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Celebrating Beauty and Color: Mikela Henry-Lowe
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Celebrating Beauty and Color: Mikela Henry-Lowe

Mikela Henry-Lowe shares her process and her passion for color.Magazine (TAM): Tell us about your education.MIKELA HENRY-LOWE (MHL): I learned to paint from my classes at high school. I was taught color theory, which colors work well with other colors and why, and I always keep this in mind when working on my own projects.

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Painterly Pumpkins

This fall, find new inspiration from a venerable autumn icon.by McKenzie GrahamThis is an excerpt from The Artist’s Life in Magazine (October 2013). Click here to read the full issue.The squash is a humble vegetable. It’s subjected yearly to eager hands equipped with carving knives, and then, it’s inevitably left to rot on front porches across America, while our attention moves to plants of the evergreen sort.
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Lessons of Still Life Painting | Artist Claudia Seymour

The Encyclopedia Britannica defines still life painting as “the depiction of inanimate subject-matter objects for the sake of their qualities of form, color, texture, and composition.” Still life painting developed as an independent genre during the Renaissance period of Western painting. While it has struggled at times for prominence as a serious painting genre, the genre has always been enormously popular with the public and holds a respected place among the most prestigious art museums.
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Putting on a Show | Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola talks to another master illustrator, Will Hillenbrand, about the imperative of the picture book: being faithful to the heart—and to the delightful responsibility to enthrall and entertain.Among Tomie dePaola’s many awards are the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota, and the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association.
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When is a Piece of Artwork Finished?

Is a painting finished when you run out of paint, sunlight, time, or energy? One of the most common questions students ask me when I teach is, “When is the painting finished?” This is a really difficult question to answer because it’s personal.How did Vermeer know when his Girl With a Pearl Earring was complete?
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What is Art?

The city of Calgary has experienced a large number of complaints about the newly installed public sculpture entitled Traveling Light (scroll down for links about the sculpture) Due to the strong polarization of opinions form local and national citizens, “what is art” has become a hot topic at local coffee shops and office water coolers.
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Mark Barone Raises Awareness Through Painting

The Most Loyal Subjectby McKenzie GrahamOne artist is taking his sorrow for abandoned animals to canvas, teaching compassion one portrait at a time. This article is from Magazine (April 2014). To subscribe, click here.If there’s a universal rule for creating a grade school history textbook, it must be to pepper each chapter with royal family portraits from the 16th century, giving faces to the long gone (and long obsolete in the minds of most young readers).
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Plein Air Setups for Pastels

In the June 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, five award-winning landscape artists—Lorenzo Chavez, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Barbara Jaenicke, Kim Lordier and Richard McKinley—describe the power of painting en plein air and share tips and insights gathered from years of painting experience.Because one of the most daunting aspects of painting on location is knowing what to pack, we asked the artists to describe their basic plein air toolkit:Kim Lordier: I use a 16×20 All-in-One easel, a Manfrotto tripod, a small amount of Turpenoid, a hog bristle brush, baby wipes, towel, tape, bug spray, sunblock, hat, umbrella, and small roll of toilet paper.
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Cesar Santos on Classical Oil Portraits

“I am fascinated with the way our daily activities establish identity in a specific way: I seek to establish a relationship between the subject and his/her place in society, including hints of the environment implying what each is shaped and perhaps defined by.” Cesar SantosIn this excerpt from Magazine, Cesar Santos leads us step by step through his process of creating classical portraits, in this case, a self portrait.
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Plein Air Pastels | A Gallery

In the June 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, we asked five renowned landscape artists—Lorenzo Chavez, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Barbara Jaenicke, Kim Lordier and Richard McKinley—about the most important ingredient to making a plein air outing a success? Here’s a sampling of the responses—and a gallery with some of their plein air work:Kim Lordier: Just taking the time to slow it all down.
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Imaginary Worlds | David Brayne Watercolor Paintings

British artist David Brayne’s contemplative figures and moody waterscapes on textured surfaces convey lyrical narratives entrusted to the viewer’s interpretation.While textured surfaces and imagination may be at the heart of Brayne’s work, it doesn’t mean he isn’t influenced by his environment. At that stage in his painting career, his work was very minimalistic—and all about expanse and emptiness.
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Imagining the Old West: Graham Flatt Landscapes

Graham Flatt relies on distinctly unorthodox paint handling for his pastel and watercolor landscapes, along with the power of suggestion, to re-create the adventurous world of the American frontier. Flatt’s paintings portray a relationship between man and nature that few of us experience today. Cowboys and native Americans trek across vast landscapes.
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Pastel Journal Founders Award Winner | Alan Larkin

Alan Larkin’s painting, Time Piece, shown below, is the winner of this year’s Pastel Journal Founder’s Award (in memory of Maggie Price) in the 17th Annual Pastel 100 competition. The piece presents a magical assemblage of objects, painted in a tall, narrow format, which encourages a unique perspective and exploration.
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A Penchant for Plein Air | Mike Kowalski Watercolor Paintings

Mike Kowalski enjoys the myriad challenges—and the resultant rewards—of painting outdoors to capture light and space in his watercolor paintings. Working within the natural constraints of plein air painting—with its shortage of time, shifting light and unpredictable conditions—the artist still manages to find intriguing compositions in which he structures space and light to achieve satisfying and engaging scenes.
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Celebrating Beauty and Color: Mikela Henry-Lowe

Mikela Henry-Lowe shares her process and her passion for color.Magazine (TAM): Tell us about your education.MIKELA HENRY-LOWE (MHL): I learned to paint from my classes at high school. I was taught color theory, which colors work well with other colors and why, and I always keep this in mind when working on my own projects.
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In Detail: Fred Dalkeys Conté Drawings

Sacramento, California artist Fred Dalkey has spent much of his career creating luminous Conté drawings of figures and still lifes. The latest issue of Drawing magazine includes an interview with the artist, and here we’re pleased to share a portion of that article, accompanied by detail views of several of the artist’s works, giving us a better understanding of the countless fine marks that make up the drawings’ delicate areas of tone.
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Quick Draw | QA with Sean Caulfield

Printmaker, draftsman, and mixed media artist Sean Caulfield is our New and Notable artist for the winter 2017 issue of Drawing. Caulfield’s work cannot be confined to one category, as he combines traditional drawing and printmaking practices with elements of sculpture, installation and digital art. Caulfield incorporates natural and anatomical forms in compositions that are intriguing, ambiguous and sometimes unsettling, and often completed at an incredible scale.
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