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Limited palettes for still life

Julie Collins explores some limited palettes to use for still-life subjects and urges you try your own colour combinations
The two colours in this painting are permanent rose and French ultramarine blue

Still life is a handy subject as we all have many objects in our homes that we can use to paint from. I am a huge fan of using a limited palette, as I always love to have the opportunity of mixing colours and feel very satisfied when I have only used three colours and a painting looks extremely colourful. I have always been inspired by other artists’ paintings and there is nothing better than standing in front of a piece of art. Although I have thousands of art books, when I see the real thing I can understand the colour properly. Some good still-life colourists to look at include Cézanne, Corot, Matisse, Vuillard, Morandi and Bonnard. These are just a few and although they aren’t watercolourists, their brilliant use of colour will inspire you.

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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!