Letter from the editor:
“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” is the way John Keats described the season in his “Ode to Autumn.” Mists and vapors cohere into luxuriant landscapes in Stacie Seuberling’s pastels, which start with black marks on white sanded paper (“Calm at the Center”). Seuberling’s pictures have a stillness at their core because, she says, she wants “to stop the noise.” Indeed the mellow state of mind she conjures has its mirror in Vincent Giarrano’s silken evocations of solitary figures with New York City as a frame (“City Stories”). Color in Giarrano’s and Seuberling’s works is bright but subtle; more refined still is the palette of classically trained Sadie Valeri, whose still lifes substitute metal and glass for the conventional flowers and fruits. See how she works with both a closed and open grisaille and an incomparable intensity of observation in “A Twist on the Classics.”
The songs of summer subside, as the poet said, and we come to know that autumn has its music, too. The idea of a season’s bounty and end marks the work of famed children’s book illustrator Loren Long, whose American regionalist style derives from the great Thomas Hart Benton’s. Among the many books Long has illustrated are I Dream of Trains, The Little Engine That Could and Of Thee I Sing, a celebration of enduring connections between the past and now, which President Barack Obama wrote for his daughters. Learn how Long found his way in illustration and how he interprets a text—progressing from thumbnail sketches in pencil, to paintings in acrylic, to a layout that’s ready for production in “Soul of the Heartland.”
Of the wonderful artists featured in this issue, I’ve only actually seen the work of a handful. Inadequate but necessary, digital images take the place of the inimitable experience of standing in front of a work of art. It’s an unfortunate fact that your success as an artist depends on the quality of the images you submit to galleries, contests and shows. It’s therefore vital that you either work with a photographer or become one. Al Parrish and Ric Deliantoni, who have spent a lifetime working with artists, offer a complete course in photographing your work in “Take Your Best Shot.” And in addition to this bounty are links to extra lessons and images below.—Maureen Bloomfield
Browse these bonus online articles from the October 2011 issue of The Artists Magazine.
Sadie T. Valeri: A Twist on the Classics
• View Valeri’s luminous oil still lifes.
• Read Valeri’s blog post self-prepared gesso recipe and instructions
• Check out Valeri’s tips on painting highlights
Vincent Giarrano: City Stories
• Make a Preliminary Drawing. Learn how Giarrano uses drawings to prepare for his paintings.
• View Giarrano’s urban narrative scenes in oil.
Stacie Seuberling: Calm at the Center
• Studio Organization and Business Advice. Learn how Seuberling organizes her studio; check how she plans the business aspects of her career.
• Step-by-Step Pastel Demonstration. Follow the progression for a tonal landscape by M. Katherine Hurley, who was an important influence on Seuberling’s work.
• View Seuberling’s seasonal landscapes in pastel.
Loren Long: Song of the Heartland
• View more children’s book illustrations by Long.
• Get more information about mouth atomizers.
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