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Hard versus soft edges

Paul Talbot-Greaves continues his series with advice on hard and soft edges, how to create them and how and where to use them to advantage in your work. Each month he invites you to complete a painting challenge that you can submit for appraisal

CONTRASTS IN WATER COLOUR: 2 OF 6

Paul Talbot-Greaves has been painting for over 20 years and teaches watercolour and acrylic painting in his home county of west Yorkshire. He also runs workshops and demonstrates to art societies throughout the north. Paul can be contacted by email: information@talbot-greaves.co.uk or through his website: www.talbot-greaves.co.uk

Cow Parsley, watercolour on Saunders Waterford 140lb (300gsm) Rough, 11x15in (28x38cm). Here I have created hard edges around the solid structures and contrasted these with soft, wet-into-wet and ragged edges in the field. I used neat white gouache to paint the cow parsley, which has naturally created a ragged edge
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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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