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David Bomberg

Glyn Macey demonstrates a landscape inspired by one of David Bomberg’s iconic views for you to follow

Agenius of expressive, powerful mark making, David Bomberg captured wild moorland landscapes as never before. The ability to create a ‘living, breathing canvas’ full of colour, texture and expression was Bomberg’s forte. Largely unknown and disregarded during his lifetime, Bomberg is today considered to be one of Britain’s great modern masters.

In August 1947, David Bomberg and his family travelled through the south west of England to Cornwall on a sixweek painting expedition. Camping under the stars with a makeshift tent made from a silk parachute crammed full of large canvases, paints and the family dog, Bomberg captured the natural landscape in a way that helped him to make sense of the world. The high moorland and dramatic granite, windswept carns of west Cornwall became a compelling subject for the artist. Wild and unspoilt, with Bronze Age field patterns dropping away to vertical cliffs and pounding seas, this landscape had attracted many of his contemporaries, such as Bryan Wynter, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, with whom Bomberg had shared a painting trip to Switzerland 25 years earlier. However, in spite of camping only a few minutes walk from Bryan Wynters’ remote cottage at Zennor, David Bomberg deliberately avoided the St Ives artists during his stay, deciding instead to focus fully on his own vision and output.

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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!