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Three-part paintings

Follow Paul Talbot-Greaves and take a loose approach to paint these colourful boats, in three easy parts

Using a loose approach to paint an otherwise detailed subject such as boats takes a bit of courage, especially to leave all those accurate edges and lines behind. My thinking is that when you paint every part of a technical scene with perfect, tight shapes and angles, you must be consistently precise. If you get one line out of place it will really stand out and may even jeopardise the look of the rest of the picture. However, when you paint rough shapes and proportions but don’t worry too much about the accuracy of your edges, you will avoid these issues, plus your work will engage better with the viewer’s imagination. The brain has a remarkable ability to decipher and unscramble a jumble of loose marks and edges. Try using a large brush to paint an entire scene. It will invite you to be inventive and you will be forced to make engaging, broad marks and looser shapes.

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About The Artist

Welcome to the April issue, packed with practical articles and demonstrations designed to inspire artists of all levels to develop their skills in all media. Our top artist-contributors this month include Hazel Soan, who suggests techniques for creating light and shade in your watercolours, Ian Sidaway who encourages you to paint a self-portrait, and Paul Talbot-Greaves who shows how to paint colourful boats in three easy stages in acrylics. Practise your skills as you learn how to loosen up and be more expressive in your drawings, use coloured pencils to create a found still life, simplify a busy harbour scene to create a composition full of light and colour, and achieve clean colours in your acrylic landscapes. This issue we also welcome back Geoff Hunt, who begins a new series documenting the results of his painting trips. Plus Roger Dellar offers tips on how to secure an artist-in-residence position and Mark David Hatwood explains how to reach potential buyers by working with partners. Enjoy trying new ideas in your own work with help from this month's artists and tutors.