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Tranquil scenes

Caroline Saunders talks to Michael Kidd about his stylised acrylic paintings, in which he achieves a peaceful oasis with arresting yet tranquil seascapes

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Michael Kiddstudied at the Royal College of Art and worked as an art director in some of London’s leading advertising agencies, and then in New York. On his return he began directing TV and cinema commercials in Europe, America and the UK, working, among others, for British Airways, Coca Cola, Lloyds and Barclays banks and Ford Motor Company, and won many awards. He held his first solo exhibition at the Rona Gallery, Mayfair in 1997

Whitstable Brewery, acrylic on board, 16x20in (40.5x51cm). ‘I looked at this scene for some time, working out how the painting would look; I knew the lettering and the arrow would give it a strong presence. In many ways it was an easy painting to do because of its overall simplicity. I have only ever done an underpainting with pebbles; here I used burnt sienna, raw umber, orange, reds, yellows and white on black. I always do my skies last – a change in the sky changes the atmosphere.’
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About The Artist

Welcome to our June issue with plenty to inspire artists in all media. Watercolourists will love Amanda Hyatt's Five Steps to Watercolour technique with a 10-minute exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to let go of reality and get creative with the medium, Jean Haines' advice on how to paint white flowers, while Julie Collins shows how adding ink can create definition and impact. For inspiration for oil painters don't miss cover artist Jason Sacran's step-by-step self-portrait, Patrick Cullen's article on painting in India and Paul Brown's advice on using just six colours to paint a landscape. For acrylic painters we have Michael Kidd talking about his stylised acrylic compositions, Jo Quigley's demonstration on how to paint successful reflections in acrylics and Marie Antoniou on how to transform a dull photo into an interesting painting, while Barry Herniman demonstrates the versatility of the under-used medium of gouache. With all this and much more, why not try a new medium or technique in the coming weeks under the guidance of our fantastic contributing artists!