If you’ve read any previous issue of Artists on Art magazine, you’ve likely been inspired in some way. This issue in particular, I believe, will not only leave you inspired, but will motivate you to put new ideas into action, maybe even in your next work.

How to draw the figure - Terry Miura - ArtistsOnArt.com

What if you had to pay for every line you drew? Learn how Terry Miura uses “Penny Lines” and “Dollar Lines” to give each mark a hierarchy of importance.

Terry Miura, for example, teaches you how to think about the value of your lines when drawing. You’ll learn why he refers to them as “Penny Lines” and “Dollar Lines” in his article “Figure Drawing and Economy of Line,” with plenty of helpful visuals and a five-minute video demonstration.

Artistic inspiration - Aixa Oliveras - ArtistsOnArt.com

Aixa Oliveras, “Resilience,” oil on linen, 24 x 30 in.

Our cover artist, Aixa Oliveras (from San Juan, Puerto Rico), takes us through the process of painting Resilience, and how it was partly developed after a life-changing move to California just prior to Hurricane Maria. “All of these events were a shock to my system,” she says, “and it took me some time before I could process it all and have it be reflected in my work.” See her step-by-step demonstration of the oil painting, and learn about the events leading up to it in the article “Gaining Strength Through Art.”

Inspiration for artists - Samuel Adoquei - ArtistsOnArt.com

Samuel Adoquei, “Meditation,” 1999, oil, 30 x 42 in.

Artist and teacher Samuel Adoquei (from Ghana, West Africa) offers what he has learned about creativity and inspiration in his article “The Secret Energy of Successful Artists.” His reminder to you is that there is much more to art than making a great painting. He asks, “Do you have the fire to light the power of your dreams?” I think you will after reading his article and this issue.

Read the advice, insights, and artistic journeys of these and the rest of our featured artists this issue, and then let us know what you think by emailing us at [email protected]

Because this is your November/December issue of Artists on Art (click here to read it now), I’d also like to take a moment to wish you a warm and joyful holiday season that’s filled with everything you love (especially time for art-making!).

Yours in art,
Cherie

 

Just for fun! We couldn’t resist sharing this portrait of Saint Nicholas by Suzie Baker. Stay tuned — Baker will have a feature article on painting portraits in an upcoming issue of Artists on Art magazine!

Portrait painting of Santa Claus - Suzie Baker - ArtistsOnArt.com

Suzie Baker, “Saint Nicholas,” oil on linen, 10 x 10 in.