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Seven go painting in Havana

Peter Brown shares his experiences of leading a reader painting holiday to Havana, and reveals the content of his travelling painting kit
School Run, Consulado, Havana, oil on board, 12x16in (30.5x40.5cm). I returned to finish this one on the last morning. If you don’t finish them while you’re there it’s unlikely you ever will

In February 2018 year I took my fourth painting trip to Havana. The group consisted of six students, a courier (Jac) and me. I always say I am not a teacher and the trip is billed as ‘paint alongside’ rather than instructional. I am happy for people to watch me paint as much as they like and, of course, I am more than willing to share any tips. I am keen that people get something out of their trip and am always happy to help to offer ideas on how to progress if they get stuck. Unfortunately, as many of the participants will tell you, this advice is usually just ‘paint what you see, not what you think you see’. Some students stick to me like a limpet, others come and go and some may work entirely on their own.


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Welcome to the October issue in which many of our top-class artists celebrate painting in a variety of locations in all kinds of weather, from Pete the Street Brown in Havana, to Geoff Hunt who shows how not to let an unpromising day spoil your painting. Our artist-tutors also offer help and advice on colour mixing in oils, how to improve your compositional awareness, use gouache to paint atmospheric landscapes, create luminosity in your paintings by combining cold wax and water-soluble oils, and develop your skills by working in monochrome. Paul Talbot-Greaves suggests a simple exercise to help you loosen up, Julie Collins shows how to mix the right greens for your watercolour paintings, while Glyn Macey invites you to learn from the painting style of Lamorna Birch by following this month's demonstration. Plus, be inspired as we introduce many of this year's The Artist Open Competition amazingly talented prizewinners!