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Painting the horse

Ruth Buchanan concludes her two-part series on drawing and painting the horse with a watercolour demonstration, with useful tips on colours and techniques, and painting hooves and eyes
Allrounder, watercolour, 21×15in (53.3×38cm)

I have always drawn and painted horses and, while I also paint architecture, cityscape and figurative pieces, the horse is the subject that I return to the most. I am fascinated by, and study, equine anatomy, movement, mythology and history. The range of ways and sports in which humans interact with horses, the various breeds, the different tack (saddles and bridles) used for specific purposes, the way horses are part of our landscape, all give huge opportunities for observation and painting.

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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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