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OCTOBER 2018
The BEST Painting Advice (Right When You Need It)
16 Prompts
to Inspire
Everyday 
Sketching
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WATERCOLOR OUT WESTWATERCOLOR OUT WEST
Putting the Life
in Wildlife Painting
Make
 Art
Happen
10 Dependable Ways
to Enthuse Your Muse
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STOKING THE
CREATIVE FIRE 
Feeling stuck? Five artists
share foolproof tips and go-to 
exercises for breaking through 
an artistic block.
COMPILED BY ANNE HEVENER
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PAST SPLENDORS
Objects from a bygone era 
take on new relevance in 
Peter Jablokow’s detailed 
architectural-style paintings.
BY JOHN A. PARKS
32
A DAY IN THE LIFE
Tag along with a well-known 
artist for a creative visit in
the mountains. PLUS: Explore 
his homestead via paintings.
BY STEPHEN QUILLER
36
BORN FREE
An intentional less-is-more 
approach to edges and color 
brings Kathryn Mapes 
Turner’s animals to life. 
BY AMY LEIBROCK
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JUST PAINT
Follow these four creative 
concepts to catapult your 
painting practice from meh
to marvelous. 
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ABSTRACT ARTISTRY
Mary Ann Beckwith expresses 
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Try out-of-the-studio ideas 
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 6 HAPPENINGS
A trio of artists achieves 
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10 ANATOMY OF 
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Color and composition 
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56 BRIGHT IDEAS
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60 WATERCOLOR 
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72 OPEN BOOK
Use your sketchbook to 
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Watercolor
creative block. It can happen to anyone. Whether an eager beginner or a seasoned profes-
sional, whether a painter or a poet, 
there are moments when the creative 
engine just stalls. While it can be frus-
trating, the good news is that, because 
few artists are immune to the occasional creative slump, 
there are a number of proven remedies for beating it. 
For many, the best answer to artist’s block is simply to 
step back and allow oneself some time outside of the studio. 
h e idea is to do something that still feels creatively stimu-
lating, but to do it away from paint, paper and brush.
Here are just a few examples of tried-and-true solutions 
that can get you unstuck:
• Visit a museum. You could revisit a local favorite, or 
you could use the situation as an excuse to travel to a 
museum that’s long 
been on your bucket 
list. Just for fun, we 
asked i ve top water-
colorists to tell us 
about a museum any-
where in the world that 
has been an enduring 
favorite or is destined 
to become a new favor-
ite (see page 66).
• Commune with nature. For artist Stephen Quiller (on