Arts

How to Complete a Drawing that Inspires You Quickly

One thing every colored pencil artist can agree on that colored pencils are a slow medium. There’s just no way around it. If your chosen medium is colored pencil, your work progresses stroke by stroke I ’ve been there many times, and I can tell you from personal experience that there is a way to motivate yourself to complete that now-uninspiring project. Here ...

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How to Make the Most of Every Pencil Stroke

When your medium is capable of making only a limited number of stroke types, and you make art by layering marks, you need to get everything you can out of every mark you make. Every mark should help you create the texture or value (or both) of your subject. That begins with the first mark you put on paper and ...

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The Age of Innocence

This picture, presented to the National Gallery in 1847, and subsequently transferred to Tate in 1951, has for many years been among Reynolds’s best known works. In the nineteenth century it was deeply admired and frequently copied, National Gallery records revealing that between its acquisition and the end of the century no fewer than 323 full-scale copies in oil were ...

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Salvador Dali’s Forgotten Horizon

Salvador Dali (1904–1989) painted Forgotten Horizon in 1936. One of a series of small oil paintings on wood panel, it depicts the beach at Rosas on the east coast of Spain with a group of alluringly posed dancers, meant to stimulate the imagination and subconscious. At Tate’s painting conservation studio, the work underwent a technical examination. Visual Analysis Dalí’s oil painting technique is ...

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Kings of the Vast

In the early nineteenth century a fashion for enormous paintings flourished, and artists including Martin, Benjamin Haydon and Francis Danby showed their huge pictures to an adoring public. These painters lived in a newly competitive age of showmanship and spectacle, typified by the panorama and diorama that flourished in the late Georgian and Regency period Has something happened to our sense ...

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Five Ways to Look at Malevich’s Black Square

Discover why Malevich’s Black Square is such a big deal. 1. It Is the First Time Someone Made a Painting That Wasn’t of Something Or at least it’s often thought to be the case, and the Kiev-born artist Kazimir Malevichcertainly thought so (though the dispute rages on). In a handout to accompany the first showing of the painting in the exhibition the Last Exhibition of ...

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How it’s Made: Millais

In the second of our series on artists’ techniques and processes, Susan Breen explains how the paintings conservation team breathed new life in to The North-West Passage by John Everett Millais. The work can currently be seen on display in Artist and Empire — a major new exhibition exploring the legacies and consequences of Empire. Completed in 1874, The North-West Passage was one of the most popular ...

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Layers and Players: Some Words for Artists

What does it mean to be a painter today? Five artists who work with paint in varying ways and for different ends give us a glimpse into new possibilities for the medium The history of art of the past century is as much a history of painting as it is a history of its demise. Painting has continued to occupy ...

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Arts Organisations Tell Parliament about Social Impact of Culture

The first evidence session of a parliamentary inquiry has been accompanied by the release of 235 pieces of written evidence. The documents, which will inform a select committee inquiry into the social impact of the arts, offer examples of successful projects, recommendations for action, and responses to provocative questions including whether the sports sector has been better for social mobility than ...

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