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About The Artist

Welcome to our August issue packed with practical, how-to articles and demonstrations to help inspire and guide your drawing and painting over the summer months. Our top team of professional artists and tutors are passionate about sharing their ideas and technical skills to help you learn from their experience. The issue is brimming over with features covering all media and subject matter, including advice from Paul Riley on the advantages and benefits of using water-mixable oils and Robert Dutton on how to incorporate the use of acrylic spray paints to great effect in your mixed-media work. Watercolourists will love the different approaches and ideas shared by Vivienne Cawson (flowers), Amanda Hyatt (tonal impressions), Geoff Hunt (working en plein air), Robert Brindley (street scenes) and Julie Collins, who offers some great ideas about colours and colour combinations for painting trees. All this and more, plus look out for the 'swipe for more images' and hand logo to see even more images from our wonderful artists. And don't forget to enter the last of our summer sketching competition challenges set by Adebanji Alade, with prizes up for grabs from GreatArt!

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Winner of The Artist Award in last year’s Royal Society
PLUS
NEWS, VIEWS, INFORMATION AND SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE ART WORLD
• Studios, homes, galleries and shared spaces will
Learn how to compose a landscape with trees in watercolour
A great line up of artists will be appearing at the
• Enjoy the Dulwich Picture Gallery gardens this summer
Over 70 paintings by the artist, Samuel John Lamorna
Letters, emails and comments
Check out the latest competitions to enter and make a note of important deadlines
Georgina Potter reveals the inspirations behind her passion for painting and provides useful insights into her working methods
GALLERY OPENING TIMES AND EXHIBITION DATES CAN VARY; IF IN DOUBT, PHONE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
Private view’ is the name of the party a gallery throws
FEATURES
Caroline Saunders talks to Vivienne Cawson, whose floral compositions evolve organically to capture a moment in time, using the unpredictable effects of watercolour
Susie Hodge talks to Lara Cobden, winner of The Artist Award in the 2017 Society of Women Artists’ annual exhibition
PRACTICALS
Using her Five Steps to Watercolour technique, Amanda Hyatt shows you how you can apply tonal impressionism to any subject to imbue your work with passion, drama and light
Why do some compositions work but not others? Jenny Aitken shares her method for creating a flow within a painting
To bring her series to a close, Ann Witheridge explains how to develop a full portrait, with tips from Archie Wardlaw on how to avoid some common compositional mistakes
In the first of two articles on using ‘acrylics the watercolour way’, Barry Herniman demonstrates how to use some acrylics with water for a more fluid approach
Robert Dutton reveals his secrets for successful mixed-media paintings using acrylic spray paints
Geoff Hunt begins a new four-part series in which he tackles some challenging scenarios when painting en plein air
Having realised he needed to reinvent his style, Martin Kinnear set himself on a quest to find a fresh approach to his work. This month he shares his thoughts on sketching and finding inspiration
Jo Quigley offers tips for finding subjects and using figures to tell a story in your painting, and demonstrates a simple narrative in acrylics
Paul Talbot-Greaves demonstrates how to paint wild flowers in acrylics in just three main parts
Having experimented with water-mixable oils, Paul Riley shares his findings and offers some tips and suggestions for painting with this medium
Julie Collins advises on possible colours and colour combinations for trees, both traditional and imaginative, with tips on how to plan and paint them
Robert Brindley advises how to use diffused, close-toned washes to simplify detail and create mood and atmosphere, and demonstrates the technique with a watercolour street scene
Each month Glyn Macey looks at the work of a great artist, and demonstrates a painting in their style for you to follow. This month he paints a Turner-inspired sunset in acrylic
COMPETITIONS, NEWS & OFFERS
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SUMMER SKETCHING COMPETITION 2018 with projects set by Adebanji Alade
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