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Difficult challenges

I read with interest your editor’s welcome comments on BBC1’s The Big Painting Challenge in the June 2017 issue. There were many facets of the programme that I queried.

I felt that the challenges should have been exactly the same for each group. One of the tasks had one group painting a fairly modern bedroom whilst the second group were presented with a Van Gogh-style room. They were so entirely different, one lending itself much more to a painterly hand than the other. Similarly with the still-life groups and even the celebrity portraits. For parity, the artists should have been presented with the same subject.

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About The Artist

Paint lively watercolour landscapes using the hard and soft edge technique, learn how to capture the movement of water in your watercolours, become a wedding sketchographer, depict the figure in pastels, improve your compositional know-how, develop your colour-mixing skills - all this and much more in this month's issue! Hazel Soan encourages you to you paint informal portraits, BBC1's The Big Painting Challenge winner Suman Kaur shares her top ten tips learnt during the series and David Gould explains how he combines digital and traditional techniques to create contemporary artworks. Soraya French is back to invite you to discover the joy of mark making and create a mixed-media landscape, whilst Jake Winkle reveals the importance of interpreting your subject for more creative results. Charles Williams talks about the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Ian Sidaway tests the new Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Paper range, Glyn Macey shows how Andy Warhol's work can inspire new approaches, and Adebanji Alade offers his regular motivational tips to keep you painting with energy and confidence. Enjoy!
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