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Painting After Sunrise

Marine artist John Scott Martin demonstrates a painting in watercolour and gouache, explaining how he selected and used a combination of reference images to add interest and drama to the finished work

WATER COLOUR & GOUACHE

Maldon Regatta, Afternoon on the Blackwater, gouache, 13 ×13in (33 ×33cm)

Inspiration for a painting often comes from several sources. I usually have a camera to hand to record what I see, as photographs not only not only an aide-memoire but are also accurate reference for detail.

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About The Artist

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!