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Winter stream

Paul Talbot-Greaves reveals how to use layers of acrylic to add interest to a featureless landscape, in five easy stages

Paul Talbot-Greaves

teaches watercolour and acrylic painting in workshops and demonstrations to art societies throughout the midlands and the north of England. He can be contacted by email: or through his website:

This month’s scene, being devoid of features, draws on the strong ability of acrylic to utilise multiple layers of semitransparent paint to generate shape, form and interest. I sketched out the main proportions on a piece of Canson paper before loosely blocking in the darkest darks. These didn’t have to be accurate shapes, in fact the looser you apply this starting value, the better. Whilst the paint was still a little damp, I added water to make a mid-value and again, roughly applied the paint in order to block out the white of the paper. I let this dry before moving into colour.

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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!