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Glowing light and intricate details

Susie Hodge talks to Lucy McKie, winner of The Artist Award in last year’s Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ annual exhibition, about her portraits and still-life paintings


Late Season’s Cherries, oil on canvas, 18x18in (45.5x45.5cm). ‘I often paint cherries as they capture light and reflections so beautifully. I decided to add fabric to the composition on the lefthand side to add a contrast to the white cloth and bowl, but also to slightly break the definite horizontal line of the table top.’

Lucy McKie’s paintings are vividly lifelike and serene. She reflects: ‘My parents wrote and illustrated children’s books together. My father was undoubtedly the most inspirational teacher, by watching him I realised early on that it was necessary to be self-disciplined in terms of assessing the quality of your own work. He also helped me to learn a solid foundation of drawing skills and perspective. I’ve learnt a lot over the years from other artists and many different people, even overheard comments from visitors at exhibitions. It’s fascinating to hear people’s thoughts, observations and opinions – it can really help to show you things from another perspective.’

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There's a definite seasonal theme in this month's issue as we say goodbye to the UK summer and our contributing artists turn to working with a more autumnal palette in watercolour (Ian Sidaway and cover artist Paul Talbot-Greaves), and pastel (David Allen), whilst Geoff Hunt shows how it's possible to paint watercolours in the rain. Mixed-media enthusiasts will love the demonstrations by Chris Forsey and Soraya French, who shows how to create exciting textures in acrylic landscapes, whilst Robert Dutton urges us to embrace our 'mistakes' as we develop our creativity. For more detailed painting styles, be inspired by Lucy McKie's intricate paintings, and Tim Gustard's photorealist approach to creating the illusion of glass objects. We also include articles on line and wash techniques, 16 invaluable tips from female members of the Royal Watercolour Society, advice on painting the sea and sky in watercolour, how to create a strong focal point, and develop a style of our own. Plus, study our additional 16-page Art Courses & Holidays supplement for great ideas for some personal art tuition in the UK or overseas!