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Layers of time and meaning

Jeremy Gardiner’s abstract compositions are based on his observations of the natural environment and, as he tells Susie Hodge, he builds his work in layers, almost like the rock formations he is depicting, using heavy-body acrylics


Golden Cap, Dorset, acrylic and Jesmonite on birch panel, 36x48in (91.5x122cm).

‘The Jurassic Coast is England’s first natural World Heritage Site, a 95-mile long coastline running from Old Harry Rocks in East Dorset to Orcombe Point in East Devon. Its geology includes the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, about 185 million years of the earth’s history. Along this coast, massive bands of rock have been heaved up into an almost vertical orientation by unimaginable forces within the earth. Its timeless geomorphological features have an intrinsic beauty, sometimes caused by erosion and sometimes by accumulation, resulting in a variety of landforms such as beaches, landslides, arches, cliffs and caves, providing a fertile visual and scientific resource for my curious eyes. Golden Cap is a striking example of one such feature.’

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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!