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Digital Subscriptions > The Artist > April 19 > Painters Online editor’s choice

Painters Online editor’s choice

Meet this month’s editor’s choice winner from our PaintersOnline gallery, who receives a £50 Jackson’s Art Supplies gift voucher
Jill Hammond Bright Flowers from my Garden, water-based oil and acrylic paint, 20x16in (51x40.5cm)

Former art teacher, Jill Hammond, now devotes her time to developing her own work and experimenting with styles and techniques. ‘My work begins with no outlines, or, sometimes, just a few rough marks to map out the composition,’ she says. ‘I may add collage as I go along, or start with inks and rollers to keep it loose, before adding a few lines and blocks of structure, working from the background out to the final details. I rarely use brushes, and find that experimenting is very exciting, often giving unexpected results.

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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.