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Water-mixable oils revisited

Max Hale recommends trying water-mixable oils. He shares his experience and the many benefits of working with this medium

Max Hale studied at Harrow School of Art. He teaches workshops and painting holidays, and offers personal mentoring. His DVD First Steps in Water-Mixable Oils is available from Town House Films price £29.95;; telephone 01603 782888.

Water-mixable oils are amazing. The paints can be used with just water as a diluent to imitate the use of white spirit or turps to ‘thin’ for the early stages of your painting. This is obviously convenient as noxious fumes are eradicated from your studio; any spilt paint, including on your clothes, can be simply washed off with warm water and detergent. Plus of course they don’t affect artists who suffer from asthma or breathing difficulties. The paint, being a bone-fide oil paint, still has a pale oily odour but the artist doesn’t suffer the toxicity and effluvium of the diluents.

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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!