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Portrait study in oil

David Curtis explains his technique for obtaining a likeness with a demonstration of his son in oil

David Curtis

headed an engineering design team and then taught life drawing at Doncaster College before painting full time. He is vice president of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, patron of the Pure Watercolour Society, and has served on the selection committee of the Singer & Friedlander/ Sunday Times watercolour competition and the board of governors of the Federation of British Artists. He exhibits regularly, including with all the major national societies and has won many awards for his work. David’s paintings are held in private collections, both in the UK and abroad; his many art books and DVDs are available from APV Films,, telephone 01608 641798.

Study of Letitia, oil on canvas board, 12310in (20.5325.5cm). This model with her flowery dress offered the joy of flashes of brightly-coloured brushstrokes contrasting with the subtlety of skin tones. Her face suggested a confident persona and striking presence
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About The Artist

Welcome to our December issue. This month consultant editor and acclaimed professional artist David Curtis reveals his approach to painting a recent portrait of his son, while Kathy Barker explains what to look for when painting lips in the second of her series on portraiture in oils. Amanda Hyatt shows how to simplify complex interiors and Paul Weaver advises on the colours to use and mix to create atmospheric greys to capture winter scenes in watercolour. Newcomers to pastel will enjoy the first in Robert Brindley's new three-part series on pastel techniques and landscape demonstration, Soraya French and Robert Dutton suggest myriad creative ideas for working in mixed media to paint flowers and expressive landscapes and Geoff Hunt and Michele Del Campo share how they work up a painting in the studio in different media and very different ways. Cover artist Bob Brandt shows why pattern is so important, while Richard Pikesley, Paul Brown, Charles Williams and Paul Talbot-Greaves all share their ideas to inspire your artistic development. Enjoy your painting with The Artist this month!