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Still life

Paul Talbot-Greaves demonstrates a simple still life in acrylic to highlight an easy way to enjoy painting without getting bogged down in huge amounts of varied shapes and complexity

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Green Apple, acrylic on Canson Acrylique 400gsm paper, 7x7in (18x18cm).

I created this quick study in a similar way to the demonstration painting, roughing in the colours, modelling the shapes and values working from dark to light and finishing with the lightest highlights

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About The Artist

Welcome to the October issue in which many of our top-class artists celebrate painting in a variety of locations in all kinds of weather, from Pete the Street Brown in Havana, to Geoff Hunt who shows how not to let an unpromising day spoil your painting. Our artist-tutors also offer help and advice on colour mixing in oils, how to improve your compositional awareness, use gouache to paint atmospheric landscapes, create luminosity in your paintings by combining cold wax and water-soluble oils, and develop your skills by working in monochrome. Paul Talbot-Greaves suggests a simple exercise to help you loosen up, Julie Collins shows how to mix the right greens for your watercolour paintings, while Glyn Macey invites you to learn from the painting style of Lamorna Birch by following this month's demonstration. Plus, be inspired as we introduce many of this year's The Artist Open Competition amazingly talented prizewinners!