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Plein-air adventures

Morning Light, York City Walls, oil on board, 8×10in (20.5×25.5cm)

Iwas very fortunate to be invited to the City of York by Ann Pertherick, who runs Kentmere House Gallery, after she’d seen my paintings of London. This was a very good opportunity for me to explore a new city and paint whatever caught my attention.

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About The Artist

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!

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PLUS
Letters, emails and comments
NEWS, VIEWS, INFORMATION AND SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE ART WORLD
As with most books by Susie Hodge, you get a whole
Check out the latest competitions to enter and make a note of important deadlines
GALLERY OPENING TIMES AND EXHIBITION DATES CAN VARY; IF IN DOUBT, PHONE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
FEATURES
Eileen Cooper gives Susie Hodge an insight into what drives her work and her approach to coordinating this year’s Summer Exhibition
Peter Brown recounts how he coped with the mud and the crowds as he painted on the spot during last year’s Glastonbury Festival
Being an artist is not an easy matter. The biggest
John Singer Sargent was the most familiar portrait painter in oils of his generation, but his watercolours are less recognised, says Susie Hodge, who reviews Sargent: The Watercolours, this summer’s must-see exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Adebanji Alade advises ‘fostering relationships with artists who are at the top of their game’ if you want to improve your work and chances of success
PRACTICALS
On a visit to York Adebanji Alade discovered that the city is full of inspiring scenes that were perfect for a spot of plein-air sketching and painting
Paul Talbot-Greaves shows you how to create and use neutrals to provide contrast and depth in your work. Each month he invites you to complete a painting challenge that you can submit online for appraisal
Perspective is one of the main considerations in cityscapes. Hashim Akib shows you how to highlight ways of seeing and apply the principles to enhance your work
Richard Suckling finds that Jaxell Extra Fine Artists’ Pastels offer a good spectrum of lightfast colours with good coverage at a very reasonable price
Juliet Wood describes how she tackled an oil portrait of her grandson, revealing the challenges that confronted her during the process
There’s more than one way to paint the figure, as Phil Tyler points out. Here he shows you how to use the measured approach to make an alla-prima painting in oils
Marie Antoniou reveals how she uses bold brushmarks and clean colours to achieve a sense of movement in her abstracted, impressionistic wildlife paintings
Martin Kinnear examines ways to harness digital technology and use it to best advantage when painting in your studio
Glyn Macey concludes his series with a plein-air painting inspired by the works of Claude Monet
Michele Del Campo tried out the new Winsor & Newton Professional Cotton Canvas featuring the Pro-Stretcher and discovered how this high-quality product can take your work ‘to the next level’
Paul Weaver demonstrates how the transparency of watercolour is perfect for capturing the light, atmosphere and colourful activity of the seaside
Ultramarine blue is a beautiful colour, says Julie Collins, who shares some mixes that she hopes will inspire you, too