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Rethinking the sketch

Having realised he needed to reinvent his style, Martin Kinnear set himself on a quest to find a fresh approach to his work. This month he shares his thoughts on sketching and finding inspiration


In late summer 2016 I rented a house in the Yorkshire Dales so I could paint them. This is the second part of the story of how an idea becomes a project, a project becomes a show, and how you can avoid the artistic mistakes I’ve made along the way. This month I want to discuss sketching and finding inspiration.

Regular readers may recall that in early 2017 my new project, ‘Beyond Here’, had hit the rails. Characteristically, I’d thrown myself into it with more enthusiasm than thought, and turned out a lot of paintings I could have done without setting foot outside my Norfolk studio. Chastened, I realised that to get this right, I’d need to immerse myself in the subject and try to see it through fresh eyes, but how?

Sketching and seeing

Throughout this series I’m presenting some of my golden rules. They’re hard won, so I offer them freely in the hope you’ll learn from my mistakes. The first one of this instalment is this: ‘do it your way, not the right way’.

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About The Artist

Welcome to our August issue packed with practical, how-to articles and demonstrations to help inspire and guide your drawing and painting over the summer months. Our top team of professional artists and tutors are passionate about sharing their ideas and technical skills to help you learn from their experience. The issue is brimming over with features covering all media and subject matter, including advice from Paul Riley on the advantages and benefits of using water-mixable oils and Robert Dutton on how to incorporate the use of acrylic spray paints to great effect in your mixed-media work. Watercolourists will love the different approaches and ideas shared by Vivienne Cawson (flowers), Amanda Hyatt (tonal impressions), Geoff Hunt (working en plein air), Robert Brindley (street scenes) and Julie Collins, who offers some great ideas about colours and colour combinations for painting trees. All this and more, plus look out for the 'swipe for more images' and hand logo to see even more images from our wonderful artists. And don't forget to enter the last of our summer sketching competition challenges set by Adebanji Alade, with prizes up for grabs from GreatArt!