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Woods and water

Barry Herniman shares the contents of his plein-air sketching kit – one that sees him well placed for a day’s sketching as he gathers material for a watercolour painting
Where the Waters Meet, sketchbook painting, 10 22in(25.5 56cm). This is the sketch I did when I first visited Waters meet a few years ago. I set up my easel in the water and stood on a rock to paint.It was an overcast day with rain showers, which meant I had to rush for shelter each time one came over. I had managed to get the main drawing and the first washes down before about the third attempt, when Icalled it a day and finished it off in the hotel

Getting away from the studio into the great outdoors with all the vagaries of the weather and changing light conditions really does sharpen up your observational skills, not to mention the fact that you often have to work fast. Latterly in my painting career I have filled a small library of sketchbooks, which now act as my travelogues. I often refer back to them to get that ‘raw’ feeling of the time and place before working on a studio piece.

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Watercolourists will love award-winning featured artist Janet Kenyon's city scenes and learning more about her approach and working methods, whilst practical watercolour articles include Paul Riley's focus on the importance of the negative shapes within your paintings and Paul Talbot-Greaves' inspirational demonstration showing how to place the warm and cool colours for best effect in your landscape compositions. Paul also sets you this month's painting challenge. More watercolour articles by Judi Whitton show you new ways to capture the effect of summer foliage, while Barry Herniman reveals the contents of his plein air sketching kit and demonstrates a bright summer scene featuring woods and water. Jo Quigley shows how a systematic approach can help to achieve a realistic seascape in acrylics, Haidee-Jo Summers explains how to exploit shape and suggestion in your oil paintings to maintain a painterly style, Martin Kinnear demystifies perspective, and we welcome back Aine Divine who provides an infectious account of how to complete a mixed media flower painting that you'll definitely want to try for yourself! Ian Cryer suggests that a break with old habits can open the way to refresh your painting style, Phil Tyler encourages you to explore the art of the self-portrait, Liz Seward shares her love of working with watercolour pencils, and David Questa shares his love of busy urban scenes that will see you reaching for your drawing materials. All this and more to keep you inspired and full of new drawing and painting ideas over the summer months!