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Ben Rothery or identifying your market

CHARLES WILLIAMS ‘ S MUSINGS

Ben Rothery Barn Owl, giclée print on 100-percent cotton archival rag paper, A4

One of the things I try to get students to do, particularly the ones who concentrate on painting as opposed to sculpture or the other things that constitute fine art, like film, performance, or printmaking, is not to take the medium for granted. ‘How do you stretch canvas?’ is a good question. But why do we paint on canvas in the first place?

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About The Artist

Welcome to our summer issue in which our team of top professional artists and tutors offer a sparkling range of inspirational features to help you create your best work over the summer months. Capture the sparkle of silver light on water with Chris Rose, enliven your watercolours with moving figures with Jake Winkle, use contre-jour for dramatic effect with Jo Quigley, paint spring and summer trees in watercolour with Ian Sidaway, or a coastal scene in acrylics with Paul Talbot-Greaves. Julie Collins goes back to basics with a look at colour theory and pigments, Ann Witheridge suggests using an extended palette for portraits, Amanda Hyatt offers a variety of tricks to help you produce better watercolours and there is a host of exercises to try throughout the issue. All this and much more, plus don't forget to enter this month's summer sketching challenge set by Adebanji Alade on page 46, for a chance to win a £50 voucher to spend on art materials with GreatArt!