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Watercolour – it’s all in the wash

Herman Pekel shares his strategies for creating beautiful clean watercolour washes

Herman Pekel studied fine art at RMIT University Melbourne. He exhibits regularly in the USA and has won many awards. His works are featured in several books. Herman lives and works in Australia. For more information see http://hermanpekelart.com

What makes a watercolour work is the way the water runs and carries the paint with it. There is nothing more beautiful than a watercolour wash that has run. Good watercolourists let this happen. They use the spontaneous effects of washes to imply reflections in still water, the patterns of foliage on distant trees, a terrace of buildings, or the folds in a distant mountain.

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Enjoy developing your skills and techniques with The Artist. Written by artists and top tutors, for experienced amateur painters and aspiring professional artists, this month's issue offers stage-by-stage demonstrations, illustrated tips and techniques for drawing and painting in watercolour, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, oils and gouache. Learn new techniques for painting winter landscapes, characterful portraits, still lifes, spring flowers and animals. There's also an article encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone to paint unfamiliar subjects and an interview with Professor Christopher Orr MBE, RA revealing his approach to his unusual subject matter and working methods. Plus our marketing expert advises on how to use apps to facilitate your social media posts to help get your work noticed. And when you've completed your best work, why not enter it into our 2019 Open competition for the chance to see your work exhibited, published and win one of over 40 fantastic prizes! Full details are on pages 12 to 13 . Enjoy!