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Animals in motion

Ruth Buchanan explains animal locomotion and demonstrates how to capture movement in your animal paintings
Pony Express, watercolour, 113⁄4x153⁄4in (30x40cm)

Ruth Buchanan studied and worked in graphic design and illustration, then taught Print Media and Film Studies at a further education college for five years. She exhibits nationally and internationally, and her work features in private and corporate collections in the UK, USA, UAE and Europe. Ruth is a member of the International Watercolour Society (England), a Signature Member of the Institute of Equine Artists, a member of the Society of Equestrian Artists and the Association of Animal Artists. Ruth is currently teaching for Pure Artwork Studios (Oxfordshire), and in Shropshire and Yorkshire. She will be exhibiting in ‘Thump Of The Tale’, a joint exhibition with Julie Cross at The Granary Gallery, Weston Park, from September 28 to October 30.

Why do we need to know how animals move? Well, we don’t have to, but to most animal owners, and therefore potential viewers and purchasers, the wrong sequence within a depicted gait is an obvious and glaring mistake. That is not to say that you should not paint incorrect gaits, but expect that your painting will probably not pass a jury panel for animal art association exhibitions, or be bought by a knowledgeable animal owner!

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Welcome to the May issue of The Artist, packed with inspirational, practical features designed to help all artists develop their drawing and painting techniques in all media. From learning how to control your watercolour brushwork with Hazel Soan, choose the right medium for your style of oil painting, create the illusion of depth in a coastal scene in acrylics, to making simple but dramatic landscapes without a printing press, there's something for everyone, whatever your skill level or preferred medium. Discover how drawing cartoons can help you to loosen up in your painting with Shirley Trevena and enjoy the benefits of painting en plein air with tips and advice from Geoff Hunt, Peter Graham and Paul Gadenne. Try spray-paint techniques to spice up your mixed-media compositions, add figures to give life to your watercolour paintings with Amanda Hyatt and paint a seasonal bluebell wood in three easy steps with Paul Talbot-Greaves. There's also a wealth of information about competitions to enter, exhibitions to see, special offers, art world news, courses and holidays and much more to enjoy in this month's issue. Plus, don't forget to enter your best work to our TALPOpen competition for the chance to see your work exhibited, published in the magazine, and win one of the fantastic prizes worth over £17,000!