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In the wet

Geoff Hunt’s final plein-air challenge is to paint in the rain, in watercolour


Abetter title for this article would probably be ‘out of the wet’, because painting watercolour in the rain is not possible. You may certainly go outdoors painting on a rainy day, but you’ll have to get your easel (and yourself) under cover somewhere. This is where cities are so handy, what with their bridges and arches and overhangs where you can often get some shelter. If you’re out in the countryside you should have remembered to bring a car with you!

Buckingham Palace, watercolour on Arches Rough, 11x141⁄2in (28x37cm). My first story is one of those completely impossible wet days and its sequel. I had drawn up this subject, standing on the grassy corner by Buckingham Palace, and put down a first sky wash when I suddenly realised how quickly the clouds were darkening. I barely had time to pack everything up and duck under the nearest tree – there is no hard cover whatever near this spot – before the rain arrived in torrents. It went through the leaf canopy in no time and I, along with all the poor summer-clothed tourists around me, was instantly soaked through. A few trees away from me stood another Wapping Group painter, John Killens; we squelched off through the incessant downpour to find a café somewhere, and eventually abandoned the day. But next morning dawned bright and sunny, so after some thought I decided to return to the same spot, and painted up the previous day’s still rather damp drawing
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About The Artist

There's a definite seasonal theme in this month's issue as we say goodbye to the UK summer and our contributing artists turn to working with a more autumnal palette in watercolour (Ian Sidaway and cover artist Paul Talbot-Greaves), and pastel (David Allen), whilst Geoff Hunt shows how it's possible to paint watercolours in the rain. Mixed-media enthusiasts will love the demonstrations by Chris Forsey and Soraya French, who shows how to create exciting textures in acrylic landscapes, whilst Robert Dutton urges us to embrace our 'mistakes' as we develop our creativity. For more detailed painting styles, be inspired by Lucy McKie's intricate paintings, and Tim Gustard's photorealist approach to creating the illusion of glass objects. We also include articles on line and wash techniques, 16 invaluable tips from female members of the Royal Watercolour Society, advice on painting the sea and sky in watercolour, how to create a strong focal point, and develop a style of our own. Plus, study our additional 16-page Art Courses & Holidays supplement for great ideas for some personal art tuition in the UK or overseas!