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Animals in motion

Marie Antoniou reveals how she uses bold brushmarks and clean colours to achieve a sense of movement in her abstracted, impressionistic wildlife paintings
Swans of Mistley, acrylic, 28×35in (71×89cm). Marks give a strong sense of movement in the water while the swans are almost lit up across the centre of the canvas with light tints, which break into the water, indicating reflections

Every time I approach a painting my first thought is what do I want to get across? Some days it may be patterns or colour but my overriding feeling is always that my subject is wild, unpredictable and full of movement – and that’s what I aim to achieve in my work.

My style is impressionistic. I prefer to lay pure clean mixes of colour next to and over each other. Brushstrokes are expressive, prominent marks allowed to take centre stage without smoothing out the edges of each stroke with blending techniques.

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Welcome to our summer issue packed with ideas and tips for painting outside, including Paul Weaver's demonstration showing how to capture the spirit of the seaside in watercolour. Watercolourists will also love Paul Talbot-Greaves' focus on how to use neutral and dark colours to add impact to your paintings, Julie Collins' advice on using ultramarine blue, and our review of the fabulous exhibition of John Singer Sargent's watercolours at Dulwich Picture Gallery. There are inspirational features on mastering perspective, capturing a likeness of a family member in oils, painting the figure alla prima, how to create movement in wildlife paintings in acrylics, and why you should consider the use of digital technology to support your traditional painting methods. Our artists also share their views on the new Winsor & Newton professional canvases and Jaxell's extra fine pastels, while our cover artist, Eileen Cooper OBE, RA talks about her own work, as well as the organisation and decision making behind this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. All this and much more to inspire a summer of successful drawing and painting!
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