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Michael Reardon Gallery
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Michael Reardon Gallery

Painting directly and quickly, California watercolorist Michael Reardon creates fresh landscapes full of light. “The clarity of light in California, and especially northern California, is pretty special,” he says. “I find that watercolor just lends itself to it.” You’ll find a full-length feature on the artist’s work–including a direct painting demo–in the February 2012 issue of Watercolor Artist.

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Frank Holmes: Out of This World

Sign up for our newsletterStay up to date with the latest content, educational resources, promotions and special news from our partners.For the Artist, Maker and (Forever) InspiredArtist Network is with you every step of your art journey. Come have fun with us! Come make art with us!About UsContact UsFAQsSubscribeAdvertise With UsGET THE MAGAZINESOur Sites: WetCanvas | Southwest Art | Collectors Guide© Copyright 2020 Golden Peak Media.
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Sueellen Ross: Living Color

My process begins with a high-contrast subject. I choose these types of subjects because I want to be able to take advantage of the full range of black-to-white values that the ink offers. When I settle on a subject, I use a graphite pencil to establish my basic composition. Then I lay in my darkest values with India ink.
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Sharon Stolzenberger

Crow Tapestry (acrylic, 28×18) by Sharon Stolzenberger was a finalist in the 2005 Art Competition in the Animal category.HOW SHE GOT STARTED IN ART: ?I attended the University of Dayton and graduated from the School of the Dayton Art Institute. I’ve studied with and taken workshops from Homer O. Hacker, Marilyn Hughey Phillis, Virginia Cobb, Nita Engle and Alex Powers, to name a few.
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Frank Francese: Seeing the Sights

To read about Frank Francese’s artwork, see the June 2003 issue of Magazine. Here are some pieces that didn’t appear with the article.Old Town/San DiegoMoon Over TellurideValdez, New MexicoChina Town, San FranciscoPortofino, OrlandoGeoffrey Gorman is an artist career coach and former gallery owner.
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Focal Point Vs. Center of Interest

Sam’s Quilt, 14×20 watercolor by Dale Ziegler, is a very well done, attractive painting that offers an important lesson about two fundamental concepts in good composition: center of interest and focal point. Although these two ideas might sound synonymous, there’s a critical difference that, when properly understood, will help you make stronger compositions.
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Morgan Samuel Price

To read about Morgan Samuel Price’s studio, see Studio Tour in the March 2008 issue of Magazine.Morgan Samuel Price has been teaching workshops since the ’70s throughout the United States and Europe, as well as keeping busy with exhibitions and plein air events. Her new book, Turn on the Light (MTP Publishers) will be released in early 2008.
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Capturing Movement

Spirit (oil, 14X18) by Marian Fortunati captures the spirit and energy of its subject. The painting’s success is built on interesting, expressive shapes, with strong contrasts of light and dark and energetic brushwork working together to express the movement and excitement of kids at play. Fortunati’s work is a great illustration of the Japanese concept of notan—the idea that a successful painting should be based on an abstract pattern of tonal values, even if it’s a representational image.
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Daniel E. Greene: Portrait of a Palette

To read about Daniel E. Greene’s artwork and palette, see the April 2003 issue of Magazine. Here are some pieces that didn’t appear with the article.The Watchman (oil, 72×50)Papaya King—Harry (pastel, 25×19)Benjamin Cayetano, Governor of Hawaii (oil, 48×36)Rhona (oil, 10×8)Auction Study—Robert (oil, 14×18)Susan Webb Tregay?
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Maurice Sapiro: The Abstract Realist

Sign up for our newsletterStay up to date with the latest content, educational resources, promotions and special news from our partners.For the Artist, Maker and (Forever) InspiredArtist Network is with you every step of your art journey. Come have fun with us! Come make art with us!About UsContact UsFAQsSubscribeAdvertise With UsGET THE MAGAZINESOur Sites: WetCanvas | Southwest Art | Collectors Guide© Copyright 2020 Golden Peak Media.
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Michael Malm: Lessons in Light

To read about Michael Malm’s artwork, see the October 2002 issue of Magazine. Here are some pieces that didn’t appear with the article.Dance Class (oil, 16×12)First Light (oil, 12×16)Picnic (oil, 40×30)Warmth (oil, 16×12)Hay Wagon (oil, 18×24)Time to Herself (oil, 16×12)Lisa Schupbach of West Sacramento, California, holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Arizona State University.
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Fay Moore: Winning Combinations

Color is my vocabulary, no matter what the subject. Although I love drawing with a graceful, lively line, my compositional structure is based on color rather than line.Using shifts and contrasts of color, I want to create a painting that has modeled forms and space, offers visual excitement and tells a story.
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Jacob Collins and Alex Powers

To read about Jacob Collins and Alex Powers, see the May 2007 issue of Magazine. Here are some pieces that didn’t appear in the issue. Jacob CollinsChevre and Figs (oil, 8×10)Carolina (oil, 22×20)Fire Island Marsh (oil, 7 5/8×15 1/2)Male Figure (graphite, 15×12 1/4)Candace (oil, 36×50) Alex PowersCivil War SoldierNot a Good YearAbandoned Creek HouseTan ManPure MovementBorn in New York in 1964, Jacob Collins studied art in Europe, at the Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art.
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Online Gallery: Mary GrandPre

Pastel artist Mary GrandPré is best known for her illustration work for the chartbusting Harry Potter book series by British author J.K. For more examples, see the feature The Fine Art of Illustration in our December 2007 issue.Embrace by Mary GrandPréFarmer by Mary GrandPréFrog Fog by Mary GrandPréGlobal Directions by Mary GrandPréMammogram by Mary GrandPréMysteries by Mary GrandPréPlum by Mary GrandPréSmall Packages by Mary GrandPréWalking Man by Mary GrandPré
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Artist of the Month: Robert Carter

Self Portrait with Beard (oil, 13.75×10) by Robert Carter was a Self-Portrait finalist in the 24th Annual Art Competition. Carter is our February 2008 Artist of the Month.Residence: Baden, OntarioStart in Art: My father is an amazing artist, though he was never one by trade, and my three brothers are incredibly talented.
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Gallery of Trees

Several months ago, the editorial staff of The Pastel Journal went in search of pastel artists who—to our way of thinking—accomplish the task of painting trees with exceptional grace and skill. You’ll find the results of our search in the October issue of the magazine: Our five featured artists represent a wide range of styles and approaches—no two paintings in our remarkable gallery of trees is quite the same, just as no two trees are quite the same—but they all share an abiding love for their subjects.
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Bill Cone and Plein Air

Blue Friday (pastel)Pixar production designer Bill Cone had stopped doing his own fine art outside of work for about 10 years before he began working with pastels. “At some point, when you’re married and have kids, you don’t have lot of free time,” he says. “But when I started working with pastels for the movie A Bug’s Life, I enjoyed them so much that I began using them on my own.
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Irwin Greenberg

There are portrait painters who please their sitters and there are painters who paint portraits because they like to paint. I’m of the latter school. I don’t have to worry about glamorizing the models; I don’t have to make sure they’re happy when they see the finished painting. Portrait painters who accept commissions have to accommodate the subject; they have to flatter and cajole, I on the other hand, am free to devote myself to the act of painting.
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Artist of the Month: Ester Curini

Hannah (oil, 16×12) by Ester Curini was an Animal finalist in the 24th Annual Art Competition. Curini is our March 2008 Artist of the Month.Residence: New York CityWebsite: for this Painting: Hannah, a gorgeous and free-spirited Boston terrier.Working Process: Most of my work is done in acrylics, though sometimes I use oils.
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