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Landscape colours

Bob Rudd reveals the techniques he uses to achieve the intensity of colour in his vibrant watercolour landscapes

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Rock Forms, watercolour, 36×36in (91.5×91.5cm).

All my paintings are based on actual places. When I am back in the studio I decide what it is that particularly interests me about a subject and the kind of painting I am going to make. In this case I was excited by the idea of painting the rocky outcrops in flat arbitrary colours against a naturalistic sea. The cliffs in the foreground gradually became more abstracted as the painting progressed and the work resolved

My paintings are usually of landscape with a preference for the wilder, less cultivated parts of Britain and I regularly return to rivers, mountains, the coastline and sea. I enjoy the challenge of painting water, its surface patterns, reflections and glimpses of a submerged beach or riverbed. Where rivers have eroded or the sea exposed the geology of a coastline, there are features I want to explore in my painting. The weather, time of day, the seasons and the atmosphere of a place are hugely important.

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About The Artist

Welcome to our May issue packed with inspiring practical features to help you develop your skills in all media. Watercolourists will love Bob Rudd's invented colour schemes for dramatic landscapes, Amanda Hyatt's five steps to watercolour success, with an exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to inject some magic into your watercolour washes, Paul Talbot-Greaves' deconstruction into three parts of the painting of a daffodil, and Deborah Walker's test report on a new Winsor & Newton watercolour paper. Paul Riley and Julie Collins show how to use pen and wash and ink and watercolour in powerful combinations, while Jo Quigley demonstrates why working en grisaille in acrylics can be so beneficial. Portraitists will learn different ways to obtain a likeness from Ann Witheridge and Will Teather; adapt your sketching kit with ideas from David Parfitt; try painting seascapes in water-mixable oils with Paul Weaver, and more. And don't forget to enter our summer sketching competition with fantastic monthly prizes!