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Painting in the garden

There’s a subject to be found in every garden, says Haidee-Jo Summers, who demonstrates her point with an oil painting of a table of pots and plants beside a potting shed
Lilacs, oil on stretched linen canvas, 18x16in (45.5x40.5cm)

Claude Monet, the artist most famous for being a passionate horticulturist, dedicated 43 years of his life to developing and painting his beautiful garden at Giverny. Many of his most iconic works were completed there, such as The Japanese Footbridge and ‘Water Lily’ series, which consists of around 250 paintings.

My garden certainly isn’t on the grand scale of Giverny, and my gardening skills are almost non-existent, but I think there’s a subject to be found in even the most humble backyard.

Painting at home has many obvious advantages: you needn’t worry about forgetting any supplies and refreshments are readily available. Another great reason to choose your own garden as a subject is being able to study the same view in different lighting conditions and throughout all the seasons (above).

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Welcome to the June issue of The Artist. As we look forward to the UK summer Martin Taylor demonstrates how to paint a seasonal bluebell wood, whilst cover artist, Haidee-Jo Summers, invites us to join her in painting our gardens and focus on capturing light and colour. Learn how to control your watercolour brushwork with Hazel Soan, try sketching on the go with James Willis, bring your waves to life in your coastal scenes with Jenny Aitken, and know when and how to varnish your oil paintings with guidance from Graham Webber. Our top artist-contributors also offer advice, step-by-step demonstrations and inspirational practical features on working from different source material, painting characterful faces, how to select a core palette of colours for landscape painting, the benefits of working with water-mixable oils, the value of a positive wish list, and much more. Enter our various competitions with fantastic prizes up for grabs and understand how to use regular e-newsletters to promote your work with some great tips from our regular gallerist Mark David Hatwood. Enjoy developing your skills in all media with The Artist this month!