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Landscape layers

Robert Dutton explains how Royal Talens’ Amsterdam Photo Transfer Gel helped create new exciting directions and a more abstract approach in his mixed-media paintings
Autumn Early Mists, Lower Slaithwaite, Kirklees, mixed media on Canson Heritage Not 140lb (300gsm), 22330in (56376cm).

I particularly like the reverse side of this paper. It is slightly smoother but has that all-important tooth. Because the paper is exceptionally strong, multiple layers are possible and colours remain bright and fresh. I applied foundation washes of acrylic inks, premixed and diluted, using large brushes. Once totally dry, layers of transfer prints were used; each print required a full 24 hours to adhere correctly to the surface before additional media were added. The strong graphic black lines from the multiple photographic prints combine with many layers of paint in diff erent media for an interpretation of the scene that is beyond the purely representational

Amsterdam Photo Transfer Gel is an acrylic resin dispersion that works in perfect harmony with all waterbased media. It is available in 500ml containers and a little goes a long way – lavish applications are not necessary and with practice you’ll know how much to use for a successful image transfer.

This wonderful product has allowed me to explore and develop new interpretations for subjects in ways I’m really excited by. New doors have opened and my creative approach has been refreshed – it’s certainly helped to bridge the gap between painting media, digital prints and digital software, and I’m so glad I have discovered it!

Royal Talens Amsterdam Photo Transfer Gel is available from leading art stores.

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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!