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Focus on trees

David Brammeld, winner of The Artist Award in the Pastel Society 2017 annual exhibition, tells Susie Hodge about his techniques for painting trees in pastel
Autumn Gold, pastel on paper, 33×23in (84×58.5cm).‘The inspiration for this was an avenue of trees I came across in autumn, silhouetted against the light – the sun shone through and lit the leaves – like gold.’
Lonely Tree (Maer Hills), pastel on paper, 23¼×33in (59.5×84cm). ’I sometimes like to focus on a solitary tree that reveals its character and form.’
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Welcome to our February issue with our extra 16-page guide to art courses and holidays for 2018, including Kevin Scully's article on what to take into consideration and what to pack to make the most of the opportunities offered by a structured course away from home. Our artists also offer plenty of ideas and inspiration for painting a variety of subjects in a broad range of media, including pastel pencil animals, a horse in watercolour, trees and an orchard in pastels, mixed-media collages inspired by old buildings, a photorealist self-portrait in oils and more. In addition, Hazel Soan starts her new three-part series on light and shade in watercolour by explaining how to train your eye to see and interpret tone, Judi Whitton demonstrates how to mix and exploit a wide range of lively greys in your watercolour paintings, while Paul Gadenne shows why and how acrylics can be the key to achieving greater spontaneity in your work. Be inspired and enjoy trying some new ideas under the guidance of our fantastic team of contributing artists!