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The dark and the light

Jake Winkle shows you how to capture light in watercolour by the use of extreme shadows in both daytime and night-time subjects
The Souk, watercolour on Arches Rough 140lb (300gsm),121⁄2×181⁄2in (32×47cm). This is a painting about suggestion rather than over statement

What do you want to paint? This is a very big question, and one that I prefer to think of as ‘how do you want to paint?’ Some artists choose to be abstract or design orientated, others prefer representational and impressionistic. Whilst one painter may go for mood and atmosphere, another will concentrate on detail and super realism. The more I work, the more I seem to be driven toward colour and light; I suppose I am a painter of light, which actually means I am a painter of shadows to create light.

This article looks at some of my approaches to capturing light through extreme use of shadows, in both daytime and night-time subjects. A good strong quality of light is essential when deciding which subject to paint, and the paintings here are from the continent, where the light is much stronger than in the UK.

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Welcome to our January issue which looks forward to the new year ahead with our special 6-page guide to open competitions and exhibitions in 2018 and beyond, with all the entry details and all-important deadlines. We also include full details about our own The Artist open competition with fantastic prizes and the opportunity to see your work exhibited and published in the magazine and on our website, promoting your artwork to our massive international audience. Our inspirational, practical articles from this month's team of top-level professional artists and tutors include how to exploit extreme shadows in watercolour for enhanced light effects, watercolour techniques for capturing atmospheric weather conditions and how to improve your watercolour still life paintings. Equestrian artist Ruth Buchanan offers 10 top tips on how to draw the horse, NEAC President Richard Pikesley offers ideas on painting 'table-top' landscapes indoors when it's impossible to get outside to paint and Barry Freeman explains how painting from the heart is the key to loosening up in your work. With much more too, you will find plenty of ideas in this issue to keep you painting over the festive period. The team at The Artist wishes all our readers a happy, creative time and enjoyable new year.
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