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Phases Of Whiteout
The installation of a complex display such as Whiteout necessitates clear imagery conveying the visual concept. Digital blueprint A depicts the general idea of the installation: an expanse of spheres (represented by black dots) is suspended from a ma
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Etchings: Outcast Trees And More
“Drawing is central to everything I do, mostly because it still thrills me when I do it right. I feel my great competency is in observational drawing. To me, it’s a form of meditation,” says Larkin. “In college, I mostly did drawing and printmaking a
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There’s A Sketch For That
Ask any artist what the secrets are to a good painting and many will say that drawing is essential. The more you draw, the better your paintings become because you’re consistently stimulating that creative muscle and gaining observational skills. Bef
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Gestural Beginnings: Figure Painting
Even before Alan Larkin became acquainted with plein-air painters, he wanted to be more gestural in his painting. Because of time constraints, working from a live model provided ample opportunity, as seen in Girl with a Newspaper. “I’m paying for the
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Values And Colors
These three compostions share the same basic elements—a country road flanked by trees and grass—but my references enabled me to create distinctly different paintings. The photos helped me determine the format (vertical or horizontal) and recall detai
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Meet The Artist
Alan Larkin holds a BA in art from Carleton College and an MFA in printmaking from Pennsylvania State University. He taught drawing and printmaking at Indiana University South Bend for almost 40 years before taking early retirement to focus on his ar
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Inspired By Fashion
Like many artists, I continually fill my sketchbooks with quick visual notes from my observations. Among my subjects are the curious and clever outfits people wear in the city. Of equal interest to me are the fashion choices of past centuries as capt
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The LONG VIEW
Undoubtedly, there are any number of reasons that someone might join the Marine Corps—patriotism, a desire to follow in the footsteps of a family member, the opportunity to learn a skill, the desire for adventure. Benjamin F. Long IV enlisted in 1967
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Shoes: A Self Portrait
1 I toned a panel with a wash of raw umber thinned with Gamsol. Once the paint dried, I taped a sheet of tracing paper over the panel and drew my composition on the paper in vine charcoal. Then I transferred my drawing to the prepared panel. 2 I bl
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Combat Art
In no way propaganda, Long’s work includes portraits of individual soldiers relaxing (decompressing), evading sniper fire or helping a wounded serviceman. “These artists weren’t given any specific instructions on what to do,” says Joan Thomas, art cu
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Making Art That Matters
My core philosophy is that every day matters. Every single day. The day you meet the president. The day you have a baby. The day you find a special on sirloin at the supermarket. I find that drawing helps me to commemorate those events, large and sma
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Shimmering Scenes
ONE OF THE MOST MAGICAL EXAMPLES of transformation in nature is the production of silk, a process in which the silkworm, really nothing more than a humble larva, produces a lustrous thread, which it weaves into a cocoon in preparation for its metamor
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Cozy Quarters
An attic space is nearly synonymous with the realm of the artist, at least the struggling one. The artist-in-the-garret theme occurs across a number of Western art forms, from Puccini’s La Bohème to Henry Wallis’ Pre-Raphaelite painting The Death of
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Meet The Artist
Billie Zangewa was born in Malawi and grew up in Botswana. She attended Rhodes University, in South Africa, and later moved to Johannesburg, where she worked in the fashion industry. Her collaged silk artwork has been exhibited widely in Africa, Euro
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Creative Uses for Common Items
● Turn a tray into mixing wells for watercolors. ● Organize your pastel sticks by color in several trays. ● Use popsicle-size trays to hold and group paint brushes. ● A roll of plastic wrap provides a plentiful supply of palette-surface covers. Move
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Art News
In December 2019, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) made a pledge to use their 2020 acquisitions budget of $2.5 million to collect only works by women artists during the upcoming year. The plan was two years in the making, part of the museum’s overal
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A Lifelong Learning Curve
Landscape oil painter Scott Christensen’s career exhibition list stands as an impressive testament to the success of his artistry. Vital relationships with the National Academy of Western Art, Prix de West Invitational and National Museum of Wildlife
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Do Now
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS THROUGH FALL 2020 VISIT ARTIC.EDU FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION. “El Greco: Ambition and Defiance” sets out to analyze the artist’s somewhat tumultuous career through the lens of 57 of his artworks. During
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Studies Help Define Edge-color Relationships
As part of his artistic process, Christensen creates multiple studies of similar subjects as he works through how to bring an idea toward its final composition. Shown here are four different studies of a geyser and the relationship between its misty
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Independent Study
“Within the larger art world there are many smaller worlds, each one complex and fascinating in its own specific way,” writes curator, writer and art historian Matthew Israel in the introduction to his book A Year in the Art World: An Insider’s View
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Meet The Artist
Scott Christensen is a highly respected landscape painter known for his understanding of light, ability to achieve pure color and reverence for nature. He has received many honors and awards, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Craig T
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Lasting Impression
“Claude Monet [French, 1840–1926] painted this scene in 1874, the same year he painted Impression, Sunrise, a work thought to have inspired the name for the 19th-century art movement. Nearly 150 years later, the true meaning of Impressionism is debat
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All Around You
ARTISTS THROUGHOUT HISTORY have been intrigued by the wide-angle scope of human vision. They understood that from a stationary position, we all have 180 degrees of sight to our left and right, and if we rotate from that point, we are able to take in
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Pushing Your Art Forward
Both of my daughters ran cross-country in high school, and they were fortunate to have had a supportive coach who offered various motivational tools. In an effort to inspire a runner to push harder, for instance, the coach would say, “You have to get
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Boston: Two Cyclorama Venues
During the 1800s, the city of Boston, like many cities worldwide, hosted two Cycloramas. The two structures, just a few blocks from each other, still exist today. One is now a hotel; the other is home to the Boston Center for the Arts. ■
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ARTIST FAMILIES NATURE vs. NURTURE
The nature vs. nurture debate has long been with us: Is artistic talent genetic, a gift someone is born with, or is it something that can be taught? Proponents on both sides have offered evidence to support their case. It was in the 19th century when
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Portrait Of An Artist
Artists Robert Beverly Hale (1901–85) and Daniel E. Greene (1934–2020) were both enormously influential instructors. For many years, Mr. Hale taught anatomy and drawing at the Art Students League of New York. I enrolled in his crowded second-floor cl
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Art Couples
Artistic relationships are not always genetically based. The 20th century produced a number of famous art marriages, including Abstract Expressionists Elaine (Fried) de Kooning (American, 1918–89) and Willem de Kooning (Dutch-American, 1904–97), and
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Illumination & Immateriality
The concept of light in the dark is a trope traditional artists have been exploring on two-dimensional surfaces for centuries, but physically bringing that concept to life through large-scale light installations is a specialty art form all its own. F
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