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Same subject, different medium

Are you an oil painter, a watercolour painter or paint only in acrylic? In the first of two articles, Steve Hall urges you to move beyond your comfort zone as he demonstrates the same picture in oil and pastel

My reference photo

Unusually for me, I have got the subject and composition in my photograph about right first time, although I decided to leave out the vehicle in the distance so I could make more of the sunlight at, what I considered to be, the focal point

Over the last two decades I have predominately painted in one medium – watercolour. However, I think that a little experimentation can lead to new horizons. To support this idea I thought it would be fun to move outside my own comfort zone and demonstrate to you in watercolour, acrylic, oil and pastel. I must confess that I actually started to paint in oil and acrylic over the last year but pastel is a whole new world to me.

When I first started to paint in watercolour, I bought all the books and videos that I could find on the subject. The result was that I became totally confused for, although the messages were often similar, each artist had their own style. Eventually, I decided to pick the style of the artist I most wanted to emulate, which in my case was Edward Wesson, and tried to understand how he went about the art of painting in watercolour, hoping that my own style would eventually emerge – which it did.

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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.