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Cracking the colour code

For Danish artist Liza Krügermeier, colour is the most important aspect of her vivid acrylic paintings, and for each one she feels there is a colour code to be cracked in order to achieve perfectly balanced colours, as Susie Hodge discovers

Although she loved art from a child, Liza chose not to study it, and initially took a completely different path. ‘After high school, I checked out different art and design schools but I didn’t feel that I fitted in to a world of installations and conceptual art. So I got educated as an occupational therapist and worked in psychiatry. I also travelled a lot in Greece, where I ended up meeting Rupert and opening a gallery in Leros in 2002, and finally found my way back to my artistic path.

‘For more than ten years I almost solely painted fruit – in all sorts of different ways, learning about colour, form, composition, perspective, light and shadow. In the past few years I have taken some short courses at West Dean College in Sussex, to get inspiration and to try out new materials.

All the Vases in the Cupboard, acrylic on canvas, 463⁄4x661⁄4in (119x168cm). ‘A collection of vases on our old dining table. The light falls in from the street, creating a harmonious sense of light and space between the objects. I painted it in the summer of 2016 and wanted it to be finished before Rupert and I were married – and I did, just three days before, so in a way it kind of became our wedding painting.’

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Welcome to the June issue of The Artist. As we look forward to the UK summer Martin Taylor demonstrates how to paint a seasonal bluebell wood, whilst cover artist, Haidee-Jo Summers, invites us to join her in painting our gardens and focus on capturing light and colour. Learn how to control your watercolour brushwork with Hazel Soan, try sketching on the go with James Willis, bring your waves to life in your coastal scenes with Jenny Aitken, and know when and how to varnish your oil paintings with guidance from Graham Webber. Our top artist-contributors also offer advice, step-by-step demonstrations and inspirational practical features on working from different source material, painting characterful faces, how to select a core palette of colours for landscape painting, the benefits of working with water-mixable oils, the value of a positive wish list, and much more. Enter our various competitions with fantastic prizes up for grabs and understand how to use regular e-newsletters to promote your work with some great tips from our regular gallerist Mark David Hatwood. Enjoy developing your skills in all media with The Artist this month!