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How to learn from your mistakes

Paul Brown shares his experience of analysing his own work in order to improve his chances of success
Sunrise, St. Paul’s, oil on canvas, 20x30in (51x76cm)

I started exhibiting in London nearly 30 years ago. My journey has been a voyage of discovery with highs and lows but ultimately has been very rewarding. My goal was to paint full time and not have to worry too much about money.

Colour

My first mistake was to do with colour. In 1993 I held an exhibition in which all the paintings were of flowers, trees, blue skies and grass. I painted exactly what I’d seen in front of me and had worked really hard to replicate the colours of nature. But I sold only one painting and hadn’t even covered my costs. I was devastated: six months’ work and I was broke!

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About The Artist

Welcome to our November issue. This month Hermen Pekel shares his strategies for creating depth and Lucy Willis explains how to achieve perspective, both working in watercolour, while Aine Divine demonstrates how she painted a watercolour portrait of our editor. James Hobbs urges you to share your sketchbook on social media this month using the #inktober tag and Robert E Wells explains how he uses his sketchbooks as a creative tool. Kathy Barker begins a new series on portraiture with a look at eyes, Paul Brown reveals how you can learn from your mistakes, Paul Riley demonstrates how to paint mountains in acrylic and Becky Thorley-Fox sketches and paints wildlife from life, in oil. And of course our regular contributors Geoff Hunt, Jenny Aitken, Paul Talbot-Greaves, Charles Williams and Soraya French share their knowledge of painting. There’s plenty to inspire you in your November copy of The Artist!