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Charles Williams’ musings: VAN GOGH

Being an artist is not an easy matter. The biggest temptation is complaining and, if you were to look at my Facebook feed, which is full of artists’ views and postings, you would see a lot of people giving in to that temptation. ‘Why am I not richer?’ they ask. ‘Why doesn’t everyone like my paintings as much as l do?’, and variations on those themes.

Oddly, though, one is often the subject of the envy of non-artists. It is because being an artist means spending most of the time doing, or at least thinking about or talking about, the thing one loves most of all, and most people don’t have that. You probably won’t ever make much money (my wife is starting to appreciate that, after some hopeful years) but you are enjoying it (she still hasn’t come to appreciate that, though).

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Welcome to our summer issue packed with ideas and tips for painting outside, including Paul Weaver's demonstration showing how to capture the spirit of the seaside in watercolour. Watercolourists will also love Paul Talbot-Greaves' focus on how to use neutral and dark colours to add impact to your paintings, Julie Collins' advice on using ultramarine blue, and our review of the fabulous exhibition of John Singer Sargent's watercolours at Dulwich Picture Gallery. There are inspirational features on mastering perspective, capturing a likeness of a family member in oils, painting the figure alla prima, how to create movement in wildlife paintings in acrylics, and why you should consider the use of digital technology to support your traditional painting methods. Our artists also share their views on the new Winsor & Newton professional canvases and Jaxell's extra fine pastels, while our cover artist, Eileen Cooper OBE, RA talks about her own work, as well as the organisation and decision making behind this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. All this and much more to inspire a summer of successful drawing and painting!