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Now that we’ve addressed the housekeeping issues, on to our love of art! The last issue of Artists on Art magazine (March/April 2018) featured some political art that garnered opinions ranging from the importance of artists using their works as a political voice, to a desire to keep art a sacred place that was devoid of the tensions our country is facing.
What I reflected about it is this: All art is not political, but it is all human.
With that humanity in mind, I’d like for us take a more micro look at our own lives as artists. For example, I recently learned of several painters who have spouses or children who are also artists. They’re going to tell us about their family dynamics in an upcoming issue, but for now, I’d like to invite you to share your art-in-the-family story. Do you live with another artist? What’s your favorite (or even most challenging) part of it? Take a photo of you with him/her/them, and send it to me — we might feature it in the next issue!
Yours in art,
Artists on Art May/June 2018 Contents
The Search for Excellence
Why it’s important to be a perpetual student, and 11 ways to do so.
by William Schneider
Ideas in the Middle and Daily Tricks to Find Them
Advice for when art has gone from a “no-brainer” to a stymied, postponed, “brainer.”
by Greg MacDonald
Why Paint the Homeless?
Instead of applying “logic,” some allow doors to open into rooms that are unfamiliar and at first frightening.
by James Earley
Leveraging Your Accumulated Knowledge
How being curious and open-minded can open avenues you never would have considered before.
by Zac Elletson
The Artist’s Tardis
When a sketchbook can be a vehicle for communicating across language barriers, and perhaps even species.
by Treacy Ziegler
Painting the Ordinary
The more she looked, the more this artist realized there are wonderful shapes and colors and beauty to be found everywhere.
by Dianne Massey Dunbar
Teaching Young Architects Graphic Journaling
A behind-the-scenes look at why sketching is a requirement at this state university.
by Moh’d Bilbeisi
Planning for Spontaneity When Painting Outdoors
Incoming rain, bugs, wind, onlookers — certain challenges make having a plan a requirement.
by Peggy Immel
Danger and Passion
The driving forces behind paintings that are just as powerful as their regal subjects.
by Sharon Crute
Flights of Fantasy
The story behind a whimsical collection created to delight visitors at a children’s hospital.
by Dan Knepper