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A prodigious talent

Up-and-coming young artist Kieron Williamson, whose paint-handling skills have made him a phenomenally successful artist, demonstrates a watercolour painting of a farming scene

Ifirst showed an interest in painting during a family holiday in Cornwall in 2008, when I was five years old. I asked for a sketch pad in order to capture the Cornish light. I continued to draw, first using coloured pencils, and progressed to watercolour, acrylics and brush pens, then to oils and pastels. I paint en plein air most days, finding inspiration in the countryside around my home in Norfolk. Working en plein air is the most rewarding way to paint; to experience the freedom of being outdoors and to battle with the constantly changing light and weather is a test of one’s abilities and endurance. My favourite artists include Edward Seago and Alfred Munnings

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Welcome to our May issue packed with inspiring practical features to help you develop your skills in all media. Watercolourists will love Bob Rudd's invented colour schemes for dramatic landscapes, Amanda Hyatt's five steps to watercolour success, with an exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to inject some magic into your watercolour washes, Paul Talbot-Greaves' deconstruction into three parts of the painting of a daffodil, and Deborah Walker's test report on a new Winsor & Newton watercolour paper. Paul Riley and Julie Collins show how to use pen and wash and ink and watercolour in powerful combinations, while Jo Quigley demonstrates why working en grisaille in acrylics can be so beneficial. Portraitists will learn different ways to obtain a likeness from Ann Witheridge and Will Teather; adapt your sketching kit with ideas from David Parfitt; try painting seascapes in water-mixable oils with Paul Weaver, and more. And don't forget to enter our summer sketching competition with fantastic monthly prizes!