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The traditional still life can sometimes seem outdated or dull to a contemporary audience whose sensitivities have been influenced by the bright and brash, plus the French term for the genre, nature morte, literally meaning ‘dead nature’, doesn’t help. Yet for artists there is plenty to discover in this traditional subject matter that can look fresh and be personally relevant, as Penny German’s article on how to set up and light a still life for a successful outcome shows on pages 58-60.

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About The Artist

Welcome to our December issue, packed with inspirational workshop-style features from our team of top professional artists and tutors. This month David Curtis demonstrates an oil painting of a corner of his garden, Graham Webber shows how to paint boats in the landscape, Judi Whitton shares her 'creepy crawly' drawing methods to help you produce unique sketches without a viewfinder and Penny German reveals her tips for setting up and lighting a still-life subject. Watercolourists will love learning how Claire Harkess paints her prizewinning wildlife paintings, and how to paint a successful botanical subject using just three primary colours following Jarnie Godwin's advice. Writer, broadcaster and painter Andrew Marr discusses his thoughts about abstraction with reference to the development of one of his own compositions, as well as much more to keep you inspired, informed and, of course, drawing and painting!