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Expressive landscapes

Use strong clean colours and energetic marks to create eye-catching acrylic landscapes, with Marie Antoniou

Coastal View, acrylic on canvas, 153⁄4x153⁄4in (40x 50cm).

For this scene I used a variety of brushstrokes to create movement within the foreground and the sky. Both subtle and strong colours were built up in layers, keeping the colours clean so that the marks clearly defined the scene

There is nothing more enjoyable for me than being in a landscape or observing a breathtaking view. It’s a magical feeling to be engulfed by your surroundings – you are a tiny speck in a large expanse of space. I imagine the exhilarating feeling of being in the landscape is why so many people love to paint en plein air. The changing weather conditions, light and perhaps animals and people encourage the artist to draw on their instincts and react with a more direct approach, creating vigour and expression in the work.

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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.