Binge! The Food Feasts of Art History

As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young by Jan Steen

As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young by Jan Steen

An Artist’s Cornucopia of Gorgeous, Strange and Sometimes Grotesque Artworks Featuring Edibles

Let the feasting begin. As many of us prepare for, or are already in the midst of, this season of holidays, parties and fun, we decided to feast with our eyes first with a totally binge worthy showcase of food feasts of art history! It’s an artist’s cornucopia of gorgeous, strange and sometimes a little bit gross artworks featuring edibles.

Solo Feast

Annibale Carracci’s The Bean Eater is a depiction of a rough and tumble character sitting down to a hearty meal. With eyes looking directly outward, there’s an implied expectation that you, the viewer, are sharing his space and the dining hour, perhaps at a table across the way.

 

The Bean Eater by Annibale Carracci

The Bean Eater by Annibale Carracci

The Potato Eaters

A dark and coarse supper from the Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, The Potato Eaters is unlike the painter’s colorful landscape masterworks. The artist focused on the poverty and realness of peasants at table. In a letter, Van Gogh describes:

“You see, I really have wanted to make it so that people get the idea that these folk, who are eating their potatoes by the light of their little lamp, have tilled the earth themselves with these hands they are putting in the dish, and so it speaks of manual labor and — that they have thus honestly earned their food. I wanted it to give the idea of a wholly different way of life from ours — civilized people. So I certainly don’t want everyone just to admire it or approve of it without knowing why.”

 

The Potato Eaters by Vincent Van Gogh

The Potato Eaters by Vincent Van Gogh

Eat Like an Egyptian

Egyptian hieroglyph of grain harvesting

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Egyptian hieroglyphs depict agriculture at its most ancient. Food was a mainstay of tomb decorations because who wants to get hangry in the afterlife? One tomb features a couple at work planting and harvesting. Other paintings show figures in similar moments of farming. Still others depict servants processing with platters of fish, fruit and game.

It also turns out grains, despite art to the contrary, made up the bulk of the Egyptian’s diet from 3500 BC to 600 AD, with little meat and surprisingly little fish as well considering, well, the Nile.

Ancient Egyptian painting featuring figures with food: platters of fish, bushels of grapes, and game

Ancient Egyptian painting featuring figures with food: platters of fish, bushels of grapes, and game

Another ancient painting from the nearby Indus River Valley shows a female figure enjoying the fruits of (likely) someone else’s labor as she accepts a beverage from a standing attendant.

Food feasts in art: Painting from the Indus River Valley Civilization, which started in 2500 BCE

Painting from the Indus River Valley Civilization, which started in 2500 BCE

Sacred Feast

Dim mood lighting almost obscures the action of Caravaggio’s 1601 painting depicting the Supper at Emmaus. The central Christ figure has just nonchalantly revealed himself to his dining followers and they — arms outflung, lurching out of chairs–start to freak. That means getting up from a table carefully set by the artist.

Notice how Caravaggio heightens the drama (and shows off his skills) of the moment by placing the fruit basket in the foreground over the edge of the table.

 

Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio

Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio

 

Last Suppers

As one of the most prominent stories of Western Christianity, the Last Supper has been featured in hundreds of artworks throughout the ages. Visual earmarks of the subject matter usual include Christ at the center of the tableau surrounded by his apostles, but even that is subject to change with plenty of artistic license thrown in for good measure.

 

Last Supper, Mosaic in Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Last Supper, Mosaic in Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo

With Tiles

Early Christian mosaic depictions like those in Ravenna, Italy show a Last Supper not situated to a particular setting. The scene is simply cordoned off with a decorative border around the action. Christ is not in the center but on the far left, accentuated with a bejeweled halo and adorned in blue drapery.

Scale and perspective, obviously, were details the artists were still working on AKA wow, that’s a big fish. But having been made in the 6th century AD, we are cutting these tesserae artists some slack.

 

The Last Supper by Andrea del Castagno

The Last Supper by Andrea del Castagno

Last Supper by Domenico Ghirlandaio

Last Supper by Domenico Ghirlandaio

With Variations

Artists like Andrea del Castagno, who painted his Last Supper in 1447, and Domenico Ghirlandaio, who did his some thirty years later in 1479, both placed Christ on the viewer’s side of the biblical dinner table, though they altered which position Christ faced.

This visual trope didn’t set any historical trends. But there’s much to note in these altarpieces including how trippy del Castagno’s backdrop of marble panels appear and wondering what Ghirlandaio meant by his inclusion of all those strangely huge birds in the background arches of his Last Supper.

 

Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Setting Standards

It was Leonardo da Vinci’s Renaissance version of the Last Supper that really set the standard when it comes to historic iconography and presentation of the subject. He was the only Ninja Turtle to do a painting of the Last Supper that survives to date. Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael have none to their names. Leo’s visual language would influence generations of artists and plenty of 21st century memes.

And definitely not a Last Supper?!

Feast at the House of Levi by Paolo Veronese

Feast at the House of Levi by Paolo Veronese

Last Supper by Veronese, detail

Last Supper by Veronese, detail of jester

Last Supper by Veronese, detail

Last Supper by Veronese, detail of drunkards

Last Supper by Veronese, detail

Last Supper by Veronese, detail of underage drunkards

Veronese came almost a century after Leonardo. He definitely upped the ante when it came to production value. His Last Supper appears in a much more splendid setting than Leonardo’s and also included a ton of extras…who almost got him strung up for heresy during the Inquisition.

Yup, Veronese’s “buffoons, drunken Germans, dwarfs and other such scurrilities” along with apostles carving up lamb (that would be St. Peter) and picking their teeth with forks were harshly critiqued and questioned by officials.

Change it up…fast

Veronese though turns out to have been quite a pivot master. He simply made a few adjustments to the painting and asserted that the Last Supper wasn’t a Last Supper at all. No, this is a depiction of the Feast in the House of Levi. Totally different, judges. Toooooootally different. Subject closed. Neck of artist, saved.

 

There’s a Squash on Your Face

Giuseppe Arcimboldo, whose name this writer always confuses with saltimbocca (points though because that’s a food?), painted portraits of people as food. A set of eyebrows become strands of wheat. There’s a cucumber for a nose. Fish tails do the duty of a goatee. You get the gastronomic picture.

Food fetishist, a little imbalanced, or simply painting what his 16th-century Italian audience were into? It’s most likely the latter according to most scholars. Renaissance peeps loved riddles, puzzles and the strange, and Arcimboldo’s paintings are an edible array of all three.

 

Food feast: Autumn by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Autumn by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

 

 

The Most Sumptuous of All

When it comes to paintings that really put the ‘feast’ into the food, we have only to look one place: the Dutch Republic. Dutch painters in Antwerp in the 1640s developed the still life style of pronkstilleven, which is Dutch speak for hella food feast. Also, perhaps more literally translated as ostentatious, ornate or sumptuous still life.

The Feasts

Food feast, the ultimate Dutch still life: Pronkstilleven by Carstian Luyckx

Pronkstilleven by Carstian Luyckx

Enter the lobsters, the meat pies, the fowl and fish, the oysters, the piles of glowing fruit, the gorgeous goblets and tankards of ale, and the stultifying curls of lemon peel. Enter the diversity of foods, vessels, gleaming glass, table settings and rich drapery.

Enter the not-so-everyday abundance as painted by dozens of Flemish artists with haute cuisine foremost in their minds including Frans Snyders, Adriaen van Utrecht, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Nicolaes van Verendael, Alexander Coosemans, Carstian Luyckx, Jasper Geeraards, Peter Willebeeck, Abraham van Beyeren, Willem Kalf, Osias Beert, and Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts.

Food feast: Banquet Still Life by Abraham van Beyeren

Banquet Still Life by Abraham van Beyeren

 

A Table of Desserts by Jan Davidsz. de Heem

A Table of Desserts by Jan Davidsz. de Heem

 

Still Life with Lobster by Jasper Geeraerts

Still Life with Lobster by Jasper Geeraerts

Banquet Still Life by Abraham van Beyeren

Banquet Still Life by Abraham van Beyeren

Dishes with Oysters, Fruit, and Wine by Osias Beert the Elder

Dishes with Oysters, Fruit, and Wine by Osias Beert the Elder

Pronkstilleven by Petrus Willebeeck

Pronkstilleven by Petrus Willebeeck

Eat and Learn

The pronkstilleven isn’t just about the eating extravaganza. There’s a moral to the story. It goes something like “you’ll never fill that hole in your life, no matter how much you stuff yourself.”

It could possibly be put a bit more eloquently in terms of the high genre of vanitas paintings, in which the empty or overturned glasses depicted speak to the vacant feelings inside that only moderation and temperance — not displays of wealth — can satisfy. The ostentatious spreads you see serve as warnings to not put your life in service to material things…despite inclusion of all the material things.

Pronkstillevens with a Side of Weird

But leave it to the artists to go a little off the rails with a theme. So from fancy snacks and highbrow eats, we go to:

Food feast, the menagerie edition! Also ew…who would eat a peacock?!

A Pantry by Adriaen van Utrecht

A Pantry by Adriaen van Utrecht

Food feast, the strange pets edition! Also ew…why is your dog smaller than the lobster on the table?!

Banquet Still Life by Adriaen van Utrecht

Banquet Still Life by Adriaen van Utrecht

Food feast, the put-the-turkey-back-together edition! Also ew…why did you put the turkey back together and put it on the table on top of his own parts-made-into-pie self?! We know Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII did a swan version of this in The Tudors (super bootleg clip if you want to see for yourself) and we still don’t care.

Food feast, the monkeys-need-to-eat edition! Also yay…the monkeys-need-to-eat edition? Did you know there is an entire painting genre called singerie devoted to depicting monkeys dressed up and doing human things…like having parties and feasting? The Dutchman Nicolaes van Verendael made several including the one you see here.

Feast of the Monkeys by Nicolaes van Verendael

Feast of the Monkeys by Nicolaes van Verendael

The Butcher and the Baker

Less look at my bling and more men and women at work, there are several Dutch masterworks riffing on the historic “pre-processing” of comestibles. That includes depictions of market stalls and butchers and food mongers prepping their wares.

 

Market Scene on a Quay by Frans Snyders

Market Scene on a Quay by Frans Snyders

Kitchen by Adriaen van Utrecht

Kitchen by Adriaen van Utrecht

Cook at a Kitchen Table with Dead Game by Frans Snyders

Cook at a Kitchen Table with Dead Game by Frans Snyders

Fishmonger's Stall by Adriaen van Utrecht

Fishmonger’s Stall by Adriaen van Utrecht

Raid the Pantry

The Spanish have a food-in-art genre going strong as well, dating back to the 1600s. The bodegón tradition hit its stride with Baroque painters like Velazquez, Juan Sanchez Cotan, Zurbaran and Luis Melendez. It encompasses still life paintings depicting kitchen items plus food and drink, found in pantries or wine cellars, which is where the term derives.

Bodegón by Juan Sánchez Cotán

Bodegón by Juan Sánchez Cotán

In contrast to the Dutch tradition, bodegóns are presented simply, almost austerely. It is about the everyday, not the exceptional. There’s no banquet table set. These bleak “meals” are displaed on spare wood blocks or stone shelves. This is the cook’s prep table, with animals waiting to be skinned and fruits and vegetables in the raw.

Bodegón by Juan van der Hamen

Bodegón by Juan van der Hamen

But the vanitas thread loops these two still life genres together, with the Dutch cautioning the excess and the Spanish evoking mindfulness of the meager or lean times, when inner faith and fortitude must do the heavy lifting.

Bodegón by Francisco Zurbarán

Bodegón by Francisco Zurbarán

What cannot be denied is the surreal look of the bodegón, which are often cast in shadows and set in peculiar places, but that simply serves to make them all the more notable.

Let’s Eat!

Diego Velazquez vibes with the bodegon tradition on several canvases including Old Woman Frying Eggs and The Lunch. Though the vibes are at different ends of the spectrum. The latter painting is way up and the former piece is way down. But food is the thing that unites them.

 

The Lunch by Diego Velazquez

The Lunch by Diego Velazquez

An Old Woman Cooking Eggs by Diego Velazquez

Old Woman Frying Eggs by Diego Velazquez

Wholesome Orchard Bounty

From a handful to a basketful, Post-Impressionist Paul Cezanne displayed apples and oranges in numerous ways in his equally numerous still life paintings. A jelly maker’s dream, Cezanne’s fruity canvases also bridge two -isms of art (Impressionism and Cubism) with their often disorienting lines of perspective and emphasis on planes.

 

Still Life with Seven Apples by Paul Cezanne

Still Life with Seven Apples by Paul Cezanne

The Basket of Apples by Paul Cezanne

The Basket of Apples by Paul Cezanne

Cake, Cake and More Cake…Also Pie

For close to fifty years Wayne Thiebaud has taken edibles as a painting subject. Certainly not his only subject but cakes, pies, gumballs, hot dogs and ice cream cones do grace more than several of his brightly colored canvases.

The compositions mostly echo the neat rows of a food counter or assembly line, perhaps harking back to Thiebaud’s teenage experience working at Mile High and Red Hot, a Long Beach, California cafeteria in the 1930s.

 

Wayne Thiebaud's paintings are a food feast of cakes and pies.

Cakes and Pies by Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud's paintings are a food feast of cakes and pies.

Pie Counter by Wayne Thiebaud

 

Naughty Foodie

Will Cotton’s career as a painter is all about exploiting food cravings. His works depict landscapes of cupcakes, candies and melting ice cream and skies of cotton candy. He ups the sexy quotient by sometimes including nude and semi-nude figures — including celebs like Katy Perry — frolicking and lounging in his candy lands or adorned with the sticky foodstuffs itself.

 

Crown by Will Cotton

Crown by Will Cotton

 

 

Meat Joy

Carolee Schneemann’s 1964 performance “Meat Joy” featured choreographed dance, scantily clad men and women participants, much writhing, body paint, and raw meat. Schneemann, a leading feminist artist known for her provocative, somewhat brutish works, performed the modern masterwork in London and New York to agog audiences.

 

Food Art from Andy Warhol

Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

Canned Food Drive

Andy Warhol first presented these 32 individual canvases in 1962, putting the works side by side just as if they were actual cans of soup on a grocery store’s shelves. Each canvas represents a different flavor of Campbell’s soup that Warhol hand-painted and hand-stamped with an eye toward the mass-produced ads the artist was inspired by.

 

Untitled by Feliz Gonzalez-Torres

Untitled by Feliz Gonzalez-Torres

Poignant Candies

In corners, around columns, in stairwells–Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ untitled candy performance-cum-changeable-sculpture pieces have been placed in humble settings across numerous museum floors worldwide. Visitors to the installations are invited to take a piece of the work…and the rest is up to them. Consume the candy. Keep it forever. Throw it away or pass it to a friend. The underlying message of the work harks back to the dark days the AIDS epidemic and the diminishing pile of candy represents those lost (or forsaken) to the disease.

 

Michael Parker food work: Juiceworks

Courtesy Michael Parker

Squeeze My Citrus

Artist Michael Parker, best known for his Cali land art installations, prompted visitors at his 2015 Juiceworks show to squeeze piles of gorgeously arranged citrus fruits using dozens of ceramic tools he’d made.

 

Courtesy Salad for President

Courtesy Salad for President

Salad for President

Artist and salad activist Julia Sherman, author of the blog Salad for President, created rooftop garden installations at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and MoMA PS1 in New York in 2014 and 2015. Guest artists were asked to make salads from the produce Sherman grew, which included more than 50 heirloom herbs, vegetables and edible flowers.

 

Floor Burger by Claes Oldenburg

Floor Burger by Claes Oldenburg

Inflatable Snacks

No binge-worthy food feast art history round-up would be complete without the Floor Burger by Claes Oldenburg. It is the epitome of modern art in food…or would that be modern food in art? You can’t eat it but you could definitely jump on this supersized junk food. Though the risk is museum banning you for life. #tradeoffs #worthit

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Drawing Basics: Learn 10 New Habits

Fresh Perspectives and New Goals

The fall brings to mind fresh perspectives and new goals for us all. Finding and utilizing drawing basics, tips and exercises is one way to keep your new art commitments going or if you’ve been growing your art for a while, this is a way to reconnect with the painting and drawing you love.

Drawing basics and drawing exercises

Sketches by Katherine Tyrrell from her book, Travels With a Sketchbook.

Drawing for beginners

The artist’s example using hatching and intermittent lines. Article contributions by Cherie Haas.

10 Drawing Basics for Beginning Artists

1. Draw frequently so that drawing becomes instinctive.

2. Start with a five-minute drawing.

3. Carry a small sketchbook with you all the time.

4. Indulge yourself! Give yourself the space and time to draw what you enjoy.

5. Compare your drawing with past work and not other people’s work.

6. Remember: Nobody’s perfect.

7. Feel good when you draw. Losing yourself in a drawing is akin to meditation and provides relief from the stress of everyday life.

8. Achieve mastery of a medium or technique.

9. Drawing is a journey.

10. Start drawing at home … and then start traveling.

Inspiration to Carry You Through

Do you feel like you’ve just been woken up? Now full of energy and ready to go? Then these inspirations are working their magic on you! Don’t stop now.

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This article features content from Katherine Tyrrell’s popular book, Drawing 365: Tips and Techniques to Build Your Confidence and Skill.

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5 Creative Ways to Sell Your Arts and Crafts This Holiday Season

An Artist’s Guide to “Gift Selling”

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‘Tis the holiday season of giving, so why not make it a profitable one, too? If you are planning to sell your handmade arts and crafts during the holidays, then this post is for you!

To make sure you, your patrons and your wallets are filled with festivity and goodwill, we’ve put together a list of quick and easy ways to give your artistic offerings a bit of holiday cheer. Here’s to a profitable season for you, artists! Enjoy!

Custom Bundles

Gift baskets filled with goodies are always a hit, so why not create one with your art? If your specialty is acrylic paintings of landscapes, for instance, try scaling them down, way down. Create an assortment of mini landscape paintings, perhaps with a winter theme, tied with a pretty bow.

An art bundle of small paintings could equate to the size of one, large canvas when you put them all together. Keeping in mind your material and labor expenses, you could price these tiny but mighty bundles similarly to your full-size paintings, but market them as holiday specials perfect for art-lovers.

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Another art gift set idea is to make inexpensive prints of your most popular artworks in a variety of sizes and correlating prices. What’s more, consider offering to frame the print(s) at an additional cost. That way customers not only can purchase their favorite art pieces at a fraction of the price, but they also don’t have to worry about taking the extra step to get them framed. Do these as limited editions that you sell to your email clients exclusively, and you just might put the Black Friday lines to shame.

Coupons and Incentives During the Holiday Season

Big Sale | Art Sales | Coupons | Holiday Sales | Getty Images | Artists NetworkBundles not an option, or you want to find more ways to boost sales this holiday season? Consider offering special pricing, coupons and incentives. For example, take part in Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) or Small Business Saturday on November 25 by offering a flash sale on your artwork.

Don’t have time to prepare for Cyber Monday or Small Business Saturday this year? Create your own one-day-only event! Offer a percentage off your art selection, free shipping and/or an array of BOGO (buy one painting, get one drawing or study) deals. And, you could even try mixing all three of those options together for one, mega holiday sale!

If a customer spends X amount of money, for instance, he or she can get free shipping; or if a client buys one painting, he or she could get another one for 50% off — plus free shipping if they spend over $100. The best part is: What you offer your customers during your holiday sale is entirely up to you.

Card Gift Sets and Holiday-Specific Art Pieces

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Another great way to make more money this holiday season is to climb on board the festive frenzy train by offering holiday-centric goodies to your customers from custom cards to seasonal-inspired artworks.

And, if you really are feeling the holiday spirit, take a few notes from the money-making tips above by throwing a few sales, bundles and BOGOs into the mix.

Pro tip: It’s important to note not every customer celebrates the same holidays or in the same way, so make sure to include a variety of offerings, whether it is holiday-specific — such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or New Years — or more general seasonal tidings for all to enjoy.

Community and Online Events

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Whether you have your own website, finding alternative ways to spread the word about your art is always a good practice. And, around the holiday season is no different.

Check to see if there are any local fairs and events taking place in your community, and ask libraries and park(s) if any holiday festivities are being offered. If so, find out if they will allow you to promote and/or sell your art. Even if they say you can only pass out flyers, you are still garnering more exposure which can lead to more sales down the line. Add fliers and a bit of hot apple cider, and you’ll have people clamoring to talk to you. And with Small Business Saturday right around the corner, there may be opportunities aplenty around town for you to check out and take part in!

If community events and gatherings won’t work, or if this just isn’t your speed, try setting up shop digitally. You don’t have to have your own website to sell your art to customers online. There are tons of arts and crafts sites that will let you sell your work and set your own price, such as Etsy.

Even if you do have your own website, or decide to take part in local functions around town, utilizing online websites geared toward selling arts and crafts can be a great additional way to make profits during this peak buying time of the year.

Being Savvy…Social Savvy

Social media can be so much more than a way to stay connected with your family and friends. It can be used as a key tool to promote your art.

Keep your friends, family and customers updated on your latest projects, sales and available artworks. Share pictures of your work via your social platforms. And, if you have one, provide a link to your online shop page, whether your personal website or a third-party arts and crafts site.

If you are a little more familiar with the ins and outs of social media, you could take your marketing up a notch by using hashtags on platforms like Instagram and Twitter as a way to market your art. For example, if you are trying to sell your new watercolor painting of a cityscape, make sure to tag it on Instagram with hashtags such as #artsales, #watercolorpaintings, #cityscapepaintings, #artforsale, etc., and include a link in your bio to where people can find more information.

Likewise, if you are on Pinterest, try creating boards for specific art media, subjects or even sales and promotions you are offering.

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Regardless if you prefer online or in-person interactions with customers, taking advantage of the holiday season is a great way to not only add a little more cushion to your wallet but also to help others provide the perfect gift for the special art-lovers in their lives.

If you want even more tips and tricks for making money as an artist, then be sure to check out Lori McNee’s Fine Art Tips Business Bundle. Filled with tips from top artists for more successful artworks and ways to make more money online, this resource is sure to help you jumpstart your art career.

Happy holidays, artists! We hope it is a joyous, and profitable, season.


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Landscape Painting: All About Edges | Paint Along 41 LIVE with Johannes Vloothuis

WEB SEMINAR: Landscape Painting: It’s All About the Edges!

TIME: 1:00 to 5:00 PM ET
DATES: 3 Saturdays: December 2, 9, and 16, 2017
The class may extend more than 4 hours
WHERE: From the comfort of your home
You do not have to attend the sessions live. Everything gets recorded and can be downloaded at no extra cost.

Registration for Landscape Painting: All About Edges | Paint Along 41 LIVE online workshop coming soon!

Sample Demo for Paint Along 41 Landscape Painting All About Edges, by Johannes Vloothuis

Sample Demo for Paint Along 41 Landscape Painting All About Edges, by Johannes Vloothuis

Landscape Painting: It’s All About the Edges!

With an over 24,000-mile circumference, how can we as artists even begin to capture the true grandeur of our landscape on a two-dimensional surface? How do we portray the vast distances between objects and the far distance in the backgrounds to momentarily immerse our viewers’ imaginations into our landscape painting? There is a way–the correct manipulation of edges.

In this online workshop, master professional landscape artist, Johannes Vloothuis, will give you the keys to achieve this, as well as reveal many other valuable landscape painting tips. Join him and hundreds of friendly artists for over 12 hours of painting fun distributed over three Saturdays live and online. Johannes will start his paintings from scratch, and finish them in real time while you watch over his shoulder. You can also see him mix his colors on the palette. You’ll learn detailed painting tips as you hear him think out loud. And if you want, you can do the same painting along with him from the comfort of your home, and even receive a critique!

What Is Included in this Online Painting Workshop?

You will receive drawing templates before each class, which you can trace onto your painting surface. And, during each session you will receive verbal techniques, color combinations, and instructions to guide you along the way. One painting demo will be in oils, another in watercolor, and another in pastels.

Painting demonstrations will include the following landscape subjects:

  • Burleigh Falls in Ontario with beautiful rocks and foliage
  • The frontal view of a cottage surrounded by flowers
  • Glade Grist Mill in West Virginia in an autumn setting

You do not have to attend the live courses. Everything gets recorded and can be downloaded at no extra cost.

Registration for Landscape Painting: All About Edges | Paint Along 41 LIVE online workshop coming soon!

Some Reviews from others courses from Johannes Vloothuis:

  • “I’m new to the online class process and was interested in whether or not any instructor would be able to give personal assistance. Wow! I was happily surprised to find that not only did I get a great class that was loaded with info, but also I asked questions and received answers directed to me. I love these classes. Review by Mary
  • “Excellent class for the Landscape artist.” Review by Mike
  • “There is always something new to learn.” Review by Darlene
  • “I see my work improving.” Review by Mary
  • “Excellent. Jo always manages to come up with new information for us.” Review by Frances

About Johannes Vloothuis:
Johannes Vloothuis has exhibited his work all over the world including Saint Petersburg, Sao Paolo and The National Watercolor Museum in Mexico City. He has won several awards such as the top award in the country of Mexico for watercolor and teaches oils, watercolor and pastel. Johannes has taught over 17,000 artists of all skill levels, including professionals via his online courses. The prestigious, Pastel Society of America listed him under, “Master Artists.”


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Can I Expect? Johannes gives you a sneak peek into what it’s like to take part in a live online art workshop…

What is an online seminar?

    • It is a live, online class that you view on your computer at a specific day and time. Think of it as a workshop right in your living room.
    • Our events are scheduled on Eastern Standard Time (EST), so if you are in a different time zone, you will need to take scheduling into account — for example 1 PM EST = 12 PM CST, and so on…
    • The sessions will be broadcast via Twitch which is a high-quality live stream platform owned by the Amazon company. The online class will stream as high definition. For this reason you will need a fluent internet connection.
    • The classes are live and we utilize live text chatting, where you can ask your instructor questions as well as chat with fellow artists. Type the full statement in capital letters if it is a question or comment to Johannes so it stands out. To activate this option you will need to create a free Twitch account (only new users). Make sure not to include blank spaces while typing in the username and password. The video screen has the option of full screen. The clickable option is at the bottom right of the video screen. There is also a theater mode option that places the chat box next to the video.
    • In case you do not attend the live sessions, the streaming recordings will be posted right after the class is over. A few days later you will be able to download the recordings and store them locally. Check the student page regularly for updates–instructions for access will be sent with your workshop purchase. All workshop-related materials and links will appear there.

What are the technical requirements for participating in an online seminar?

  • You need a computer and a reliable broadband connection, as well as a Web browser (Mozilla Firefox is recommended for best viewing experience).
  • You will also want to be connected to the Internet via an Ethernet Cable (available at any computer store) if possible versus wireless connectivity which can cause buffering issues. In case you have not acquired the cable, try to narrow the space from your device to the modem, preferably watch your video in the same room where the modem is located.
  • A 5mbps download speed on your computer is recommended. Run a speed test here: http://speedtest.net. If you get 5mbps download you are good to go.
  • You can also watch the class on a large HDTV by connecting an HDMI cable. If it is a smart TV, you can watch it directly.

What can I do during an online seminar?

  • Hear the presenter deliver the workshop (via Internet connection)
  • See visuals from the presenter’s computer (e.g., PowerPoint, web browser, or any document they wish to share)
  • Ask the presenter questions in real time. Type the full statement in capital letters if it is a question or comment to Johannes so it stands out. To activate this option you will need to create a free Twitch account (only new users). Make sure not to include blank spaces while typing in the username and password.

What if I have any technical problems getting into the seminar?

  • We have technical support on hand to help you. Contact NorthLightShop.com live chat during regular office hours. Nearly 100% of our attendees don’t have any trouble after we assist them. You can sign on at least 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin, giving you time to ask questions if you have any trouble.
  • Our seminar system will work with both Macs and PCs.

What happens if I miss something during the seminar?

  • In case you do not attend the live sessions, the streaming recordings will be posted right after the class is over. A few days later you will be able to download the recordings and store them locally. Check the student page regularly for updates–instructions for access will be sent with your workshop purchase. All workshop related materials and links will appear there.
  • We also record our seminars and offer them for sale at NorthLightShop.com following the close of the course.

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3 Steps to An Instant Art Composition

To Start, You’ve Got to Be Ruthless

You may have found the most beautiful, striking subject in the world for your painting, but if you don’t ruthlessly edit your reference photos, then you may end up with a flat piece of art that just doesn’t work. Ian Roberts will tell you that paying attention to the design of your art composition is crucial for a successful painting. Enjoy his easy three-step method for composing a scene as well as the art composition tips he shares!

After savoring your newfound understanding of compositions, build on this knowledge with the Mastering Composition Digital Collection. It’s the most powerful group of resources that I know of, combining art-making and the how-to of telling powerful stories, which is what every artist strives to do every time they create.

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Evening in Maine, study, by Ian Roberts

A Place and a Photo

Last June, my wife, the painter Anne Ward, and I spent the night in Stonington, Maine. We took pictures in the late afternoon and again the next morning as the rising light played over the town, which has been the subject of many photos and paintings, perhaps being the cliché of the picturesque New England fishing harbor.

Normally I shy away from clichés, but I was there and I couldn’t resist. I ended up shooting 100 photos, from which I painted six pictures. That represents an incredibly high percentage for me. Normally if I get one in 100, I’m doing well. Why so few? Well, that’s really what this article is about: how to choose and edit photos that will help you create engaging paintings.

Here are three tips to get you started when you’re painting the landscape, to get a composition you are satisfied with.

+Walk around a lot to find something worth painting and don’t forget to look behind you

+Frame tight, specific pieces of the immensity around you.

+Review in the moment: evaluate and dismiss dozens of possibilities until one jumps out at you. Another option is to go ahead and take the photos. Then you can re-evaluate them when you’re back in the quiet of the studio. I just find you might miss opportunities in the moment if you don’t take a step back then and there.

The crucial step comes during this re-evaluation process: you need to think about design over subject. Most students look for a good subject, for example, a building with a pretty garden. Of course, a representational painting contains a subject, but it’s essential to train your eye to find a strong design. So if you can’t see a distinct and effective composition in a particular photo, dismiss it and move on to the next one.

When you assess your photo references, I would recommend three steps–all of them moving toward finding a main design or composition: (1) cropping to eliminate the deadwood, (2) drawing a road map of the design and (3) eliminating everything that doesn’t enhance that design.~Ian

 

A 3-Step Method for Strong Art Compositions

1. Cropping

Study your photo to see how many elements and details you can cut out so only the most salient masses remain. (Digital photo programs all have cropping tools.) Everything else is filler and dilutes the impact of your painting.

You need to be ruthless in cropping, asking yourself whether your photo will translate into a painting. Going ahead with a questionable design — thinking you’ll figure it out later as you paint — becomes a low-success-rate proposition and leads to frustration.

2. Drawing a Road Map

This road map isn’t a sketch of the scene; it shows the main horizontal and vertical thrusts of the design on the picture plane. in a landscape the horizon automatically creates a horizontal tension engaging the two sides of the painting, but you need a vertical tension engaging the top and bottom as well to connect and energize the entire picture plane.

You also need a few major value masses to fill that picture plane, some big, some small. Most of the photos I end up using I take in the early morning or late evening, when the shapes of light and dark are more dramatic. That’s also when I paint outdoors, for the same reason.

The road map also helps determine the path you want the viewer’s eye to take through the painting. Often the center of interest falls at the intersection of the main horizontal and vertical. As you paint, the map reminds you where you’re going and when you get there–in other words, when to stop.

St. Hippolyte by Ian Roberts

St. Hippolyte by Ian Roberts

3. Simplifying

Knowing the path you want the viewer’s eye to take through the painting allows you to simplify more easily. You definitely don’t want to just copy your photo. The art comes from extracting and emphasizing the gist of the scene. You can eliminate the rest of the detail. As an experiment, try to see how much you can eliminate in your next few paintings. Ignore detail and let a few major value masses carry your painting.

If you want to paint something from your last trip to, for example, Jamaica, know that viewers don’t share any of your experiences or memories, and those can’t be put into paint. The design itself has to carry the painting. Also, if something looks odd in a photo, it will look odd when you paint it. In the photo, at least the viewer will know it was there; in the painting it will just be distracting.

Dive Deeper with Ian Roberts

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Ian Roberts is the author of Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting. He has filmed five instructional videos. Roberts is represented by the Marcia Burtt Studio in Santa Barbara, California, and the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, in Wiscasset, Maine. He lives in Los Angeles. Learn more at ianroberts.com.

Roberts’s book Mastering Composition and his videos, Design: Landscape Painting Techniques for Success, Color: Landscape Painting Techniques for Success, and Plein Air: Landscape Painting Techniques for Success—are available at Artists Network Shop.

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A Display of Excellence | Meet the 34th Annual Art Competition Winners

Introducing This Year’s Annual Art Competition Winners

For the past 34 years, we have witnessed the pursuit of excellence in the form of our Annual Art Competition. Every year brings us new, compelling art from across the globe, pushing boundaries and rendering work that both recognizes the present and honors the past.

We welcome these works of art as part of Artists Magazine for their boldness and their beauty. And we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Just interested in a specific subject? Click the desired category below to go right to it:


Portrait/Figure

First Place | Sarah Marie Lacey

The title I Am Everything challenges the idea that this woman is a one-dimensional stereotype. She is complex, rich. She contains multitudes. She is everything.

–Sarah Marie Lacey

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I am everything by Sarah Marie Lacey, oil on linen

Second Place | Brooke Olivares

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The Orange Mug by Brook Olivares, oil on canvas

Third Place | William Neukomm

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Chomp by William Neukomm, oil on linen

Honorable Mentions

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K’nea by Sydney Bella Sparrow, oil on linen panel

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#blacklivesmatter #gaylivesmatter by Justin Hess, oil on linen

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1915 by Eugene Kuperman, oil on linen

 

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Landscape

First Place | Ron Stocke

My advice to other artists is to fail frequently. This is so very important in painting. I’ve learned more from failure in every aspect of life than success.

–Ron Stocke

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Bermondsey, London by Ron Stocke, watercolor on paper

Second Place | Camille Przewodek

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A Road Less Traveled by Camille Przewodek, oil on panel

Third Place | Marcie Cohen

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Road to Chianti by Marcie Cohen, pastel on paper

Honorable Mentions

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Pink House by Emily Thompson, oil on panel

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Downtown Zurich by Esther Huser, oil on aluminum

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Hell’s Kitchen by Nancie King Mertz, pastel on paper

 

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Animal/Wildflide

First Place | Dale Marie Muller

Let go of fear and be persistent. Listen to your soul and paint with true emotion. Find a subject that makes your heart sing so that your enthusiasm will shine through in your work.

–Dale Marie Muller

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Descend by Dale Marie Muller, oil on canvas

Second Place | Kyle Ma

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Beautiful Morning by Kyle Ma, oil on panel

Third Place | Anne Peyton

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On His Territory by Anne Peyton, acrylic on board

Honorable Mentions

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Moving On by Jan Stommes, oil on canvas

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QR Code GLM by Rick Pas, acrylic on panel

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Woven by Linda Besse, oil on panel

 

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Still Life/Interior

First Place | Mimi Jensen

Roses are alive and complex, so the biggest challenge was painting them as they opened and before they completely wilted. They spent each night in our refrigerator!

–Mimi Jensen

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Family Reunion by Mimi Jensen, oil on canvas

Second Place | Roberto Rosenman

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Artist and Jester by Roberto Rosenman, oil on panel

Third Place | Ann Kraft Walker

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They Flew Away by Ann Kraft Walker, oil on panel

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Attempted Murder by Kari Tirrell, acrylic on aluminum

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Cuties with the Blues by Martha Cowan, oil panel

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Victoriana by Robert Papp, oil on linen

 

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Abstract/Experimental

First Place | Sally Cooper

My marks are my emotional response to the canvas. They become a visual vocabulary. It’s important that they speak to each other.

–Sally Cooper

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Conversations in Blue Sally Cooper, acrylic on canvas

Second Place | Denise Athanas

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Jazzy Red IV by Denise Athanas, acrylic on paper

Third Place | Sharen Watson

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Apples 4 Apples; Dust 2 Dust; On the Road to Success, Who Should One Trust. by Sharen Watson, acrylic on canvas

Honorable Mentions

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Autumn Abstract by Aili Kurtis, oil on canvas

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Waiting in the Wings by Liz Walker, acrylic marbling and collage on paper

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Learning to walk in my own shadow, #11 by Geoffrey McCormack, acrylic on paper

 

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*A version of this article will also be found in the March 2018 issue of Artists Magazine.


Congratulations to each of the 30 winners of this year’s Annual Art Competition! Why not put your skills to the test? Enter next year’s competition now!

What’s your favorite category in the 2017 Annual Art Competition? Tell us in the comments below. Happy art-making, artists!

 

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