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The Artist 2017 Open Competition

Be inspired by the excellence of some of the winners of this year’s open competition and exhibition, organised in partnership with Patchings Art Centre
Studio Interior with Imac and Air Filter, oil, 30X30in (76X76cm).

The Artist Purchase Prize & Exhibition Awards

Tom Hughes

‘I love the intriguing corners of small cluttered rooms and wanted to capture my studio space on a single canvas, showing it from floor to ceiling. I struggle judging very wide scenes like this with just the naked eye so I bought a large convex mirror, the sort you normally see in roadside hedges opposite tight driveways. I placed it on a tripod and painted the curved, distorted reflection. This gave a unique and otherwise impossible view of a small space and allowed me to include myself in the painting. It’s a very personal piece and I feel it shows me at my most comfortable, doing what I love.

‘The initial drawing part of the painting was all done with a brush (no charcoal) and seemed to happen naturally. I love those early stages, working around the canvas judging angles and scale until the jigsaw puzzle of all those intermingled shapes matches up. I then went in with opaque accurate colour and blocked in the main areas before refining smaller areas. I try and pay very close attention to values and colour temperature when I paint and feel I managed to capture the cool greys and purple tints on the shadow areas on my white walls. The hardest part, tonally, was making the computer screen and lamp look bright enough compared to everything else in the room. Tricky! I’ve done another similar painting since on a larger scale which features two separate light sources, one warm, one cool, which you can see on my website.’

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New Born Red & White Calf, pastel, 16X12in (40X30cm).
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Welcome to the first of our new standard 80-page magazine, packed with even more inspiring practical articles to help you to improve and enjoy your own drawing and painting. In addition, this month we also include your free 16-page supplement with details of some of the best art courses and holidays available to inspire and inform your creativity, whatever your level or years of experience. So, whether you love working in watercolour, oils, pencils or acrylics, take your work to the next level with our team of passionate artist/tutors including Judi Whitton on how to use body colour in your watercolours, Haidee-Jo Summers with some useful exercises to help you loosen up in oils, Mike Barr's beachscape demonstration, Paul Talbot-Greaves on how to start with a watercolour mess and end in success, Peter Graham on why the rose makes such a wonderful subject for still-life paintings, Robert Dutton on mastering perspective for city scenes, and Peter Burgess with tips on composition and the Golden Section, to highlight just a few articles in this issue. Plus, there's so much more to guide and inspire your artistic development within our new 80-page issue - enjoy!