Saturday, March 27, 2010
What Do Artists Want to Read?
I was looking through a stack of art magazines in my studio pile, and began thinking about the titles of articles posted on the covers. These very similar journals are competing to attract readers, so the editors must consider which articles to feature. In so doing, they consider what it is that we contemporary artists are concerned with most. What follows is a short list of some of the feature articles on the covers:
Capture the Energy of Everyday Life
Break Rules and Make Helpful Discoveries
Loosen Up With Watercolor Portraits
Advice From a Top Portrait Painter
Learn the Best Qualities of Acrylics
Explore Still Life Painting With an Expert
Get to Work: Why Persistence Trumps Talent Every Time
Paint Like Van Eyck: Give Your Artwork Greater Depth
Design for Impact: 5 Compositions to Try
Lush Blooms in 9 Simple Steps
Keys to Convincing Water Reflections
What's Hot in Latin American Art
The Degas Controversy
Swoon: Street Smart
The categories of topics range from painting techniques, to pep-talks, to art history and the art marketplace. I tend to be attracted to all these topics, but the first two in particular.
Which art magazines do you typically purchase? What types of articles do you like to read?