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En plein air in France

The light, the scenery and the people of France make it ‘the true friend of the painter, ’ says Peter Graham. He reveals his working methods and shares some plein-air oil paintings from the French Riviera
St Paul de Vence, oil, 231⁄2x231⁄2in (60x60cm)

During the summer the evocative ports and promenades of Cannes, Nice, Monaco and Saint Tropez are areas where I can be found capturing the scene. In spring Paris is my destination – you might see me with my easel in the Jardin des Tuileries in the heart of the 1st arrondissement – here dalliance with the brush is such a joy. It’s the beating heart of the city.

Many years of painting in Paris have left their mark. I have painted the stations and boulevards, the cafés and bridges; every subject is a challenge and a delight. Perhaps the most surprising aspect is that in Paris I am treated with great respect – the French have a place in their hearts for the painter.

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Welcome to the May issue of The Artist, packed with inspirational, practical features designed to help all artists develop their drawing and painting techniques in all media. From learning how to control your watercolour brushwork with Hazel Soan, choose the right medium for your style of oil painting, create the illusion of depth in a coastal scene in acrylics, to making simple but dramatic landscapes without a printing press, there's something for everyone, whatever your skill level or preferred medium. Discover how drawing cartoons can help you to loosen up in your painting with Shirley Trevena and enjoy the benefits of painting en plein air with tips and advice from Geoff Hunt, Peter Graham and Paul Gadenne. Try spray-paint techniques to spice up your mixed-media compositions, add figures to give life to your watercolour paintings with Amanda Hyatt and paint a seasonal bluebell wood in three easy steps with Paul Talbot-Greaves. There's also a wealth of information about competitions to enter, exhibitions to see, special offers, art world news, courses and holidays and much more to enjoy in this month's issue. Plus, don't forget to enter your best work to our TALPOpen competition for the chance to see your work exhibited, published in the magazine, and win one of the fantastic prizes worth over £17,000!