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Charles Williams’ musings Self esteem

Renee and Kim, oil on linen, 193¼×113¼in (50×30cm). I wonder if these two actually do know each other? It was good fun painting them as if they did

There’s a current fashion in education and child-rearing to encourage self-esteem. To us, the last generation to be legally exposed to corporal punishment, rotelearning and all the other ghastliness of Tom Brown’s School Days, this is obviously wonderful news, and at educational establishments like the one I teach at, it’s been long-established practice. We encourage, cajole, admire and praise. Everyone is a winner. To paraphrase Garrison Keillor, all the students are above average.

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Welcome to our February issue with our extra 16-page guide to art courses and holidays for 2018, including Kevin Scully's article on what to take into consideration and what to pack to make the most of the opportunities offered by a structured course away from home. Our artists also offer plenty of ideas and inspiration for painting a variety of subjects in a broad range of media, including pastel pencil animals, a horse in watercolour, trees and an orchard in pastels, mixed-media collages inspired by old buildings, a photorealist self-portrait in oils and more. In addition, Hazel Soan starts her new three-part series on light and shade in watercolour by explaining how to train your eye to see and interpret tone, Judi Whitton demonstrates how to mix and exploit a wide range of lively greys in your watercolour paintings, while Paul Gadenne shows why and how acrylics can be the key to achieving greater spontaneity in your work. Be inspired and enjoy trying some new ideas under the guidance of our fantastic team of contributing artists!
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