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Soraya French finds plenty of inspiration from irises – as she says, their shapes and colours provide an ideal opportunity to explore different compositions in vibrant mixed media
Riverside Iris, watercolour, 1238in (30.5325.5cm).

My students and I came across some beautiful dark red irises hidden in long grass on the side of a riverbank, whilst on a painting trip in Sabarat in the south of France. A chance encounter with gorgeous flowers that you normally see in their cultivated form in gardens is always quite a thrilling experience and an added joyful subject matter to the already beautiful scenery.

I love all flowers, but when it comes to painting some have the ability to get the creative energy flowing more than others. The iris is one of those flowers, and all types of this gorgeous flower have been painted over and over by numerous artists, the most being a series of paintings of irises by Vincent Van Gogh during his stay in the asylum at St Remy in France. His magnificently lively and swirling brushmarks captured the beauty of these stunning flowers with great movement and energy.

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Welcome to our December issue. This month consultant editor and acclaimed professional artist David Curtis reveals his approach to painting a recent portrait of his son, while Kathy Barker explains what to look for when painting lips in the second of her series on portraiture in oils. Amanda Hyatt shows how to simplify complex interiors and Paul Weaver advises on the colours to use and mix to create atmospheric greys to capture winter scenes in watercolour. Newcomers to pastel will enjoy the first in Robert Brindley's new three-part series on pastel techniques and landscape demonstration, Soraya French and Robert Dutton suggest myriad creative ideas for working in mixed media to paint flowers and expressive landscapes and Geoff Hunt and Michele Del Campo share how they work up a painting in the studio in different media and very different ways. Cover artist Bob Brandt shows why pattern is so important, while Richard Pikesley, Paul Brown, Charles Williams and Paul Talbot-Greaves all share their ideas to inspire your artistic development. Enjoy your painting with The Artist this month!