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When I choose oil

Be inspired by Jenny Wheatley as she explains her approach to both on-site and studio oil paintings, and demonstrates how she develops a composition in the studio
Kynance Cove, oil on board, 5x7in (12.5x18cm).

This painting was done on site and is an immediate reaction to the subject in front of me as I tried to match the colours and movement as they played out before me

The Last Outpost, oil on board, 14x14in (35.5x35.5cm)

In this composition I introduced what I wished had been there: the store, without any buildings to distract from it, nestling in the hillside, surrounded by sheep

I use oil paint for a number of reasons, most of which tend to come down to texture and drying time, as well as the flexibility of mark and type of edge that can be achieved. When travelling I take oil paints in my little pochade box, along with boards cut to fit the lid of my box, or various sizes of board for my large half-sized field easel. I also take watercolours, but never acrylics as I find they dry too fast in the open air, even when using a stay-wet palette.

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About The Artist

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.