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Welcome to our May issue packed with inspiring practical features to help you develop your skills in all media. Watercolourists will love Bob Rudd's invented colour schemes for dramatic landscapes, Amanda Hyatt's five steps to watercolour success, with an exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to inject some magic into your watercolour washes, Paul Talbot-Greaves' deconstruction into three parts of the painting of a daffodil, and Deborah Walker's test report on a new Winsor & Newton watercolour paper. Paul Riley and Julie Collins show how to use pen and wash and ink and watercolour in powerful combinations, while Jo Quigley demonstrates why working en grisaille in acrylics can be so beneficial. Portraitists will learn different ways to obtain a likeness from Ann Witheridge and Will Teather; adapt your sketching kit with ideas from David Parfitt; try painting seascapes in water-mixable oils with Paul Weaver, and more. And don't forget to enter our summer sketching competition with fantastic monthly prizes!

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Bob Rudd reveals the techniques he uses to achieve the intensity of colour in his vibrant watercolour landscapes
Up-and-coming young artist Kieron Williamson, whose paint-handling skills have made him a phenomenally successful artist, demonstrates a watercolour painting of a farming scene
Building on last month’s article on why artists should embrace the internet, Mark David Hatwood explains why social media are vital for successful outcomes
Some years ago I watched a documentary about one of
Amanda Hyatt introduces her Five Steps to Watercolour in the first of a new six-part series in which she shares some of her techniques and ideas on how to see and paint what is in front of you
When a tool isn’t quite right for the job, why not adapt it to suit your needs? David Parfitt reveals how he has successfully adapted his plein-air sketching kit to get the most from his outdoor experience
Jo Quigley explains why painting in grisaille is something you should consider, and demonstrates how to use this technique to make a grisaille painting in acrylic
Ann Witheridge continues her new series by explaining which elements are crucial to a successful likeness and how to achieve them, while Archie Wardlaw demonstrates how to put it all into practice in charcoal
Ann Blockley looks at some of the features of a rural landscape that tell a story or act as a focal point, and shows you how to achieve these textures in your painting
By focusing on strong complementary colours you can achieve vibrant results, as Marie Antoniou demonstrates with a lively painting of flowers in acrylic
Deborah Walker explains why Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour paper ‘gives the artist every chance of success’
Innovative, dynamic and illustrative is how Paul Riley describes this combination of media. He reveals his techniques as he makes three short demonstration paintings
Paul Weaver discovers an abundance of exciting subject matter where land meets the sea and finds water-mixable oils a versatile medium with which to go exploring
In the second part of her series, Julie Collins looks more closely at using watercolour and ink for sketches and studies of foliage, trees and winter landscapes, with simple exercises and tips
Will Teather, who enjoys the immediacy of working from a live model demonstrates a portrait in acrylics, painted from life
Paul Talbot-Greaves begins a new monthly series in which he demonstrates how to interpret a variety of painting subjects in just three main parts
Check out the latest competitions to enter and make a note of important deadlines