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Keep it loose

Lea Nixon shows you how to paint a loose watercolour landscape that’s full of light and atmosphere
Pisa Arches, watercolour, 101⁄4×141⁄4in (26×36cm)

By squinting I saw the view in simple shapes, which enabled me to attempt the painting in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. The mood was strong beneath those arches and it was a great scene - shafts of light across the pillars, dark shadows behind that beautiful Italian stone and hundreds of tourists

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Follow cover artist Henrietta Graham's example and set yourself a challenging project to create a series of paintings on a particular subject matter, or why not try something different from your usual practice to keep your creativity flowing? Our professional artist/tutors offer plenty of ideas this month, from how to paint loose watercolour landscapes by Lea Nixon, unusual compositions from a high viewpoint by Jo Quigley, and how to use pattern to dramatic effect in your still lifes by Penny German. Hazel Soan demonstrates how to paint a lively self-portrait in watercolour, Glyn Macey shows what you can discover by studying Rauschenberg's work and techniques plus we include articles on understanding the structure of the head and how to measure and see more objectively to help improve your figure work. Oil painters will love Martin Kinnear's new series on oil techniques, starting with the importance of value and chiaroscuro, while Charles Williams takes a thought-provoking look at the age-old issue of 'when is a painting finished?' With more besides, you won't be short of inspiration and helpful advice in this month's issue!
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