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The Artist’s Magazine Blog
In my heart, I belong to Cincinnati. This town is known for loyalists, and even though I typically buck against the current, this is one instance in my life where I proudly flow along with it in content tranquility. That is why I always feel slightly guilty when I skip over all the cute little jars of buttons near the registers of all the cute little stores in Cincinnati. I do this because I know about a well-kept secret tucked on the second floor of a shop.
When I opened the pages of Strokes of Genius 4, The Best of Drawing: Line and saw ‘Splash’ by Ljubica Fa-Hardi, it appeared that perhaps face paint or Kool-Aid had splashed the subject–this little girl with a squinched face, but…
Impressionists on the Water has a cover seemingly expansive enough to step right through it and onto the grass into Monet’s idyllic painting “Le bassin d’Argenteuil.” Not all of the art in this book is idyllic though–it seems that water and its channels have been used to describe nearly every mood and temperament available to man, and no matter what you’re feeling, there’s sure to be a painting in between these covers that perfectly complements it.
Murals are always a fun surprise. One minute you’re walking down a city street composed of muted grays and faded blacks, and the next, you’re staring at a colorful urban masterpiece, painted joyfully across the side of a building. We’re lucky enough to have some stunners here in Cincinnati, but Philadelphia is universally recognized as the World’s Largest Outdoor Art Gallery, and is home to over 3,600 public artworks. The Mural Arts Program has made them all accessible in their tours, by way of trolley, bike, train, or your own two feet.
Every month we put together a sneak peek slideshow with some of the great pieces of art featured in that month’s issue. Click “play” on the video below to be transported to the world of The Artist’s Magazine’s June 2013 issue, and to see works by Stan Sperlak, Robert Burridge, Sarah Lamb, and Max Ginsburg. If you enjoyed it, be sure to give it a big thumbs up in YouTube, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Maple, Wisconsin has a population that’s under 700 (as of the 2000 census). Of those 700 or so residents, at least one of them is an accomplished artist who has won first place in The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition. …
This past summer, I was lucky enough to visit the National Gallery in London. Scattered throughout are thousands of artworks, and after walking through just a few of the rooms, I began to feel overwhelmed by looking at the portraits–like I was seeing my own fragile humanity reflected back at me. The subjects all looked beautiful, young, and vibrant, but of course, they’ve all been gone for a long time.
It’s funny how animals can capture one’s love and attention, whether they live with us side-by-side, or if we just see glimpses of them by chance in nature. To watch them is rewarding. To draw them takes a studious eye and knowledge of their habitat, anatomy and even stereotypical features, such as the guarding nature of a dog.