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This month Geoff Hunt paints three plein-air watercolours at the coast – one in the UK and two in the US – and has a cautionary tale about tides

A Working Shipyard, Mystic, watercolour on Arches Not, 10x14in (25.5x35.5cm). Mystic Seaport possesses a major fully-functioning wooden shipbuilding yard (where they are currently rebuilding the replica Mayflower of 1957); it’s a fascinating place chock-full of characters, sheds, timber, machinery and all kinds of marine junk, to which I kept returning. I used pen and line quite a lot since this technique seemed to suit all the intricate detail of the timber yard, just as it does for architecture. The distant sail visible over the iron roof was a gift – it really happened, as the Seaport’s tourist-carrying ‘catboat’ sailed slowly by, and I added it to my painting in a few seconds

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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!