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A style of your own

Bob Brandt reassures you that it is inevitable that you will eventually develop a style that is unique to you as he demonstrates a city scene in oil

Many artists believe that having a ‘style’ is the key to ultimate recognition and, therefore, success. With a basic knowledge of the history of art we can make a fair guess at whether a painting is by Rembrandt, Van Gogh or Picasso – their works are instantly recognisable and individual. Yet here we are, trying to learn a difficult trade and finding that it takes us all our time to discover how to pick subjects, choose brushes and mix colours, let alone develop a method of painting that will make us stand out.

We all interpret what we think we see in the light of our own experiences and our recording of it in paint is also constrained by the skills we have learned up to that moment. It follows that how we describe the world will become increasingly individual as our practice and ability increase. Why can’t we ‘say’ exactly what moved us to pick up a brush and attempt to describe that field, that building, that person? It can be useful to change materials or methods, but ultimately we just need to get better at using the language of painting – and that will take practice and patience.

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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!