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AMERICAN

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Painting

Highlights

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Master Teachers

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Instruction

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Painting the Mouth

by William A. Schneider

page 6

Jeffrey Reed: Introducing the Basics of Painting

by M. Stephen Doherty

page 12

Al Gury: Teaching Fundamentals in a Historic Studio

by M. Stephen Doherty

page 20

How to Create Your Best Paintings Ever

by Mary Whyte

page 32

3 Views of the Same Scene

by Bob Bahr

page 40

Johnnie Liliedahl: Using the Old Master Grisaille Method to Manage Values and Opacity

by M. Stephen Doherty

page 48

Ismael Checo: Color, Richness, and Light

by John A. Parks

page 64

Seeing Nature With Fresh Eyes

by Molly Siple

page 72

Painting Classical Floral Still Lifes With

Skill and Understanding

by Scott Royston

page 80

Using Subtle Tones to Express Deep Emotions

by M. Stephen Doherty

page 88

Joseph McGurl: Developing a Critical Advantage

by M. Stephen Doherty

page 96

Jeffrey R. Watts: Learning the Structure & Discipline of Painting “Controlled Chaos”

by M. Stephen Doherty

page 110

COVER Jeffrey R. Watts instructing a student during a workshop held in Nicolai Fechin’s studio.

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Jeffrey R. Watts instructing a student during a workshop held in Nicolai Fechin’s studio.

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FEATURED TEACHERS Meredith Brooks Abbott page 72 Thomas S. Buechner page 40 Nancy Bush page
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Meredith Brooks
Abbott
page 72
Thomas S. Buechner
page 40
Nancy Bush
page 88
Ismael Checo
page 64
Thomas Gardner
page 40
Al Gury
page 20
Johnnie Liliedahl
page 48
Joseph McGurl
page 96
Martin Poole
page 40
Jeffrey Reed
page 12
Scott Royston
page 80
William A. Schneider
page 6
Jeffrey R. Watts
page 110
Mary Whyte
page 32
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Editor’s Note

Synthesize What You Learn

All of the articles in this issue were originally published in American Artist or Workshop magazine. We organized them into this Highlights magazine so that you would have a convenient guide to the best instruction available for creat- ing artwork with a variety of art media and in several different styles. Often the best art teachers, including those profiled in this issue, have strong personalities and convictions. Those strengths help their students make great strides, but they can also restrict the development of an inde- pendent and individual form of expression. The challenge, therefore, is for a student to take as much guidance from a great teacher as he or she can man- age and then to seek additional instruction to expand on that base of knowl- edge. These articles suggest ways of starting with a strong instructor and syn- thesizing that person’s approach with instruction from other great teachers. Jeffrey Reed has earned his place in art heaven for working patiently and diligently with students who enter his class with almost no understanding of drawing and painting (page 12). In a calm, organized, thoughtful way, he introduces them to the basic concepts of relative value, brush handling, color mixing, and composition, and he helps them begin to discover their individ- ual personalities as artists. Johnnie Liliedahl probably has more experience than most teachers in offering both short- and long-term classes in drawing and painting (page 48). She has been providing detailed instruction in classical techniques for years, both in art schools and workshops. What is most remarkable about her teach- ing is that almost everyone who participates in one of Liliedahl’s classes leaves with a solid understanding of how to apply the concepts and skills he or she was taught. Those who are ready for the challenges of painting landscapes outdoors couldn’t find a better teacher than Joseph McGurl (page 96). He does an excellent job of explaining how to translate the forms, colors, and atmosphere found in nature into oil paintings, and he is generous in sharing the knowl- edge and experience that make him one of the best landscape painters in the country today.

M. Stephen Doherty
M. Stephen Doherty

Editor-in-Chief

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