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Summer rose

Paint a vibrant rose in watercolour in just five stages with Paul Talbot-Greaves
STAGE ONE After drawing the main petal shapes in soft pencil, I began washing on the lighter colours with a size 5 squirrel mop brush. I tried to make this varied and reflective of the light, using new gamboge, Daniel Smith perinone orange and Winsor violet. In places I used only water to dilute and vary the wash further
STAGE TWO When the initial wash was dry, I built up the shapes with a size 2 mop, using some quite intense pigment in places. I added new gamboge in the sunlit parts and permanent rose in the mid-values, switching to a thicker mix with Winsor violet in the shade, cutting around highlights but keeping the shapes damp to allow for incidental bleeding and fusing of the colours
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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.