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How to paint from photographs

In the first of a new ten-part series on painting landscapes in acrylics, Jenny Aitken offers top tips on how to use photos as an aide-memoire

Jenny Aitken has been painting professionally for over 20 years, and exhibits across the UK. She tutors workshops and demonstrates to art societies throughout the UK. Jenny can be contacted by email: jen@jennyaitken.co.uk or through her website www.jennyaitken.co.uk

As a landlocked painter of the sea, I have had a long and needy relationship with photographs. They can be an excellent addition to your studio arsenal – a memory-aid, rather than something just to copy. Here are some pointers:

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Take your drawing and painting to the next level with inspiration, guidance and advice from this month's top contributing artists and tutors. Cover artist, David Parfitt, shares how it's possible to work through a non-productive period to paint your best painting yet. Haidee-Jo Summers invites you to paint everyday, unarranged objects to discover more about design and composition. We also include demonstrations showing how to apply the one-stroke watercolour method, use a variety of techniques to enliven your watercolours, paint silver objects and reflections in acrylics, achieve the texture of rocky landscapes in pastels, use photographs as a memory aid, bring a portrait to life in oils, capture animals' expressions, and much more. Whatever your subject matter or preferred medium, there's something for everyone, and when you've created your best work, enter our 2019 open competition for a chance to see your work exhibited, published in The Artist, and win one of 40 prizes worth over £17,000!