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Oil Painting: Christine Lafuentes Oils: Exploration of Color and Form

In the April 2008 issue of American Artist, we discussed how Christine Lafuentes still lifes and plein air landscapes are oriented toward achieving a color harmony that captures the play of light across the forms. In this online exclusive gallery, we offer more examples of her technique.Trees, Early SpringMorning2007, oil on mountedlinen, 5 x 7.
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Drawing

Show Us Your Watercolor Painting!

I’ve never missed a deadline—ever! Let me get that out there at the start. What can I say? Sometimes inspiration refuses to be rushed.If your muse arrived too late to make the early-bird deadline for entering our Watermedia Showcase art contest, don’t worry: There’s still time to get in your work. The final deadline is August 1.
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Find Your Art Subject

Sketchbookers: Its Okay To Do It In Public

Drawing in my sketchbook is something that, until recently, I’ve pretty much only practiced at home. But without really thinking about it, I grabbed my sketchbook on my way out the door the other day, when I knew I’d have some down-time while I was out and about. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my good pen, so I ended up drawing with a blue ink Bic (great for taking notes at work; horrible for drawing, at least for my style and in my humble opinion).
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Techniques and Tips

5 Insider Tips for Entering Art Competitions

In case you haven’t heard, we wrapped up the judging of our Watermedia Showcase competition a few weeks ago (Sorry, no spoilers here. You’re going to have to wait for the February issue to see the winners announced.), and just a few weeks before that, a colleague and I juried a local arts fair. For one thing, I love looking at great art, plus shows are a great way to find new talent to feature in the magazine and gauge trends—Are there more abstracts than usual this year?
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Artist Profiles

Pixar Artist Bill Cone

In the March 2008 issue of Magazine, we published “The Nuts and Bolts of Hi-Tech Animation,” an article about production designer Bill Cone and the role of the fine artist at Pixar Animation Studios. To learn about that issue, click here.Cone took a road trip along old Route 66 to prepare for the movie Cars.
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