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Sparkles and silver light

Wildlife artist Chris Rose explains why it’s so important to consider tone, especially when working contre-jourHe demonstrates his theory with a light-filled acrylic painting of gulls on a tidal stream

Chris Rose is a past secretary of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and served for six years on the board of governors of the Federation of British Artists (FBA). Chris has exhibited widely throughout the UK and his work has been shown in France, North America, Singapore and Japan. He has won several awards including the Arts Club Award, British Birds Bird Illustrator of the Year and was twice winner of Birdwatch magazine’s Wildlife Artist of the Year. www.chrisrose-artist.co.uk

Reducing it to its very simplest terms, painting could be described as placing just the right coloured blobs of paint in all the right places. This ignores the issues of composition and drawing of course, but judging colour and tone is a fundamental part of successful painting and nowhere is this more vital, and potentially the most difficult to achieve, than when painting looking into the light. Painting contre-jour can be hugely rewarding but demands even more measured and acute analysis of colour and tone than one can normally get away with.

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Welcome to our summer issue in which our team of top professional artists and tutors offer a sparkling range of inspirational features to help you create your best work over the summer months. Capture the sparkle of silver light on water with Chris Rose, enliven your watercolours with moving figures with Jake Winkle, use contre-jour for dramatic effect with Jo Quigley, paint spring and summer trees in watercolour with Ian Sidaway, or a coastal scene in acrylics with Paul Talbot-Greaves. Julie Collins goes back to basics with a look at colour theory and pigments, Ann Witheridge suggests using an extended palette for portraits, Amanda Hyatt offers a variety of tricks to help you produce better watercolours and there is a host of exercises to try throughout the issue. All this and much more, plus don't forget to enter this month's summer sketching challenge set by Adebanji Alade on page 46, for a chance to win a £50 voucher to spend on art materials with GreatArt!