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The power of words

I enjoy seeing Alan Bickley’s artwork in the PaintersOnline gallery and read his letter in the March 2019 issue with interest. Although Alan doesn’t go into detail as to how his work was found by the Royal College of Music, I wonder if tag words and the description played a part. In the past I have found it difficult to come up with the best words and phrases to describe my work and have almost resented the need to describe what is, after all, a visual piece. Recently however I realised that tag words and a good description will enable your work to be found by browsers for I, too, have had the exciting experience of my work being found via the internet.

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About The Artist

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!