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Powerful colours for flowers

Julie Collins brings her series to a close with advice on how to maximise impact by using strong colours alongside weaker ones

THE LANGUAGE OF COLOUR: 6 TH OF 6

Julie Collins studied painting at the University of Reading. Her work is exhibited widely in the UK and she has received numerous awards. www.juliecollins.co.uk

A glance into my garden reminds me yet again that all the powerful combinations exist in nature: magenta, acid yellow, cadmium yellow, deep red and bright orange stand out. I’m also very fond of white flowers and have one large bed dedicated to these. We could assume that white is a pale, almost non-existent colour but there are many whites and, most importantly, white is extremely strong when it is set against another strong colour such as green.

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Welcome to the December issue of The Artist, packed with inspiring, practical articles and demonstrations from top professional artists, all designed to help you improve your drawing and painting skills and techniques. Whatever your preferred medium, there's something for everyone, from how to use wet-in-wet watercolour to capture the mists of autumn, paint a still life in oils over acrylics, use aerial perspective to create distance and atmosphere in your landscapes, to advice on coloured-pencil techniques for botanical subjects. Learn how to glaze your acrylic paintings for greater impact, capture the shimmering light and movement of the sea in acrylics, choose colours for maximum effect for your flower paintings, plus why not try setting up a contemporary still life for something different this month. There's an insight into 'Pete the Street' Brown's approach to working en plein air, Charles Williams' questions what we want from art, and Sally Barton explains how to paint portraits of people's houses to commission. We also include the latest art news and a host of information about competitions to enter, books and art products, offers and more for your artistic enjoyment.