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Capture winter afternoons in three main stages

Paul Talbot-Greaves demonstrates how to use cool and warm arrangements with complementary colour contrasts to add interest to an acrylic winter scene

I love the contrasts of winter, especially the muted browns and oranges. These work well against clear blue skies, but also on bright snowy days against the blue shadows. The cool and warm arrangements, along with complementary colour contrasts, often make for some striking paintings. Because acrylic can be used in both transparent and opaque forms, it opens many opportunities to use it in a variety of ways. In this painting, I did no pre-drawing, instead I used blocks of colour to quickly mark in the relevant shapes in roughly the right places. I say roughly as I believe a painting shouldn’t be refined too soon. Instead, I prefer to use layers, allowing a build of brushmarks, shapes and textures to emerge, so this kind of beginning fits my approach well.

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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!