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Beach scenes in watercolour

Paul Weaver demonstrates how the transparency of watercolour is perfect for capturing the light, atmosphere and colourful activity of the seaside

Beaches and coastal landscapes make wonderful locations for subject matter, from panoramic vistas of sand, sea and sky, to colourful sails, windbreaks, parasols and figures. Rain or shine, there is a heightened clarity of light by the coast, reflecting off the sea and wet sand, which in turn creates mood and inspiring light effects. Watercolour, with its transparency and infinite markmaking potential, is my preferred medium for expressing the light, movement, reflections and transient effects of the weather experienced at the beach.

Enjoying the View, watercolour on Bockingford Rough, 140lb (300gsm), 10×10in (25.5×25.5cm). I was inspired by the light shining through the fabric of the deckchairs and how the deep shadows defined their sunlit structure
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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!