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Difficulties with promising subjects

Found an appealing subject but worried that you might not be able to get the composition just right? suggests strategies that will help you decide what to include and what to leave out
PHOTO B Angelo Raffaele with bridge linking two sides of the canal
PHOTO C Angelo Raffaele with the bridge too far to the left

Can you remember when you saw a view that you just had to paint, but as you neared the end of your work you began to wonder whether it had been such a perfect motif after all? Even in Venice, when surrounded by splendid subject matter, there are only a few occasions when I see something that is exactly right. I hope then to find a quiet spot to set up my painting equipment that is exactly at the right vantage point. Photo A (left) shows how I try to keep myself compact. It is always better to find a shady spot but if can’t, I attach a small umbrella to the handle of my wheelie art bag and can easily adjust the angle as the sun moves round.

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Welcome to our August issue, packed with inspirational features to help you explore and enjoy your creative skills in all media this summer. Our professional artists and tutors show how to capture summer trees in acrylics, deal with all those greens in the landscape, choose and use the best pochade box for your needs and paint watercolour landscapes both near and far. There are also demonstrations on how to achieve a portrait likeness in charcoal, apply the 'robot' method for painting people, use the patterns of animal coats to help describe their form and capture a radiant sunset in oils. Our interview with Sunday Times Watercolour Competition winner Jayne Stokes provides an insight into the secrets of her success and her working methods in water-based media, while a group of artists reveal how they set up an Open Studios event and offer their top tips for success. There's plenty more, including the latest news, views, product review, competitions to enter and advice on how to create and publish your own book! Enjoy!