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Glastonbury tales

Peter Brown recounts how he coped with the mud and the crowds as he painted on the spot during last year’s Glastonbury Festival


Day1, Wednesday June 22, 2016 Sun on Glastonbury Mud, towards Leftfield, oil on board, 12×10in (30.5×25.5cm). Five hours after arriving I had started my first painting. I worked as the sun came and went, sparkling on the sloppy mud. Some lads were really keen to pose and I got one of them squatting, looking at his phone – his two mates standing nearby. They were so pleased and any nerves I had of painting in this new environment were gone. The problem with crowds is that you instinctively try to paint every figure, which is impossible, so I try to look at the mass in the distance and ask myself: ‘What does it look like?’ Very often I answer it with a single mid-tone and some speckles of colour
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Welcome to our summer issue packed with ideas and tips for painting outside, including Paul Weaver's demonstration showing how to capture the spirit of the seaside in watercolour. Watercolourists will also love Paul Talbot-Greaves' focus on how to use neutral and dark colours to add impact to your paintings, Julie Collins' advice on using ultramarine blue, and our review of the fabulous exhibition of John Singer Sargent's watercolours at Dulwich Picture Gallery. There are inspirational features on mastering perspective, capturing a likeness of a family member in oils, painting the figure alla prima, how to create movement in wildlife paintings in acrylics, and why you should consider the use of digital technology to support your traditional painting methods. Our artists also share their views on the new Winsor & Newton professional canvases and Jaxell's extra fine pastels, while our cover artist, Eileen Cooper OBE, RA talks about her own work, as well as the organisation and decision making behind this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. All this and much more to inspire a summer of successful drawing and painting!