October 2011

The October issue of American Artist explores the infinite world that lies outside of our understanding. This display of mystery and magnificence, brilliantly depicted by the 19th-century landscape artist Albert Bierstadt, has inspired generations of artists to paint their ?finest works.

We hope the artists featured in this issue inspire you to open yourself up to the wonders of the universe. We hope, too, that the techniques they have shared will aid your ability to harvest the feelings and sensations you experience and translate those open moments into great works of art.

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DEPARTMENTS
6 EDITOR’S NOTE

9 LETTERS

10 QUICK SKETCHES

65 EXHIBITIONS

71 BUSINESS OF ART
 
74 TECHNICAL Q+A

77 COMING IN...

78 BULLETIN BOARD

80 ART FOR THOUGHT

FEATURES

20 Albert Bierstadt: Visions of the West
BY JAMES DUNCAN
Albert Bierstadt painted epic vistas based on his firsthand experiences in the American West, but to the viewing public, his works were visions of a dreamland waiting for discovery.

26 Odd Nerdrum: Painter, Philosopher, and Pedagogue
BY MICHAEL GORMLEY
In his dark and spiritual works, this contemporary master presents a fully realized vision of his unique philosophy of art.

36 Tender: The Enduring Beauty of Egg Tempera, Part II
BY MARGARET KRUG
In the second part of our series on this singular medium, we look at artists of the 20th and 21st centuries who have used egg tempera’s unique depth to communicate human stories and emotions.

42 The Indian Space Painters: Totems, Symbols, and Myth
BY BARBARA HOLLISTER AND ERIC SUTPHIN
These visionary artists reveal a total worldview combining Native American and modernist sources in search of a universal visual language.

52 Capture the Truth of Your Subject
BY SAM ADOQUEI
For Sam Adoquei, painting a landscape is a way to honor nature, and as such, it cannot be done solely from imagination. Actively observing and recording the movement of light and changing colors is crucial for capturing the realities of nature.

56 The Classical Now: Paintings by Daniel Ludwig
BY JOHN A. PARKS
Prompted by major changes in his personal life, this New England artist recently revamped his entire creative process, leading to paintings that are just as engaging as his earlier works but more directly connected to his experiences and altered perspective.








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