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At the end of a day

advises on colour choices and mixing, painting equipment and tactics to capture a sunset en plein air in oils

Becky Thorley-Fox

exhibits regularly and her work is available to buy online and in galleries. Her next solo exhibition is at Plas Glyn Y Weddw in North Wales, from March to May 2020. www.beckythorley-fox.co.uk

Asunset can be the grand finale at the end of a day’s painting. The fast-changing conditions will put you through your paces, challenging you to capture the magnificent display of colour and light. With study and practice, you can work quickly enough to capture the drama and light effects on canvas, giving the appearance of light glowing from within your painting.

The best way to learn about the behaviour of light and colour is to repeatedly observe it from life. Working en plein air leads to rapid development. It forces you to look closely and make decisions quickly whilst constantly checking your work against the real thing. Plan to allow plenty of time before the sun sets in order to choose and sketch out your scene and be prepared to give all your attention to the colour and light display. Every sunset will be different; although we think of a sunset as having a warm colour temperature, on overcast or stormy evenings where clouds diffuse much of the light, there will be an overall cool temperature.

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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!