“Anything Goes,” a Letter from the Editor:
We discovered Sydney, the striking portrait of the young girl that graces our cover, for this, our annual portrait issue, while we were choosing the finalists for our 28th Annual Art Competition. Talking to Marvin Mattelson, we learned how he adapts Albert H. Munsell’s color theories, Frank J. Reilly’s palette arrangement and William McGregor Paxton’s colors in order to create vivid skin tones (“Getting Real”). Countering Mattelson’s systematic approach to portraiture is Tom Root’s intuitive, linear style that conveys the tense, sometimes humorous, complexities of life today (“Simple and Profound”). Root extends his design to the edges of the frame, a tactic familiar to Ron Monsma, whose haunting still lifes, based on repeating shapes, demonstrate the beauty of correspondences (“Composition Is the Crux”). In spite of the orderly appearance of his work, Monsma asserts that he’s endlessly open to possibilities, just as Maya Brym, working impulsively in multiple layers, maintains that a picture follows its own trajectory (“Natural Synthesis”).
For every artist who can chronicle the stages in his process, there’s another for whom lists are absurd. Whether their studios are shipshape or slovenly, artists, in the moment of euphoria or despair, are apt to seize anything that’s at hand. “Make Your Own Mark,” shows eleven of our favorite artists using combs, key cards—and sometimes even a brush! That’s what makes our job so interesting! Artists (and editors, too) are willing to give anything a try.~Maureen Bloomfield
The Other Side of Tom Root’s Imagination
• See feature artist Root’s fanciful illustrations for children’s stories.
• View other commissioned works by this busy April-issue portrait artist.
• Marvin Mattelson’s Portrait Hall of Fame: Mattelson shares his list of the best portrait artists of all time.
An Acrylic Artist’s Studio
• Visit Patti Brady’s studio in Greenville, South Carolina, to see this “Make Your Own Mark” artist’s special easel setup and learn how she organizes her workspace.
• Get a free preview of Brady’s ArtistsNetwork.tv video, “Rethinking Acrylic: Encaustic Effects with Acrylic Paint”
Free Demo on Composition by Jan Kunz
• See Brushing Up artist Kunz’s lesson in composition from her best-selling book, Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow.
The Art Barns of Door County, Wisconsin
• Featured in The Artist’s Life, A Door County, Wisconsin couple has turned a vacant barn into a warm gathering place, now known as Woodwalk Gallery, for artists and friends. See more of Door County’s repurposed barns.
Watercolor Demo from Antonio Masi
• Antonio Masi has teamed up with writer and historian Joan Marans Dim to create a new book: New York’s Golden Age of Bridges, a multidimensional exploration of New York City’s nine major bridges. See Masi’s step-by-step watercolor demonstration, in which he creates oil-like textures with multiple layers of bold glazes applied with a hake brush.
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• View the winning paintings of the 28th Annual Art Competition.