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The perfect media for a plein-air impression

In the second part of her series, Julie Collins looks more closely at using watercolour and ink for sketches and studies of foliage, trees and winter landscapes, with simple exercises and tips


Julie Collins

studied painting at the University of Reading. Her work is exhibited widely in the UK and she has received numerous awards from the Royal West of England Academy of Art, the Discerning Eye and the Royal Watercolour Society. Julie’s work can be seen in Four Seasons, the Southampton City Art Gallery’s open exhibition, until April 21.

I always find it very beneficial to look at aspects of any subject separately. A winter landscape can be a very complicated subject but taking your time and separating certain parts of the landscape can help you work up to a more complex piece. It can be tempting to dash off too much at once but trying out some initial studies and then working step by step will increase your confidence.

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Welcome to our May issue packed with inspiring practical features to help you develop your skills in all media. Watercolourists will love Bob Rudd's invented colour schemes for dramatic landscapes, Amanda Hyatt's five steps to watercolour success, with an exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to inject some magic into your watercolour washes, Paul Talbot-Greaves' deconstruction into three parts of the painting of a daffodil, and Deborah Walker's test report on a new Winsor & Newton watercolour paper. Paul Riley and Julie Collins show how to use pen and wash and ink and watercolour in powerful combinations, while Jo Quigley demonstrates why working en grisaille in acrylics can be so beneficial. Portraitists will learn different ways to obtain a likeness from Ann Witheridge and Will Teather; adapt your sketching kit with ideas from David Parfitt; try painting seascapes in water-mixable oils with Paul Weaver, and more. And don't forget to enter our summer sketching competition with fantastic monthly prizes!