Don’t Wait | A Letter from Maureen Bloomfield
“Autumnal” has a melancholic sound, as summer things are put away and winter waits in the wings. Autumn is also, however, the time of harvest. Indeed abundance is the theme of Elizabeth Torak’s Feast of Venus I, an homage to Rubens’s luxurious Feast of Venus, which depicts satyrs, centaurs, maidens and putti cavorting in a green world. Torak was engaged in the homely task of washing vegetables in her kitchen when she made the connection between cooking and celebrating the festive nature of Venus, who was first worshipped more as a goddess of hospitality than of love (although, of course, one proceeds from the other). Robert K. Carsten tells the fascinating story of Torak’s preliminary sketches and finished painting in the feature article “Feast of Venus Revisited and Revised.”
Also in this issue you’ll find Joe Paquet’s tutorial on painting large en plein air (“Bigger is Better”) and Judith Peck’s lesson on embedding plaster shards in a surface (“Depth Perception”). Jane Jones describes a way to attain harmonic color (Brushing Up), and Melissa Miller Nece shows you how a gesso and alkyd underpainting can set the stage for colored pencil (Drawing Board).
One advantage of growing “autumnal” is the chance to recognize young talent. We’re thrilled to feature the beautiful work of Hsin-Yao Tseng (his Russian Hill in Blue graces our cover) who, as a 22-year-old student, won second place in the portrait/figure category of our 2008 Annual Competition. (“Born to Paint”). Like Tseng, who paints with abandon, Torak eschews caution. Before undertaking her huge Feast of Venus I, Torak confessed a moment of doubt. Her husband, Thomas, also a painter, gave her this advice: “Don’t wait until you can draw or paint perfectly. You’ll never start. Just jump right in and learn along the way.” The onset of autumn reminds us that time is short; thankfully the joy of “learning along the way” is long. ~ Maureen Bloomfield, Editor in Chief
Bonus Articles and Web Extras from The Artist’s Magazine (October 2012)
Hsin-Yao Tseng | Old and New
• Tseng was also featured in our sister publication, Southwest Art. Click here to read this free article and view Tseng’s striking portraits and landscapes in oil.
More Preliminary Sketches for Feast of Venus I
• See some of feature artist Elizabeth Torak’s 80 preparatory pencil, chalk and Conté crayon drawings she did for her 60×108-inch painting. Bonus: See another of Thomas Torak’s paintings of his wife, Elizabeth, at work on The Feast of Venus I.
Step-by-Step Colored Pencil Demonstrations
• View larger images of Melissa Miller Nece’s colored pencil demonstration depicting three girls on the beach. And learn how she adapts the technique to applying colored pencil over acrylic.
Annual Competition Finalist: Artist of the Month
• See a work chosen from the finalists in the 2011 Artist’s Magazine’s Annual
Competition. Congratulations to our August “Artist of the Month,” J. Austin Jennings.
• View the winning paintings of the 28th Annual Art Competition.
Seamless Color Transitions with Jane Jones
• Learn how to achieve smooth transitions of color in another step-by-step still life demonstration in oil from Brushing Up artist Jane Jones.
Limited Palette, Color Harmony and Cowgirls
• See how Jane Jones’s student Jeannette Nickelson achieved color harmony by using a primary color scheme to create her Cowgirl series.
More Cool Art-Related Links
• Jeffrey Owen Hanson, a young artist featured in The Artist’s Life this issue: www.jeffreyowenhanson.com
• View free previews of Stephen Quiller’s newest acrylic and watercolor instructional videos.