December 2009

On the Cover:
Still Life With Box of Jellied Fruit, Bread,
Silver Salver, Glass, and Wine Cooler

by Luis Meléndez, 1770, oil, 19 1⁄2 x 14 1⁄2.
Collection the Prado, Madrid, Spain.

Love at First Touch: The Pastel Paintings
of Linda Gross Brown

24 Watercolor Portraits
(One for Each Year of a Child’s Life)


Editor’s Note
What’s New at
Art Mart
Quick Sketches
Business of Art
Technical Q+A
2009 Editorial Index
Bulletin Board


A Very Spanish Appetite: The Paintings of Luis Meléndez
by John A. Parks
The greatest master of the Spanish still life came to artistic triumph through professional failure. 

The Perfect Gifts for Artists
by M. Stephen Doherty
Find holiday gift ideas for the artists in your life.

Painting Landscapes in Exact Scale
by Marc Dalessio
Marc Dalessio explains how he paints landscapes using an adaptation of the sight-size method normally associated with studio work. His method is to paint what he observes in such a way that the subject and painted image are exactly the same scale when viewed from a constant position. 

Building Rich and Full Layers (Available Online)
by John A. Parks
By subtly layering pastel, Marlene Wiedenbaum creates a luscious and convincing sense of the world.

The Benefits and Limitations of Painting Personal Imagery
by M. Stephen Doherty
George Towne first painted portraits of friends and members of his community as a way of instilling meaningful content in his artwork and motivating himself through long hours of painting. He now applies what he learned to creating drawings and paintings of models that are only acquaintances but whose appearance and personality appeal to him. 

24 Watercolor Portraits (One for Each Year of a Child’s Life)
by M. Stephen Doherty
Carol Carter began a series of annual portraits of her son shortly after he was born, and she continues to add to her Growth Portraits series now that he is 24 years old.

Love at First Touch: The Pastel Paintings of Linda Gross Brown
by James A. Metcalfe
Ohio artist Linda Gross Brown loves the freedom of working with her fingers, creating pathways through her peaceful scenes with light and shadow. 


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About BrianRiley

Brian Riley is the managing editor for the American Artist family of titles (American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing & Workshop) and has been part of the AA team since 2003. He first became interested in art as a child, specifically drawing, but drifted away from the visual arts as he grew older, gravitating towards writing while in college. His position at AA has offered him the opportunity to reinvigorate his early passion and continue his education.