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Painting by instinct

Painting by instinct is a great way to achieve freedom of expression, says Barry Freeman, who urges you to be bold and paint in a looser style using acrylics
Summer – Christchurch Harbour, acrylic, 14×16in (35.5×40.5cm).

The one abiding memory of my walk on this particularly hot day was a shimmering heat haze. How to best convey it? The painting consists of mainly golds, blues and greens. Paint was applied horizontally and vertically with a 1½in flat brush. I used ultramarine and magenta for the deep blues, cerulean and cobalt for the cooler ones, and pure cadmium yellow for the golds. After the initial layers had dried the overlaying colours were dragged over in dry paint, so that underlying colours showed through. Dry, broken colour was the best way to achieve the effect of a heat haze

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About The Artist

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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