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Artist, muse and poet

Susie Hodge reviews an exhibition at the Watts Gallery, the first for 25 years, dedicated to the art, poetry and life of Christina Rossetti

Born into a highly intellectual and creative family, Christina Rossetti (1830–1894) was one of the greatest English Victorian poets, known for her lyrical, intense and expressive work that inspired plenty of visual interpretation. She is especially famous for writing Goblin Market and ‘Remember’, but perhaps less well known for the words of the Christmas carols ‘Love Came Down at Christmas’and ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. Alongside her work, the exhibition includes many connected objects, such as her own annotated prayer book, paintings by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–82), and illustrations made for her poetry by artists such as Arthur Hughes and Frederick Sandys.

There are also photographs by the pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

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Welcome to the first issue of 2019 to inspire and inform your artistic development, including all the information you will need to plan your entries to the best open competitions throughout the year in our extensive 5-page guide. We also see the start of two new series, by Ruth Buchanan on how to draw and paint animals with confidence, and Mark David Hatwood on all aspects of marketing and how to make money from your artwork. There are practical articles and demonstrations showing you how to adapt your painting techniques for coloured pencil work, with amazing results, how to paint a self-portrait as well as a stunning faded rose, both in watercolour, and how to make your watercolours more dynamic by using watercolour grounds. Our top artist contributors also share their expertise on best practice for working on the spot, how to plan a complex composition, paint your first realist still life in acrylic, use your sketchbooks to work out your ideas, how to paint successfully from your photos and which colours to mix in oils to achieve a sense of space in your landscapes. With all this and much more, there's plenty to keep you drawing and painting over the festive period. Enjoy!