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Flower studies in coloured pencil

Botanical artist Valerie Baines recommends using coloured pencils for high-quality detailed work and demonstrates an iris for you to practise

Valerie Baines

A founder member of the Society of Botanical Artists, Valerie Baines was a designer at Sanderson studio before working as a freelance illustrator and exhibiting flower paintings. www.valeriebaines.com

Many artists now appreciate the subtle, satisfying and neglected medium of coloured pencils. It’s a more forgiving medium than watercolour, in that unwanted marks can be easily erased. It also enables you to draw very fine lines easily and, on thick enough paper, indent dots of pollen, stamens or strawberry seeds, or fine lightcoloured veins on leaves, which you can then skim over with a darker colour, so they show up clearly.

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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.