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Express yourself in mixed media

Learn how to create exciting, colourful expressive landscapes in mixed media with tips and advice from Soraya French
African Landscape, mixed media on Saunders Waterford paper 300lb, 20 × 20in (51 × 51cm).

Apainting can be regarded as expressive when the authentic emotional connection between the painter and his subject resonates with the viewer, regardless of genre, medium or subject matter. However, in this article, expressive means lively and painterly in style. There is nothing timid or tentative in the process of making an expressive artwork, it excites and provokes an emotional response. This kind of painting sometimes happens quickly and spontaneously out of sheer desperation, or under immense pressure, which cannot be artificially created but should genuinely be there. At other times it goes through stages of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction. There is always an element of risk taking in its creation, and it certainly cannot be called safe. However, with practice and determination it is possible to move towards this more painterly approach.

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Enjoy developing your skills and techniques with The Artist. Written by artists and top tutors, for experienced amateur painters and aspiring professional artists, this month's issue offers stage-by-stage demonstrations, illustrated tips and techniques for drawing and painting in watercolour, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, oils and gouache. Learn new techniques for painting winter landscapes, characterful portraits, still lifes, spring flowers and animals. There's also an article encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone to paint unfamiliar subjects and an interview with Professor Christopher Orr MBE, RA revealing his approach to his unusual subject matter and working methods. Plus our marketing expert advises on how to use apps to facilitate your social media posts to help get your work noticed. And when you've completed your best work, why not enter it into our 2019 Open competition for the chance to see your work exhibited, published and win one of over 40 fantastic prizes! Full details are on pages 12 to 13 . Enjoy!