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We recently received news about the 2019 The Big Draw Festival – the popular annual celebration of drawing – which takes place later this year, from October 1-31. This year the theme Drawn To Life focuses on the vital role of creativity for health and wellbeing, a theme that resonates with everyone involved with The Artist, and I’m sure with readers, too. Fittingly, one of this year’s The Big Draw ambassadors is artist and mental health advocate Liz Atkin, for whom drawing has helped her struggle with anxiety and dermatillomania. I have to admit that I had never heard of this psychological condition before, even though it is thought to affect one in 25 people. Symptoms include compulsively scratching or digging into the skin in an attempt to improve perceived imperfections, often resulting in tissue damage, discolouration, or scarring, and significant distress.

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Welcome to the June issue of The Artist. As we look forward to the UK summer Martin Taylor demonstrates how to paint a seasonal bluebell wood, whilst cover artist, Haidee-Jo Summers, invites us to join her in painting our gardens and focus on capturing light and colour. Learn how to control your watercolour brushwork with Hazel Soan, try sketching on the go with James Willis, bring your waves to life in your coastal scenes with Jenny Aitken, and know when and how to varnish your oil paintings with guidance from Graham Webber. Our top artist-contributors also offer advice, step-by-step demonstrations and inspirational practical features on working from different source material, painting characterful faces, how to select a core palette of colours for landscape painting, the benefits of working with water-mixable oils, the value of a positive wish list, and much more. Enter our various competitions with fantastic prizes up for grabs and understand how to use regular e-newsletters to promote your work with some great tips from our regular gallerist Mark David Hatwood. Enjoy developing your skills in all media with The Artist this month!