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In remembrance I have spent many decades working on officially commissioned military paintings for museums and units around the world but now paint mainly nonmilitary subjects. However, I recently painted The Terrible Rain (right) to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. This is a young regular soldier (indicated by the pre-utility pattern of his uniform) who has yet to see active service: the country has experienced more years of peace than has been known for a very, very long time. Perhaps he is on manoeuvres and, with a sense of youthfulness and summer fun, he has picked a poppy for his forage cap and one to tuck into his faithful mount’s accoutrement.

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Welcome to the first issue of 2019 to inspire and inform your artistic development, including all the information you will need to plan your entries to the best open competitions throughout the year in our extensive 5-page guide. We also see the start of two new series, by Ruth Buchanan on how to draw and paint animals with confidence, and Mark David Hatwood on all aspects of marketing and how to make money from your artwork. There are practical articles and demonstrations showing you how to adapt your painting techniques for coloured pencil work, with amazing results, how to paint a self-portrait as well as a stunning faded rose, both in watercolour, and how to make your watercolours more dynamic by using watercolour grounds. Our top artist contributors also share their expertise on best practice for working on the spot, how to plan a complex composition, paint your first realist still life in acrylic, use your sketchbooks to work out your ideas, how to paint successfully from your photos and which colours to mix in oils to achieve a sense of space in your landscapes. With all this and much more, there's plenty to keep you drawing and painting over the festive period. Enjoy!