Go, Lovely Rose | A Letter from Maureen Bloomfield

Rose Castle (oil, 10x8) by Colin Berry

The poet sends a rose to his beloved; with our November 2011 issue, we send a garland of roses to you. For Colin Berry, whose renderings of roses appear here and on the cover of this issue, the rose is an edifice, almost marmoreal. Berry loves “the shapes of the petals, how they fold over one another, how they twist in space and catch the light.” Jimmy Wright, in contrast, sees ephemerality, the rose on its way to dissolution. Wright’s radiant obsession is time, which historically the rose is an emblem of. See how Dana Levin, Birgit O’Connor and Sandra Sallin, along with Berry and Wright, reinterpret the favorite subject of Henri Fantin-Latour and Édouard Manet in “Gather Ye Rosebuds.”

To offset the November drears, we offer, along with roses, birds, rendered with exquisite simplicity by Chris Bacon (“Reflection Takes Wing”), and the bright portraits and expressive still lifes of Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco (“Observations and Illusions”). Joyful, too, are Beth Krommes’s scratchboard drawings that become luminous illustrations for children’s books (“Scratching the Surface”). And seeing past blank white, Peter Fiore imparts a lesson in adjusting color temperature when painting snow (Brushing Up). Finally, we loved putting together “Tools That Are Tried-and-True,” which started when we asked some of our favorite artists to tell us what tools they couldn’t do without. What followed was a veritable bouquet—photographs and tips that are zany, practical, inventive and fun—that you’re sure to enjoy and learn from. — Maureen Bloomfield

The November 2011 issue of The Artist’s Magazine hits newsstands today. Order your copy of the entire issue by visiting our North Light Shop online.

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