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Moments of colour and light

Susie Hodge talks to Sarah Butterfield, winner of The Artist Award in the 2018 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition
Still Life with Flowers, oil on board, 6x8in (15x20.5cm).

‘The orange ground makes the complementary blues glow. I like pink with orange as it embraces two seasons: pink for spring and orange for autumn, so am always drawn to that colour combination. The horizontals were chosen to create a bit of receding space.’

Fascinated by figures, impromptu moments, colour and light, Sarah Butterfield uses paint to explore relationships between humans and their environments. When she was seven years old, Sarah won a competition for a painting of the Jabberwok. ‘I remember arriving to the art class late, so there were no pinks and pale blues left and I just used all the muddy colours and won a prize! I learned early on to use what I had.’

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Welcome to our September issue, packed with inspiration, demonstrations and practical advice for all artists, covering all your favourite media. Our artist-contributors show you how to paint sunlight and shadows in watercolour, capture the effects of sparkling light on water in acrylics, create a balanced composition, while Amanda Hyatt shares her top ten tips for painting rivers and lakes in watercolour. There are also demonstrations on how to paint buildings, capture the texture of fur when painting animals, how to create a simple but dramatic linocut and showing why oils are great for developing still-life compositions in the studio. Seasoned exhibitor Nicholas Poullis offers advice on how to give yourself the best chance of selling your work, Steve Hall urges you to step out of your comfort zone and try a new medium and Haidee-Jo Summers encourages you to take up the #DrawingAugust challenge. Share your sketches with us, too, to win a prize and see your work published in The Artist. There's plenty more too, including the latest news, views, competitions to enter and our test report on the new Winsor & Newton Cadmium-Free watercolours.