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Go with the flow

Don’t bin your mistakes, embrace them by adopting Robert Dutton’s radical approach and redeveloping them into mixed-media paintings with collage
Silver Light, Honister Pass, the Lake District, mixed media on a combination of Canson Moulin du Roy 300gsm Not, Rough and HP 100% rag watercolour papers, 20x22in (51x56cm). I felt the initial drawing was over worked so I tore it apart and reassembled it with different watercolour papers, under and over parts of the initial drawing, glued, pressed under weight and left to dry. Gesso and pumice were then added in selective areas. Acrylic ink, acrylic paint, gouache, Nitram charcoal, soft and hard pastels and acrylic spray paints were layered to create a far more expressive semi-abstract painting

Most of us have a fear of failure – one slip of the brush or a lapse of concentration and it’s all over, the painting spoiled, hopes and aspirations dashed. As a consequence we play safe and follow set rules. If you are not careful, painting like this becomes banal and predictable and, before long, your work becomes a pastiche of itself. Risks need to be taken in order to advance and the more you push your own creative boundaries, the greater the rewards will be.

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About The Artist

There's a definite seasonal theme in this month's issue as we say goodbye to the UK summer and our contributing artists turn to working with a more autumnal palette in watercolour (Ian Sidaway and cover artist Paul Talbot-Greaves), and pastel (David Allen), whilst Geoff Hunt shows how it's possible to paint watercolours in the rain. Mixed-media enthusiasts will love the demonstrations by Chris Forsey and Soraya French, who shows how to create exciting textures in acrylic landscapes, whilst Robert Dutton urges us to embrace our 'mistakes' as we develop our creativity. For more detailed painting styles, be inspired by Lucy McKie's intricate paintings, and Tim Gustard's photorealist approach to creating the illusion of glass objects. We also include articles on line and wash techniques, 16 invaluable tips from female members of the Royal Watercolour Society, advice on painting the sea and sky in watercolour, how to create a strong focal point, and develop a style of our own. Plus, study our additional 16-page Art Courses & Holidays supplement for great ideas for some personal art tuition in the UK or overseas!