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A step towards abstraction

Ann Blockley demonstrates different ways of working to help you to loosen up and take liberties with reality

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Flight of the Wild Bird, 9x91⁄2in (23x24cm). This pattern of marks was created by pressing clingfilm into wet watercolour and trickling further colour underneath the plastic to travel around its crumpled network of raised ridges. When this was dry I suggested a pale landscape foreground using opaque paint over the darker colour. Adding a flying bird created a focal point to this slightly fantastical landscape. The initial semi-abstract linear marks seem to emphasise the idea of movement and flight
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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!