“Freedom lies in being bold,” said American poet Robert Frost. Yet the artists we selected as this year’s Ones to Watch prove that just as boldness comes from letting go, so it can result from restraint. Indeed, these individuals exemplify audacity in their work, whether it’s by exaggerating or simplifying.
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Our artist of the month, Bryce Cameron Liston, is an oil painter and sculptor whose artwork frequently incorporates elements from history and mythology.by Edith ZimmermanCherry Blossoms2006, oil on linen, 30 x 19.Our artist of the month, Bryce Cameron Liston, is an oil painter and sculptor whose artwork frequently incorporates elements from history and mythology.
Mia Bergeron, a classically trained portraitist and figure artist from Chattanooga, Tennessee, is our January Artist of the Month.by Edith ZimmermanDan2006, oil on linen, 22 x 26.All artwork this articlecollection the artist.Our January Artist of the Month is Mia Bergeron, a painter living and working in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Sandy Meyer, our Artist of the Month for March, says, “Light has always been the trigger to inspiration for me. In recent years this has gone deeper into how light causes colors to change.”by Bob BahrRed Squares No. 52007, watercolor, 18½ x 26½.Collection the artist.This painting recently won firstplace in the West Michigan Regional Competition.
In the March 2008 issue of Magazine, we published “The Nuts and Bolts of Hi-Tech Animation,” an article about production designer Bill Cone and the role of the fine artist at Pixar Animation Studios. To learn about that issue, click here.Cone took a road trip along old Route 66 to prepare for the movie Cars.
Scott Royston, our December Artist of the Month, paints using a medium he makes himself: powdered pigment mixed with black oil.by Edith ZimmermanEggs to Dye For2003, oil on panel, 13 x 18.Scott Royston, our December Artist of the Month, paints using a medium he makes himself: powdered pigment mixed with black oil.
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Perhaps growing up in sun-kissed tropical Bermuda amid the canvases of her grandfather—the noted American Impressionist Clark Vorhees—is what fueled Janet Fish’s passion for painting how the eye captures energy and light. Hence her motto: Painting is an act of gesture and color. Fish has devoted her artistic career to fulfilling this tenet: Her pictures are lush and textural, teeming with organic brushstrokes and lusty color.
Although Sharon Towle considers herself a straightforward realist, her infatuation with color complicates and broadens her work in interesting ways. “I might be extending realism by bumping up the color,” she says. The result of Towle’s reach as an artist is a striking collection of precise and balanced watercolor still lifes, reflecting both her fondness for vivid color and the naturally vibrant surroundings of her Manhattan Beach, California, home.
Joseph Zbukvic is a true master of the medium of watercolor. His work is a balance between design, value, color and emotion evoking feeling within the viewer. His use of pastel and watercolor to paint Landscapes and Seascapes bring about his most stunning works. Zbukvic’s personal statement, “I try to achieve a balance of harmony between tonal values, design, colour and mood that will visually evoke the emotions between the viewer and the painting.
In the December 2008 issue of American Artist, we examined Bernie Fuchs philosophy on creating both fine art and illustration by looking at work presented in a retrospective at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, in Telluride, Colorado. Here, we present some additional images from that retrospective that we were unable to fit into the print magazine.
This Toronto artist has spent the last three years exploring abstraction of the human figure, blending his classical training with a new approach.Red Bootby Brian Smith, oil, 36 x 24.by Bob BahrBrian Smith is classically trained and has been drawing and teaching in this style for more than 40 years.
This New Mexico artist slowly builds up transparent glazes of oil colors to create still lifes and landscapes with luminous, vibrant, and subtle textures.Evening Solitude,2008, oil on board, 15 x 15.All artwork thisarticle private collection.by Naomi EkperiginIt would seem fitting that Sarah Siltala is now a prolific oil painter, as she was born into a family of professional artists.
In the Winter 2008 issue of Workshop magazine we featured artist Jeffrey R. Here, we present additional work by Watts that further illustrates this style of painting.Anna in Profileby Jeffrey R. Watts, oil, 12 x 9.Lizby Jeffrey R. Watts, oil, 16 x 12.Man With Cigarby Jeffrey R. Watts, oil, 12 x 9.Model With Downcast Eyesby Jeffrey R.
Via Book By Its Cover, the whimsical work of Miroslav Sasek.I love his jaunty, mid-century illustration style. Sasek (1916-1980) was born in Prague and illustrated 18 books in the “This is…” series, children’s travel books. (The above image is from This is Paris.) A few of the books have been re-issued in the last few years.
With regard to the editorial, the point is not whether some measure of ART and subsequent dialogue is initiated by Fairey’s work. The issue is that Mr. Fairey did not solicit and obtain the legal rights to use the photograph from the photograph’s owner in accordance with current copyright law – whether he intended to do a derivative work or an exact copy.
After living and working for years in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan as editorial illustrators and graphic designers, nine years ago George and Emily Thompson found a larger studio space at a terrific price in an old farmhouse on a 1-1/2-acre lot in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Their studio is in the renovated attic on the third floor.
In the April 2009 issue of American Artist, we featured watermedia artist Penny Soto, who worries less about the established rules of painting, and more about what will best help her create her artwork. Here, we present some paintings by the artist that we were unable to fit into the magazine.
In the May issue of American Artist, we heard from Florida artist Gregory Strachov, who encourages painters to find their own style through developing skills, deciding what it is they want to say, and finding their unique voice. Here, we present some additional work from the artist that we couldnt fit in the print magazine.
The sketchbook is hidden source of incredible artwork. James Jean is an example of what lies beneath the published piece of art. With over 50 sketchbooks of my own, I decided to share my pages thorough a the site. It’s a perpetual means to sharing artwork generated in artist’s sketchbooks.
In the March 2009 issue of American Artist, we featured work from Texas artist Mark Haworth that illustrated how he plans his paintings so they express he character, story and language of the landscape. Here, we offer additional artwork from the artist.Canyon Harmonyby Mark Haworth, 2008, oil, 16 x 24.