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About The Artist

Welcome to the first 2020 issue of The Artist. With a new year of drawing and painting to look forward to Paul Talbot-Greaves suggests 12 ways to help improve your watercolour skills throughout the year. Our four-page diary with the details and entry deadlines for all the main open competitions to enter will help you plan your year, while Bob Brandt's advice will help you maximise your chances of success. Watercolourists will enjoy Ian Sidaway's feature on painting the Rockies, Jake Winkle's focus on why good design is essential for an attention-grabbing composition, Julie Collins' colour-mixing ideas for winter trees and Jenny Wheatley's guide to choosing the best watercolour paper for your style of painting. Follow Robert Dutton and Soraya French and used mixed-media techniques to paint landscapes and flowers, plus Robert Brindley demonstrates how to capture light on water in pastel. With demonstrations in gouache, oils - including how to paint noses - charcoal and pastels, there's something for everyone, whatever your preferred medium. Why not make 2020 the year to try a new one with inspiration and guidance from The Artist?! Enjoy!

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Will this be the year you finally enter an open exhibition? Bob Brandt reveals the ‘secrets’ of what the selectors will be looking for
FEATURES
Caroline Saunders talks to Andrew Halliday about his bold, architectural cityscapes and his use of dramatic contrast and playful colour
PRACTICALS
In the first of a new occasional series offering essential guidelines for artists, Robert Dutton suggests ten ways to approach mixed-media work to ensure best results
Paul Talbot-Greaves suggests 12 exercises to practise during the year to help improve your watercolour painting skills
In the second article in this series, Robert Brindley shows you how to create the effects of light on calm and moving water, including sparkles and reflections
Jake Winkle explains why design is essential to good composition and therefore a painting that will hold the viewer’s attention
Penny German explores the different materials and techniques that can be used to add texture and interest to your still-life paintings
Kathy Barker takes you through the basics of painting a nose in the third article in her series on painting portraits
Barry Herniman chose gouache for this demonstration painting of a steam engine (a subject close to his heart) because of the versatility offered by the medium
This month Soraya French has chosen the flamboyant annual sunflower, a quintessential cottage garden flower, to demonstrate her creative mixed-media techniques
Adele Wagstaff begins a new three-part series in which she explores how artists can learn from copying the work of the Old Masters
A small set of watercolours, two or three sketchbooks and some drawing pens – what more do you need when you’re off to the Canadian Rockies? Ian Sidaway describes the road to discovery
Follow Sandra Orme and create a scene of winter trees with evocative winter light using charcoal and soft pastels
When it comes to watercolour papers there’s a huge choice, so what should you opt for? Jenny Wheatley takes you through the properties of the different papers and advises on the suitability of surfaces and weights
Julie Collins begins a new, year-long series about colour. This month she shows you how to mix the perfect colours to paint winter trees in watercolour
Paul Brown shares what he’s learnt about the business side of art during the last 26 years of working as a professional artist