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New places, fresh ideas

Michele Del Campo reveals how he finds fresh ideas for paintings during his travels and the inspiration behind a recent Cuban scene
The scene that inspired the painting

The spontaneous search for inspiration is one of the very few things that we creative people don’t let rest, even when on holiday. In fact, it is just when we relax and get away from our routine that we are more likely to notice something that stimulates the imagination.

I travel frequently, and although that does disrupt my work, I do try to use that time in a constructive way. When travelling I take the opportunity to find fresh ideas for new works, do more sketches from life and take photos that I could use for my paintings. For the last ten years I have lived in the UK, although I have just moved back to Italy, and during that time my travels abroad were influenced by the light and the environment of my destinations, thus freeing me from the uncertainties of the UK weather. I would work intensely in the studio for a month and then take a break to rest and refresh my ideas by travelling – which is where the inspiration for this article came from.

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About The Artist

Welcome to the December issue of The Artist, packed with inspiring, practical articles and demonstrations from top professional artists, all designed to help you improve your drawing and painting skills and techniques. Whatever your preferred medium, there's something for everyone, from how to use wet-in-wet watercolour to capture the mists of autumn, paint a still life in oils over acrylics, use aerial perspective to create distance and atmosphere in your landscapes, to advice on coloured-pencil techniques for botanical subjects. Learn how to glaze your acrylic paintings for greater impact, capture the shimmering light and movement of the sea in acrylics, choose colours for maximum effect for your flower paintings, plus why not try setting up a contemporary still life for something different this month. There's an insight into 'Pete the Street' Brown's approach to working en plein air, Charles Williams' questions what we want from art, and Sally Barton explains how to paint portraits of people's houses to commission. We also include the latest art news and a host of information about competitions to enter, books and art products, offers and more for your artistic enjoyment.