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Painting water in pastels

In the second article in this series, Robert Brindley shows you how to create the effects of light on calm and moving water, including sparkles and reflections

Robert Brindley is a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. He exhibits annually in Whitby, gives demonstrations and tutors workshops for art clubs. Robert’s book Painting Landscapes in Oils is published by Crowood Press, www.crowood.com; his four DVDS are available from Town House Films, telephone 01603 782888; www.townhousefilms.co.ukrobertbrindley.com

Sparkling Light on the Zattere, Venice, pastel on grey Hermes sandpaper mounted on board and tinted with a watery wash of red acrylic paint, 113/4315in (30338cm).

Venice is a wonderful place to paint and the Zattere is one of the best locations in the city. The sun shines and sparkles on the water all day long and I have painted here regularly over the years

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Welcome to the first 2020 issue of The Artist. With a new year of drawing and painting to look forward to Paul Talbot-Greaves suggests 12 ways to help improve your watercolour skills throughout the year. Our four-page diary with the details and entry deadlines for all the main open competitions to enter will help you plan your year, while Bob Brandt's advice will help you maximise your chances of success. Watercolourists will enjoy Ian Sidaway's feature on painting the Rockies, Jake Winkle's focus on why good design is essential for an attention-grabbing composition, Julie Collins' colour-mixing ideas for winter trees and Jenny Wheatley's guide to choosing the best watercolour paper for your style of painting. Follow Robert Dutton and Soraya French and used mixed-media techniques to paint landscapes and flowers, plus Robert Brindley demonstrates how to capture light on water in pastel. With demonstrations in gouache, oils - including how to paint noses - charcoal and pastels, there's something for everyone, whatever your preferred medium. Why not make 2020 the year to try a new one with inspiration and guidance from The Artist?! Enjoy!