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Impressionistic interiors

There’s so much to explore when painting interiors, says Haidee-Jo Summers, who demonstrates a light-filled scene painted from a dark corner of the room
Studio in May, oil,

24x26in (61x66cm).

I love a busy subject with lots of shapes to get my teeth into; this was painted before building renovation work started so the studio was rather gloriously shabby and untidy. Although much is currently changing with the building, I am keeping the large doors at the front of the studio because I love the way the opening frames the landscape beyond from this viewpoint

It is rare for a room I paint not to have a window, for a great part of the appeal of interiors is the connection between the indoor space and the outside. Usually I am inspired by an effect of the light, which can be daylight, artificial light or a combination.

I find the shapes formed by the features of the room: doors, fireplaces, furniture, pictures, lamps etcetera, most intriguing. At the beginning of the process it’s important to find a viewpoint with the most interesting juxtapositions of shapes and contrast.

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About The Artist

Welcome to our November issue in which our highly talented, experienced artist-tutors challenge you to re-think your approach to complementary colours in watercolour, draw a sight-size self-portrait, capture an autumnal scene in watercolour, dramatise your skies, try graphite techniques, use negative spaces to your advantage, paint a light-filled interior in impressionistic style and master perspective for successful coastal scenes. And that's just for starters! Artist-judge in BBC1's The Big Painting Challenge, Lachlan Goudie, shares his experiences of painting Scotland's shipyards ahead of his forthcoming exhibition, Nick Poullis offers tips on setting up your own gallery, Julie Collins advises on colour choices for yellow, Michele Del Campo test reports Winsor & Newton's Artists' Oil Colours, including his top tips for oils painters, and Peter Burgess takes a practical look at materials for painting and how best to store them. Enjoy another inspirational issue packed with ideas and advice for all artists!