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The way of the brush

Hazel Soan concludes her three-part series by explaining how to perfect your brushstrokes in the dance of the brush
Arty Conversation at the RA Café, watercolour, 12X16in (30X40.5cm). A set of shapely gestures from the brush materialises into a sketch of people in a café. Examine the brushmarks here: some are shaped for profiles, heads and hands, some for chair legs and backs, some for shoes and shadows. Probably less than one in five landed exactly as I intended but I trusted them anyhow, and together, one after the other, they orchestrated the whole

Hazel Soan has studios in London and Cape Town and travels widely for her painting. Hazel is the author of 14 painting books, has recorded several DVDs and her work is in private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery and a number of embassies. www.allsoanup.com

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Welcome to the July issue of The Artist full of practical features by our top team of artist-contributors to inspire your own drawing and painting. Learn how David Taylor captures light effects in watercolour, perfect your brushwork with Hazel Soan, paint a summer rose in five easy stages, and street scenes full of life and colour. Enjoy demonstrations on how to create depth in your landscapes, use pastels to express texture, paint a backlit treescape in acrylics, and how to develop compositions from original reference material. Robert Dutton and Judi Whitton offer advice on how to avoid overworking and make the right choices to ensure successful compositions, while Martin Kinnear explains how to manage colour for visual design purposes. There's also a wealth of information about competitions to enter, exhibitions to see, special offers, art world news, courses and holidays and advice on promoting your own work. Whatever your preferred subject matter or medium, there's something for everyone and plenty of ideas to try in your own work this month.