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Painting holiday FAQs

Richard Pikesley, The Artist painting holiday tutor, answers some of your queries about joining a painting holiday
The palette in my half-box easel can be folded without squashing the paint, which leaves me free to move whenever I want and have a loaded palette ready for work

For an accelerated and focused learning experience as a painter, there’s little that can beat being away from the daily routine, especially when surrounded by likeminded painting enthusiasts.

I always enjoy travelling with other painters and my trips have taken me around the world. My approach to painting holidays is to be involved in the choice of location and I teach a little through demonstrating and group discussion, but much of the real learning and teaching goes on individually as I try to keep tabs on where everyone is working and I try to drop in on them at just the right moments through the day.

At the end of each day we gather for informal conversation and to share experiences about paintings done and subjects spotted. If a topic comes up that concerns several artists, this is a good time for a bit of teaching or a spur-of-the-moment demo. It’s a really fruitful part of the experience.

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Welcome to our December issue. This month consultant editor and acclaimed professional artist David Curtis reveals his approach to painting a recent portrait of his son, while Kathy Barker explains what to look for when painting lips in the second of her series on portraiture in oils. Amanda Hyatt shows how to simplify complex interiors and Paul Weaver advises on the colours to use and mix to create atmospheric greys to capture winter scenes in watercolour. Newcomers to pastel will enjoy the first in Robert Brindley's new three-part series on pastel techniques and landscape demonstration, Soraya French and Robert Dutton suggest myriad creative ideas for working in mixed media to paint flowers and expressive landscapes and Geoff Hunt and Michele Del Campo share how they work up a painting in the studio in different media and very different ways. Cover artist Bob Brandt shows why pattern is so important, while Richard Pikesley, Paul Brown, Charles Williams and Paul Talbot-Greaves all share their ideas to inspire your artistic development. Enjoy your painting with The Artist this month!