fashions collages of clowns and jesters often bedecked in costumes, makeup and hats.
George Tooker was born in 1920 in New York City. After graduating from Phillips Academy, he majored in English literature at Harvard, where he spent much of his time wandering around the Fogg Art Museum’s early Italian Renaissance and 19th-century French galleries. Later he was influenced by the Mexican muralists David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco, whose art was socially and politically activist.
The first-place still life winner in our 2008 annual competition with his painting Electrolux (see Jeffrey T. Larson is a well-respected instructor who counsels budding artists to train their eyes to see both honestly and correctly: “Since paint is so limited compared to light and nature, learn to push it to its boundaries so that you can better re-create what you see.
Susan Abbott’s Elegy (diptych; watercolor on paper, 41×58) was inspired by the events of 9/11. “The whole painting revolves around the idea of an individual presence, the portrait of the woman. She’s the one—the face of the people who died—in the story in my head,” says Abbott.Abbott began painting Elegy shortly after the events of 9/11—a more specific event than she generally uses for a starting point.