Conveying the Human Experience – Artists on Art July/August 2018

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I’m happy to let you know that the July/August issue of Artists on Art magazine is now available.

For your inspiration, here are a few snippets:

“The process of casting torn-up love letters, writings, and fabrics into hand-carved and painted cast resin serves as a multi-dimensional vehicle from which to discover what truly connects us one to another — to rearrange fragments of a story to create a portrayal of what the individual embodies.” ~Christopher Owen Nelson, A Constantly Evolving Shape

“If you don’t have high quality images of your work then you are missing the chance for creating prints for sale and licensing your work for such things as book covers and promotional materials.” ~Leah Saulnier, A Convergence of the Rational and the Absurd

“The human figures in my paintings serve as vehicles to convey human experiences, representing the emotional tension and psychological drama of life’s turning points. Nostalgia, harmony, passion, agony, sadness, and pleasure are all revealed in my new body of work within the last decade.” ~Victor Wang, Fondness and Fright

This issue features the satirical work of Leah Saulnier, new advice from Nancy Tankersley on painting from photographs, and a look at the multi-media work of Christopher Owen Nelson. Robin Ewers Carnes tells us how she sells her art on greeting cards, artists Kenny and Judy Harris show us what it’s like to be married to an artist, and Victor Wang gives us a step-by-step demonstration and takes us into his mixed-media portraits that are born from the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Click here to download this issue of Artists on Art magazine (or subscribe), and keep scrolling to read more about the issue and view the table of contents.

Artists on Art Magazine Editor’s Letter

Over the past several months, I’ve been noticing more and more artists who are couples, or have parents or children who are also artists. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, I suppose, but it got me thinking about what this is like, what the pros and cons are, and how it would be interesting to share these experiences with others.

Creativity is a thread that holds my own family together in many ways; my husband is an amateur artist, one of our sons is a student pianist, and the other is an artist but doesn’t know it yet (he’s 13 years old — I can see it, and I believe he will, too, if he gets past the “mom’s never right” phase).

When I’m in the initial stages of my own creative projects, it’s nice to have my husband there to give me feedback. But this means he also catches glimpses while the work is still in the most sensitive phase, when I’m not quite ready for anyone else to see it yet because it’s still evolving. Though to a certain extent, most art is always evolving, yes?

Kenny Harris paintings -

Kenny Harris, Portrait of the Artist and his Wife, oil on linen, 30 x 39 in.

Curious to hear how other artists live and work together, I invited a few to be a part of this issue. The Perrish family includes three brothers and one of their wives who have embraced their creativity, and even shared an exhibition earlier this year. Professional artist Kenny Harris tells us about life with his talented wife, traveling and working together, from the vistas of Italy to the desert theme camps of Burning Man.

The rest of this issue includes more inspiring stories, incredible art, and motivating words to keep you on your own path. Read the issue here, and share your own stories with us when you use the hashtag #AoAmag on Twitter and Instagram.

Until next time,

Artists on Art Magazine, July/August 2018 Table of Contents

Expanding Your Creativity Through Travel
How do you refuel that fire and find your passion for creating?
By Shan Fannin

Fondness and Fright: The Sunflower as a Symbol in Art
Growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution led to dreams and memories that are the foundation of this artist’s mixed-media portraits.
by Victor Wang (our July/August cover artist)

Turning Art into a Business
From designing cards to dealing with plagiarism, and everything in between
By Robin Ewers Carnes

When Art Is in Your Blood
Three sibling artists — and one wife — who answered the creative call
An interview with Bill, Don, Bob, and Sue Perrish

Two Artists, One Roof
It is amazing. It can be trying.
By Kenny Harris

Satirical art by Leah Saulnier -

Leah Saulnier, Life of the Party, (detail) oil, 16 x 20 in.

A Convergence of the Rational and the Absurd
An interview with surrealist humorist Leah Saulnier
By Michael King

Painting Is Not Dead
Follow the journey of one couple as they face an unpredictable frontier in their efforts to create a new space
By Lauren Amalia Redding

A Constantly Evolving Shape
A hiatus from formal artwork laid the foundation that propelled me back to creativity
By Christopher Owen Nelson

How Pretty Pictures Transformed into a Lifeline
I decided to change the direction of all my painting, and I haven’t looked back since
By Julie Askew

How to paint from photographs, Nancy Tankersley -

Nancy Tankersley, Afternoon at Harry’s Bar, 2018, oil, 20 x 20 in.

Painting from Photographs
How the advantages outweigh the disadvantages
By Nancy Tankersley

Subscribe or download the July/August 2018 issue of Artists on Art magazine here.

About the Author:

Cherie Dawn Haas
Cherie Dawn Haas is the Editor-in-Chief of Artists on Art, as well as the Online Content Manager for and (home of Plein Air Magazine). She is a "maker" who loves to write, dance, and explore various other forms of creative self-expression, including mixed media art.

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